Sep 20, 2021

Maintaining Talim Bay's Biodiversity Amidst Pandemic

     DLSU-Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA), together with Talim Bay’s Coastal Resource Management stakeholders strive to manage areas of the bay declared as Marine Protected Area amidst pandemic and help restore Talim Bay’s biodiversity. Initiatives like managing their mangrove nursery continue to provide an alternative income for the local fishers in Talim Bay’s coastal barangays.

     COSCA, in partnership with Lian, Batangas’ Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office, supports efforts to institutionalize management options, monitor Talim bay’s reef, and regularly plant mangroves in keeping with the project’s goal to help the organization of local fishers conserve, protect and sustainably utilize Talim bay’s marine resources. These initiatives continue to encourage local community action.

     On efforts to help maintain Talim bay’s biodiversity, COSCA’s Lasallian Sustainable Development Program- Lasallian Environmental Sustainability and Governance (L-ENVISAGE) Specialist, Ms. A. Sapugay shared, “We are happy that for Academic Year 2020-2021, we were able to plant 1,500 seedlings of Avicennia sp. at Sitio KayReyna, Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas. This became possible with our partnership with the hardworking members of the Lian Fisherfolks Association, Inc. Despite the pandemic, we found a way to continue this initiative under the Community-Based Coastal Resource Management component of L-ENVISAGE."

     The tree-planting activities were undertaken in observance of special environmental events viz.: a) International Day of Forests (March)(500 mangrove seedlings planted), b) Arbor Day (June)(500 mangrove seedlings planted), and c) International Day for the Conservation of Mangroves (July) ( 500 mangrove seedlings planted).

(Photos courtesy of W. Clores)

Sep 9, 2021

COSCA Pursue Initiatives to Assist the Vulnerable Sectors Affected by the Pandemic and Calamities

     The De La Salle University - Center for Social Concern and Action continue to pursue initiatives to assist the vulnerable sectors affected by the pandemic and other calamities such as typhoon.

 

Rekindling the Damayan spirit through the Community Pantry

 

     In support of De La Salle Philippine’s KADA-Uno, and through the Office of the Lasallian Mission, De La Salle University - Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) supported DLSU’s community pantry and the community pantry initiatives of its partner community-based organizations. This initiative has also been an opportunity for Lasallians to rekindle the spirit of "damayan" during this pandemic and in times of disaster. Students, faculty members, staff members, parents, alumni have shown their support for the relief drive by serving as volunteers, donating goods and money, and requesting network and partner organizations for donations.

 

Disaster Preparedness Activities through the Digital Platform

 

     The pandemic enables to pursue awareness and capacity-building activities through the digital platform. The harsh aftermath of typhoons such as typhoon Ulysses that struck the country in 2020 continues to challenge the country’s disaster management response. COSCA, through its Lasallian Sustainable Development Program’s Lasallian Environmental Sustainability and Governance (L-EnviSaGe) and its Student Social Formation Program’s De La Salle-Red Cross Youth (DLS-RCY) facilitated the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management webinar, “Kaalaman, Kaagapan, at Kahandaan sa Panahon ng Bagyo” (KKK sa Bagyo) on July 31, 2021 via Zoom link and Facebook (DLSU-COSCA and DLSU RCY Page links).

 

     The webinar which aimed to raise awareness on the typhoon season in the Philippines and provide practical and helpful tips necessary for communities to get prepared for the typhoon season was participated by members of COSCA’s partner communities such as the following: Samahan ng mga Mandaragat sa Sulok, Lian Fisherfolk Association, Inc., Women’s Love, SAGIP, Samahan ng mga Maliliit na Mangingisda sa Binubusan, among others, DLSU-COSCA student volunteers and the general public (social media viewers/participants).

 

     Invited resource speakers from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Ms. S. Reyes, discussed, in general, the occurrence of the typhoon season in the country, and the representative from the Philippine Red Cross, Ms. A. Balidoy, elaborated on typhoon preparedness, emergency response during a typhoon and the need for disaster-ready bags.

 

     A panel of reactors including Ka (Filipino term for Partner) Noli Abinales, BUKLOD-TAO, one of DLSU-COSCAs’ partner organizations; Ms. N.Barmejo, a student volunteer, and Ms. R. Oquendo from the University Safety Office were invited. The forum opened the discussion of the following areas that will help encourage vulnerable sectors to ensure their safety and not solely be dependent on the government’s response during and after a disaster: Evacuation Center Bill, a proposed Bill which seeks to establish standard-based relief shelters in the country as a measure of safety especially during disasters; Disaster Reduction Management at home (instilling preparedness from the family to the community); and Preparedness as a contingency plan (as an effective measure of safety)(Info and photo source: LSDP COSCA Activity Report and community partners' reports).

Sep 9, 2021

Sustaining social enterprises amidst pandemic

As part of its commitment to build and sustain social enterprises in partnership with marginalized communities, the Lasallian Social Enterprise for Economic Development (LSEED) Center has recently developed three new  programs in area of social enterprise development. These programs are called Angat Buhay Young Social Entrepreneurs Program, KAagapay sa Yugto-yugto at Abot-kayang Negosyo (KAYA) Project, and Social Enterprise Development for Student Organizations (SEDSO). The first two are national programs while the last one is a university-based initiative. 

ABY SEP is a one-year social enterprise development program that aims to train aspiring young social entrepreneurs in the country to develop sustainable and impact-driven social enterprises. ABY SEP also provides funding and mentoring support to twelve (12) social enterprises teams through a comprehensive fellowship and training program.

KAYA Project is a local economic development project of the Lasallian Social Enterprise for Economic Development (LSEED) Center. It primarily endeavours to provide sustainable income generating and entrepreneurial initiatives, focusing on the mobility and livelihood of selected communities in Metro Manila and Laguna. The project supports 25 community-based organizations/social enterprises or around 125 social entrepreneurs.

SEDSO Program is a social enterprise program for student organizations. The program provides a combined mentorship and social enterprise development experience for Lasallian student leaders by allowing them to create social enterprise projects with select community partners.

At present, LSEED Center also implements LSEED Online Mentoring, an initiative to support the over 50 social enterprises under its porftolio through regular mentoring and coaching sessions. 

 

KAagapay sa Yugto-Yugto at Abot-Kayang Negosyo (KAYA) Project is a local economic development project of the Lasallian Social Enterprise for Economic Development (LSEED) Center. It primarily endeavours to provide sustainable income generating and entrepreneurial initiatives, focusing on the mobility and livelihood of selected communities in Metro Manila and Laguna.

Angat Buhay Young Social Entrepreneurs’ Program (ABY SEP) is a one-year social enterprise development program that aims to train aspiring young social entrepreneurs in the country to develop sustainable and impact-driven social enterprises. ABY SEP also provides funding and mentoring support to the chosen teams through a comprehensive fellowship and training program.

Angat Buhay Young Social Entrepreneurs’ Program (ABY SEP) is a one-year social enterprise development program that aims to train aspiring young social entrepreneurs in the country to develop sustainable and impact-driven social enterprises. ABY SEP also provides funding and mentoring support to the chosen teams through a comprehensive fellowship and training program.

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