Impact Assessment for Barangay Performance

ZABIDA, conducted an Impact Assessment through its member-organizations’ Katilingban Sa Kalambuan, Inc. (KKI) and Reach-Out to Others Foundation (ROOF), they gathered around 200 Barangay Officials and Sector Representatives from our 32 Partner-Barangays in Zamboanga City last July 23, 2018 at LM Hotel, Zamboanga City.

The one-day Impact Assessment provided an opportunity for the Barangay Officials to assess their performances in terms of providing and implementing plans and programs for the sector groups such as the Women, Children, Senior Citizen, Perrsons With Disability, Youth, and if applicable, Farmers and Fisherfolk.

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ZABIDA Staff Development on Federalism

Under Duterte Administration since year 2016, talks on a constitutional change towards Federalism is being pushed forward. The Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) of ZABIDA organized a Staff Development on Federalism. Gathering its staff last July 20 at LM Hotel, Tetuan, Zamboanga City. Atty. Eduardo Sanson, Dean – College of Law, Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) provided a brief orientation on the 1987 Consitution to refresh the knowledge of the workforce.

Later on that day, Professor Jofrey G Rasul, a Political Science Professor in WMSU further explained the concept of Federalism and the current political activities to advance said type of government. Both Atty. Sanson and Prof. Rasul encouraged the staff to thoroughly read current events on Federalism and ensure objective evaluation as community workers.

The Regional Program Management Office of ZABIDA continually takes steps to strengthen the capability and knowledge of every staff in the workforce for better program implementation.

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Annual Partnership Forum 2018 #PartnershipforHumanSecurity

In its celebration of its 11th year of Empowering Communities in their 8th Annual Partnership Forum last 4th of July 2018 at Marcian Garden Hotel, this City, ZABIDA gathered around 300 representatives from its Partner Government Agencies and other Line Agencies, Partner Barangays, Partner Schools and other members of the Civil Society.

Certain Significant Partners from the City and neighboring Basilan Province were awarded with special citations for their generous contribution in the Program Implementation of ZABIDA in their Partner Communities and Partner Schools.

And, for ZABIDA’s continuous effort in addressing concerns and issues on Human Security they invited United Nations Development Program Programme Coordinator Jaime Antonio Jr. to present the 17 United Nationas Sustainable Development Goals and UNDP’s program to localized them, emphasizing the extent of assistance that UN can provide through Local Government Units and Non-Government Organizations.

ROOF President, Dr. Grace Rebollos briefly shared updates and progress on Participatory Governance Program, highlighting the Logisitical and Technical Supports provided. Thereafter, the documentary presentation on Human Rights as Everyone’s Rights which is produced by ZABIDA, the Comission on Human Rights Regional Office IX and the Philippine Information Office Regional Office IX. Thereafter, Zamboanga City Administrator Marie Angelique Go, Basilan Governor Jim Saliman, and Manos Unidas Country Representative Jessica Del Olmo expressed solidarity messages and reaffirmed their partnership for efforts on human security.

Afterwards, journalist Maria Frencie Carreon, then, presented the book she authored entitled, “Scissors, Papers, Water, Stones,” as a literary work that “exemplified the fragility of human security.”  The book, which featured the plight of the migrants to Zamboanga City who struggled through the years and survived housing challenges, has been critiqued positively in parts of Latin America and SouthEast Asia.

In gratitude, ZABIDA President Fr. Angel Calvo acknowledged the partners and commended the Barangay Officials from Partner Communities, Department of Education Teachers from Partner Schools under the Culture of Peace Program, the support of Zamboanga and Basilan Local Governments, and Manos Unidas and the Spanish Development agency, Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internaccional para el Desarrollo, or AECID.  In conclusion, Fr. Calvo specifically cited ZABIDA Executive Director Esperancita Hupida for her valuable efforts in the organization’s program implementation. (Deorenzie Frances L Carreon/ZABIDA)


ZABIDA is a Non-Profit Organization and a consortium of four (4) Independent Organizations namely Reach-Out to Others Foundation, Inc., Katilingban sa Kalambuan, Inc., Peace Advocates Zamboanga Foundation, in Zamboanga City and Nagdilaab Foundation in Basilan. Currently, they are implementing the Convenio Project supported by the Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internaccional para el Desarrollo (AECID) and Manos Unidas.  


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ISP-PAZ Grand Iftar Celebration

It is almost a decade already since the group of religious leaders and peace advocates celebrated a communal feast with the joyful residence of the Islamic followers dominated village of Taluksangay, a far-flung community in the eastern part of the city.

In the afternoon of June 2, the leaders and members of the Interreligious Solidarity for Peace (ISP) and Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) together with invited guests and visitors motored altogether to the small village of Taluksangay to reconnect and at the same time to celebrate solidarity with the local residence and officials there through the Iftar or commonly known as “pagbuka” during the month of Ramadan.

Annually, both the ISP and PAZ sponsors an Iftar celebration during the holy month of Ramadan in pre-selected Muslim communities to extend their deepest solidarity with the Muslim faithful who are observing the holiest month of the Islamic faith.

Moh. Zen Johan Nuño, representing the former Congresswoman of the city’s second district, Hon. Lilia Nuño, highlighted during the welcome address that it feels good that the celebration of Iftar was celebrated once again in their peaceful community of Taluksangay after a long period of time.

“If behalf of the Nuño family, we are extending our heartfelt gratitude for celebrating the grand Iftar in our community as this is in consonant with our efforts to bring together our community for peace,” he said.

On 2008 the same celebration was held in the community which was sponsored by ISP and PAZ.

The brief yet solemn program held at the community’s covered court with more than 150 attendees brought the gathering to reflect on the deeper aspect of solidarity for the Muslim community by the non-Muslim guests and visitors to the Ifar ceremony.

“The gathering today for this Iftar celebration is a symbol of our solidarity for one another,” reiterated by Fr. Angel C. Calvo, CMF the lead convener of ISP and President of PAZ during the solidarity message.

For the ISP Muslim Convener, Prof. Ali T. Yacub, Al-Hj. he underscored the significant of Iftar in the Holy Month of Ramadan to enlighten the faithful and the non-Muslim guests and visitor.

In a traditionally symbolic breaking of the Fast, the conveners of the ISP together with community Imam and the chieftain of the village Hji. Abdurahman B. Nuño simultaneously broke the fast through drinking of water.

The program ended with partaking of sumptuous Muslim delicacies. (Albert F. Arcilla/Peace Advocates Zamboanga)

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