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

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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Apr 10, 2014

Sustainable Agriculture: 1 Step Towards Rebuilding

Orientation and Training of Sustainable Agriculture was held on February 19- March 2, 2014 in the 15 Barangays of Tolosa, Leyte as a first step towards rebuilding communities' food security and livelihood  through crop production. 

The orientation - training on Sustainable Agriculture was conducted in 4 clusters composed of 4 Barangays per cluster (Cluster 1 - Barangay  Opong, Tanghas, Telegrafo and San Roque; Cluster 2 -  Barangay Imelda, Olot, Poblacion and Doña Brigida; Cluster 3 - Barangay Capangihan, Canmogsay and Malbog; and Cluster 4 - Barangay Quilao, Burak, Cantariwis and San Vicente). 

Participants were composed of the local government officials (barangay captains, local agriculture workers, nutrition and sanitation workers and barangay health workers) and farmers. A total of 193 participants were trained from the 15 Barangays of Tolosa.

The participant’s learned about Sustainable Agriculture principles and techniques on Korean Natural Farming (KNF) formulations and Bio- Intensive Gardening and Food Always in the Home (FAITH) which they now implement in their barangay community farms and individual backyards.

This is the 1st step towards rebuilding, more way to go, more steps needed... 

There is another batch of Sustainable Agriculture training for other clusters in Leyte, Samar and Cebu. 

 

A brief video documentation was prepared out of this endeavor. 

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Dec 20, 2013

Light of Hope! Seeds of Life!

ASSORTED VEGETABLE SEEDS
ASSORTED VEGETABLE SEEDS

Lights of Hope! Seeds of Life!

Time is of the essence in our rehabilitation work to support the Yolanda survivors in Samar and Leyte in the Visayas.

To start rehabilitation, well nourished bodies are essential --- food and potable water will be needed. 

SIBAT have formed two (2) technical teams (composed of agriculturists, engineers, technicians and development workers) and conducted technical assessments to 4 communities in Samar and 5 communities in Leyte last 9 to 13 December, 2013.

The objective of the technical assessment was to --- a) to create community profiles of target communities focused on the damage, needs and priorities of the communities, b) to know the rehabilitation plan of the communities, c) to know the status of agriculture production, water and energization of the community, and d) to identify point of commitments and partnerships.

The teams also brought with them assorted seeds of vegetables and solar lamps to distribute to the communities.

The seeds of vegetables provided were identified based on the objective of being able to provide additional food source for the households especially during the transition period from the relief efforts towards rehabilitation. Why vegetables? We have selected easy to grow, early and medium producing vegetables and those which are part of the diet of the households even before the typhoon. Vegetables also, since it will provide a more natural and wider source of nourishment for the family.

We also brought along with us 10 solar lamps and 2 solar lamps with battery charging capability. These were given to the communities visited during the assessment.

The assessment was able to identify the top 5 priorities of the communities that we had visited:

1. Food security during the transition period from relief to rehabilitation

2. Potable water system rehabilitation and development

3. Livelihood support and assistance during the rehabilitation of the coconut farms

4. Energization --- Energization of disaster areas promised to be accomplished by December 25 is only for the town centers.

5. Livelihood support and alternatives for coastal communities --- boats and nets and other materials were damagedand lost during the typhoon.

We now solidly linked our place in the rehabilitation plan of the communities and in the coming year --- SIBAT will help in the aspects of food production, water rehablitation and energization. 

For the seeds that we gave to the communities, we have incurred the cost of five thousand one hundred twenty one pesos and sixty eight centavos (Php 5 121.68) and for the solar lamps, the cost was seventeen thousand forty pesos only (Php 17 040.00). 

The solar lamps were given at a lower cost as arranged by SIBAT from the supplier as their help in the rehabilitation effort.

We will be posting other reports with regards to this activity.

Engr. Rodel showing how to use the solar lamp
Engr. Rodel showing how to use the solar lamp
children cuing to fetch water in a rationed tank
children cuing to fetch water in a rationed tank
long ride to an upland community - habal-habal!
long ride to an upland community - habal-habal!
focus group discussion
focus group discussion
Spot map showing washed-out households in Samar
Spot map showing washed-out households in Samar

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