ACCA Navotas Communities Visited by NTU Students

Graduate students from National Taiwan University (NTU) conducted a fieldwork in the ACCA communities of Barangays Tanza and Tangos, Navotas from February 12-17, 2011. The team was composed of Hsin-yi Hsueh, Pei-Hsuan and Kray Lin, Yin-wei Huang and Ching Shan Wu. The Taiwanese students were accompanied by their professor, Dr. Liang-Chun Chen, to conduct a study focusing on issues related to urban poor communities. As part of their curriculum in Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, they interviewed the said communities several times and based on their preliminary findings, came up with a design proposal that included schemes for house improvements and repairs which would benefit the receiving communities. The NTU students also presented their work to the communities through a workshop facilitated by TAO-Pilipinas.

The following are some photos taken during their initial assessment which was done on February 12.

NTU students take a boat ride to reach Tanza

NTU students take a boat ride to reach Tanza

NTU students at Tangos

NTU students at Tangos

NTU students going around Tangos

NTU students going around Tangos

NTU students taking photos of the Tanza community

NTU students taking photos of the Tanza community

The next set of pictures are taken during the 15th and 16th of February when the students went back to conduct their interviews.

NTU students interviewing Tangos community

NTU students interviewing Tangos community

NTU students posing for a group picture with Tangos group

NTU students posing for a group picture with Tangos group

NTU students posing with the MASAGANA community

NTU students posing with the MASAGANA community

NTU students with the city engineer of Navotas

NTU students with the city engineer of Navotas, Engr. Rufino Serrano

After all the interview and site visits, the NTU students then presented the result of their work to the 2 communities on February 17.

NTU students during the start of the presentation

NTU students during the start of the presentation

ACCA community members from Tangos and Tanza who were the audience of the NTU students

ACCA community members from Tangos and Tanza who were the audience of the NTU students

The issues given by the communities during the presentation

The issues given by the communities during the presentation

Group photos with the NTU students and the ACCA Navotas community members

Group photos with the NTU students and the ACCA Navotas community members

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1 October 2010 ACCA Navotas Network General Assembly


Five community organizations from two barangays in Navotas held its first general assembly last 1 October 2010 in M/S Noah Training Center, Barangay Tanza, Navotas. Some guests were present including Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, from the Diocese of Kalookan, Emma Manjares and company of Damayan ng Mamamayang Pilipinong Api (DAMPA), Ms. Leonora Acosta of M/S Noah Training Center, the Barangay Secretary of Tanza, and Jayne Banayad, a representative from the Office of Congressman Tobias Tiangco.

The program started with an opening prayer led by Lolita Caparino, of Masagana of Navotas Neighborhood Association followed by the opening remarks by Rogelio R. Sario of Samahang Pantalan Uno.An introduction about ACCA Navotas Network and its projects was presented by Marginela B. Brucelo of Masagana of Navotas Neighborhood Association. Issues, problems and plans were presented by representatives from each of the 5 member-organizations: Menelo S. Abueva from Masagana of Navotas Neighborhood Association; Rogelio R. Sario from Samahang Pantalan Uno; Cecilia A. Virtuz from Samahan ng Kababaihan sa Dulong Tangos; and Rosa Estipanio from Samahan ng Maliliit na Mangangalakal sa R. Domingo. An annual report was also presented by Arlene Christy D. Lusterio of TAO-Pilipinas, Inc. the NGO proponent of the ACCA project in Navotas City. Bishop Iniguez, Ms. Manjares of Dampa and Ms. Leonora Acosta of M/S Noah Training Center shared their praises and support to the efforts of the communities in Navotas.

Bishop Deo pointed out that good and successful community initiatives are good models that should be shared and replicated in other poor communities especially in Navotas. He further added that Caritas Kalookan have programs for the poor and there is an Urban Poor Ministry that extends supports to urban poor related issues in the Diocese of Kalookan which includes the city of Navotas.

Ms. Emma Manjares congratulated the network for all the efforts it has achieved and extended support in the setup of Botika Binhi in communities in Barangay Tangos. She also mentioned the possibility of setting up the Botika ng Barangay with support from the Department of Health (DOH). DAMPA partners with DOH in extending affordable medicine to poor communities they assist. Ms. Manjares also extended support to the provision of reproductive health services such as  pap smear through an endorsement to the Philippine Cancer Society. The  patient will only need to pay PhP50.00 for the laboratory analysis. The organizations only need to set the date for the conduct of pap smear in their community. Ms. Emma also added the the possibility for computer literacy through thr Korean group Hanvi who is alos working in Navotas.

Ms. Acosta of M/S Noah Training Center shared her interest in the projects of ACCA and opened the possibility of networking with their Alumni who are in Navotas to generate added support to the project especially in extending small loans to the poor communities. She also expressed agreement to the importance of extending affordable health services to very poor families and shared her own initiative to really prepare in advance for the health needs of her family as it is of utmost importance. The summary was presented by Josephine B. Castillo of DAMPA and the closing remarks was given by Menelo S. Abueva of Masagana of Navotas Neighborhood Association.

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Community Based Solid Waste Management Workshop on Sustainable Agriculture

Participants with resource speakers

Participants with resource speakers

Distribution of starter kits

Distribution of starter kits

Three months after TAO-Pilipinas conducted its initial Community Based – Solid Waste Management Workshop (CB-SWM) on December 5-6, 2009, members of TAO-Pilipinas Staff and the training facilitators of the workshop conducted surprise visits last March, 2010 to each community to verify if the youths who participated in the workshop have started waste segregation, composting and urban gardening in their respective communities.

Lecture portion of the workshop

Lecture portion of the workshop

Diluting liquid fertilizer

Diluting liquid fertilizer

Each household in the communities have already been practicing a certain degree of waste segregation. They are also in different stages in the implementation of composting and urban gardening. To reinforce what they have learned, TAO-Pilipinas organized a follow-up workshop last April 30, 2010 which focused on Sustainable Agriculture and Urban Gardening at the TAO-Pilipinas office in Diliman, Quezon City.

The workshop was attended by 32 youths from the 5 communities of Bagong Silangan, Parola, Pasay, Tanza-Masagana Area and Tangos Navotas.  Workshop facilitators were Ms. Jessa Marie B. Albacea (Agri- Extension Officer – Luzon) and Ms. Marie Joy Q. Demaluan (Area Coordinator-Luzon) from the Center for Agrarian Reform & Rural Development (CARRD), an NGO centered on innovation in rural development, social entrepreneurship, policy research and advocacy.

Kangkong with brown sugar to formulate liquid fertilizer

Kangkong with brown sugar to formulate liquid fertilizer

Seed Donors

Seed Donors

This time, twelve select older members of each community’s People’s Organization were also invited to learn with the youths, share their own gardening experiences and to lend their support and guidance to the youths when they return to their communities.

An overview of Sustainable Agriculture was given, and more detailed advice on urban gardening was taught, such as the types of soil available, its nutrient content, raw materials for composting and various characteristics of select vegetables like eggplant, sitao, okra, tomatoes and pechay.  An actual demonstration on mixing a liquid fertilizer which can act as a compost enhancer was taught to the youths which they can easily replicate in their homes. Lively discussions ensued and a lot of knowledge was shared.
In the following weeks, the youths from one community will be invited to visit other communities to assist in their planting efforts.

Give2Asia Foundation is the principal donor behind this project that has allowed us to conduct these workshops and purchase garden soil which were distributed to the youths at the end of the seminar. Equally generous donations of seeds were provided by Allied Botanical Corporation, Bureau of Plant Industry and Ramgo International Corporation.

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Reflection: CB – SWM Re-echoing Experience

by Emil

“Hindi porket mahirap ka, na nakatira ka sa isang squatter’s area, tagpi tagpi lang bahay mo, eh nangangahulugang wala ka nang magagawa na ikagaganda ng paligid mo.”

I remember myself speaking my heart out to a friend while we share each other’s stories on helping out communities. Right after graduating on college months ago, it’s been my desire to reach out communities, preferably urban poor communities with a mission of sharing what I learned from both my academic and non-academic experiences.

And the very lines I spoke out to my friend were the same lines I used to conclude the two day seminar – workshops we had with the Rogate Youth (of the Saint Hannibal Christian Community, Pasay City) about Community – Based Solid Waste Management (CB – SWM).

More than the fun we had on our group dynamics; the seminar was worthwhile for both the 13 – member CB – SWM Youth Group and the 30 plus participants as we engaged with the eye – opening realities of the environmental and ecological situation of our communities.

Both the members of the group and the participants share with the desire of reducing (if not completely eliminating) wastes and the problems associated with it. Let’s take for instance Tripa Galina River alongside the participants’ residences. Trashes nearly covering most of the river are at site.  Read more ..

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Relief Operations Updates

Dear Donors,
TAO-Pilipinas Inc. wishes to extend its gratitude and thanks to those who donated funds to help the victims of tropical storm Ondoy (Ketsana) and more recently typhoon Santi (Mirinae).

Dear Donors,

TAO-Pilipinas Inc. wishes to extend its gratitude and thanks to those who donated funds to help the victims of tropical storm Ondoy (Ketsana) and more recently typhoon Santi (Mirinae).

The total funds received are as seen below:

Relief-Operations-update

total funds

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