Friday, June 20, 2014

Hope Bridge's Bintulan Project May 28, 2014



Six months after Typhoon Yolanda struck Leyte and Samar, there still remains a need for extensive livelihood support throughout the region. LCDE (Leyte Center for Development) and CDRC (Citizens Disaster Respons Center) through Hope Bridge – Korea began livelihood projects across five project areas in Marabut, Samar as early as February, one of this projects was the construction of a Bintulan “fish trap” for the benefit of Brgy. Tag-alag, a community heavily damaged by the typhoon.

On May 28, 2014, a short program was held in Brgy. San Roque for the Bintulan’s turnover to the communities’ beneficiaries attended by LCDE’s Executive Director Ms. Jazmin Jerusalem and Ms. Edna Luna from CDRC and LCDE staff involved in the project.
The Bintulan is a large fish trap that is installed offshore with a depth ranging from 15 to 20 meters. Materials used are coconut lumber, bamboo, nets and nylon cords. Catching fish with the bitulan is usually done at night and early dawn as fishermen use kerosene lamps to attract fish and trap them inside. 

The principal goal of this project is to answer Brgy. Tag-Alag’s lack of sources of food from the sea due to its high price in the local market. Non-members of the organization will also benefit from the low price of catch the bintulan will offer.
Tag-Alag’s organization has a policy which encourages all members to participate on operations of the Bintulan, profit from a days catch is divided among the four people who manned the bintulan. This project was made possible due to the strong presence of it organization, where almost everyone in the community are members.

By Reniel Sanica, LCDE Regional Administrative Officer
Translation - Carlo Jerusalem, LCDE Advocacy Coordinator

Sunday, June 1, 2014

LCDE 2014 Summer Youth Camp


SILAGO, SOUTHERN LEYTE – From May 14-18, 2014 LCDE held a Summer Youth Camp in Silago which aims to raise the awareness of participants on PLAN and LCDE’s project through the activities’ theme of “Setting Direction for Development”. Participants were youth from LCDE’s project areas in Silago aged 12 to 22. PLAN Philippines and LCDE have been partners since 2012 implementing their project entitled “Adaptation to Climate Change by Strengthening Natural Resilience” funded and supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Youth Camp began with post typhoon updates and was followed with activities such as plays, community broadcast workshops, song writing, poetry, and visual arts, where participants were given the choice of events to take part in. All these were aimed to increase the awareness and capacity of youth to actively participate in being advocates for climate change by developing various technical and organizational skills which lasted for five (5) days.

Participants were very grateful as not all of them are always given the opportunity to engage in skill building activities. LCDE also provided expert facilitators from DAWATAN Northern Samar Arts Council, Inc for theatrical activities, Young Heart PLAN for videography, photography and song writing; and FARDEC a known NGO based in Cebu that implements Food Security programs. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

LCDE and CARE completes initial cash distributions for Yolanda victims in Basey, Samar

LCDE and CARE completes initial cash distributions for Yolanda victims in Basey, Samar

By Carlo Jerusalem
LCDE Advocacy Officer

Leyte Center for Development (LCDE), a disaster response and mitigation NGO; and CARE International, a humanitarian NGO, began the first phase of their livelihood program for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda as early as March which was composed of cash grants to selected beneficiaries in multiple barangays in Basey, Samar. The cash grant is part of CARE and LCDE’s span of activities which aims to help beneficiaries recover or start new livelihoods which includes trainings in order to increase the resilience of the community and its livelihoods against natural and man-made disasters.

LCDE has a project team leader and several field staff in place which implements and ensures CARE’s livelihood program is going as intended, alongside close coordination with CARE personnel. Much of the success of the opening programs phase is also due to established PO (Peasant Organization) in the project area which assisted in some aspects of the project. Beneficiaries were selected based on a criteria developed by CARE, to guarantee that the cash grant is given to qualified members of the community. Each beneficiary will receive 3,000.00 Php to be used in expenditures concerning their livelihoods. 

The first cash distribution began on March 14, 2014 in Barangay Mabini with Cluster one (1) composed of Barangay Mabini, Sitios Bagti, Biga, Burabod, Binugho and Barangay Manlilinab, the second distribution was held on May 6, 2014 in Sitio Can-umran with Cluster two (2) composed of Sitios Guinpongduan, Rizal, Can-umran, Rono, and Cambabang; Cluster three (3) which is composed of Barangays Cancaiyas, Cogon and Sitio Lanaga received cash grants on May 8, 2014 in Barangay Cogon. Cluster four (4) composed of Barangay Villa Aurora, Sitio Lubang and Macaranas received their cash on May 19, 2014, thus ending the first phase of the livelihood program.

Project areas of LCDE and CARE in Basey suffered immense damage to their livelihoods due to Typhoon Yolanda, especially since much of the communities’ main sources of livelihoods are agriculturally based. Almost all the beneficiaries were unable to restart their respective livelihoods before the advent of CARE’s cash grant, which is a sign of the Philippine government’s inability to respond to the needs of its citizens during severe natural calamities. Although there are visible indications of the government stepping up their efforts, most of the recovery and rehabilitation in affected areas are still mostly handled by local and international NGO’s.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April 25, 2014 Hope Bridge Turnover Ceremony

Hope Bridge Project Turnover in Marabut, Samar

Ceremony venue in Barangay San Roque

MARABUT, SAMAR – On April 25, 2014 representatives from Hope Bridge – Korea held a turnover ceremony for their project through LCDE (Leyte Center for Development) and CDRC (Citizens Disaster Response Center) in a seaside venue close to Barangay San Roque. Thirty (30) motorboats, complete with engines, and fishing nets, for crabs and fish, were each given to each of the fisher-folk beneficiaries; farm tools were also dispersed to Hope Bridge’s target barangays in Marabut which are Caluwayan, San Roque, Viloso, Legaspi and Tagalag. Various school supplies and t-shirts (bearing inspiring prints) were also distributed to 500 children of Marabut. Present in the occasion were Hope Bridge’s Director, staff and a film crew which arrived a day before, CDRC and LCDE’s Directors and staff were also onsite and were part of the preparations for the event. 

Aside from the formal turnover, a program was also held which lasted all throughout the day which started in the morning with the blessing of the boats by a local priest, then followed by messages from Hope Bridges Board Director Dr. Su-yun Chae, CDRC’s Executive director Ms. Suyin Jamoralin and Marabut’s Mayor Percival Ortillo; two beneficiaries each representing the fishing and farming sector also extended their thanks. 

Beneficiairy with Hope Bridge's Director Dr. Su-yun and CDRC's Ms. Jamoralin

One of the programs highlights was a presentation by a charming group of children who sang “We are the World” and lit up the whole crowd with cheers and smiles. After the presentation the turnover ceremony began in earnest, where a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the beneficiaries and LCDE detailing the rules and obligations that have to be fulfilled in order to be granted the assistance the project provides. After signing, beneficiaries received their motorboats and fishing nets on the shoreline followed by closing remarks by LCDE’s Executive director Ms. Jazmin Jerusalem, thus ending the formal portion of the ceremony by mid-afternoon. What came next were social activities for both the project staff (Hope Bridge, LCDE and CDRC) and beneficiaries alike, which included games and dancing. 

Beneficiary with his newly acquired motorboat.

Overall the project achieved all that Hope Bridge, LCDE, and CDRC were looking forward to, which is to provide aid to target communities in Marabut and alleviate the lack of comprehensive livelihood support in the area, although the project cannot possibly cover the whole of Marabut, Samar LCDE hopes that this can serve as call to other NGO’s and especially the National government to make concrete steps towards helping Marabut get back up on its feet, this call also goes out for all the other devastated communities in Eastern Visayas which have yet to receive proper aid and support. 

By: Carlo A. Jerusalem
LCDE Advocacy Officer

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Peace Winds – Japan, through LCDE and CDRC provide homes for Typhoon Haiyan’s victims in Carigara, Leyte

Peace Winds – Japan, through LCDE and CDRC provide homes for Typhoon Haiyan’s victims in Carigara, Leyte 

February 18, 2014 distribution of shelter materials.

CARIGARA, LEYTE – LCDE (Leyte Centre for Developent) a disaster response and mitigation NGO along with its national partner CDRC (Citizens Disaster Response Centre) have joined Peace Winds – Japan, an NGO that operates across the world providing humanitarian aid, to help in their efforts to give homes to the people of Carigara that were severely stricken by Typhoon Haiyan

The Project
Peace Winds through its local partnership with Leyte Centre for Development and Citizens Disaster Response Centre, are currently implementing shelter assistance projects in 26 barangays in Carigara, Leyte with a total of 690 households that will benefit from it. Beneficiaries chosen were those whose houses were totally damaged and have no capacity to rebuild, assistance for the selection was provided MOFAC (Municipal Farmers Association of Carigara) a local people’s organization. They received from Peace Winds shelter materials consisting of cement, cocolumber (posts), plywood, GI sheets and basic carpentry tools enough to construct a house that will provide them with a decent home. 

LCDE, CDRC and Peace Winds project staff began the program on January 15 laying the groundwork for the project, preparing and selecting target areas in Carigara. On February 18 the first batch of beneficiaries numbering 301 households composed of 5 barangays, received their shelter materials. The second batch which numbers 389 households from 21 barangays are due to receive their shelter materials on March 26. The project will end by May 15, which also will include the complete repair of two Daycare Centers in Carigara.

One of the hoses constructed by beneficiaries nearing completion. (Photo taken on April 7, 2014)

Different Approach
 It should be noted that the nature of Peace Winds’ program will require beneficiaries to construct a house using the materials provided under close guidance by a monitoring team selected by LCDE and CDRC field staff. The monitoring team consists of skilled carpenters and a locally appointed engineer who will be regularly onsite in project areas. Peace Winds, LCDE and CDRC intended the project to be this way to avoid problems and ensure all shelter materials distributed are fully utilized.   

By: Carlo Jerusalem
LCDE Advocacy Officer