Solar-Powered Livelihood Center for 1375 Filipinos

by Global Peace Festival Foundation Philippines, Inc.
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Solar-Powered Livelihood Center for 1375 Filipinos
Solar-Powered Livelihood Center for 1375 Filipinos
Solar-Powered Livelihood Center for 1375 Filipinos

The project was implemented in Mansalay Oriental Mindoro last April 10 and 11, 2021. The Local Government Unit (LGU) assisted the implementation through Mr. Cyrus Marquez, the focal person assigns by the municipality of Mansalay in coordinating with the families of Manyan Tribe in Mansalay. The project was implemented into 2 different sites. The Sitio Tagaytay in Barangay Bonbon and Sitio Pookan 2 in Barangay Poblacion. Sixteen (16) families from the two community receives 8 solar lamps for each household. The Local Government Unit of Mansalay expressed their gratefulness for continuing support of Global Peace Foundation and GlobalGiving to the Indigenous families resided in their municipality through the provision of solar lamps. The 16 families are thankful that they can more productive economically; they can save more money instead of purchasing kerosene for their light at night. 

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Majority of Buenavista All-Lights Village Farmers and Fisherfolks Association were hardly affected by the challenges of pandemic, however, these challenges provides good opportunities. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Leyte Provincial Office grants livelihood kits COVID-19 affected micro entrepreneurs of Palompon, Leyte during the Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) Program Distribution of Livelihood Kits last 19 November 2021 at NGCP Hall of Palompon, Leyte.  Two among members of Buenavista All-Lights Village Farmers Association having a small sari-sari store received the livelihood kit. 

Honorable Mayor Georgina Arevalo and DTI Provincial representative led the distribution of P5,000 worth of sari-sari store and food processing livelihood packages. “We are bringing the services of the national government through DTI and other government agencies to the remote barangays. President Duterte is there to help the people affected by calamities.

The sari-sari store package is composed of: 72 pieces of instant noodles assorted flavor, 240 single packs of 3-in-1 coffee, 50 pcs. canned sardines, 45 corned beef and 144 sachets of detergent powder.  On the other hand, the food processing package comprised of one unit two-burner gas stove, a frying pan and an 11 kg filled liquefied petroleum gas tank (LPG) with accessories.  In addition to the livelihood kits, the beneficiaries also received grocery items courtesy of Senator Bong Go who co-funded the PPG program.

The Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) Program is one of the initiatives of the government and DTI that aims to help micro entrepreneurs and individuals who were affected by natural and man-made calamities such as typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, flash floods, fires, health emergencies or pandemics and local armed conflicts.  The said program gives a fast and easy source of initial capital in the form of livelihood kits such as the sari-sari store and food processing package to help micro entrepreneurs recover from the effects of a calamity to start a new business opportunity.

The Association Secretary, Mr Vincent Olorvida expressed his deep gratitude to DTI and the local government for the livelihood assistance received:  

Thank you very much to DTI and to our government for this PPG livelihood grant. This is a big help and empowering to us.  He encouraged all other beneficiaries to properly manage the livelihood  kit they received. “Let us nurture the livelihood packages given by the government so this will grow and help us improve our lives”, Olorvida added.

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The Buenavista All-Lights Village Fisherfolks Association participated in a workshop on food security planning workshop to address and prevent undernutrition and food insecurity, the National Nutrition Council of Region VIII expands its new area for the Local Nutrition Early Warning System (LNEWS) in Palompon, Leyte. This was initially opened with a consultative workshop participated in by the members of the Palompon Municipal Nutrition Committee and various Civil Society Organizations and Peoples Organization on 8-9 August 2021 at the NGCP Hall, Palompon Municipal Hall in Palompon, Leyte, Ms. Alona E. Teo as the main facilitator during the workshop.

Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC) Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., emphasized that Local Nutrition Early Warning System – Food and Nutrition Security (LNEWS-FNS) is a planning tool in preventing further deterioration of the nutrition situation by understanding the determinants of food insecurity in the area which can provide useful insights and guide for policy and food security initiatives in the municipality.

The consultative-workshop for the establishment of LNEWS in Palompon, Leyte has identified five (5) sentinel barangays for monitoring of indicators, these are: (1) Mazawalo, (2) San Isidro, (3) San Miguel, (4) Buenavista, and (5) Lat-osan. The areas were selected according to: barangays with no less than 188 households, barangays with no less than 183 preschool children 0-71 months old, proportion of malnourished children 0-71 months old, good cross-section of livelihoods in the municipality (e.g., coastal, lowland, upland, etc.), reasonably accessible to allow for periodic monitoring by local government unit (LGU) and participation rate of the communities to development activities.

Palompon, Leyte is the third municipality in Leyte as identified by National Nutrition Council in Eastern Visayas as expansion areas. Based on the 2020 Operation Timbang (OPT) Plus, the municipality has a prevalence of underweight and severely underweight preschool children of 16.71%, one of the highest in Eastern Visayas. The municipality has fifty (50) barangays, with twenty-six (26) being located in the coastline area bordering Camotes Sea which is also prone to natural calamities and other disasters affecting food and nutrition security. These were some of the factors for placing the municipality a viable expansion area for the establishment of LNEWS in the region. 

 

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The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region VIII  implemented several government interventions for fishermen in Leyte displaced by the health crisis.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources was continually seeking and implementing interventions to facilitate the stable supply of fishery commodities. The BFAR Palompon office did a follow-up initiative to the 1-day on-site training seminar on Tilapia Culture and Management which was conducted last December 6, 2020 to empower and capacitate the previous trained participants to learn how to generate a sustainable food and supply of fishery commodities. Buenavista All-Lights Village Fisherfolks Association was one among the participants of the previous on-site training.

The BFAR Region VIII has started its technology demonstration in tilapia in tanks to be coupled with aquaponics. 

Aquaponics is a relatively new discipline within the scientific community. It is the concept of combining aquaculture and hydroponics systems into one cohesive closed loop system that cycles nutrients and water to the mutual benefit of the plant and fish species within the system.

Tilapia grow well at high densities in the confinement of tanks when good water quality is maintained. This is accomplished by aeration and frequent or continuous water exchange to renew dissolved oxygen supplies and remove wastes. Recirculating systems filter and recycle the water.

As water and food scarcity became more widespread with climate change, aquaponics was one of the technologies that scientist began looking to as a potential for reduced water usage as compared to traditional farming methods.

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Pond culture is the most popular method of growing tilapia in the world. They are grown in fertilized ponds where the fish utilize natural food from ponds. In this culture practice, fish are usually stocked at low rates to reduce competition for food. In times like this, where our food supply is dwindling, introduction of culture Tilapia is timely. Tilapia is not just delicious but also nutritious, and most of all very affordable.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources was continually seeking and implementing interventions to facilitate the stable supply of fishery commodities. The Municipality of Palompon did a follow-up initiative to the training on Intensive Tilapia Culture in Ponds they conducted last May 12, 2020. They held a 1-day on-site training seminar on Tilapia Culture and Management which was conducted in Palompon last December 6, 2020 through the Municipal BFAR.

The objective of this training is to empower and capacitate the previous trained participants to learn how to properly and successfully manage a small fish pond or fish cage.

 

Some trained members of Buenavista All-Lights Village Fisherfolks Association attended. The trainer's presentation empowered Buenavista Fisherfolks by gaining good insights in management and during the Focused Group Discussion among participants they gained good practices fitted to their respective situations.

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