Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya (SIBAT), Inc.

Since our establishment in 1984, SIBAT envisions a just and sovereign society that upholds genuine development through people-based science & technology. SIBAT commits to develop, promote and popularize the application of appropriate technologies towards attaining village-level sustainable development in poor communities. As such, SIBAT have gained significant breakthroughs in sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, genetic conservation and water systems development. By the end of 2022, SIBAT's goals are: 1. Self-reliant and resilient communities that have adopted appropriate technologies and can adapt to the effects of climate change. 2. Institutionalized structures and m...
Nov 18, 2014

Self-produced Food After Relief Has Gone

It's been a couple of months back this 2014  when SIBAT started to prepare the affected communities for post food relief situation by training members of the 15 barangays of Tolosa Leyte to produce their own food and sustain their potable water systems through renewable Energy.    The 15 focus barangays are Burak, Capangihan, San Vicente, Malbog, Cantawiris, Olot, Burak, Quilao, Tanghas, Telegrafo, Opong, Canmogsay, Olot,San Roque and Poblacion proper. 

From June to September, intensive trainings were conducted for production of two main crops, namely, rice growing and diversified vegetable production.  A total of 198 trainees took the trainings, 92 are regular farmers and 86 are secondary cultivators being barangay officials, health workers, nutritionists and  teachers.  The latter group were tasked to integrate the sustanable food production know how into their respective constitutencies as part of continuing restoration work in agriculture and food sufficiency while rebuilding work progresses. These are done through establishment of a common production-demonstration farm collectively managed by the comnunity members and through individual farmer cooperators adopting the production technologies as models in their respective farms.   

The Integrated SustainableRice Production (ISORP) were introduced to revive back rice farming for the 11 rice growing barangays under a non-chemical farming system.   To date 44 farmers from these barangays adopted ISORP that features organic fertilization of the soil, use of improved rice varieties instead of hybrids, intermittent irrigtion and straight line method of planting to optimize sunlight. 

 Vegetable Food Production were pursued and formalized by two barangays through formation of vegetable growers association, a first in the history of the farming community.  These are the Vegetable Growers Association (VGA)of Brgy. San Roque with 43 members and the Quilao Organic Farmers Association in Brgy. Quilao  (QOFA) with 17 members. For the 12 barangays, tools were distibuted with a set each or rotary weeders, rice harrowers ad rice hull carbonizers. 

With the efforts, the families were able to provide and have access to vegetable food supplements, revival of soil health and seed improvement.  Potable water through photo voltaic or gravity-applied distribution system is still a work in progress with the limited resource for full rehabilitation work. 

Monitoring, technical advisories in continually building the community through their farmers association is a regular task undertaken to sustain and improve initial efforts  

Nov 18, 2014

Completion of the Madukayan Tribe Microhydro Power

This serves as final report of the completion of the Madukayan Tribe Microhydro Power in Natonin Mt. Province Northern Luzon Philppines. Last January 14, 2014 the  testing and subsequent comissioning  of the Madukayan Tribe Microhydro Power was finally conducted. This constitutes  the completion of the MHP project with an output capacity of 20 kilowatts.    

Earlier, a series of challenges that also impeded the speedy completion of the project were hurdled by community members such as civil works on the canals and forebay damaged by landslides caused by two strong typhoons hitting the site. The electro mechanical systems have to be cleaned up when silts passed through the penstocks from the damaged canals with some pebbles lodged in the turbine casing.  Opening the heavily corroded turbine casing probed difficult with one technical staff getting an accident as a splinter screw flew off and hit his right eye requiring immediate surgery.  Luckily, the procedure healed the affected eye and the tecnical staff goes back to normal work routine.

Also, the inclement weather with strong winds and extended heavy rains in the wet season of 2013 derailed hauling of construction materials such as cement and gravel from supply centers due to wet and muddy road terrains.  The farming community also caught up rice production work during those rainy months to offset losses incurred from previous year's low yield drought affected production. Hence, work on the MHP took a back seat in the 3rd quarter of 2013 and resumed full speed in the last quarter before its full completion in early January of 2014.

Transmission lines and subscription to individual houses are deferred tentatively awaiting further fund support currently being sourced out.  The MHP project got allocations only for power house construction.

Nevertheless, the system is currently powering a half a kilometer street lighthing on main thoroughfares of the barangay.  Power use isconcentrated also on a local rice mill cooperatively ran by the local community with current management temporarily handled by  the local Episcopalian Church..a communty partner of the project. 

SIBAT, the local community and the Episcopalian church are gearing up for collaborative action which would outline activities for the developement of the MHP system and its application.  This includes training of operators that would operate and maintain the MHP and the rice mill operations, development of policies for utilization including tariff collections. Side by side will be skills enhancement on project management, value formation and leadership trainings.  Agri-based livelihood applications of power is being explored such as cane pressers for sugar and fabrication of farms tools and implements.   Building the Peoples Organization is an on-going effort through  community organizing spearheaded by the local church partner noting that a united community is key to the sustainability of the project.

Currently, both the lighting and milling components  though limited applications are sufficiently benefitting the community as regards security at night and most importantly addressing a post-harvest need.

In behalf of the tribal people of Madukayan, we wish to thank all of you who have contributed to the completion of the project through Global Giving.  May you continue to be endowed as you sustain your generousity to help those who are in need particularly  energy projects such as these for remote off grid communties.  

Thank you very much!

Nov 18, 2014

Adugao and Kimbutan MHP Repairs in Norther Luzon Originally Intended for Binosawan in Southern Luzon

This serves as final report  of the completion of MHP repairs in Adugao and Kimbutan in Northern Luzon instead of the MHP rehabilitation in the island of Rapurapu in the Bicol Region Southern Luzon Philippines which was overran  by mining operations up to the present.

Way back in 2012, the Binosawan community were excited that rehabilitation work for their typhoon-damaged microhydro power could already be started.  The long dream to produce ice blocks for their fish catch would soon happen with the MHP restored back to normal. Consultations were made, workplans were laid and work committees were arranged to take on civil work activities.  The excitement was short-lived.  La Fayette mining operating in the area which was suspended for fishkills, erosions and river pollution in the tiny island  sold its franchise to another company and mining resumes operation.  Not wanting to lose again their rich fishing ground and rivers, the people of Binosawan resumed their anti-mining campaign and MHP rehab was postponed indefinitely.  With this,SIBAT opted to utilize the funds to rehabilitate other MHP's needing repairs and upgrading especially those more than 5 years in Northern Luzon.  As a result,  two MHPs in Sitio Adugao, Malibcong Abra Province and Kimbutan,Dupax del Sur Nueva Vizcaya province both in Northern Luzon Philippines  had their electro mechanical devices and civil structures fixed and upraded.   

 The alternator and generator of Adugao's 7.5 kW MHP were repaired and electricity were restored for rice milling, household and street lightings. Eighteen households of the community continue to enjoy the benefits of their rehabilitated microhydro power.

Kimbutan's previous 3 kilowat MHP system has been upgraded to 7 kws providing light to  32 households.  Power is being earmarked aside from lighting to power a planned rice mill.  

This is to thank everyone who gave the donations initially intended for Binosawan MHP but due to the peoples priority to oppose further mining operations, rehabilitation work was halted but instead redirected to other MHP projects.   SIBAT decided to use the funds to two other sites enumerated above for the repair work.  Thank you for bearing with us and our sincerest thanks for all your support and understanding in this regard.   

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