Apr 30, 2019

Preparing More Social Entrepreneurs

Learning Session 1 for  Batch 2
Learning Session 1 for Batch 2

      DLSU-COSCA engages additional community partners for the second batch  of its Lasallian Social Enterprise  for  Economic Development (LSEED) Social Enterprise Fellowship Program.  Women members from the following partner community organizations participated in the  series of  workshop held on February 16 and 23, 2019, March 4 and 18, 2019: a) Kababayan Samahan ng Bagong Barrio, Caloocan, Inc., b)  Bukluran ng mga Migranteng Manggagawa at Kapamilya, Inc., c) Erinyes Community  Kaingin I Chapter, Inc. and 4) Kayumanggi Valenzuela City Chapter Association, Inc.  The series of workshop seek to introduce to the community members the concept of “social entrepreneurship (SEs) and  its characteristics, organizational development, conflict resolution/ management, social business canvass and design thinking.”  

      Also, community members from  DLSU Laguna  Campus Lasallian Mission Office’s partner community, the  Gawad Kalinga (GK)-Toyota Village, Sta. Rosa Cityparticipated in modules 1 and 2 of the LSEED Community Workshop held on March 28, 2019 at the DLSU Laguna Campus.  Team building  activities  and  discussion  sessions  facilitated the exchange  of ideas and  insights  on topics  such as circular economy, design thinking, and social value.

       Moreover,  aspiring students  for  the  LSEED Fellowship program  participated in  the  series of workshop which  were organized for  the community members.  They attended as  participant-observers, sharing  the  advocacy on Social Entrepreneurship.

       The implementation of  another series of   workshop for another batch of community members from COSCA’s other partner organizations/communities in Metro Manila, and the identification of  student “champions” on social entrepreneurship are strategies that will support the development of social enterprises in urban poor communities. The series of workshop also aim to deepen understanding  on trends and opportunities identified in the scoping as well as identification of immediate action plans for Boot Camp 2019 to enable partner communities and students to create social enterprises that are relevant, sustainable and impact - driven.

Business Model Design Session..
Business Model Design Session..
More Workshop Participants from  Partners
More Workshop Participants from Partners
Workshop with  Toyota-GK Village Community Members
Workshop with Toyota-GK Village Community Members
Apr 29, 2019

Local Fishers as Talim Bay Reef Health Monitors

During  Talim bay  Reef Checking
During Talim bay Reef Checking

      The  concerted  efforts  of  Talim bay’s  stakeholders  facilitated  the  implementation  of  relevant   activities  necessary  to  maintain  the bay's biodiversity and health.  Despite  the challenges  faced by local fishers such as pollution, over extraction of marine resources,  and the destruction and bleaching of coral reef which adversely affected the availability of  marine resources and therefore  reducing the income of local fishers, community based-ecotourism initiative supported  by the  stakeholders has provided alternative income for the fishers.

      In order to  help sustain the initiative, DLSU- COSCA, together  with the various LSDP-ENVISAGE-CBCRM Lian  stakeholders,  supported  the  March 5 and 6, 2019 checking  and monitoring  of Talim bay reef in  the Marine Protected  Areas  (MPA) of KayReyna  and  Binubusan MPA, respectively.  COSCA's Community Coordinator, Mr. Quenamot shared that the regular Talim bay reef checking  held  last March 2019 was participated by members of the  community,  led  by  organizations of  local fishers like the Lian Fisher folk Association, (LFA) Inc.

      The regular  reef monitoring aims to encourage local community action to protect the remaining pristine reefs,  rehabilitate damaged reefs in Lian, Batangas using ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions, investigate through  the local scientists the reef ecosystem processes on the two MPAs, and determine the increase in fisheries production. Specifically,  the  regular  reef check monitoring is undertaken  to enable the  community to come up with a  baseline data  that will help strengthen  their monitoring  of  their marine ecosystem.  The stakeholders  include among others the following:  a) Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office-Local Government Unit (LGU) of Lian, Batangas, b) Barangay Council of Binubusan, Lian, c)  Barangay Council of Lumaniag,  d) Reef Check Philippines, e) DLSU-SHORE, f) Homeowner’s Association of Matuod, Brgy. Binubusan, g)  LFA and,  h) Samahan ng Mandaragat sa Sulok Fisher folk Association.

      Members of the community reef check team attempt to apply lessons they learned from  capacity building activities they attended in their regular Talim bay reef monitoring.  This includes the technique of noting the diverse marine resources and quantifying biodiversity through the roving census methodology enabling local  fishers to identify the fish and invertebrates while segregating   the trash.  The team hopes to learn more techniques and approaches to measure the sensitivity of the reef to climate change, and determine the health or  resiliency of  the Talim bay reef.

Taking a glance at the  corals
Taking a glance at the corals
Stakeholders Support Community Reef Checking
Stakeholders Support Community Reef Checking
Reef Monitoring Preparation
Reef Monitoring Preparation
Team Members Monitor the  reef
Team Members Monitor the reef
Apr 10, 2019

COSCA Helps Facilitate International Forum on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems

DRRMO Reps During Early Warning Systems Forum
DRRMO Reps During Early Warning Systems Forum

De La Salle University through its Social Development Research Center (SDRC) and in  collaboration with the  Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) conducted a Consultation-Forum  on  March 28, 2019 in Lian, Batangas.  The  consultation was participated by the City and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Offices (DRRMOs) of the Province of Batangas in Southern Luzon, Philippines.

Thirty-one (31) municipalities and  three (3) cities covering the six districts of Batangas province participated in the  forum.   Sixty (60 ) MDRRMO representatives of  Batangas Province together with 60 International delegates participated  in the DLSU-SDRC-hosted Capacity Building in Asia for Resilience Education Conference organized on March 25 to 30, 2019.

The said forum-consultation presented  the current status of the Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS) implemented in Batangas Province through its Provincial  ( DRRMOs), updating participants of existing  and emerging standards of  MHEWS, sharing best practices of MHEWS for Tsunami, Earthquake and volcanic eruption through the Indonesian experience and discussing ways to improve provincial and municipal MHEWS.

The Local Government  of Lian, Batangas hosted  the Consultation Forum assisted by  the  COSCA.

Capacity Building  in Asia for Resilience Educatio
Capacity Building in Asia for Resilience Educatio
MDRRMOs  During Forum Registration
MDRRMOs During Forum Registration
 
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