APR. 1- JUN. 3O, 2013
BACKGROUND TO THE QUARTER: DEVELOPMENTS & HAPPENINGS
IMPACTING ON EDMUND RICE SERVICES:
1) Study Leave for Daryl Valdez Mon. Apr.1st. : Darryl departed to do two and
a half months of study at the Leyte Normal University in
Tacloban to prepare for his Board Examination which would
provide him with national recognition as a Social Worker.
Dennis Fernandez began with ERS on Mon. April 8th,
temporarily taking up a position left vacant by Daryl in the
Community Development Activity project. Congratulations to
Daryl on his success in the Examination held in Cebu City on
June 18 & 19. Daryl resumed duties at ERS on June 24.
2) Candidates’ Ministry Immersion: During the Second Quarter, two young
men participating in the Edmund Rice Brothers’
Candidacy Program began an immersion experience
in the three Ministries of Edmund Rice Services
Mr. Adones Tolibas
Mr. Dennis Fernandez Candidate
3) Departure of Brothers for Commitments in their respective Countries:
Bro Graeme Leach departed for Port Moresby Wed. Apr. 3rd returning on Apr.
10th; Bro. Roshan D’Cunha left Sun Apr. 14 for an Advocacy Workshop in Geneva
sponsored by Edmund Rice International and involving the Universal Periodic
Review by the U.N. of three countries, and for Assembly meetings in India and
Australia; Bro. Theo Alvares left May 6th for meetings in India and Australia. Bro.
Graeme Leach departed for Brisbane for vacation followed by Brothers’ Assembly
May 30th. and Bro Paul Coster departed for the Assembly in Brisbane followed by
vacation, June 23rd.
4) Mid-year summer Vacation 2013; Fri. Apr.26th: ERS staff commenced
their mid-year vacation around five working days and resumed activities on Mon
May 6th on which day the feast of Blessed Edmund Rice was celebrated with a
prayer service and a lunch.
5) Social Work Interns from Maasin City College: May 10th. The four interns
Rolly C. Arot, Jaybee E Nunez,
Keecyl S. Macasero, and Bebei Lou P.
Eralino – completed their internship
of 500 hours with Edmund Rice
Services Maasin. ERS staff were
happy to support these young
development and all four proved to
be good ambassadors of Maasin City College and ERS. Mr. Daryl Valdez
following his return to ERS in late June, participated in the Field Instruction
Program at Maasin City College at the request of the MCC Dean in preparation
for a new set of 4 interns to be received by ERS.
6) Visit of Bro. Bernard White May 13-28: Bro. Bernard visited ERS Maasin for
a period of two weeks accompanying staff in the various services.
He proved to be a congenial and encouraging presence in activities
of staff, accompanying them on patrols.
7) Advocacy Reports as of May 14, 2013 and end of June: Reports as of
May 14 and of June end, were sent to Bro. Peter Harney of Edmund Rice
GROUPS FORMED AND FOCAL ADVOCACY CONCERNS
Focal Advocacy Groups and Concerns
Environment (Concern: Disaster preparedness)
The Elderly (Concern: Neglect of the elderly and neglect of their rights)
Integrity of Election Process (Concern: Vote-buying)
Parenting & Guidance of Youth (Concern: Children begetting children)
Rights of People with Disability (Concern: Non-recognition of rights
Rights of Youth (Concern: Harassment & Bullying especially in schools)
Notes on above Groups:
No. 1: Environment (Concern: Disaster preparedness) There was networking
with the NGO, AFFIRE through BTS participating in a Questionnaire that they
sent regarding the environment and climate change.
No 3: Integrity of the Election Process. (Concern: Vote-buying) This group
conducted a successful say-no-to-vote-buying-campaign and dissolved after
No 5: Rights of People with Disability (Concern: Non-recognition of rights)
This group has yet to produce a report and declare where it is going.
No 6: Rights of Youth (Harassment & Bullying) A meeting was held with the
DepEd City officials concerning which schools to target. It was agreed to
target Maasin City National High School with which the ERS Campus Ministry
Animation team was already working.
ACTIVITIES INVOLVING ERS TEAMS WORKING JOINTLY.
1) Prison Youth: Easter 2013: APR. 1: In the spirit of Blessed Edmund Rice’s
ministering to prison inmates, ERS representatives visited the two prisons in
Maasin City... the Province Jail and the City Jail. There are 45 youth inmates in
the Province and the City Jails between the ages of 17 and 25 yrs. Easter gifts
aimed at assisting in their personal care of self were distributed.
2) CBR and CMA Staff collaborating, to develop strategies to deliver
Modules of the Personality Development Seminar for 3rd Year High
School Students: The teams met twice during the duration of the 2nd Quarter.
3) CBR and BTS Teams Collaborating in Community Based Development
(CBD) Activity in 8 of the Poorest of Communities: All staff of the two
teams met twice on this task and the 8 staff undertook to further the
implementation of the program by 8 communities in four parishes. Meetings
were held with Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) Leaders, Chapel Presidents and
house-to-house visitations conducted of the poorest settlements selected. The
first reports on the work in the four parishes were presented with Fr. Harlem
Gozo, Director of the Diocesan Social Action Center attending and assisting in
the reflection on the reports.
4) CBR, CMA & BTS: A meeting was held with Fr. Ronald Marcojos, the new
administrator of the San Rafael Parish to brief him on the activities of ERS on
the basis of the agreement with the previous Parish Priest and Parish Council.
Brothers Paul, Theo, Graeme and Mrs. R. Oclarit participated in this meeting.
ACTIVITIES & ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE 3 RESPECTIVE SERVICES
CHILD ASSISTANCE/BACK-TO-SCHOOLING SERVICE - ERF(A) FUNDED
1) Consultative Meetings in the Interests of Livelihood Training:
Integrated Crop Management and Food Processing Training were topics of two
planning meetings held with each LGU of Cambooc and Bilibol.
Department of Agriculture was also consulted concerning its involvement in
such training. There has been contact also with the organisation called TAG
FIBERS concerning a possible collaboration in livelihood training and activities.
2) Livelihood Training Activity: One batch of 30 participants undertook the
Integrated Crop Management training which the Department of Agriculture
helped to deliver.
3) Encouragement of poor children to start the school year with One-off,
practical assistance: The BTS conducted 8 TIGUM days for disadvantaged
children in 8 barangays. This involved negotiation with respective Barangay
Councils who on the whole gave full support to the days’ activities. 312
children of the poor were assisted to face the school year with kits of classroom
supplies; some provided by ERS, others by local donors.
4) Meeting with Local Area Carers: Regarding new enrolees in the feeding
program, briefings of several Local Area Carers looking after 8 groups of
children were held. The new enrolees were confirmed as beneficiaries only
after their socio-economic status was verified through house-to-house visitation.
5) Assistance for Learners in the Alternative Learning System BTS has
continued to network with and support agencies including the DepEd itself as
well as ALS students in their study programs. The DepED invited ERS to
become a direct deliverer of ALS programs. This invitation ERS refused since it
would mean moving away from our policy of supporting local, community-based
agencies taking the lead-role in delivering alternative learning programs. Our
role is to link with and support the development of local, sustainable initiatives
not to take over the community’s responsibility.
6) The Heifer Foundation: This poverty alleviation NGO operates on the basis of
donating livestock to the poorest families in an area. Further impacts on areas
are effected through beneficiary families entering into a covenant of passing on
the first couple of offspring to other poor families of the area (passing on the
gift). In so doing the first beneficiaries earn ownership of the initial livestock
donated. ERS envisages entering into a program with the Heifer Foundation
but only under the umbrella of the Diocesan Social Action Center (DSAC) since
it would be required that the program target up to one-thousand families. An
information-sharing meeting of ERS and DSAC with the Heifer Foundation, is
expected to be held sometime in July or soon after.
7) Child and Youth Film Festival: This festival was organised and sponsored
by Plan International and involved children and youth actually making films on
critical issues which call for advocacy.
Ms. Rosavilla Oclarit and Mr. Daryl
Valdez representing ERS staff, attended this function. Ms. Oclarit was given a
role of interacting with the children and youth film makers on the content of the
8) Income-Generation to Support Child Assistance Feeding Program:
Construction of the Piggery Project started on March 4, 2013, was finished and
was handed over by the assigned Engineer, Mr. Edmon Siano on April 25, 2013,
ready for use with
lights and water
bedding for the
On May 14, 2013,
20 healthy piglets
which cost PHP
mid- June, two
pigs being sick
with antibiotics by
After one day
healthy. On July 3, 2013, 6 pigs were given multivitamins (Belman) due to
having less weight compared to the other pigs. Around June 24, 2013 and the
last week of June 2013, 3 buyers visited the piggery: they will buy the pigs at
harvest time. Thanks to the Diocese of Maasin for the use of the land and to
ERF (A) for the funding to start the project. We look forward to this piggery as
a source of recurrent income for feeding the children. Congratulations to Ms.
Ana Cris Creencia, the Fund Development Officer of ERS, on seeing through the
successful launching the first batch of piglets and inaugurating an efficient
operation. Note: The capacity of the Piggery is a yearly output of 90
pigs (3 batches of 30 piglets per year). The yearly profit on the
piggery operating at such full capacity, will support 18 poor children
in school for a year.
9) CURRENT BTS STATISTICS AT MARCH 31, 2013
CHILDREN AND YOUTH CURRENTLY ASSISTED
Children in regular
MALE FEMALE TOTAL Note: Loss
during quarter during quarter
Students in regular
Cum 2012 Tigum
(Tigum: One-off Ed’l Boost)
Tigum 1st Q
Tigum 2 Q
Cum Tigum 2013
Cum. 1 .Q 2013
Cum. Year-end 2012
TRAINING OF ADULTS DURING 2013 (CUMULATIVE)
TITLE OF COURSE
MALE FEMALE TOTAL
Cum. 2012 23
Management Training 1 . Q 2013 26
2 Q 2013 13
1 Q 2013 42
Cum. 2013 81
BACK-TO-SCHOOLING (BTS) & LIVELIHOOD TEAM
Ms. Joyce Billones
Ms. Blezie Escabal
Ms. Rosavilla Oclarit
Mr. Daryl Valdez
Bro. Roshan D’Cunha
COMMUNITY BASED REHABILITATION (CBR) SERVICE-ERF(A) FUNDED
1) Commitment to Personality & Character Development Seminars for 3rd
Year National High School Students April 2: The CBR team represented by
Jennifer Maraon participated in the meeting with school heads of national high schools
of the City and the So. Leyte Division. The CBR team made a commitment to deliver
the seminar to several high schools in the current school year.
2) Eye and Ear Screening of Children: Screening sessions were conducted for 7
elementary schools and 2 communities. 751 children were screened; 389 being male
and 362 being female. 4 children were identified as having congenital cataracts and
operations were arranged for 3 of these. Surgery for the 4th child has been deferred to
a later date.
3) Eye and Ear Screening of Adults: The number of adults screened during the
quarter was 809 (290 males; 519 females). 178
were identified with eye problems. 48 cataract
operations for adults were conducted and in
addition 10 pterygium operations. There are 27
adults with immature cataracts waitlisted for
operations in the future. The staff participated in
the pre-operation screening clinics held at the
Provincial Hospital of So. Leyte.
4) Screening of Hearing Impaired Children: The CBR team conducted screening
tests of eyes and ears of new enrollees (6 males; 4 females) of LIAD (Leyte Island
Association of the Deaf) in Tomas Oppus Pilot School, to prepare these children for the
coming school year 2013-2014. Health teaching was also conducted for the parents.
5) Human Interest Story – Mercy Action: During the screening of one barangay in
Maasin City, a young boy was found 5 years old with cleft lip and palate , and a girl, of
12 years of age from Sogod, So. Leyte with cleft lip. It will be arranged for these
children to benefit from the surgical mission under the “Smile for the Lord program” to
be held at the Provincial Hospital of So. Leyte August 6-8, 2013 in connection with the
45th Founding Anniversary of the Diocese of Maasin.
6) Further Human Interest, Mercy-action Stories: Mercy-action visits to the girl
mentioned in the previous quarterly report have continued. The haemorrhoids while
still problematic have improved. The girl’s parents and the girl herself have a positive
attitude to the possibility of orthopaedic surgery. The situation will continue to be
monitored until the point is reached that the local doctor is satisfied that the girl is in a
condition of readiness for her to be referred to the specialists in Cebu for surgery.
7) Child Health Awareness Raising for Disadvantaged Children: All 5 CBR staff
have assisted BTS and the Barangay Councils in the delivery of the 8 TIGUM days
conducted during the quarter. The instruction delivered to the children in an engaging
manner covers topics of health, nutrition and hygiene.
8) Protocols for Specialist Surgery in Cebu City for Children in Need: A staff
visit to Cebu was undertaken to obtain information from two hospitals, VSMMC
(Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center) and PSH (Perpetual Succour Hospital)
regarding the process of hospitalization and sponsorship for mercy action clients,
especially children, requiring orthopaedic surgery and/or heart surgery.
9) STATISTICS FOR ERS-CBR
EYE/VISION AND EAR/HEARING SCREENING:
2nd Q. 2013
1st. Q. 2013
2nd Q. 2013
M 350 F 821
in school &
in school &
Cum. Year-End 2012 Chn+adults
Cum. 1st & 2nd. Q
EYE PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED:
EYE OPERATIONS: P/FOLLOW-UP
Ref errors Cataracts Others. Cataracts Oth Ops F-U Action
2nd.Q 2013 181
Cum. 2013 324
ASSISTIVE DEVICES ISSUED
1st. Q 2013
2 Q 2013
EAR PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED:
Cum.2012 1,808 1,606 impacted wax 112 otitis media 90 other 1,071
1st. Q. 2013
2nd Q 2013
CLIENTS RECEIVING MEDICATIONS
TOTAL EYE EAR
Cum.2012. 1,300 4
1 . Q.2013
2 Q. 2013
COMMUNITY BASED REHABILITATION (CBR) TEAM
Ms. Jennifer Maraon
Ms. Christine Ozon
Mr. Israel Mayorca
Mr Lester Montederamos
Mr. Christian Dorias
Bro. Graeme Leach
Urban Health Officer
Urban Health Officer
Rural Health Officer
Rural Health Officer
Rural Health Officer
CAMPUS MINISTRY ANIMATION SERVICE- OCEANIA PROVINCE FUNDED
1) Evaluation and Planning Meeting April 2: The meeting was attended by 28
teachers from Maasin City Division and 1 from So. Leyte Division. The evaluation
of past activities of ERS in partnership with the schools was positive. CMA, BTS
and CBR staff presented their role in providing services to the high schools.
Programs for 2013-2014 were timetabled so that a co-ordinated forward calendar
plan was developed so that services could be shared equitably across the schools
without conflicting commitments. The school authorities themselves selected their
times for activities.
2) Recollection Day for Maasin City College Students of Social Work April
8: 13 students (11 female 2 male) participated in a
recollection with the theme: “The grace of knowing
myself... and God in my life.”
The recollection was
held at the Edmund Rice Convento in Maria Clara. The
recollection day was a first for ERS working with
students at the college level.
3) Other Recollections: Grade 7 Recollection days were held in Lunas National
High School and Baugo National High School (29 males; 29 females)
4) Regional Days & Conventions: April 11-14: Staff participated on the Regional
Youth Day convention in Maasin with youth
from 3 Archdioceses and 5 dioceses
participating. Also a first regional convention
was held at Holy Name University Tagbilaran
City. The two conferences of this Convention
were on re-evangelizing the campus through
liturgical celebrations and transforming the
faith on campus through Catechism.
With Sr. Jacqueline OSF: Sr. Jacqueline is keen to have ERS-CMA
recognized at the National level as a Campus Ministry Agency.
With Mrs Violeta Alocilja (Superintendent) and Mr. Arthuro Isip: The
purpose was to have the years plan recognized. Mrs. Alocilja was keen to
encourage ERS to develop partnerships with San Juan, Canipaan and
Hinunangan High Schools So. Leyte.
With Msgr. Oscar A. Cadayona for the purpose of signing the MOA
between ERS and the Parish.
With Fr. Ronald Marcojos: to update Fr. Ronald on the implications of the
With Mr. Rolando Timbang, principal of Sogod: The principal appointed
three persons to be coordinators of each service.
6) Workshop for Recollection Facilitators: Sr. Jacqueline conducted at ERS, a
one day workshop for staff including 2 from CMA, 4 interns. 3 CBR nurses, on the
foundations of recollection-facilitation.
7) STATISTICS FOR ERS-CMA
CAMPUS MINISTRY ANIMATION
2013 1st. Q. Students
2 Q 2 schls Students
2013 Cum Students
CAMPUS MINISTRY ANIMATION TEAM
Ms. Eva Doron
Mr. Jason Laure
Mr. Roland Mendoza
Development Liaison Officer
Spiritual Development Officer
FINANCE ADMINISTRATION & SUPPORT (FAS) TEAM
Providing essential administrative technical support for respective ministry activities, as
well as the collaborative ventures, is the FAS team.
Ana Cris Creencia
Kristoper Rex Oraiz
Bro. Paul Coster
Admin, Finance Officer
Fund Development Officer
A FINAL MESSAGE: Many thanks to you all who have assisted Edmund Rice
Services during the Second Quarter of operations in 2013.
Bro. Paul Coster cfc (Program Leader)
... for the Brothers and Staff.
The legal entity for Edmund Rice Services, Maasin is Edmund Rice Brothers the Philippines, Inc.