May 20, 2020

Relief Efforts for Talim bay Fishers and Mun. of Lian (Batangas) Frontliners

Community Members Prepare their Relief Packs
Community Members Prepare their Relief Packs

     Talim bay's coastal communities, together with other stakeholders,the  continue to look for alternative source/s of income for local fishers while pursuing initiatives to help keep the bay's health, and sustain the fishers’ involvement through continued capacity building activities.  As this biodiversity conservation initiatives highly consider regulated fishing activities in portions of  Talim bay’s marine waters to protect  its coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forest, local fishers like most of  our vulnerable sectors are even pushed in a more difficult situation with the COVID 19 pandemic.

      DLSU-COSCA continue to support a number of COVID pandemic initiatives to  assist  the vulnerable sectors in its partner communities like the fishers in  Lian, Batangas.   Delivery of food packs  were facilitated  to the household members of area coordinators (ACs) of partner people’s orgnizations in  the coastal communities of Lian, Batangas:   seventeen (17)  ACs from  the like Lian Fisherfolk  Association, Inc.,  thirty-three (33) ACs from the Samahan ng mga Mandaragat sa Sulok, and  6 ACs from the  Samahan ng Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Binubusan.

      COSCA  also recognizes the important role that Local Government Units (LGUs) play in making sure that food systems operate consistent with approved COVID-19 health protocols and directives, the people are properly informed and enterprises /businesses  and vulnerable sectors of society such as the fishers are protected and provided with needed assistance. Acknowledging this important role and to support LGU Lian’s efforts to protect its frontliners, COSCA facilitated on May 14, 2020 delivery to  partner  LGU of Lian, Batangas  the release of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donated by the  De La Salle Philippines (Photo by the Municipality of Lian, Batangas).

Mun. Mayor of Lian, Batangas receives the PPEs
Mun. Mayor of Lian, Batangas receives the PPEs
Photo by the Municipality of Lian, Batangas
Photo by the Municipality of Lian, Batangas
May 18, 2020

LSEED Supports Formation of More Social Entrepreneurs

LSEED Community Workshop (Phot by LSEED)
LSEED Community Workshop (Phot by LSEED)

           New batch of potential social entrepreneurs (45 women members) from DLSU-COSCA’s eight partner community-based and non-government organizations in Metro Manila participated in the Lasallian Social Enterprise for Economic Development (LSEED) program’s community workshop. The activity is part of DLSU’s effort to expand implementation of LSEED in its effort to contribute to raising the level of awareness among stakeholders as strategy to support the development of social entrepreneurship. 

           The LSEED community workshops facilitated on February 13, 20, and March 5, 2020 by Mr. N. Salonga, LSEED’s Development Specialist aimed to help build the social entrepreneurship capacities of women.  The learning sessions introduced the community members to the concepts of social entrepreneurship (including the country’s micro, small, and medium enterprise landscape), organizational development, conflict management, participatory planning, financial literacy, design thinking and pitching a social enterprise (SE) idea.   The activity enabled the community members to experience “idea generation” and the design thinking process in a participative way.

             Simulation activities on the types of conflicts and planning processes were conducted to measure the level of understanding of the participants.  The modules emphasized that social entrepreneurs need to be resourceful, have to possess practical knowledge on business and personal finance and have to recognize that conflicts encountered by the organization’s stakeholders is but ordinary.  What may seem “not normal” is when an organization shows hesitance, if not ignores the sources and/or “drivers” of conflict in an organization.  Other important lesson from the workshop is the need to establish clarity in an organization’s vision and mission in order to have a functional SE structure. While social enterprise puts emphasis on sustainability and long term impact, livelihood projects focus more on sustenance and in addressing an immediate need.

            Mr Salonga shared some of the following workshop participant's take aways:  a) Nanay Rosanna expressed her appreciation of the session on financial literacy noting that aspiring social entrepreneurs like her needs to learn how to manage a business with the right knowledge and skills, and  b) Nanay Emma also agreed  by stating that a business owner needs to take into consideration a lot of aspects especially during the planning process and one of which is identifying and assessing the needs of their communities and the people, a model that social entrepreneurship tries to advocate for.

             As the COVID-19 pandemic renders everybody’s movement limited (with most areas in the country under enhanced community quarantine) the situation placed most, if not all members of our partner communities in difficult economic situation, LSEED continue to support a number of initiatives to respond to needs of partner community members such as extending relief assistance.

Group discussions (Photo by L. Boston)
Group discussions (Photo by L. Boston)
Photo by L:. Boston)
Photo by L:. Boston)
(Photo by PNDP)
(Photo by PNDP)
(Photo by LSEED)
(Photo by LSEED)
Participants Complete the Workshop Modules
Participants Complete the Workshop Modules
May 5, 2020

Stakeholders Collaborate to Support Families and Partner Communities Affected by Calamities

Psychological First Aid (PFA) Session for Evacuees
Psychological First Aid (PFA) Session for Evacuees

Collaborating with Stakeholders to Support Families and Partner Communities Affected by Calamities

      The De La Salle University-Center for Social Concern and Action extends gratitude to the members of the academic community and to its partner institutions for responding to the call to help our brothers and sisters affected by calamities like the current health crisis, the Taal Volcano eruption and a fire incident in its partner communities.

 Taal Volcano Eruption Psychological First Aid Sessions and Relief Operations  

      A Call for Donation, in support of the One La Salle Relief Operations for Affected Families of the Taal Volcano Eruption was made early this year, encouraged support to help those affected by the calamity.  Cash donations were utilized to buy relief packs for families displaced by the Taal volcano eruption.  Relief packs were distributed to household members in evacuation centers in Lian and San Luis, Batangas.  On the other hand, the delivery and distribution of “in-kind” donations to other affected families was coordinated by COSCA with the respective Relief Operations headquarters of De La Salle Lipa, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, and Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Commission.  Also, volunteer counselors from the Office of Counseling and Career Services facilitated the Psychological First Aid sessions for families temporarily sheltered at the Sto. Toribio Elementary School in Lipa City, Batangas.  

       Efforts to assist identified sectors affected by calamities are facilitated by DLSU-COSCA’s   Lasallian Environmental Sustainability and Governance (L-EnviSaGe) component of its Lasallian Sustainable Development Program.  These initiatives are undertaken in collaboration with the University Student Government, various student volunteer organizations and other stakeholders of the University.

Relief and Recovery Efforts Continue for Families Affected by the Leveriza Fire Incident

      Relief and recovery efforts continue to assist the families affected by the December 19, 2019 fire incident in DLSU-COSCA’s partner communities in Leveriza area.  Cash donations and proceeds from an activity supported the distribution of relief (food) packs to families in affected partner communities:  Barangay 717 (45 relief packs), Barangay 718 (150 relief packs and 4 tents) and Barangay 720 (5 relief packs).  Students and graduates of the DLSU Alternative Learning System shared an additional 5 relief packs to the communities.

      Also, the relief and recovery efforts included the establishment of a temporary shelter at the Tuluyan Center for nineteen affected employees and their families.

      As necessary, provision for an electrical connection to a covered court which provides shelter for the evacuees and the procurement of construction materials to replace damaged structures for the following partner communities were pursued:  Barangay 717 (11 damaged structures) and Barangay 718 (56 damaged structures).  The delivery of these construction materials (initially targeted last March 27, 2020) was postponed with the whole area of Luzon placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Supporting Initiatives during this COVID-19 Pandemic

      The COVID-19 pandemic has rendered everybody’s movements limited and has forced individuals  to stay at home while the declaration to place most areas in enhanced community quarantine has  forced businesses to limit, if not cease operations. This situation placed some members of our communities in difficult financial situations. Some of us may be directly affected or sick, some may be afforded with responsibilities to provide care for a loved one or help in our respective communities. This prompted everyone to continue to think of, act and respond to needs of our families, our partner communities, and the institution that we are part of, as the situation may allow us, we continue as we need to acknowledge this unprecedented reality yet we hold on to the hope that we only have each other and together we shall surpass these challenges.  We continue to support initiatives and continue to hope that we all help each other during these challenging times.

 

(Photos by DLSU-COSCA LSDP and PNDP )

PFA Session with Taal Volcano Eruption Evacuees
PFA Session with Taal Volcano Eruption Evacuees
Relief Operations
Relief Operations
Families affected by  a fire incident in Leveriza
Families affected by a fire incident in Leveriza
Communities affected by the fire incident
Communities affected by the fire incident
 
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