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

On May 26, Global Peace Foundation and the Office of the Municipal Agriculture and Fisheries of the Local Government of Palompon in Leyte, Philippines co-organized a capacity development seminar for officers and members of All Lights Village Association in Buenavista. The activity was organized to enhance the participants’ problem-solving capacities and community participation as members and officers of the association.

Ms. Maria Suganob, a technician from the Office of the Municipal Agriculture and Fisheries, gave a presentation and reminders on guidelines provided by the Department of Labor and Employment for local organizations such as the Buenavista All Lights Village Association. Officers actively took note of the guidelines for effective compliance.

Afterwards, the participants were engaged in activities designed to reinforce their teamwork and collaboration skills. Simulating community participation while divided into teams, the members and officers of the association were able to put into practice the design process which involved thinking, doing, prototyping, and iteration. The activities also assessed their level of commitment and creativity, bringing them into many educational realizations which further pushed their determination to move forward as an association.

Organizational management was also presented in the seminar which is a component of the leadership development phase of the project. They were also inspired by the organization’s core values which is perceived as a universal code for successful, moral living. At the end of the activities, participants were all grateful in being able to develop practical skills through capacity development; they believe that these skills are necessary so they can pursue the ideas they initiated for the development of their community.

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The Global Peace Foundation Philippines in collaboration with the Local Government Unit of Palompon and Barangay Local Government Unit of Buenavista conducted a visioning workshop to support the Buenavista All-Lights Village Fisherfolks Association in developing a shared vision of their future. The goal of visioning is to develop their written and visualized statements of their Association’s long term goals and strategic objectives in the field of sustainable livelihood  and area development. 

There were team exercises and focused-group discussion on the current challenges they face as fishermen, with their families and their community in continuation of the previous workshops held.

An interactive discussion on how to resolve their challenges followed. The role and responsibility of each officer and member were identified and discussed as well.

The Core  Values  of All-Lights Village were also presented, anchored to GPF's vision of "One Family under God" as the underlying aspiration to peace building. As empowered stakeholders, the Core Values serve as their guide in strengthening their association where each officer and member are expected to take ownership and become a team player.

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GPF program directors with Palompon officials
GPF program directors with Palompon officials

On November 9, 2018, Global Peace Foundation program directors, Ann Marlita Arevalo (education) and I (community development) held a courtesy visit to the Mayor of Palompon, Leyte, Hon. Ramon Oñate and Vice Mayor Georgina Arevalo at the Municipal Mayor’s office to update them on the development of the project fundraising through Global Giving.

Together with the Alternative Learning System (ALS) mobile teacher Violita Oafer, we also went to Barangay Buenavista to conduct interviews for all members of the newly organized Buenavista All-Lights Village Fisherfolks Association to check and assess their commitments to the association.

Following the interviews, the team conducted a special workshop on the roles and responsibilities of officers and members of the Association. The workshop was held at Senior Citizen Hall, Barangay Buenavista, Palompon, Leyte.

The workshop included a team exercise on the current challenges the officers and members face as fisherfolks, extending to their families and community. An interactive discussion on how to resolve the challenges followed. Another team exercise focused on identifying the qualities of a good member and a good leader of a community.

A presentation on GPF's core values as the framework for building a great association, covering the good qualities of a leader and a member of a community, are discussed by GPF Education program director Ann Montejo while I conducted a values formation seminar anchored to GPF's vision of "One Family under God" as the underlying aspiration to peace building. The workshop is part of the GPF leadership development series to empower the community in becoming self-sustainable.

Workshop with Buenavista Association members
Workshop with Buenavista Association members
Interview with Buenavista officers and members
Interview with Buenavista officers and members
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Solar-powered livelihood center design
Solar-powered livelihood center design

More than building the solar-powered livelihood center, Global Peace Foundation Philippines and the Local Government of Palompon, Leyte continue to work together in empowering the families in Buenavista to be effective in driving the development of their community.

On August 12, the community organization has been re-organized and registered to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as “Buenavista All-Lights Village Association.” The new officers and members are ready and willing to cooperate with the local government unit assigned to lead the capacity-building efforts of the community members in the development of Buenavista focusing on their livelihood.

Palompon Mayor Ramon Oñate also assigned Engr. Isagani Jaena, the municipal planning and development officer of the municipality, to be in-charge of designing the solar powered livelihood center. (Attached is a copy of the layout-design.)

Thanks to your continuous generosity, the construction of the livelihood center will begin in the first quarter of 2019!

 

Solar-powered livelihood center perspective
Solar-powered livelihood center perspective
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Dear Donors,

On May 23, 2018, I made a trip to Palompon, Leyte to coordinate with the local government for GPF Philippines’ next project in Buenavista, the Solar-Powered Livelihood Center. Palompon is a 2nd class municipality of Leyte. It is one of the municipalities hit hard by super typhoon Haiyan, but one of the fastest to recover due to its generous stakeholders and the steadfast leadership of its mayor, Hon. Ramon Oñate. Since the mayor is out of the country for a partnership development meeting, I met with the vice mayor, Hon. Georgina Arevalo, and the municipal planning and development office (MPDO) chief, Engr. Isagani Jaena, to discuss the construction of the project.

The local government of Palompon committed their cooperation and support. They have prepared a land to be donated to build the Solar-Powered Livelihood Center. A copy of the tax declaration and site map was forwarded to GPF Philippines.

With the local government representatives, we took a 30-minute ride to Buenavista to check the site donated by the municipal government and to give an orientation to the families about the project. With the assistance of MPDO Palompon, we facilitated a focused-group discussion with 60 family representatives from Buenavista All-Lights Village to ask about their perceptions on the project and the primary needs of their community. Accordingly, they will establish an accredited group that will lead and represent their community as members of the municipal planning and development council.

The families are grateful and excited to learn about the development in their community. With your continuous support, the construction of the Solar-Powered Livelihood Center will start in few months!

Meeting with VM and MPDO chief
Meeting with VM and MPDO chief
Project site map
Project site map
With Buenavista representatives
With Buenavista representatives
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