Dec 20, 2013

Light of Hope! Seeds of Life!


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
Apr 2, 2012

Start-up Activities of Microhydro Power Project for Maducayan Tribe in Natonin, Mt. Province

The Maducayan Microhydro project team is composed of Electrical Engr. Carlo Fabia, Mechanical Engr. Diana Benato, Community Organize & Chemical Engineer Myrna Herisano, and MHP Technician Generoso Elveña.   

Major accomplishments thus far were on the technical planning and implementation of the Maducayan micro-hydro project.  Specifically the following activities have been accomplished:

  • Design finalization:  This includes resurvey of existing MHP, redrawing and recalculation of civil work structures that need repair or modification among them were [1] silt basin which will now serve as the new forebay; and [2] penstock and powerhouse relocation (considering and optimizing flow and head requirement for the MHP) to avoid massive and critical soil erosion at the old site.
  • Technical fabrication: This includes start of assembly work in the major electro-mechanical components such as the crossflow turbine and electronic load control (ELC).  Fabrication work is chiefly supervised by SIBAT engineers and technician at SIBAT’s shop in Pangasinan.
  • Procurement and haulage of project materials: This primarily involved participation of local partners such as the Episcopal Diocese of Santiago (EDS) and the people’s organization, Maducayan-Linayan-Natonin Farmers Association, Inc. (MLNFAI) performing materials canvassing, procurement and actual haulage of the lots from the road end in Brgy. Saliok to Brgy. Maducayan. 

It should be noted that two recent super typhoons that struck the area altered the project landscape that somehow pointed to the weak spots in the existing civil work structures (e.g., intake, forebay, penstock and power house locations).  These changes brought the SIBAT technical team to review, recalculate and modify the technical design parameters and integrate these in the final project design.  

Project start-up activities involved a series of community consultations, planning and organizing, engaging all partners – SIBAT, EDS and MLNFAI to review the project history, accept and learn from past mistakes and collectively resolve to complete the hydro project.  Indeed, social preparation process has been equally difficult as the technical side, with SIBAT designating its community organizer, Myrna Herisano, to allot more time with the community and engage them in several consultations, planning and implementation.


Dec 27, 2011

Updates: Binosawan Microhydro

We would like to thank everyone who is supporting the rehabilitation of the Binosawan Microhydro project, especially Alice Tedd and Paul White who registered their wedding for this project.  The Binosawan fisherfolk is really looking forward to the rehabilitation of their Microhydro project which is still in the initial stage of raising more funds and coming up with the appropriate rehabilitation workplan to make the microhydro project robust and resilient to supertyphoons and climate change.  

A major part of the rehabilitation plan is the rebuilding of the MHP that had been non-operational but upheld dearly by local residents.  Thus, SIBAT conducted onsite scanning and appraisal in May 2007 to assess the damages then came up with a proposed technical rehabilitation project plan.  SIBAT engineers found that 85% of the damages affected the electrical installations although some electrical materials have been recovered and were found to be reusable. 

While the project aims mainly to rehabilitate the MHP’s technical aspect, it is similarly deemed important to complete the community livelihood project through the installation of an ice maker facility that would redound to additional income for the families and the community as a whole. Being a coastal fishing area, Binosawan and its contiguous 22 barangays essentially need an ample amount of ice in preserving the freshness of their aquatic produce.  At present, fisherfolks have to travel long distance to Rapu-Rapu poblacion just to buy ice blocks that are originally supplied from Legazpi City through the sea route. The existence of a community-owned ice-maker facility would drastically cut the cost of ice blocks, resulting to fresher produce upon reaching the market and generate additional income for the fisherfolks.

Community capacity building trainings are also needed to be undertaken such as the following: Basic and Advanced MHP Technical trainings for MHP operators and project managers; Community-based Watershed and Coastal Resource Management training comprising of basic orientation and workshop to develop the watershed and coastal resource management implementation plan; Community-based Climate Change/Disaster Risk trainings and workshops focused on local strategies for mitigation, adaptation, and risk management; and Community-Based Enterprise Development training to provide basic enterprise principles and skills such as business planning and management. 

At present, the MHP system is still non-operational because major rehabilitation repairs are still at the initial stage due to lack of resources to fund the over-all project cost.

SIBAT together with Aquinas University is also working hand in hand to raise more funds for the completion of the rehabilitation work.  The local program of KALAHI has signified their intention to provide additional funds for this project, and we hope that this will really push through.  We will then keep you posted for more updates in the upcoming months.


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