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ZABIDA On Climate Change: Simariki Participatory Coastal Resource

With the observable weather changes and frequent natural disasters happening in the country and, Zamboanga City having its coastal barangays, ZABIDA is taking its initiative to proactively conduct environmental programs. One of which is a Participatory Coastal Resource Activity in Simariki.

Simariki is an Island that is part of Barangay Talon – Talon. It is inhabited by Sama Banguingui Tribe led by Simariki Island Sama Banguingui Association(SISBA). The people in the area get their source of living from the bounties of the sea through either fishing or seaweed planting.

During the Zamboanga Siege in 2013, the people in Simariki were forced to leave the place because of the chaos. Now, that the situation is restored to normal, SISBA together with the aid coming from ZABIDA and Verde Zamboanga Alliance represented by Ms. Cellyn Aron Verallo ADZU Faculty staff and the activity’s lead researcher, assisted the community to assess their own socio – demographic as well as the biophysical resources of the area so that they will be able to determine the status of their resources.

Through the research using Participatory Coastal Resource Assessment (PCRA) of the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources using the communities own expertise and the help requested from the Zamboanga City State Marine Sciences and Technology technical assistance for incoming assessments. The
Barangay Local Government Unit of Talon-Talon also participates in the training activity. The assessments were scheduled on February 18, March 4 and 5, 2017. (Karel B. Mellanes/ZABIDA-Verde)

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Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) Community Monitoring

ZABIDA strongly supports the movement towards good governance in providing human security. Its
evident involvement in the Bottom-Up Budgetting (BUB) National Government Strategy, ZABIDA, through the Executive Director, Ms. Esperancita E. Hupida, also the Co-Chairperson and CSO Signatory of
BUB-Zamboanga City, progressed for year 2015 – 2016.

The BUB Strategy encourages participatory governance with the support and cooperation of the civil society. For BUB-Zamboanga, Zamboanga City Poverty Reduction Action Team (ZCPRAT) became the principal body governing the BUB Process. The body is composed of 32 member-teams and is headed by the City Mayor, Maria Isabelle G. Climaco.

Through the year 2015 -2016, the CSO members of the ZCPRAT continually fulfilled their commitments
under the BUB. Ms Hupida led the team by initiating various monitoring activities in tracking the progress of the implemented rograms and projects under the BUB. Monitoring initiative did not end there as BUB has also been doing Community Monitoring.

“The BUB Citizen Monitoring System was introduced by DILG for BUB. It enables CSO memeber of the LPRAT to monitor BUB prokects implemented by various local and national agencies.”, said Mr. Jessie
Christopher B. Lapinid, BUB Focal Person for Zamboanga City of the City Planning and Development.

He also added, “Monitoring invovles guide forms indicating project profiles and monitoring remarks. These forms are consolidated by the Team Leaders, in which case, Ms. Emerita Basilio. The reports are then
submitted to the planning office for the quarterly BUB implementation reported by the same office.” As he further explains the essence of the BUB Citizen Monitoring System implemented specifically for calendar year 2016.

The BUB Strategy may have culminated on a National Level, but, CSO members took the initiative to
continue their efforts as a commitment to push forward a participatory government involving CSOs for the community. (Deorenzie Frances Carreon/ZABIDA)

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ZABIDA is a consortium of four (4) Non-Government Organizations; Katilingban sa Kalambuan, Inc. (KKI) Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ), Reach Out to Others Foundation (ROOF) in Zamboanga City, and Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc. (NFI) based in Basilan committed to uplift the the quality of life of disadvantaged sectors in Zamboanga City and Basilan.

Since 2007, it is engaged in different initiatives for Peace, Development, Democratic Governance, Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction Management.


To provide program service interventions that shall effect more positive changes towards increasing human security for the marginalized sectors in Zamboanga City and Basilan.


  • To increase social and institutional capacities of community partners to effectively govern and manage their own affairs;
  • To provide community partners with more access to basic services;
  • To provide assistance to community partners for community undertakings such as livelihood and employment generation activities;
  • To enhance the sustainable utilization and management of ecological resources;
  • To enhance capacities of local communities, civil society organizations and government sectors in peace-building and conflict transformation;


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