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Manos Unidas General Programs Manager visits Zamboanga City and Basilan

Isabel Vogel, the General Programs Manager of Manos Unidas, visited a couple of ZABIDA’s partner-barangays both in Zamboanga City and in Basilan. She, together with Manos Unidas Convenio-Philippines Coordinator, Miguel Carballo and Manos Unidas Country Coordinator to the Philippines, Jessica Del Olmo, visited Barangay Bunguiao, Barangay La Paz, Barangay Ayala, Barangay Upper Calarian, Simariki Island for Zamboanga City and Tairan, Lantawan for Basilan. Manos Unidas is an International Non-Government Organization and a “development NGO of the Catholic Church and volunteers” based in Spain. The organization works with around 58 countries in Africa, South America and in Southeast Asia. Currently, it is working with the Philippines through ZABIDA in the implementation of the Convenio 2 Project supported by the Spanish Cooperation for International Development Agency.

The Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance, Inc. (ZABIDA) is a regional NGO operating in Zamboanga City and in Basilan. For the Convenio 2 Project, it is working with 54 Barangay Local Government Units on Participatory Governance, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Gender and Development and Peace and Security. Now, in its 4th and last year of Project Implementation, Manos Unidas through Ms. Vogel, wanted to personally conduct an impact assessment directly from the Right-Holders and Duty-Bearers.

In her 5-day visit last March 6 to 10 of this year, she had a conversation with the Federation of Zamboanga Upland Farmers Association, Inc. in Barangay Bunguiao, Eco-Farm, and assessed the work-in-progress Organic Farming Project. She also listened to the political concerns of the Women Sector from the Bellas Mujeres de Bunguiao Association together with their Barangay Chairperson, Hon. Nestor H. Atilano. Then, she went up to Barangay La Paz, this time together with the External Evaluators, Andrea Navazo and Inigo Gutierez to assess the thriving flower business of the La Paz Flower Growers Association. The Association is composed of Women, Farmers and Youth Sector members that are supported by the Reach-Out to Others Foundation for Participatory Governance under the Convenio Project and by the ZABIDA-Financing Services Program which was supported by Manos Unidas. Also present during the visit was Barangay Kagawad Edgar Chavez, Committee on Agriculture. They also visited Islit Bakery in Barangay Ayala, one of the thriving private businesses that was supported by the ZABIDA-Financing Services Program. Thereafter met with the Hon. El King Omaga, Chairman of Barangay Calarian who presented the Logistical Support they received. An Information Technology Computer Set that is providing digital processing of Barangay Clearance to the people in the community.

In Simariki Island, Manos Unidas together with the External Evaluators, Fr. Angel Calvo, ZABIDA President, and Executive Director, Ms. Esperancita Hupida visited the Housing and Bangka project support provided to community. For Tairan in Lantawan, Basilan, Ms. Vogel, Mr. Carballo, Fr. Calvo, Ms. Hupida together with the Nagdilaab Foundation Executive Director, Ms. Miriam Suacito participated in the inaguaration of the Evacuation Center and the Ginger Tea Production Center of the Women Sector in Tairan. Before her trip ended, Zamboanga City Mayor, Hon. Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar, welcomed and thanked Manos Unidas for supporting ZABIDA and visiting Zamboanga City. She then gave them a token of appreciation to bring back to Spain.

In one of Ms. Vogel’s message, she expressed her “fully gratitude for your commitment during all these shared years and also wish us a joyful long way forward…” and that her aim for her visit is to, “know even more about ZABIDA, in order to gain a better understanding of all your present and future interventions and make Manos Unidas close to you…” She left the Philippines bringing with her the stories of hardships, success and gratitude from our beneficiaries. (Deorenzie Frances L Carreon/ZABIDA)

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Barangay Sta. Maria receives 6 Sewing Machine Units

Manos Unidas, Country Coordinator to the Philippines, Ms. Jessica Del Olmo, signs a Memorandum of Agreement on the turn-over together with Barangay Chairman, Hon. Los Eli Angeles.

As part of Katilingban Sa Kalambuan, Inc.’s (KKI) program support in Participatory Governance, they turned-over six (6) Singer Sewing Machines to the Sectoral Group of Barangay Sta. Maria. Their logistical support is entitled “SWIFPLY GARMENT” (SWIFPLY stands for Senior citizen, Women, Indigenous people, Farmer, PWD, LGBTQ and Youth Garment).

 

The turn-over took place at the Barangay Hall of Sta. Maria last March 9. Present during the turn-over were the sectoral groups member, Sta. Maria council member headed by the punong barangay Hon. Los Eli Angeles, Ms. Mary Albee Amores of ZABIDA, KKI Staff and Ms. Jessica del Olmo of Manos Unidas. The Logisitcal Support is from the Convenio 2 Project supported by the Spanish Cooperation for International Development Agency (AECID) and Manos Unidas of Spain.  (Sosimo Eyas, Jr. RSW)

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Photo Feature: Brgy. Sinubong harvests from “Bahay Kubo”

Katilingban Sa Kalambuang, Inc. (KKI) provided Gardening Tools to Barangay Sinubong last January of year 2017 as its Logistical Support.  One year later, KKI monitors the movement of the vegetable garden dubbed as “Bahay Kubo” of the Barangay. The garden tools, as a logistical support, helps the Farmers Sector to cultivate its planted vegetables. Last March 7, KKI conducted a monitoring and evaluation on how are the garden tools utilized which was just in time for the harvesting of the Bell Pepper. The Logistical Support is a program support under the Convenio 2 Program supported by the Spanish Cooperation for International Government Agency (AECID) and Manos Unidas through ZABIDA.  (Sossimo Eyas Jr., RSW)

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Assembly of the Federation of Civil Society Organizations in Zamboanga City

CSO Federation for Poverty Reduction gathers to map out its future plans last February19, 2018 in Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City

The Federation of Zamboanga City Civil Society Organizations, Inc. (FZCCSOI) was organized and legitimized in 2017 and recognized by city government be the Working CSO group in monitoring the Implemented and unimplemented BUB Projects and Non BUB projects under the City with continuously empowering the sectors of Women, IDPs, Fisher folks, Farmers, Youth, Children, PWD, Informal Settlers, Workers and Informal sector, Senior Citizen.

The Assembly aimed to strengthen the involvement of the Civil Society Organizations in its fight towards Poverty Reduction using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a guide in there long term plans also basing on the Community Base Monitoring System SDG indicators in Zamboanga City.

With the current leadership of ZABIDA through its Executive Director and the utmost support of the City Government, the members of the Federation are confident to pursue their plans towards Poverty Reduction.

ZABIDA is an Non-Government Organization and a consortium of four (4) independent Non-Profit Organizations namely Katilingban Sa Kalambuan Organization, Inc., Reach-Out to Others Foundation, Inc., Peace Advocates Zamboanga Foundation Inc., and Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc., all operating in Zamboanga City and Basilan empowering communities towards human security through Participatory Governance, Peace and Development and Human Rights Advocacy Campaign. The organization implements the Convenio Project within the region through the support of the Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) and the Manos Unidas. (Leo Christopher Gaspar/ZABIDA)

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