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Photo Feature: FGD on Climate Change Adaptation

The Convenio Project 2, supported by AECID and Manos Unidas, is now on its 4th year implementation. ZABIDA through its member-organization, Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc. conducted an Impact Assessment – Focus Group Discussion (FDG) on Climate Change Adaptation. The FGD was headed by Jocelyn Zabala, Coordination and Networking Officer. The FGD was participated by the CCA Alliance coming from the different Institution/ Organization; Claret Samal Foundation Inc., Prelature of Isabela de Basilan, Claret College of Isabela, Isabela Water District, Basilan Ulama Supreme Council and Maluso Water District. Held at NFI office, Lazaro Drive, Sunrise Village, Isabela City last February 13 of this year. (Ayara Jaimin/NFI) 

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GAD Awareness mainstreaming to Partner-Barangays in Zamboanga City and Basilan

Significant community leaders in the Partner-Barangays of Katilingban Sa Kalambuan Inc. (KKI), Reach-Out to Others Foundation, Inc. (ROOF) in Zamboanga City and Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc. (NFI) in Basilan were brought together last February 1 for ROOF and NFI then on February 2 for KKI to evaluate their knowledge and experience in Gender And Development in their respective Barangays.

Department of Budget and Management Specialist Mr. Mark Martin discussed about the GAD Planning and Budgeting for Barangays. The activity allowed the participants to re-assess their implemented and un-implemented GAD Plans for year 2017.

With the help of facilitators Ms. Maisie Faith Dagapioso and Jurgett Honculado also served as the ZABIDA GAD Program Researcher, the majority of the participants expressed their personal sentiments and misunderstandings on Gender and its effect to Community Development.

ZABIDA, through its GAD Awareness Program and GAD Research, it envisions to further strengthen its approach in addressing GAD concerns and issues to effectively support the GAD Programs of their Partner-Barangays.

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. (Deorenzie Frances Carreon/ZABIDA)

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Governance Logistical Support Turn-Over in Basilan

Nagdilaab Foundation Inc., as a member-organization of ZABIDA, implements the Convenio Project supported by the Spanish Cooperation (AECID) and Manos Unidas in Basilan. For the month of December, they have conducted a series of Logistical Support Turn-Over for Governance, Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) and Gender and Development. These logistical supports are directly proposed by partner-barangays addressing the above-mentioned components. 

On December 26, 2017, Farmer Tools and Equipment were turned-over to the Farmers Organization of Switch Yakal which also inducted the officers for the Switch Yakal Farmers Organization.. The ceremony took place at the Barangay Hall, Switch Yakal, Lantawan Municipality. This was headed by Ms. Deddette Suacito together with Mr. John Francisco,  NFI-LGU Coordinator for Lantawan Municipality. 

Still in Lantawan Municipality but in Barangay Upper Manggas, the Women Sector Group and the Outpost (Security Sector Group) received Kitchen Utensils Logistical Support last December 16. Held at Upper Manggas, Barangay Hall, Lantawan Municipality. Present during turnover ceremony were Hon. Nasser Abubakar, Vice Mayor, Lantawan Municipality together with the Barangay Officials, members of Women Sector, and Security Sector, Ms. Dedette Suacito, NFI Executive Director and Mr. John Francisco, LGU Coordinator for Lantawan Municipality.

 

Another Logistical Support addressing Poverty Reduction, Gender-Responsive and DRRM were turned-over to Barangay Upper Port Holland in Maluso, Basilan. December 17, NFI through its Executive Director, Ms. Suacito and the LGU Coordinator for Maluso Municipality, Mr. Paulo Lataba, officially turned-over the Barangay’s proposed logistical support. Also present during the ceremony were the different Sector Groups and its members, Hon. Hja Basma Sahak Jimlani,Barangay Chairwoman of Upper Port Holland along with her Barangay Kagawads and sectoral representatives.

Same day, Barangay Shipyard Tabuk, in Maluso, Basilan received Logistical Support addressing Poverty Reduction, Gender-Responsive and Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM). Headed by Ms. Deddette Suacito, Executive Director and Paulo Lataba, LGU  Coordinator for Maluso Municipality also there to witness the turnover were Hon. Rosnie T. Hadjirul, Brgy. Chairwoman of Shipyard Tabuk, Ms. Consolacion Martin, Asst. MSWDO, Hji. Salahuddin Musa, TIC of Shipyard Elementary School and all sectors of the community.

 

Thereafter, still on the same day, a Turn Over Ceremony for Logistical Support (CVO Outpost and Water Pipes) of Convenio 2 Project (Governance Component) took place in Barangay Lower Bañas, Lantawan Basilan. Present during the turn over ceremony were: Ms. Deddette Suacito, Executive Director of Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc. Ms. Erica Angelique P. Fernandez, LGU Coordinator, assigned in Lantawan Municipality, Barangay Council headed by the Barangay Chairman Hon. Nelson Virtucio and the different Sector Groups.

 

Lastly, 3 Units Sewing Machine, Garment Materials & Supplies, 30 pcs. Plastic Chairs, and 6 pcs. Plastic Tables Logistical Support were turned-over in Barangay Calayan, Lantawan Basilan. Still addressing the above-mentioned components. Present during the turn over ceremony were Mr. John Francisco, LGU Coordinator assigned in Lantawan Municipality, Barangay Council headed by the Barangay Chairman Hon. Raja Bungso Edris and the different Sector Groups.

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Interreligious Dialogue 2017 in Basilan

More than seventy (70) participants coming from different Religious organizations namely; Basilan Ulama Council, Imams and Traditional Leaders, Alima, Pastors , Clergy, Religious sisters, PPC and Catechist attended An Interreligious Dialogue among Religious Leaders in Basilan on December 02, 2017, held at Bishop Querexeta Formation Center, Isabela City Basilan. The Dialogue was conducted by Nagdilaab Foundation Incorporated (NFI) in partnership with key partners from Basilan Ulama Supreme Council (BUSC), UECI, Social Action Center and ZABIDA.

 

The Dialogue is anchored to the theme of Mindanao Week of Peace 2017,”Sustaining the Journey for Peace”. The aim was to assess on the interreligious mechanism and best practices in working together in pursuit to Peace, as well as to talk about the recent and challenging issues/concern that is happening globally and locally.

 

The program was commenced with a faith prayer led by Dr. Aboulkhair Tarason,Chairman Basilan Ulama Supreme Council (BUSC), Rev. Fr. Franklin Floyd Costan,Director, Social Action Center, Prelature of Isabela de Basilan and Pastor Ronald Paulino, Chairman of the United Evangelical Church Inc. (UECI) ,Both of them invoked the blessings and guidance of the good Almighty for the success of Interreligious Dialogue. Ms. Deddette Suacito rendered her welcome message and the Rationale of the program.

 

Ustadz Ahmad Ismael, Member of BUSC, Dean of Institution for Islamic Studies, BASC, and Rev. Fr. Franklin Floyd G. Costan, Director, Social Action Center, Prelature of Isabela de Basilan, bestowed their testimonial sharing on IRD experience.

 

During the open space a participant shared that dialogue is a way of life, healing of memories on violence, bridging communities, strengthening love and understanding to oneself.

 

Dr. Aboulkhair Tarason, Chairman Basilan Ulama Supreme Council (BUSC), imparted his deepening message on a common word between us and you, he said “in order to establish a good relationship between Allah and communities, we must always remember Allah, we must love one another, let us to meet as human being in building peace and harmony for the future of our generation to come,and we should taking care of each other, and we will move together, In sha Allah we can get fast tolerance, peace and better life for work. (sic)”

 

Pastor Ronald Paulino, Chairman of the United Evangelical Church Inc. (UECI), furnished his talk by saying “ Love symbolized Peace, Solidarity and Unity, we must Love our neighbor as we love our self, and we must love one another as we love ourselves, because Love is kind it is not injures, it does not boast , it is not risk other, it is not subsidy,and it is not easily anger (sic)”.

 

Msgr. Roel Casas, Administrator, Prelature of Isabela de Basilan, quoted some statement during his intensifying message about IRD, “if we want to pursue Peace and harmony, then refer to the one who created us and then we expressed indeed well future that we belong to him, and that all he loves, we must also love,respect, accept and forgive, may the journey of inner peace continuous (sic)”.

 

They also put emphasis that the journey to have peace in Basilan will continue, and everyone were able to promote and advocate peace, solidarity and unity to the youth because they believed the authentic Peace begins in young generation. (Ayara Jaimin/Nagdilaab Foundation Inc.)

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