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1st Semester Barangay Assembly in Salaan, Guisao and Lamisahan

Barangay Assemblies are organized as an opportunity for transparency and accountability to the constituents in every Barangay. This is the time in a year that the Barangay Officials provide detailed reports on the achievements and plans of the Local Government Unit. For year 2018, Reach-Out to Others Foundation Inc.’s (ROOF) partner barangays namely, Barangay Guisao, Barangay Salaan and Barangay Lamisahan conducted their respective 1st Semester Assembly.

Barangay Salaan conducted its assembly last April 7, this City. Hon. Regalado Faustino, the Barangay Chairperson presented his accomplishments during his state of the Barangay Address or SOBA. This included the following; the on-going Infrastructure projects such as the “farm to market road”, the “rehabilitation of the covered court at the elementary school”. He then mentioned the logistical support that ROOF-ZABIDA provided, through the Convenio Project supported by the Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) and the Manos Unidas. Said support is for the Sectoral & Gender and Development (GAD) and Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM). Hon. Faustino also mentioned that the Barnagay Measurement Tool Ratings has already been posted in the Barangay Hall and he is encouraging his consituents to evaluate and see how their Barangay Officials are working. He is also encouraging comments for improvement from them.

On the same day, Barangay Lamisahan held its assmebly at the Magsaysay Elementary School Covered Court. With the theme: “Kapit kamay tungo sa Pagbabago ng Barangay! Makiisa! Makilahok! Makialam!”. Mrs. Concepcion Tigas, President of Multi-sectoral organization, presented an update on the Logistical Support received from the ROOF-ZABIDA through the support of the Convenio Project. The support was an Animal Dispersal Program under the Sectoral Poverty Alleviation and Gender and Development. Said program was managed by the LAMSECO Multi-Sectoral Association headed by Mrs. Concepcion Tigas.

On April 8, Barangay Guisao gathered more than 200 of its constituents. Hon. Miguel Arquiza, Barangay Chairman – Barangay Guisao and Hon. Teodiver Arquiza, District 2 City Councilor were both present. (Rahsa Alberto and Khamar Amsain/ROOF)

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Photo-Feature: Right to Play Facilatators’ Trainers Training

“One of the rights of children is Right to Play” as stated in the principles of UNCRC. Last March 26-27, 2018, KKI conducted a Trainer’s Training for Play Facilitators that are Day Care workers and teachers, Community Leaders, Children & Youth and Boses ng Kabataan. The TOT’s objectives were; 1. Understand the concept of children’s right to sports and play; 2.Enhanced the Capacity of the participants and; 3.Build confidence and competence among the participants to plan and implement play activities in their respective communities. (Sosimo Eyas, Jr. RSW/KKI)

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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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Zamboanga and Basilan Youth Transformed Into A “Broken-Healer”

Anchoring on this year’s theme of the Mindanao Week of Peace “Sustaining the Journey for Peace” some 60 Christian and Muslim youth leaders from Zamboanga City and Basilan Province had a three-day journey during the Regional Youth Peace Forum conducted last November 21-23 at Our Lady of the Pilar Retreat House, Mercedes this city.

 

The Regional Youth Peace Forum is a yearly joined activity of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ), Interreligious Solidarity for Peace (ISP), Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP) and the Zamboanga Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA) which aims to gather the youth leaders from this city and the neighboring island province to Basilan to discuss the current issues that are affecting these two culturally diverse communities especially the youth sectors.

 

“For this year the activity aims to discuss relevant societal issues affecting the young generation and their roles as peacebuilding and to undergo the initial sessions on healing for personal and social transformation by using the concept of peace tables,” Rosie France M. Montojo, PAZ Project Coordinator said.

 

Miriam L. Suacito, the Executive Director of the Nagdilaab Foundation (NFI) a Basilan based non-government organization and a member consortium of ZABIDA was the led facilitator of the three-day stay in the healing session. She brought the youthful participants who are coming from the school organizations and community-based organizations into the deeper understanding of Trauma and Healing.

 

During her series of sessions with them, she underscored the different types of trauma that the youth now days are encountering such as the sexual and physical abuses, bullying and emotional abuses. She also presented mechanism how to go over with the pains and trauma and to formally be healed.

 

This year the Mindanao Week of Peace is on its 20th-anniversary celebration and it is putting more emphasizing on the need to continue the journey towards the just and lasting peace amid unending violence in Mindanao.     

 

The youth peace forum capped with a planning session where the participants initiated doable activities related to healing intended for their communities especially for their fellow youth. (Albert F. Arcilla/Peace Advocates Zamboanga)   

 

 

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