Archive for September, 2016

25 MYDEV-ZABIDA Trainees Join 6th Graduation Rites for DEPED-ALS A&E Passers

“It’s not how we finish, but it’s how we strive to finish everything.”

This statement is from former out-of-school youth and 2008 ALS-A&E passer, Mr. Jissey Raye L. Rafanan RN, was part of an inspirational message he delivered during the 6th Alternative Learning System (ALS) graduation rites. With the theme “Kabataang Mula sa K to 12, Tagapagdala ng Kaunlaran sa Bansang Pilipinas”, the occasion was held last September 17, 2016 at the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School Gymnasium. It was hosted by the Department of Education-Bureau of Alternative Learning System (DEPED-BALS). A total of 503 passers were presented during the ceremonies. These included 25 passers from the Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDEV) Program being implemented by the Education Development Center (EDC) and Zamboanga Basilan Integrated for Development Alliance (ZABIDA) as the partner service provider. The event was graced by the graduates’ parents, BLGUs, the Out of School Youth Development Alliance (OSYDA) Co-Chairperson and DEPED Assistant Regional Director Pedro Melchor M. Natividad, who accepted and confirmed the graduates. He further encouraged them to pursue higher education after passing the A&E Examination. The ALS-A & E program assists out-of-school youth in entering or reentering the formal educational system. Together with implementing partners, they go through a catch-up training process that helps them obtain skills that are needed to qualify for enrolment at a grade level equivalent to that in the basic education system. They are accredited through a placement test that evaluates their readiness for entry to for that level. Hence, the term “accreditation and evaluation” (A and E). In collaboration with the DEPED-BALS, ZABIDA trained over a period of 8 months a total of 306 out-of-school youth (OSY) enrollees from 10 identified Partner Barangay Local Government Units in Zamboanga City. Among them, 241 completed the course, with 25 eventually passing the placement evaluation. 8 of the 25 ZABIDA-MYDev passers received Certificates of Proficiency in Essay Writing for garnering a perfect score in the essay part of the examination. DepEd further played a supplementary role in the training component of the program. It provided effective coaching strategies, intensive reviews to the youth and operative teaching sessions to ZABIDA Instructional Managers.
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“Verde Zamboanga”: Joining Forces for the Environment and Climate Change

At an assembly conducted on September 9 at Sophia Hall, Claret School of Zamboanga City, 38 institutions and organizations from the academe, barangay local government units and their basic sectoral representatives (women, youth and farmers), peoples’ organizations, civil society organizations (NGOs) and some government line agencies convened to discuss local concerns on the environment and climate change. During the assembly, the group agreed to firm up plans for organizing themselves on the basis of critical reference points that included their Vision, Mission, and Goals, as well as programs on environment-related initiatives such as biodiversity conservation, environmental management, as well as Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Zamboanga City. Part of the proceedings involved naming the alliance “Verde Zamboanga”, from an initial organizational title of “Zamboanga City Civil Society Organizations Climate Change Adaptation Alliance (ZC CSO-CCA Alliance)” . Among the matters lined up for further decision-making and action were: • Whether or not to register “Verde Zamboanga” with the Securities and Exchange Commission • Conceptualization of the organizational structure, its mission and vision • Designation of ZABIDA and ADZU-SACSI as lead secretariat. • Creation of sub-committee clusters on Reforestation and Mangrove Rehabilitation; Solid Waste Management; Education and Advocacy; Research; and Monitoring and Evaluation, together with their respective plans of action, • New updates: The Education and Advocacy/Solid Waste Management cluster led by Claret School of Zamboanga City and ADZU-SACSI will be having environment-related activities targeting High School students and teachers in the coming month of October. We recall that the Zamboanga City CSO-CCA Alliance first convened over a year ago on August 19, 2015, at the ZABIDA (Peace and Development Resource Center) Conference Room, Suterville, this City. The meeting was called to enhance awareness and level off on the understanding of climate change mitigation and adaptation. It also included a reality check to determine current initiatives of the different participating organizations in dealing with to environmental issues and initiatives. Verde Zamboanga wants to serve as a network of partners from civil society, the government, peoples’ organizations, and basic sectors in sustaining these efforts, benchmarking local actions for the environment and helping enhance the resilience of local communities.
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Zamboanga City.  The Interreligious Solidarity for Peace (ISP) and Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA) organized a Forum on the Mindanao Peace Process and Roadmap to Federalism  on  September 8,  at  the Garden Orchid hotel in the city.  The forum was held to help local participants understand the new Mindanao Peace Roadmap and obtain the latest update on the proposed federal government scheme.

The invited national resource person was  Executive Director Atty. Benedicto Bacani of the  Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) who discussed the topic:  “Autonomy vs. Federalism: Understanding New and Renewed Paths to Mindanao Peace.”    Local speakersfrom the Department of Interior and Local Government-Zamboanga City, Director Mohammad Taha S. Arakama and Western Mindanao State University-Political Science Department, Professor Jofre G. Rasul  also provided their insights in reaction to Atty. Bacani’s  presentation.  The forum gave an opportunity for local stakeholders to express their hopes and questions the prospect of peace and development in Mindanao.   Different sectors from the religious, academe, youth, security, political party, barangay local government units, and many others actively participated in the discussion and planning session for contextualizing emergent issues and concerns on the Federal form of government.

Basilan.  Earlier on Tuesday, September 6, a similar activity was held at the Amphitheatre Center, Basilan State College, Isabela City.  Ms. Miriam Suacito, Executive Director of the  Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc.,  provided the Background/Rationale of the program.   The main topic was delivered by Atty. Benedicto R. Bacani, IAG’s executive director, who discussed the latest developments  and projections on Federalism.   Other resource persons who were also invited to the Forum were  Atty. Peter Eisma of Claret College of Isabela,  Ms. Nida Dans of Mother for Peace, Inc.,  and Mayor Hanie A. Bud, Maluso Municipal Mayor  who served as a panel of local reactors.  An open forum followed, with a synthesis of  the activity by IAG program manager, Prof. ReyDan C. Lacson. 

The forums were  carried out   in partnership with the ProPOLITICS project implemented by the following partners:   Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG), Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF), Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy PCID) and Zamboanga-Basilan Integra ted Development Alliance (ZABIDA).   It was supported by  the Embassy of Australia. 
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