Oct 28, 2019

Engaging Champions to Localize SDGs through Social Entrepreneurship

Social Enterprise  Exposure
Social Enterprise Exposure

      Partner people’s organizations and communities of De La Salle University (DLSU), social enterprise (SE) advocates including faculty members and other delegates from twenty-five 25 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) representing 10 countries from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)  plus Japan, China, and Korea participated in the September 9-18, 2019  # WeCAN  International Boot Camp.   The International Boot  Camp and Research Colloquium hosted by DLSU through the Lasallian Social Enterprise for Economic Development  Program of the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) was supported by the government’s Commission on Higher Education.   

     The 10-day learning and mentoring sessions, cultural appreciation, social enterprise / social  incubation and innovations exposure aimed to equip participating HEIs  to contribute to the  localization of the  United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through social entrepreneurship.  The international boot camp also included a research colloquium co-organized by the Social Development Research Center.  DLSU showcased in the research colloquium studies on SDGs undertaken by faculty members, students and researchers. 

      Also, COSCA pushes to engage more community partners in the series of sessions for the LSEED SE Fellowship Program.  Women members from the following partner community organizations participated in the  series of  workshop held from July to  August 2019: a)  Bukluran ng mga Migranteng Manggagawa at Kapamilya, Inc., b) Kababayan Samahan ng Bagong Barrio, Caloocan, Inc., c) Erinyes Community  Kaingin I Chapter, Inc. and d) Kayumanggi Valenzuela City Chapter Association, Inc.  The  program capacitates more community members to  help  them  prepare themselves in their  social entrepreneurship  journey.  The series of workshop  introduce them  the concepts of  “social entrepreneurship and the SE landscape, organizational development, conflict management / resolution, social business canvass and creating and  developing the  SE idea and  business incubation.

      SE workshop sessions aim to deepen understanding  of the opportunities and challenges identified during community business scoping as well as facilitate the identification of immediate action plans that will enable partner communities and students to create / develop social enterprises that are relevant, sustainable and impact-driven.

during cultural appreciation activities
during cultural appreciation activities
Participants commit support  for  SDGs through SE
Participants commit support for SDGs through SE
Community Member during workshop discussion
Community Member during workshop discussion
Oct 23, 2019

Talim Bay Stakeholders Renew Commitment to Biodiversity Conservation and Support for Local Fishers

Consultation sessions during medical mission
Consultation sessions during medical mission

      Talim bay’s local fishers,  Local Government Unit (LGU) of the Municipality of Lian, Batangas (reprsented by Municipal Mayor Isagani Bolompo), conservation advocates and the De La Salle University-Manila (represented  by  Br. Raymundo Suplido, DLSU President) through its Center for Social Concern and Action and the Br. Shields Ocean Research Center push to sustain biodiversity conservation initiatives with  the renewal   of   partnership   and  signing  of a Memorandum of Understanding  (MOU) on Sept. 23, 2019 in Matabungkay,  Lian, Batangas.   

      During the MOU signing, local fishers  were represented  by the  leaders of  LGU of Brgy. Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas and of  local peoples’ organizations  like Lian Fisherfolk  Association, Inc. and the Samahan ng mga Mandaragat sa Sulok at Samahan ng Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Binubusan.

      While maintaining  Talim bay’s biodiversity remains a challenge for  conservation advocates  and the fishing community given the concerns on coral reef bleaching  and limited  fish catch  in  Talim bay areas declared as marine protected ,  stakeholders commit to take a closer look at establishing  their version of a Marine Protected Area, designed to protect the municipal coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forest and help ensure the integrity of these ecosystems. The operative word is to sustainably utilize resources through regulation and peoples’ participation.

      To date, one coastal community in Talim Bay continues operation of its community based-ecotourism activity as alternative source of income for fishers.  Also, stakeholders pursue initiatives to help keep Talim bay's health, sustain peoples’ participation through continued  capacity building  activities and facilitate the  conduct of  relevant  services  with the community, among others.

      Moreover, De La Salle-Red Cross Youth, the DLSU-Lasallian Scholar’s Society, Sagip Bayan Foundation, Inc. and DLSU-COSCA through its Lasallian Health Education, Accessible Resources and Training Services component facilitated the conduct of a Medical Mission  last July 27, 2019.  Approximately 180 household members of  fishers in the coastal communities of Lian, Batangas received health services during the mission through medical check-up and provision of medicine supplies.

Students do their share in the Medical  Mission
Students do their share in the Medical Mission
Stakeholders Sign a Memorandum of Understanding
Stakeholders Sign a Memorandum of Understanding
Oct 7, 2019

Partners Revisit and Plan to Improve Capacities on Resiliency

      DLSU – Center for Social Concern and Action continues to pursue initiatives to help make partner communities increase capacities  on resiliency and  safety. The academe recognizes its role as  resource for knowledge generation and knowledge sharing It also acknowledges the important role that communitiy members play in disaster preparedness being  at the frontline and directly affected in times of disaster or calamity.

      In the  effort of helping build  disaster resilient communities, DLSU-COSCA  continues to pursue  partnership building and  strengthening with  institutions and organizations that suport   advocacies on climate change  adaptation and mitigation and  environmental  protection. On August 8, 2019, COSCA supported  the GlobalGiving-sponsored forum dubbed “Conversations on Strengthening Community Resilience through Localized Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in the Philippines.”   The forum highlighted the sharing of experiences of  organizations  and institutions engaged in raising  capacities of communities in the Philippines which include, among others the following:  Office of Civil Defense-NDRRMC, Center  for Disaster Preparedness (CDP), Philippine Preparedness Partnership, Buklod Tao, Inc., Las Pinas Persons with Disability Federation, Inc. and Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya, Inc.  The forum also discussed the current  state and trends on disaster risk reduction and management  (DRRM) in the Philippines.  It provided the community members and representatives of participating  institutions and people’s organizations venue to network and share their learnings and examined the challenges they encountered in operationalizing the elements of DRRM. The discussion also allowed participants to share best practices  and explore areas for future collaboration to deepen engagement of communities in DRRM.

       Also, a 5-day Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Training of Trainers (CBDRRM TOT) was organized  on  September 3-7, 2019 to help enhance the capacity of  the Municipality of  Lian, Batangas on resiliency and  safety.  Formal leaders and representatives from the 19 barangays of  LGU Lian, Batangas including its Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) staffers successfully completed the CBDRRM TOT.  The training which tapped the expertise of  CDP was pursued  by DLSU to help contribute to the efforts of  building disaster resilient partner communities.

     The training of trainers focused  on the discussion of the following: a) Context of Disaster in the Philippines and Importance of CBDRRM, b) Steps in Conducting CBDRRM, c) Disaster Preparedness, Prevention, and Mitigation, d) Disaster Response, Rehabilitation, and Recovery, and e) Action Planning. Provided with the knowledge on DRRM concepts and the different techniques in formulating effective and efficient plans and actions related to DRRM, the participants were given the chance to become trainers and /or facilitators of a simulated CBDRRM training. The simulation  training which is a requirement for completion is also an essential step for the participants to obtain  accredited with the Office of Civil Defense as CBDRRM trainers.

      The CBDRRM TOT is an initial step for the conduct of  CBDRRM training in the partner  barangays which will be supported by LGU Lian’s MDRRMO and consistent  with DLSU-COSCA's initiative under the Lasallian Environmental Sustainability and Governance component of DLSU-COSCA’s Lasallian Sustainable Development Program.

GlobalGiving-sponsored DRRM forum
GlobalGiving-sponsored DRRM forum
 
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