Jan 22, 2019

Creating Businesses with a Heart By Partnering with Communities and Engaging the Academe

Community Workshop in Lian, Batangas
Community Workshop in Lian, Batangas

      DLSU-COSCA  expands implementation  of the  Lasallian Social Enterprise  for  Economic Development (LSEED)  program  with the series of   workshop undertaken for another batch of members of partner community - based organizations in   Metro Manila  and  in  Lian,  Batangas.  LSEED attempts to  develop more student “Champions” including  those from the DLSU-Laguna Campus as strategy to support the development of social enterprise.  Specifically. the program helps build the social entrepreneurship capacities of  women and  budding  student  social  entrepreneurs. 

       COSCA engages  participation of additional community  partners  for the its second batch  of  LSEED Social Enterprise Fellowship Program  which will be implemented in partnership with the University Council of Student  Organizations (CSOs). The L-SEED SE Bootcamp 2019 aims to enable partner communities and students create social enterprises that are relevant, sustainable and impact - driven.

      For  the targeted members of Lian Fisherfolk Association (LFA), local  fishers  participated in a  community workshop dubbed "Capacity Building on Social Enterpreneurship Skills  for  LFA"  held last September 2018  in Barangay Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas facilitated  by  LSEED team, in partnership with COSCA's Partnership and Network Development Program  team.   Approximately  forty (40) local fishers  and  / or  households  of  fishers were  oriented  on  ways to nurture  and  manage  their  organization -  sharing  with  them the knowledge  on  the  following:  social enterpreneurship, organizational development, conflict resolution/ management, social business canvass and design thinking.  Also. they were oriented  on  various scenarios  and  were  exposed  in  an  actual pitching session  as  a strategy  to  assess their level of understanding on the topics  and  on the identified business models in area of eco - tourism.

      The  program  continues to capacitate more community members to  help  them  prepare themselves in their  social enterpreneurship  journey through  the series of workshop  introducing them  the concepts of  “social entrepreneurship  in the  Philippines,  characteristics  of  SEs”, and “responding  to  community problem/s, creating and  developing the  SE idea” and  business incubation.

     Members  of  partner  organizations also participated in the LSEED Learning and Organizing Workshop held  in  Cavite, Philippines and attended by  representatives from the  academe.

    Student Fellows and LSEED Community Core members  for Fellowship Program Batch 2 actively participated in the Study Tour at Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan.  The two-day exposure to various social enterprises, learning/content sessions, and teambuilding activities  in Bulacan  were jointly facilitated and hosted by the GK and LSEED Teams.      

Fishers ' Households  Join  Session SLEs
Fishers ' Households Join Session SLEs
Participants Complete the 3-Day  Workshop
Participants Complete the 3-Day Workshop
Activity During  the LSEED  Exposure Visit
Activity During the LSEED Exposure Visit
LSEED Learning and Organizing Workshop
LSEED Learning and Organizing Workshop
Dec 31, 2018

DLSU Commits to Help Save and Protect the Environment

"Estero de Maytubig" Clean-Up
"Estero de Maytubig" Clean-Up

      DLSU-COSCA participated in the efforts of government's in bringing back Metro Manila's waterways into life through the "Adopt-an-Estero Programt."

      Leaders from Barangays 718 and 720, DLSU's partner Barangay Local Government Units (LGUs), together with some of their community members participated in the September 22, 2018 clean up activity to help rehabilitate the Estero de Maytubig. The activity which coincided with the celebration of the International Coastal Clean-up Month supported the efforts of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Public Works and Highways, Metro Manila Development Authority and the City Government of Manila to  clean  the  water.ways.

      Following the September 22, 2018l clean-up of Manila's waterways is the November 17, 2018 clean-up activity in Manila bay organized by the Manila Bay Sunset Partnership Program, Inc. (MBSPPI), through the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and the De La Salle University, MBSPPI's partners academic institutions and the Division of City Schools of Manila. The event which marked the celebration of the National Environmental Awareness Month was participated by approximately 800 volunteers from MBSPPI's member organizations (Photos  during the Manila Bay clean up were shared  by the Land Bank of the Philippines and the Division of City Schools- Manila). 

      Also, another initiative to help save and protect the  environment is  DLSU-COSCA's participation in saving the Arroceros Forest Park, considered as "Manila's Last Lung."  COSCA supported a signature campaign  - an online petition (which ended until November 21, 2018)  to save the Arroceros Forest Park.  The  forest park is a 2.2 - hectare urban forest and is home to 61 types of trees, 8,000 ornamental plants, and 10 bird species which the city government decided to remove and replace with a gymnasium. DLSU-COSCA supported the campaign for the City Government of Manila to reconsider its decision and help save "Manila's Last Lung." 

The Community participates in the Estero Clean -Up
The Community participates in the Estero Clean -Up
Government supports the "Adopt-an-Estero" Program
Government supports the "Adopt-an-Estero" Program
Manila Bay Clean-Up
Manila Bay Clean-Up
MBSPPI Member Partner Representatives
MBSPPI Member Partner Representatives
Nov. 17, 2018 Manila Bay Coastal Clean-Up
Nov. 17, 2018 Manila Bay Coastal Clean-Up
Dec 31, 2018

Kayreyna MPA and Bantay Dagat is 2018 BRAVO Awardee

Kayreyna MPA is 2018 BRAVO Awardee
Kayreyna MPA is 2018 BRAVO Awardee

      Kayreyna Marine Protected Area   (MPA) and Bantay Dagat  is a recepient  of the  2018 BRAVO Award (3rd Place) for Verde Passage's Outstanding Marine Protected Area and Bantay Dagat.  Kayreyna MPA won the third among the   various  MPAs in the Province of  Batangas.  This  award reflects the enthusiasm our  local  fishers have  in  keeping  up  with   the  standards  set  for  a  well managed  marine protected  area.

      Every three years, managers of  MPAs in the province of Batangas gather to participate in the  event.  The  MPAs that  local  fishers manage  are  evaluated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on the basis  of their implementation and management of  their respective  MPA. The Municipal  Environment  and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO)  of  Lian, Bataangas shared that he is  grateful for  the unvavering  help and  support of DLSU Center for Social Concern and Action and  DLSU - Br. Alfred Shields Ocean Research Center in Lian, Batangas  in the  implementation of  the  protection and  conservation program in Talim bay.  According  to the MENRO of LGU Lian, Batangas, as partners in  the establishment  of  both the  Kayreyna  and the Binubusan Marine Protected Areas, the   2018 Bravo Award  is  a result  of  the  collaborative   efforts  of   the  community,  the Local Government Unit of Lian, Batangas  and  DLSU  in  developing  and  of their  commitment  to implement  a community- based coastal resource management (CBCRM)  and  environmental program.

      To maximize these gains in the implementation of the CBCRM in Talim bay COSCA expands program coverage to include as a strategy, partnership with the Samahan ng Mandaragat sa Sulok (SAMLOK), another organization of local fishers in Talim bay.

      Community workshops were conducted to help strengthen the Lian Fisherfolk Association, Inc. (LFAI). COSCA's existing partner people's organization.   A visioning activity and election of officers of LFAI were held on October 7, 2018. On the same day, a separate learning session on CBCRM was facilitated by COSCA for  SAMLOK.  The learning session which was conducted during SAMLOK's general assembly aimed to identify potential projects of the organization aside from determining the level of understanding and knowledge of SAMLOK's members on CBCRM.

      These knowledge, sharing and organizational development activities during community workshops is part of COSCA's strategy to help strengthen its partner organization of  local fishers in Lian, Batangas and in the end help empower these local fishers  and enable them  to live harmoniously with their environment.

Interview with LGU-Lian, Batangas' MENRO
Interview with LGU-Lian, Batangas' MENRO
Visit with community members
Visit with community members
COSCA's staff member during a community workshop
COSCA's staff member during a community workshop
Learning sessions with community members
Learning sessions with community members
 
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