ZABIDA: Stronger partnership in Human Security Program
ZABIDA stands to its commitment to work on the Human Security of disadvantaged sectors through partnerships with all stakeholders; from the sector groups, the Local Government Units, the National Government entities, the Civil Society up to the global community. Last February 15, 2019, a mark of friendship and partnership was celebrated through the official closure of the 2nd Convenio and the launch of the 3rd Convenio which was graced by the Spanish Government through the Embajador de España en Filipinas, His Excellency, Ambassador Jorge Moragas and his envoy, the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) through Juan Pita, Coordinator of Technical Cooperation Office and by Manos Unidas represented by Ramon Alvarez, Head, Asian Desk Projects, Miguel Carballo and Jessica Del Olmo.
The Human Security Program which is addressing the freedom from want, freedom from fear and freedom to live in dignity, is being implemented for more than a decade now by ZABIDA as a convergence of four (4) independent non-profit organizations namely: Peace Adovcates Zamboanga Foundation, Reach Out to Others Foundation, Katilingban Sa Kalambuan Organization for Zamboanga City and Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc. Fr. Angel C Calvo, CMF, ZABIDA President, in his welcome message, shared the lessons learned throughout the program implementation. Putting emphasis that “in unity there is strength…that gives people courage and confidence to act for themselves and the interests of their sector.”
For the 3rd Convenio, ZABIDA partners with a total of 35 High Schools and Elementary Schools and 36 Barangay Local Government Units both in Zamboanga City and Basilan. This is in partnership with various line agencies namely; the Commission on Human Rights Regional Field Office IX, the Philippine Information Agency Regional Officce IX, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Provincial Government of Basilan, the Local Government Unit of Zamboanga City, the Local Government Unit of Lamitan City, the Municipal Government of Maluso, Office of the City Social Welfare and Development, and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office.
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.