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    Philippine Youth Leadership Program. (2013). Building a New Generation of Citizens as Catalysts for Social Change. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Philippine Youth Leadership Program. (2013). Building a New Generation of Citizens as Catalysts for Social Change. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Document Transcript

    • Philippine Youth Leadership Program Year 9 Building a New Generation of Citizens as Catalysts for Social Change Edited by Susan Russell, Lina Ong, Leslie Shive, & Rey Ty © 2013 International Training Office Northern Illinois University
    • Funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Youth Programs Division © 2013 Edited by Susan Russell, Lina Davide-Ong, Leslie Shive, & Rey Ty International Training Office Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois U.S.A. Philippine Youth Leadership Program PYLP 9 April 14 – May 16, 2012 Building a New Generation of Citizens as Catalysts for Social Change
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    • - 3 - This book is a collection of essays that our program participants have written. All submissions are the intellectual property of the original writers. Please let us know of errors and omissions. Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP) Building a New Generation of Citizens as Catalysts for Social Change Open Access Publishing This is an open access publication. This book is not for sale. It is printed for educational purposes only. Individual authors retain ownership of the copyright for their articles. Any item that appears in this book may be retrieved without permission. However, when this material is quoted or reproduced, the author and title of the item must be cited. Appropriate attribution can be provided by acknowledging the publisher, citing the original author of the work, citing the original article or book properly, and date of the publication in which the item appeared, which does not in any way suggest that we endorse you or your use of the work. For any reuse or redistribution of a work, you must also make clear the terms under which the work was reproduced. Open access to, and free use of, original work ensures the publication is freely and openly available. You may not use this work for commercial purposes. © 2013 International Training Office, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, U.S.A. Internet: http://www.niu.edu/ITO/ index.shtml Disclaimer All ideas expressed here belong to the individual authors. The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed in this volume do not necessarily reflect the views of the International Training Office. Content, style, editing, and proofreading were the responsibility of each author or group of authors. All errors and omissions are those of the contributors. Index •Action plan. •Advocacy. •Bangsa Moro. •Basic literacy. •Citizenship, democracy, diversity, and human rights. •Civic en- gagement. •Civic participation. •Community projects. •Community service. •Conflict resolution. •Conflict management. •Conflict transformation. •Critical reflection. •Development. •Direct action. •Diversity. •Environmentalism. •Hip-Hop. •Human Rights. •Income generating projects. •Indigenous peoples. •Inter-ethnic dialogue. •Interfaith dialogue. •Intra-ethnic dialogue. •Intra-faith dialogue. •Lumad. •Mindanao. •Minorities. •Multiculturalism. •Peace. •Peace building. •Philippines. •Program evaluation. •Program implementation. •Program planning. •Project proposal writing. •Relief. •Service learning. •Social action. •Social justice. •Southern Philippines. •Sports. •U.S. cultures. •Volunteer work. •Youth leadership. Production Credits Printer: Northern Illinois University Printed in the United States of America Photos by Participants, Staff, International Training Office, Northern Illinois University and World Wide Web Funded by The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Youth Programs Division Theme of the Cover Photo: The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front reached a Framework for a Peace Agreement on October 13, 2012. The first section of the framework declares: ―The Parties agree that the status quo is unacceptable and that the Bangsamoro shall be established to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The Bangsamoro is the new autonomous political entity (NPE) referred to in the Decision Points of Principles as of April 2012.‖ In connection to the positive developments in the Philippines, the photo on the cover page symbolizes the unity of indigenous peoples, Mus- lims and Christians in the Philippines.
    • - 4 - TABLE OF CONTENTS PEOPLE IN THE PROGRAM 7 Program Planning and Administration........................................................................................7 PROFILE OF YOUTH LEADERS.......................................................................................................7 PROFILE OF ADULT LEADERS .......................................................................................................8 NIU PROFESSIONAL STAFF...........................................................................................................9 RESOURCE PERSONS...................................................................................................................11 CURRENT PHILIPPINE CONTEXT 14 THE ―FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT‖: RENEWED HOPE FOR A PATHWAY TO PEACE IN MINDANAO 14 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION 16 PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES ...........................................................................................16 PROGRAM MONITORING AND EVALUATION.............................................................................21 CHAPTER 1: CRITICAL REFLECTION 22 ABDURAJAK, AL-FRAZKHAN PANDAO........................................................................................22 ALI, SAMIR PANGCATAN JR........................................................................................................23 ANG, ALYSSA MARIE C..............................................................................................................24 ANGIN, AKIMAH H. U.................................................................................................................25 BARREDO, CRISELINE.................................................................................................................26 BELEN, ALEXIS E. ......................................................................................................................27 CABUYOC, ORLAND C................................................................................................................28 CANDIDO, ARWALD....................................................................................................................30 Dela Cruz, John Xyrious ...........................................................................................................31 GONZALEZ, JUDEAN GRACE .......................................................................................................33 GONZALES, RENA JEAN..............................................................................................................35 LAO, AQUISAH-ROHAIMAH ........................................................................................................36 LUKMAN, FAZNIYARA C.............................................................................................................37 MACARAO, SOHAYA...................................................................................................................38 MAGNO, DOROTHY ....................................................................................................................40 MALA, HASSAN SHANNE............................................................................................................43 MALIDA, JOVEN RYAN G............................................................................................................44 MASTURA, CEDRICK CABALES...................................................................................................47 NAVARRO, MARIA JOANNA........................................................................................................49 PACIS, CHRISTINE LOUISE ..........................................................................................................51 PANCHO, CINDY .........................................................................................................................52 PASAWILAN, AL QADIR..............................................................................................................54 ROMERO, RAFAEL JR..................................................................................................................55 SUMAGAYSAY, NIKKI LYN .........................................................................................................57 TITO, BAI JEANINE M. ................................................................................................................58 CHAPTER 2: PROJECT PROPOSALS AND ACTION PLANS.........................................60 ABDURAJAK, AL-FRAZKHAN PANDAO........................................................................................60 ALI, SAMIR PANGCATAN JR........................................................................................................64 ANG, ALYSSA MARIE C..............................................................................................................66 ANGIN, AKIMAH H.U. ................................................................................................................69 BARREDO, CRISELINE T..............................................................................................................73
    • - 5 - BELEN, ALEXIS E. ......................................................................................................................76 CABUYOC, ORLAND C................................................................................................................82 CANDIDO, ARWALD....................................................................................................................87 DAIL, MORENA E. ......................................................................................................................91 DELA CRUZ, JOHN XYRIOUS Q...................................................................................................96 GALVEZ, JUDEAN GRACE .........................................................................................................104 GONZALES, RENA JEAN M........................................................................................................111 LAO, AQUISAH-ROHAIMAH ......................................................................................................116 LUKMAN, FAZNIYARA C...........................................................................................................119 MACARAO, SOHAYA T. ............................................................................................................122 MAGNO, DOROTHY ENA G.......................................................................................................127 MALA, HASSAN SHANNE C. .....................................................................................................132 MALIDA, JOVEN RYAN G..........................................................................................................135 MASTURA, CEDRICK CABALES.................................................................................................144 NAVARRO, MARIA JOANNA, RN...............................................................................................153 PACIS, CHRISTINE LOUISE C.....................................................................................................159 PANCHO, CINDY .......................................................................................................................164 PASAWILAN, AL QADIR............................................................................................................167 ROMERO, RAFAEL C.................................................................................................................172 SUMAGAYSAY, NIKKI LYN L....................................................................................................177 TITO, BAI JEANINE M. ..............................................................................................................181 CHAPTER 3: SPEECHES AND CREATIVE WRITING..................................................187 DAIL, MORENA ENRIQUEZ........................................................................................................187 ABDURAJAK, AL-FRAZKHAN....................................................................................................188 ANG, ALYSSA MARIE C............................................................................................................188 MASTURA, CEDRICK CABALES.................................................................................................189 MALIDA, JOVEN RYAN G..........................................................................................................190 PASAWILAN, AL QADIR............................................................................................................191 PLEDGE OF COMMITMENT ........................................................................................................191 DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT..............................................................................................192 THANKS, AND BYE BYE............................................................................................................194 TODAY .....................................................................................................................................195 CHAPTER 4: PHOTO ESSAYS OF PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION ...........................196 AL-FRAZKHAN P. ABDURAJAK.................................................................................................196 ALI, SAMIR PANGCATAN JR......................................................................................................198 ANG, ALYSSA MARIE C............................................................................................................199 ANGIN, AKIMAH H.U. ..............................................................................................................201 BARREDO, CRISELINE T............................................................................................................204 BELEN, ALEXIS E. ....................................................................................................................206 CABUYOC, ORLAND C..............................................................................................................210 CANDIDO, ARWALD A.............................................................................................................212 DAIL, MORENA E. ....................................................................................................................214 DELA CRUZ, JOHN XYRIOUS Q.................................................................................................217 GALVEZ, JUDEAN GRACE .........................................................................................................219 GONZALES, RENA JEAN M........................................................................................................222 LAO, AQUISAH-ROHAIMAH ......................................................................................................225
    • - 6 - LUKMAN, FAZNIYARA C...........................................................................................................227 MACARAO, SOHAYA T. ............................................................................................................229 MAGNO, DOROTHY ENA G.......................................................................................................231 MALA, HASSAN SHANNE C. .....................................................................................................235 MALIDA, JOVEN RYAN G..........................................................................................................237 MASTURA, CEDRICK CABALES.................................................................................................239 NAVARRO, MARIA JOANNA......................................................................................................242 PACIS, CHRISTINE LOUISE C.....................................................................................................246 PANCHO, CINDY .......................................................................................................................249 PASAWILAN, DATU AL QADIR ABDUL .....................................................................................250 ROMERO, RAFAEL C.................................................................................................................253 SUMAGAYSAY, NIKKI LYN L....................................................................................................255 TITO, BAI JEANINE M. ..............................................................................................................257 MEDIA COVERAGE 259 PHOTO AND ART GALLERY 264
    • - 7 - PEOPLE IN THE PROGRAM Program Planning and Administration Associate Provost, Division of International Programs Deborah Pierce Director, International Training Office Lina Davide-Ong Co-Directors of the Philippine Youth Leadership Program Susan Russell & Lina Davide-Ong Program Coordinator Leslie Shive Divison of International Programs Business Manager Pam Rosenberg Training Coordinator Rey Ty Full-Time Training Assistant Srie Ramli Part-Time Training Assistants Hala Hweio & Saima Newaz-Karim Intern Maria Ahmad PROFILE OF YOUTH LEADERS Last Name First Name Middle Name Gender Ethnicity Religion Occupation 1. Ali Samir Jr. Pangcatan Male Maranao Islam High School (HS) Student 2. Ang Alyssa Ma- rie Cabase Female Others Roman Catho- licism (RC) HS Student 3. Angin Akimah Hadji Unos Female Maranao Islam HS Student 4. Barredo Criseline Toribio Female Zamboangueño RC College Student 5. Belen Alexis Elegino Female Davaoueño RC HS Student 6. Cabuyoc Orland Coronel Male Bagobo RC College Student 7. Candido Arwald Apolinario Male Zamboangueño RC College Student 8. Dail Morena Enriquez Female Tausug Islam HS Student 9. Dela Cruz John Xy- rious Quilala Male Cebuano RC College Student 10. Galvez Judean Grace De Castro Female Zamboangueño Protestant College Student 11. Gonzales Rena Jean Muyco Female Davaoueño 7th Day Ad- ventist College Student 12. Lao Aquisah- Rohaimah H. Amer Female Maranao Islam HS Student 13. Lukman Fazniyara Campomayor Female Tausug Islam College Student 14. Macarao Sohaya Taratingan Female Maranao Islam HS Student 15. Magno Dorothy Ena Gargar Female Cebuano Protestant HS Student 16. Mala Hassan Shanne Cabato Male Maranao Islam HS Student 17. Pacis Christine Louise Cabato Female Ilonggo Protestant HS Student 18. Pancho Cindy Daymiel Female Maranao Islam HS Student 19. Pasawilan Al Qadir Abdul Male Maguindanaoan Islam College Student 20. Romero Rafael Jr. Carin Male Cebuano RC College Student 21. Sumagaysay Nikki Lyn Lamzon Female Ilonggo Iglesia ni Cris- to HS Student 22. Tito Bai Jeanine Malayang Female Maguindanaoan RC College Student
    • - 8 - PROFILE OF ADULT LEADERS Last Name First Name Middle Name Gender Ethnicity Religion Occupation 23. Abdurajak Al-Fraz Khan Pandao Male Tausug Islam Police Officer 24. Malida Joven Ryan Guinang Male B‘laan Protestant High School Teacher 25. Mastura Cedrick Cabales Male Maguindanaoan Islam Legislative Staff Offic- er 26. Navarro Maria Joanna Estaño Female Cebuano RC Staff Nurse
    • - 9 - NIU PROFESSIONAL STAFF (Listed alphabetically by last name) Dr. Lina Ong, Director of the International Training Office, is an alumna of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, and a former member of the faculty of UP College-Cebu. Dr. Ong has more than a decade of experience in developing international training programs that are appropriate to learn- ers from diverse cultural backgrounds. Dr. Ong served as the administrative director of the ACCESS- Philippine Youth Leadership Programs (2004-2011), the ARMM Philippines Majority-Minority Pro- gram (2005), the Cultural Citizens Program (2008), the Philippine Minorities Program (2010), and the Fulbright American Studies Summer Institute on Contemporary American Literature (2002 – 2004). Dr. Ong obtained her Doctor of Education degree in 1995 from Northern Illinois University in De- Kalb, Illinois. Dr. Deborah Pierce is Associate Provost for International Programs and Adjunct Assistant Professor of French at Northern Illinois University, where she is also a faculty associate of the Title VI funded Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Previously she served as Director of International Affairs and Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Loyola University Chicago. She earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics degree from the University of Michigan and has worked in international education for over twenty years. Her prima- ry professional interests are curriculum internationalization, conflict transformation, leadership training, and Southeast Asian studies. She chaired the 2010 Annual Conference Committee of NAFSA: Associa- tion of International Educators and has also served on the national boards of the Association of Interna- tional Education Administrators and Phi Beta Delta Honor Society. Pamela Rosenberg is the Business Administrative Associate of the Divison of International Programs since October 2005 to the present. From February 2003 to October 2005, she was the Business Admin- istrative Associate of University Libraries. From November 2001 to February 2003, she was the Study Abroad, Registrar of the Study Abroad Office. In 1995, she received her Master of Science in Educa- tion focusing on Sport Management. In 1993, she received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing, mi- nor in English. Dr. Susan Russell is a cultural anthropologist with specific interests in economic anthropology and the Philippines. Her research has focused on the relationship between ritual and economy and on the role of peasant economic institutions in upland and maritime societies. She has conducted research with upland Ibaloi and Kankana-ey peoples in Luzon, street vendors in Manila, and fishermen in both Thailand and the Philippines. She was a visiting professor at the School of Economics, University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Professor Russell is a core member of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at NIU. She teaches courses in Southeast Asian cultures, corporate cultures, economic anthropology, and introductory anthropology. She has been the Project Director for all of the Philippine projects funded at ITO by the U.S. Department of State. She is currently conducting research on peacebuilding NGOs in Mindanao and is a Presidential Engagement Professor at NIU since 2011.
    • - 10 - Leslie Shive is the Program Coordinator of the International Training Office, Northern Illinois Uni- versity. She has served as the host family coordinator for the Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP) from year two through the present. In addition, she coordinated the homestays for the six Southeast Asia Leadership Programs (SEAYLP) facilitated by the university‘s Center for Southeast Asian Studies, fall 2009 through spring 2012. Currently, Dr. Rey Ty is the Training Coordinator of the International Training Office of the Divi- sion of International Programs of Northern Illinois University. He gives intercultural orientation to new international students coming to study in the U.S. as well as U.S. students participating in Study Abroad programs. He received his doctorate from Northern Illinois University. The title of his dis- sertation was ―Human rights, conflict transformation, and peace building: The state, NGOs, social movements, and civil society—The struggle for power, social justice and social change.‖ His first M.A. was from the University of California at Berkeley; and, his second M.A., from Northern Illi- nois University. Dr. Ty taught Political Science at the University of the Philippines from 1986 to 1996 where he also served as Assistant Chair of the Department of Political Science. He was the Special Projects Coordinator, Technical Consultant, and later the first Director of the Public Information and Education Ser- vices of the Presidential Committee of Human Rights under President Corazon Aquino. During this time, he was a member of a core group that developed the strategic plan of the Commission on Human Rights and engaged in the organizational development of Amnesty International (AI) Philippines. Dr. Ty served as Vice-Chair of Amnesty International Philippines, Citizens Alliance for Consumer Protection (CACP), Defense for Children International Philippines (DCI), Ecumenical Movement for Justice and Peace, and Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA). He also served as Director of the Human Rights Institute of the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP). The United Nations invited him to be a ―non-governmental individual‖ (NGI) in several international conferences held in Montreal, Canada (UNESCO), Bang- kok, Thailand (U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), Vienna, Austria (U.N. World Conference on Human Rights), and Kathmandu, Nepal (Human Rights Training for Public Offices and NGOs, organized by the Interna- tional Institute for Human Rights, Environment and Development). Dr Ty was also a member of an international teaching team for the Centre international de formation pour l'enseignement des droits de l'homme et de la paix (International Train- ing Centre for Human Rights and Peace Teaching) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he used English, French, and Spanish as the medium of instruction, to teach international human rights, international humanitarian law, and peace to teachers from all over the world. His education also includes certificate courses at the University of Paris, Sorbonne and International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France.
    • - 11 - RESOURCE PERSONS Chris Birks worked as a journalist for nearly 20 years before becoming a teacher. He is Assistant Pro- fessor at Benedictine University where he teaches journalism and web design (new media). He is also the advisor for Candor, which is the student newspaper of Benedictine University. He studied Com- munications at Northern Illinois University. Chris has over a decade of public speaking experience, mostly leading discussions on the role of the media in society. Chris lives in Geneva, Illinois. Stanley Edward Francis Campbell is a Vietnam War veteran. He is the executive director of Rock- ford Urban Ministries and chair of the Rockford Peace & Justice group. Stan has traveled to Colom- bia, Iran, and Nicaragua. He conducts workshops for urban areas of Rockford, Illinois. He studied Human Services at Rock Valley College. Dr. Janice Hamlet is an associate professsor in the Department of Communications at Northern Illinois University. She teaches rhetoric and public communication. Dr. Hamlet studied at Ohio State University (Ph.D.). Her areas of expertise include intercultural/multicultural communication, rhetori- cal studies, womanist epistemology and methodology, communication and spirituality, and nonverbal communication. Gerald Hankerson is the Outreach Coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Gerald recruits and coordinates CAIR-Chicago interns, externs, and volunteers. A native of the Oakland and Hyde Park neighborhoods, he is a graduating President's Scholar of the Univer- sity of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is currently completing a Bachelor's degree in Communica- tions with a minor in Theater. Gerald is a freelance journalist, author, writer, actor, debater, instruc- tor, and performer. He also serves as the New Program Development Coordinator for the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL), in collaboration with Chicago Public Schools. Gerald also served as an UIC Ambassador through the African American Action Network (AAAN), a member of the Black Student Union, and was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Gerald is committed to bringing his expe- riences with mentoring youth, volunteerism, research and social critiques to bridging gaps between interfaith and diverse communities. Professionally, Dan Kenney is a school teacher. In addition, Dan is involved in community activism. He is currently the co-coordinator of No Private Armies, the co-coordinator of the DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace and Justice, and the chair of the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Univer- salist Fellowship of DeKalb. Asad Jafri facilitated a whole day workshop on ―Art for Social Change‖ for the Philippine Youth Leader- ship Program (PYLP). From 2007 to 2012, Asad Jafri was the Director of Arts and Culture of Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) in Chicago, Illinois. In 2012, Asad moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to serve as the Manager, Marketplace of Creative Arts, World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation. Lisa King is the Associate Director of Deacon Davis CHANCE Program at Northern Illinois University. She is a member of NIU‘s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Law, and a Master of Science in Education majoring in Counseling from Northern Illinois Univeristy. Lisa does outreach work with the DeKalb community, working with the City of DeKalb and the DeKalb County School District #428.
    • - 12 - Bashir Martin works with Project Nur in Washington, D.C. Nur is an Arabic word which means ―enlighten- ment‖. Project Nur is the student-led initiative of the American Islamic Congress (AIC). The slogan of AIC is ―passionate about moderation.‖ Of Haitian-Syrian origin, Bashir Martin manages outreach efforts for Project Nur, mobilizing Muslim students at American universities. After graduating from Florida International Univer- sity, he worked on several Boston area campuses in partnership with AmeriCorps to increase student engage- ment in surrounding communities, implementing service-learning and leadership development programs. Pas- sionate about coexistence, Bashir joined the Shalom-Salaam Social Movement, which brings together Jews and Arabs for informal interfaith and inter-ethnic understanding. Social activist Cecile Meyer is a retired social worker who is committed to peace activism. Cele lives in DeKalb, Illinois. Cele grew up in the South and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. She received her Master's in Social Work from Columbia University and subsequently worked as a family and psychiatric social worker in Atlanta, Chicago, and in Gainesville, FL. After moving to Oak Ridge, Tennessess in 1959, Cele became increasingly involved in the civil rights struggle and was in- strumental in forming the Oak Ridge Federation for Equal Public Services. The group's successes in challenging many of the community's discriminatory policies attracted the attention of the Ku Klux Klan, which had also happened during the family's stay in Gainesville. Cele was employed as a school social worker in DeKalb for 21 years prior to retirement in 1988. She helped organize the DeKalb In- terfaith Network for Peace & Justice in 1986. She is most proud of two arrests at peace demonstrations and being part of a group which sat in at Congressman Hastert's office prior to the Iraq War, until hauled out by the police. During her six vis- its to Nicaragua, Cele got to know a number of self-help groups in that second poorest country in the hemisphere. She helped form the Central American Fund for Human Development, which raises and funnels over $100,000 a year to these projects. Dr. Alison Milofsky is a Senior Program Officer in the Education and Training Center/Domestic at the United States Institue of Peace (USIP). Dr. Milofsky facilitates workshops for educators domestically and internationally to assist them in integrating peace education, particularly social justice principles, into their classrooms. Most recently she has worked with educators from Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia and South Africa. Before joining USIP, Dr. Milofsky was associate direc- tor of the Anti-Defamation League in Washington, D.C., regional office, where she designed and im- plemented anti-bias education programs at the secondary level and trained law enforcement personnel on hate crimes and extremism. Previously, she was a teacher trainer in the Slovak Republic while in the Peace Corps and taught English as a Second Language at the University of Maryland and Georgetown University. Dr. Milofsky holds a B.A. from McGill University and a Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Mar- yland. Shakir Mohammed works as the program manager of Project Nur in Washington, D.C. Project Nur is a student-led initiative of the American Islamic Congress (AIC). Dr. Tim Paquette has been a staff member at the Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC) at Northern Illinois University since 2004 and he has worked exclusively with university students for many years. Dr. Paquette is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the Assis- tant Director and Training Director of CSDC. He provides individual and group counseling and is training director of CSDC's APA accredited predoctoral internship program. His areas of exper- tise include multicultural issues, relationship concerns, men's issues, and anxiety concerns. Dr. Paquette‘s professional interests include college student development, diversity educa- tion/training, social justice, and supervision. His counseling orientation is integrative, with an emphasis on interpersonal-process, humanistic, and cognitive perspectives. He obtained his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University.
    • - 13 - Rev. Father Primo Racimo is the pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Church in Chicago, Illi- nois. He is actively involved in issues related to social movements, racism, and diversity. Rita Reynolds is a mixed blood Dakota elder, who has followed Native ways, traditions and history for many years. Before retirement, she was faculty advisor to the Native American group at Northern Illinois University and their powwow organizer for twelve years. She coordinates the powwow at Aurora University for four years and helps with their Native American student group, Dream Catchers. She is a member of Midwest Soarring, the Native American Awareness Committee at the Burpee Museum in Rockford, Illinois and the Native American Center in Chicago and helps with their powwows. Rita and her husband, Terry Reynolds, have raised seven children and presently have eleven grand children. She decided to return to school while she was still working, to get a degree so that she could help people in education understand the needs of Native American people. She is presently finishing up her Master‘s degree in Counseling and has been working on a second masters in Higher Education. Shana Dagny Marie Mangharam Siap is a performing artist. While in the Philippines, she starred in many theatrical plays and anchored events like the Sinulog Mardigras, ABS-CBN‘s Children‘s Hour, and Pasko Sa Sugbo. She also directed ―He- len of Troy‖, a play with a cast of 368 children that was brought to the City‘s big stage. She is known as Cebu City‘s official ―Baby‖ Diva and was commissioned to sing for President Gloria Ma- capagal Arroyo. Now in the US, Shana is a registered nurse. Although it is a very different field, she has grown even more adept in the Arts. She is lead vocalist of her band, Soundscraper, and sings for the Chicago Center for Spiritual Living - a group inspired by Michael Beckwith, teacher in The Se- cret. Lakhi Siap is Online Marketing Consultant at Target Media Solutions. He studied at Harper Col- lege. Lakhi lives in Chicago, Illinois and is originally from Cebu City. Currently, he conducts youth workshops and teaches theater with CIRCA PINTIG, a Chicago theater group. He coordinated a major event for the City of Chicago called Passport to the Philippines at the Chicago Children‘s Mu- seum. Lakhi is production manager for various entertainment groups such as Sama- Sama Project Pinoy for the Chicago World Music Festival. He has led workshops in national conferences such as Filipino Americans Coming Together at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Mid-West Association of Filipino Americans at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He works towards promoting cultural awareness in the Asian American community, and encourages them to be involved in the community. Lakhi is creator of Ascene Chicago the first Asian-American online magazine featuring the lat- est happenings in the Asian American communities in the Midwest and the United States. Ellen White teaches at Rochelle Township High School in Illinois. Mrs. White is the Social Studies Chair and the faculty adviser of the International Club. Every year, since PYLP Year One during the academic year 2003-2004, Mrs. White welcomes the Philippine Youth Leadership Program participants to engage in interaction with students, faculty, and staff members of Rochelle High School who are affi- liated with the International Club. Thanks to Mrs. White, both Mr. J. Craven, the superintendent, and Mr. T. McGuire, the school principal, are on board. In recognition of her exemplary work that promotes international education, Mrs. White was inducted as Honorary Member of Phi Beta Delta Zeta Gamma Honor Society for International Scholars at Northern Illinois University.
    • - 14 - CURRENT PHILIPPINE CONTEXT THE “FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT”: RENEWED HOPE FOR A PATHWAY TO PEACE IN MINDANAO Dr. Susan Russell The historic signing of a ―framework agreement‖ between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine government on October 15, 2012 came as a surprise to many people. There had been little news about progress in recent months other than the usual ‗announcements‘ about mutually agreed-upon (but often vague) principles from the respective negotiating panels. Ever since the collapse of the 2008 peace agreement, or the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA_AD), it seemed that both sides could agree on little other than the formation of an International Contact Group to aid Malaysia‘s facilitation of the peace negotiations.1 The details of the behind-the-scenes discussions, obstacles and issues surrounding the signing of the framework agreement are well laid-out in a report published by the International Crisis group on December 5, 2012, titled ―The Philip- pines: Breakthrough in Mindanao‖. 2 The report also carefully reviews the basic elements of the agreement and the plan for moving forward, at least up until President Benigno Aquino III‘s term ends in 2016. Despite highlighting many obstacles still to be overcome or clarified, the report is positive overall and gives due credit both to the MILF leaders‘ flexibility and faith that the Aquino government really did want a settlement, as well as to the Aquino government itself for broadening the consultations with other stakeholders. The authors also note that the framework agreement is ―remarkable for two reasons‖: first, the MILF made a major concession by agreeing to a process of securing the consent of the Moro people to joining the new political entity; and second, the procedures are established to replace the current Autonomous Region of Muslim Min- danao with a new Bangsamoro government before 2016.3 The framework agreement sets out to create a new autonomous regional government called the Bangsamoro, replacing the failed Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. It will be necessary to draft the law to create the region, to be approved by Congress, followed by a plebiscite and MILF-led transition before elections in 2016. Four annexes are to be developed shortly that will expand on many of the details. The first step is the appointment of the Transition Commission. President Aquino signed on December 17 Executive Order (E0) 120 creating the 15-member TransCom that would prepare the groundwork for the setting up of the new autonomous political entity that will replace the Autonomous Region in Mus- lim Mindanao (ARMM) by June 30, 2016. The TransCom would be composed of eight members (including the Chair) se- lected by the MILF and the other seven members will be selected by the government; all members must be Bangsamoro. Once the basic law is completed, the President will authorize it as an urgent bill in Congress. Once ratified, the TransCom will take over the functions of the existing ARMM government, which will be dissolved. The first regular election would be held in 2016. There will also be a third party monitoring team composed of international bodies as well as domestic groups to oversee the implementation of all agreements.4 The core area in which plebiscites will be held to ascertain whether communities wish to join the new Bangsamoro juridical entity is larger than what was originally spelled out in the 2008 MOA-AD. It includes the present area of ARMM, the six municipalities in Lanao del Norte that voted yes in the 2001 plebiscite on the expansion of ARMM, all barangays in the six municipalities in North Cotabato that also voted yes in the same plebiscite, Cotabato City and Isabela City, and all other contiguous areas where there is a local government resolution or a petition of qualified voters requesting their inclu- sion.5 The new Bangsamoro government will have a ministerial form with political parties, according to the framework agreement. This system of government is designed to dismantle or at least weaken the existing traditional powerholding 1 The International Contact Group was set up in 2009 and consists of representatives from the United Kingdom, Japan, Sau- di Arabia, Turkey, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Conciliation Resources, The Asia Foundation, and Muhamma- diyah (an Indonesian Islamic organization). 2 The report is available on the International Crisis Group website: http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/asia/south- east-asia/philippines/240-the-philippines-breakthrough-in-mindanao.pdf. 3 Ibid, p.1. 4 Ibid, p.4. 5 Ibid, p.6.
    • - 15 - clans in the ARMM. It also enables the MILF leaders and supporters to form a party themselves and compete in the 2016 elections. Forthcoming annexes on power sharing, as well as wealth sharing between the central government and the auto- nomous region will need to clarify the asymmetric nature of the political arrangement. One of the more interesting parts of the framework agreement is the section on ‗normalisation‘. This section touches on three issues of concern: 1) the creation of a civilian police force for the Bangsamoro; 2) the gradual decommis- sioning of MILF forces and programs to help combatants return to normal life; and 3) the gradual handover of law enforce- ment functions from the Philippine military to the new police force.6 As the euphoria over the actual signing of the framework agreement begins to subside, the obstacles to effective implementation and the hurdles ahead are many. Efforts are being made by the Organization of Islamic Conference to bol- ster the reunification process of the MILF with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)—efforts that need to succeed. The opposition to the agreement from the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) in central Mindanao also needs to be dealt with in time. The International Crisis Group outlines four major obstacles to be overcome: including whether the basic law will be compatible with the Constitution; possible opposition from Christians, indigenous peoples and the Sulu archipelago; the potential for an MILF splinter to grow if implementation stalls; and the future of MILF fighters and their weapons.7 While there is still no functioning peace in Mindanao, there is opportunity for optimism. In a report for the U.S. Institute of Peace, Jennifer Keister notes that President Aquino is a popular person with significant political capital at the grassroots level to help build consensus for the agreement and to ward off spoilers.8 Second, she notes the MILF has a more developed group of bureaucrats and administrators than the MNLF had in 1996 and their resources and experience will help in the transition. Third, with the exception of the 2008 violence after the failure of the MOA-AD, the ceasefire between the MILF and the government has been remarkably stable. And finally, civil society itself is more fully engaged with Moro civilians than at any time in the past. They can provide an important source of support for civilians and for the rehabilitation of combatants in the region.9 The international community also has an important role to play in delivering much needed foreign aid to the con- flict-affected areas. If donor states and agencies can work within the boundaries of the framework agreement and with the relevant civil society organizations, such as the Bangsamoro Development Agency and other legitimate organizations, they also can greatly enhance the transition. The key, according to Keister, is for international agencies to avoid fostering com- petition between domestic agencies and local stakeholders.10 Improved coordination and consultation with relevant stake- holders and among aid agencies themselves can help reduce such competition. Some of the graduates of the ACCESS/PYLP program are already taking on significant public leadership roles re- lated to the upcoming transition. It is our fervent belief that all of our student and adult participants over the last eight years are contributing to the sustainability of the transition process through the kinds of community empowerment projects they have introduced and through their articulation of a more compassionate and pluralistic, tolerant vision for Mindanao. We trust they will actively contribute even more to the larger social understanding and dialogue in their various communities about these exciting new developments as they unfold. While there are as many questions that remain to be figured out as there are answers in the peace deal, patience and hard work on the part of the TransCom can begin to fill in the blanks. Surely one issue is how aware and informed local people in far-flung communities are about the actual structure and timeta- ble of the framework agreement. Young people can help get this information out orally or through their peers. That is the kind of leadership we expect from our ACCESS/PYLP alumni. We are all greatly honored here at Northern Illinois Univer- sity to have been part of their journey and we look forward to their future impacts in the region. 6 Ibid, p.10. 7 Ibid, p.13. 8 Jennifer Keister, ―A Diplomatic Milestone for Mindanao?‖. U.S. Institute of Peace Peacebrief 136, November 29, 2012. Can be accessed at http://www.usip.org/publications/diplomatic-milestone-mindanao. 9 Ibid, p.3. 10 Ibid, p.3.
    • - 16 - PROGRAM DESCRIPTION PHILIPPINE YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM YEAR 8 BUILDING A NEW GENERATION OF CITIZENS AS CATALYSTS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES The Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP) Year 9 brought to Northern Illinois University (NIU) 27 youth and adult leaders from the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and surrounding provinces in the Philippines from April 14 to May 17, 2012. Northern Illinois University (NIU), through its International Training Office (ITO), administered an intensive five-week U.S. exchange program focusing on the themes of civic education, leadership development, respect for diversity, and com- munity activism, and facilitated the cooperative implementation of service projects in Mindanao. PYLP Year 9 provides new knowledge and experience for the participants and prepares them for a lifetime of leadership and community service. ITO‘s new partner institution in the Philippines since April 2010–AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines Foundation, Inc. (AFS IPP) recruited and selected the participants, along with representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Manila. NIU has successfully implemented eight youth leadeershipt programs funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State (BECA) to create a new generation of empowered youth leaders from all faiths and ethnic groups in the southern Philippines to contribute toward peace building efforts in Mindanao. PYLP Year 9 was envisioned to (1) advance a dialogue and promote greater mutual understanding and respect between Muslim and non-Muslim youth from the ARMM and surrounding provinces; (2) create, educate, and empower a new gener- ation of young leaders with a strong sense of civic responsibility and commitment to social change and community devel- opment; and (3) promote a better understanding of the United States--its people, culture, values, and civic institutions. The specific objectives of this program are to: (1) unleash the potential of youth to engage and work together as catalysts for positive change in their communities; (2) sharpen participants‘ skills in leadership, civic education, community activism, and respect for diversity; (3) enhance participants‘ appreciation of their similarities and differences through various interac- tive activities that will improve mutual understanding and respect; (4) provide participants with tools for working collabora- tively across ethnic and religious lines for future community projects; (5) develop in the participants an appreciation and understanding of the cultural, gender, ethnic, and religious diversity of America; (6) provide them ample opportunities for interaction with their American peers and opportunities to volunteer in community service programs in DeKalb and subur- ban Chicago that will provide experience in civic participation. The following outcomes are envisioned: (1) the foundation will be laid for an expanded and committed generation of youth leaders and activists who will initiate sustainable social changes in the ARMM and surrounding provinces; (2) increased knowledge and skills in leadership, civic responsibility, community activism, and respect for diversity; (3) appreciation of the value of community service as evidenced by increased levels of participation in volunteer work; (4) deeper understand- ing of the causes of inter-religious and inter-ethnic conflicts in Mindanao; (5) better appreciation of similarities and differ- ences between U.S. and Philippine cultures; (6) new knowledge and skills in action plan development and coalition- building; (7) established networking and collaboration among alumni in developing and implementing community service projects and the modeling of positive cooperation among ethnic, religious, and socio-economic groups; and (8) enhanced understanding of Asian cultures among NIU faculty, staff, and students. The 20-month project (July 2011 - February 2013) includes four phases: (1) A four-day Pre-departure Orientation. (2) Five- week U.S.-based Exchange Program on responsible citizenship, community activism, leadership development, respect for diversity, and action plan development. (3) Implementation of community service projects in Mindanao. The Project pro- vides mini-grants for the community projects designed by the participants. (4) Follow-on Program for the alumni to rein- force values and skills learned during the exchange program at NIU and present a progress report on their community project. Project Director: Dr. Susan Russell Administrative Director: Dr. Lina Davide Ong
    • - 17 - Program Coordinator: Leslie Shive Training Coordinator: Dr. Rey Ty Full-Time Training Assistant: Srie Ramli Part-Time Training Assistants: Hala Hweio & Saima Newaz-Karim Intern: Maria Ahmad Partner Organization in the Philippines: AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines Foundation, Inc. (AFS IPP) Theme Action Activity Leadership Development Workshops & Activities Developing Action Plans for Community Project (Dr. Rey Ty) Theater as a Medium for Social Action (Shana & Lakhi Siap) Stronghold Leadership Camp Effective Communication for Community Organizing (Chris Birks) Social Media for Social Good (Chris Birks) Youth Leadership & Civic Engagement (Reema Ahmad) Presentation of Action Plans Town Hall Meeting Leaders of the Day Roles of Adult Leaders Civic Responsibility and Community Activism Workshops & Discussions Orientation to Community Service (Dr. Rey Ty) Practical skills for transforming civil society: Integrating Faith, Diversity, & Social Action (Gerald Hankerson) Developing a community service project & action planning Sharing of experiences in community engagement (Adult leaders) Adult-youth dialogue on engagement for social change Civic action, social justice, & human rights (Project Nur, D.C.) Youth in Peacebuilding (Institute of Peace) Community Service & Vo- lunteerism Community service in Russell Woods Feed My Starving Children Oak Crest Retirement Ctr. Chicago Cares volunteer organization Respect for Diversity and Mutual Understanding Workshops & Discussions The Quest for Justice, Identity & Peace in Mindanao (Dr. Susan Russell) Diversity & conflict management (Dr. Tim Paquette) Youth and Peacebuilding (U.S. Institute of Peace) Understanding American Culture Homestay 2 students per American home Homestay Orientation (Dr. Lina Ong & Dr. Rey Ty) Host Family Orientation (Leslie Shive, Dr. Susan Russell, Dr. Lina Ong & Dr. Rey Ty) Weekend: Spend precious time with their American families. Workshops NIU Police ―Meet and Greet‖ Intercultural Orientation (Dr. Rey Ty) U.S. Geography (Dr. Rey Ty) Defining & celebrating our similarities & differences (Dr. Janice Hamlet) ―Shadow of Hate‖ and ―A Place at the Table‖ (Dr. Janice Hamlet) Native American Spirituality (Rita & Terry Reynolds) Cultural and Historical Visits Religious Diversity o Attend Mass at Newman Catholic Church o Visits & discussions: DeKalb Mosque, Baha‘i Temple, Buddhist Temple, & Rockford Mosque o Tour of Holocaust Museum Chicago o United Center o Willis Tower
    • - 18 - o Millennium Park o Architecture Cruise o Navy Pier Northern Illinois Region o Pres. Reagan‘s Home in Dixon, IL o Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza Cultural/Historical Tours - Washington, D.C. o U.S. Capitol o U.S. Congress o Lincoln & Jefferson Memorials o World War II, Vietnam, Korean, Iwo Jima Memorials o Arlington Cemetery > Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers o Smithsonian Museums o U.S. Institute of Peace o U.S. Department of State o Hairspray Dinner-Theater Interaction with American Peers Rochelle High School Students (Mrs. Ellen White, Principal Mr. Travis Mc- Guire & Superintendent Mr. Jamie Craven) DeKalb 4-H Club Members Students in ASPIRA Inc. Youth Development Center In addition to the program activities listed in the above table, the participants submitted a daily online journal, carried out duties of the ―leaders of the day,‖ and conducted group meetings. The adult leaders had weekly meetings with the PYLP – ITO program team. The table below shows the overall theme rating in details. PYLP PARTICIPANT RATINGS OF LEARNING BY THEME 5. To what extent has the program enhanced your knowledge, skills, and attitudes on the following aspects? Very High High Moderate Low Very Low Rating Average Response Count Provide high quality leader- ship development 66.7% (16) 33.3% (8) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 1.33 24 Empower young leaders with a strong sense of civic re- sponsibility and commitment to community development & social change 87.5% (21) 12.5% (3) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 1.13 24 Provide participants with tools for working collabora- tively across ethnic and reli- gious lines for future com- munity projects 79.2% (19) 20.8% (5) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 1.21 24 Promote a better understand- ing of the United States--its people, culture, values, and civic institutions 70.8% (17) 29.2% (7) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 1.29 24 answered question 24 skipped question 1
    • - 19 - PYLP PARTICIPANT RATINGS OF THE HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE 12. Please rate the Homestay experience. Very High High Moderate Low Very Low Rating Average Response Count The home stay orientation adequately prepared me for the Homestay. 63.6% (14) 36.4% (8) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 1.36 22 I felt welcome in my Homestay. 86.4% (19) 13.6% (3) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 1.14 22 I was able to spend quality time with my host family. 54.5% (12) 31.8% (7) 9.1% (2) 4.5% (1) 0.0% (0) 22 I was able to communicate my needs to my host family. 72.7% (16) 22.7% (5) 4.5% (1) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 22 My Homestay was a valuable expe- rience. 95.5% (21) 4.5% (1) 0.0% (0 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 22 answered question 26 skipped question 0 HOST FAMILIES The host family team consisted of twelve families. Two homes hosted the 4 adult leaders and ten hosted the 22 student participants. There was only one new host family and 11 veteran host families. Recruitment was via a personal letter sent to all previous host families involved in PYLP programs and an e-mail to those families that had expressed inter- est in hosting. In seven of the homes that hosted the youth, there was at least one teen-aged member of the host family. As part of the application process, adults 18 years and older in the host family gave permission for a criminal background check to be conducted. AccuSource, Inc. was used to perform the screening. This vendor is the company used by Northern Illi- nois University‘s Human Resource department for its background screening. Being able to use this already established partnership made the process efficient and acceptable to the time frame. The host family orientation was held in the Holmes Student Center and was attended by at least one member of each family. Families received copies of the calendar of the program, a home stay handbook, and their foster ―children‘s‖ profiles. The opportunity for families to meet their foster children was provided at the end of the orientation. About half of the students came to this brief time of meet and greet. Activities during the homestay included attending concerts at Northern IL University, attending the DeKalb High School musical production, bowling, birthday celebrations of family members and participants, ―eating out‖ at local restau- rants, and participating in worship services with family members. Several family members joined the PYLP participants at the Saturday 4-H interaction including the service project, team building activities, and dairy farm tour. Some also joined to serve at Feed My Starving Children and to shop at Fox Valley Mall. All families attended the Host Family Farewell and Thank You event, to support their participants and witness their final theater project and cultural presentations. Host family feedback was overwhelmingly positive with the usual complaint of not having enough time with the partici- pants. All indicated that they desire to serve in the capacity of host family for the next Philippine Youth Leadership Pro- gram.
    • - 20 - In general, participants reported a high level of satisfaction with classroom sessions, field visits, and logistics. The following quotations of the anonymous final evaluation survey reiterate their positive experiences:  They can promote a positive peace in mindanao and they help others to train and to become a good leader and a good follower.  The program is very life-changing.  The staff of the program have the knowledge and skills which served as the main success of the Program.  The program has a holistic approach in training the youth. There are classroom sessions with informative speakers, but more importantly there are experiencial learnings which put what abstract concepts we learned and turning them into concrete realities. It is also not only a leadership training per se, but also an intercultural and intergenerational engagement between different cultures and nationalities.  The strength of the program would be the way learning from workshops and sessions are connected to what can we do to solve the problems in the community. We learn at the same time we had fun. The way they balance the learning and the enjoyment. The way they let us go out of the classrooms and apply what we have learned inside the four cornered room.  1.) Well planned and organized program. 2.) Committed volunteers.  - the support of the US Department - skilled facilitators - informative tours – good accommodation - informa- tive sessions  Connect people of different ethnicities, religion, and status in life. Made participants realized their personal lapses, prejudices/biases, stereotypes against other people and let them move forward with a smile.  The facilitators are very friendly to the participants and treat them family. The facilities are provided. They choose best speaker in every sessions.  They know the lessons we need to know importantly. They also know how to change the weak things we have in us.  the strength of the program was that everything was then organized interms of preparation in sessions, activities and tours.  Each speaker of our workshops really explained the specific topics which I was able to learn a lot from and would probably use it to become an effective leader and implementing my community project. The program staff as well was very supportive to us which strengthened us that we can do more of what we knew to our- selves.  The aspiring participants because if there is none, the program will be gone.  Strengths of the program include: - knowledgeable and highly-competent staff/personnel - well-designed pro- gram - high-impact speakers/workshops/sessions  In my opinion, here are the strengths of the Program 1. It is a comprehensive and organized structure that inte- grate culture, leadership and civic engagement 2. Workshops are appropriate in developing the skills of the participant 3. It promotes experiential learning, in which we learn the lesson as we are doing it.  1. Competent and FUN ITO Staff 2. Organized, Powerful and Meaningful Curriculum 3. Effective and Influen- tial Speakers  The staff, resources, connections.  (1)Speakers invited were experts on their subjects discussed. (2)Facilitators performed their respective roles during the training. (3)NIU-ITO has access to variuos organizations working for the community and people who have been performing in the field for the people and community development. (4) Activities are custom- fitted to the needs of the young people.  The strength of the program is the ITO Staffs because they were able to really teach us how to be a better and responsible leader and they really exerted their efforts just to make the program effective and knowledgeable.  participants sponsors or funds facilitators  The alertness and the approach of each volunteers and staffs  *the intensive workshops and experiential learning, the tours to the historical landmarks and the homestay wherein the participants were able to experience even for a while the life of an American family.
    • - 21 - ACTION PLANS Each participant developed an achievable and practical action plan that was related to the program objectives. Names Action Plan Project Title Type of Project 1. Abdurajak, Al-Fraz Khan Do Clean Go Green Environment 2. Ali, Samir Jr. Clean-up for a Beautiful Change Environment 3. Ang, Alyssa Marie A Goal for New Hope: Social Inclusion of the Abused through Sports Sports 4. Angin, Akimah Keep Your Surroundings Safe & Clean Project Environment 5. Barredo, Criseline PENMANSHIP: Peace Environment Management for Ste- wardship Environment 6. Belen, Alexis Lahing Pinoy, Larong Pinoy (Filipino Games for Filipino Youth) Sports 7. Cabuyoc, Orland Pagmulat sa Pagsulat at Pag-asa sa Pagbasa (Consciousness Raising through Writing & Hope through Reading) Literacy 8. Candido, Arwald Art Works: an Art that Works! (Visual Arts Workshop) Art 9. Dail, Morena Green Mountain: Peace Mountain: ―Peace and Environment in Our Hands‖ (A Tree Planting and Clean-up Operation) Environment 10. Dela Cruz, John Xyrious ―Out of School is not Out of Learning‖ Literacy 11. Galvez, Judean Grace MANI: Magsisimula Ang Negosyo sa Inyo Income Generation 12. Gonzales, Rena Jean Food Treats for Reach Feeding 13. Lao, Aquisah-Rohaimah 14. Lukman, Fazniyara Guiwan Anti-Dengue Drive Health Advocacy 15. Macarao, Sohaya You and I Together for the Cleanliness of Lanao People‘s Park Environment 16. Magno, Dorothy Ena Adopt a Tree Program Environment 17. Mala, Hassan Shanne Plant a TREE, ―A Legacy to the future Generation‖ Environment 18. Malida, Joven Ryan ―Sagwas ato, Flehew ato‖ (Let‘s play, Let‘s have fun) Sports 19. Mastura, Cedrick Adopt-a-Watershed and Tree Growing Activity Environment 20. Navarro, Maria Joanna H.E.A.L.T.H. Project (Human Empowerment: Active Lea- dership Towards Health): Health Education Campaign Advocacy 21. Pacis, Christine Louise Mangrove Planting: Uniting the Community Environment 22. Pancho, Cindy 3R‘s Livelihood Income Generation 23. Pasawilan, Al Qadir ―IndaKabataan‖-Hip Hop Dance Competition and Work- shop Sports (Dance) 24. Romero, Rafael Jr. Indigenous Studenets‘ Community Gathering, Clean-up drive and Communal Lunch Advocacy & Envi- ronment 25. Sumagaysay, Nikki Lyn Trees for Tomorrow: A Tree Planting Activity and Envi- ronmental Awareness Seminar Environment 26. Tito, Bai Jeanine Building Peace through Sportsfest Sports PROGRAM MONITORING AND EVALUATION The program was evaluated on a regular basis both in formal and informal settings, namely: (1) informal daily feed- back, (2) formal regular evaluations, and (3) critical essays reflecting the program impact. First, there were weekly meetings with the adult leaders and the Program Team. Continuous feedback evaluation were conducted by the Project Director and the Administrative Director to (a) determine the extent to which the objectives were being met, (b) estimate the effectiveness of weekly activities, (c) determine whether the training needs and participants‘ expectations were being met, and (d) find out if the logistical arrangements and the training environments were comfortable for the participants. Informal feedback eval- uation was carried out daily using group and individual discussions. Two formal evaluations were conducted, utilizing instruments designed specifically to measure (1) participants‘ learn- ing, (2) their level of satisfaction with their educational experiences, (3) personal impact of the program on individual partic- ipants, and (4) social impact of their proposed project plans. To assess structural program strengths and weaknesses, learn- ing outcomes, and program impact, we conducted separate evaluations carried out (1) at the end of the NIU five-week pro- gram and (2) on the last day of the follow on seminar.
    • - 22 - CHAPTER 1: CRITICAL REFLECTION BELOVED MINDANAO TO WHOM I BELONG: UNTO HIM I SHALL SERVE AND RETURN. ABDURAJAK, AL-FRAZKHAN PANDAO Journey to the Unknown World Some great thinkers said, you can't be able to know and discover something great about certain things unless you explore and indulge yourself. Openness and will to take the risk is good attributes of learning. Journey to the unknown world in search for knowledge is as much as the same way back home. Although it may vary in terms of level, degree, con- text of what learning does it gives. The experienced of coming to the United States courtesy of US department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Northern Illinois University International Training Office serves as an empowering ground for potential adult and youth leaders from different places in Mindanao by enhancing their skills as to understand how and why conflict emerged and let them personally explore and realized how to positively yet proactively respond , plan and make necessary and specific action towards a specific societal problems. As we were toured around in several american - historical places and landmarks it makes me feel as if I'm just hal- lucinating for in my mind its almost impossible to have such progress and development the United States had as Manifested by its massive and Well Organized And advance Society despite its darkest History. elusive dreams as I thought but they (Americans) had made it. What have they done? Why do America becomes one of the worlds top most influential and rich country? How do they do it? Could it be possible that it can also happen in my home country? If it can, what shall be the skills and learnings that I must have to do the same? But as I personally observed and experienced life in america for thirty days, those were product of United States American historical Struggle and Glorious past. By organizing themselves and for trying to empower their fellow Americans were the best recipes that bind and united the Americans through the decades. On the other hand factors like American empowerment through participatory Governance, responsive community service, volunteerism, Social Ownership and Co - owning of Social Problems and the likes were elements that gradually put United States of America to where it is nowadays. Impossible? But made possible.... Not impossible for Mindanao. Big Break to Make a Difference This is what I wanted to do when I get back to my country; I do wanted to write the journey and the experiences that I had for thirty five days in the United States of America particularly our my experience at Northern Illinois University and in Washington DC and share it as form of my personal life story on my journey in search for empowerment to empower. To share the day today personal observations as well as lessons learned from the Pilipino Youth Leadership Programs and activities the likes of Tours and trips to several American Socio-Cultural, Political, religious Historical Landmarks that played a major role for the evolution of greater American Nation. There's No Place Like Home There's no place like home and there's no such thing as doing and serving your community that best makes home an ideal place for everyone. With the experience learnings brought to me by PYLP program, it motivated me more to indulge Participate and involve myself in Various Local Social Organizations in our province and do my share by imparting good stories grounded from inspiring PYLP experiences. One thing that I will be doing Is Integrate my proposed community Clean up drive Project "Do Clean Go Green Clean Up Drive‖ to Sulu Philippine National Police Community-Based project where I'm working with. It will be satisfying for it will sustained and widen the programs scope. I will start to organize a group of possible volunteers from fellow law enforcement officers, friends and people from the community I live with who had the same interest and love of providing helping hands to indigent people that are in urgent need. I'm also planning to ask permission and lobby for approval of our Police Community Relations Chief to integrate and adapt some of the Social and Peace building activities and games I've learned in the US ( like Chicago Cares Clay mak- ing and painting for the kids, Strongholds Tream building Games and plays) for our community and School visitation pro- grams/activities that our office is undertaking as part of our extended police-community service given twice a month. I strongly believed it can even make the programs flow more participatory and enjoyable specially for our community part- ners. SPREAD THE WORD.
    • - 23 - CAUSE AND SOLUTION ALI, SAMIR PANGCATAN JR Mindanao Situation When we left mindanao, we left it with love but the people are still fighting for their land and for what they think they are right and the others are wrong. When I was still in mindanao there's already a conflict between different religions, tribes, ethnics, leaders, and different groups. They are they are fighting because they want to defend their selves from other and they also want to get power in the land. For the religions they want to defend their selves through other religions be- cause of discriminations. Tribes are also fighting because of the tribe wars and they want to save their selves. For the ethnic- ities, they always want to defend their selves because of discriminations of other ethnicities. and for the Leaders, they all want to claim the motherland because of their personal interest. They kill their enemies in that land and they are also fight- ing for the power in the land and we citizens doesn't know who to choose for the position. Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine Army are the two main groups who are fighting in Mindanao now because of misunderstanding. They don't know that they have 1 goal for Mindanao and that is to acquire true peace in Mindanao. Conflict is the best word to describe the situation in Mindanao because of these conflict I have mentioned. New Learnings Knowledge. There are a lot of new knowledge I learned while I'm staying here at United States. I learned more about different religions, about the Americans, about United States, and about the stories of participants. What I learned about the different religions is that there ares some similarities between their religion and my religions. In Islam and Chris- tianity, they both have God, they both have a place to Worship, they both have special days in praying, they both have lead- ers, and they both have a prayer call. About the Americans, they always want to have a salad in their meals and they can eat raw vegetable. They just use fork and knife in when they eat their meal. They are clean in their surroundings even in their personal hygiene and they are frank or straight motivated. About United States, there are 50 states here in United States and the 23rd state is Illinois. United States had 45 presidents. And about the participants, they have different stories, different way of life, different religions, different tribes, and different characters. Some are happy-go-lucky and some are silent and straight to the point. But we are all involved in the Situation of Mindanao. Skills. I learned a lot in my stay here in host family and in HSC. I got some techniques on how to solve certain problems, I learn to participate well in every activity and giving out the best. I learn how to make concrete proposal and I knew how hard to make a action plan. Abilities. Not only knowledge and skill I learned in my stay here in United States but I also learned new abilities by myself and the help of other help people. I became Responsible, Honest, Participative, Brave, and Writing Journals and Essay. I became responsible since the time we arrived here in United States because I have to live here without the help of my family in Philippines. I became more honest than before because I have to tell the truth because I'm a Leader. What Will I do when I go back to my Community? Implementing the Decided Plan. When I go back to my community in Philippines, I will implement a training of Self-Discipline and Self-Defense through Karate. It will be a two days training and there are 30 participants and their are 12- 18 years old. Because it is a 2 days training I will divide it into two time. for the 2 mornings it will be the training of the 12- 15 years old and their training time is 9:00am up to 12:00nn. Then for the afternoon are for the 16-18 years old and their training time is 1:00pm up to 3:00pm.
    • - 24 - THE VOICE OF A YOUNG MINDANAOAN ANG, ALYSSA MARIE C. I. IRONY IN CONFLICTS Mindanao is the second largest island in the Philippines. It is known for its vast landscapes, its mountainous ram- parts, and its opulent diversity. It is also one of the Philippines‘ main suppliers for natural resources because of the pre- served heritage of its culture, which reflects its prominence in the cultivation of its crops. Even with this wealth, the so-called ―Land of Promise‖ has not been a land of glory at all. The unresolved conflicts in this island have made a chain reaction of destruction among every aspect in the society. There are so many unimaginable reasons for the conflicts that just sprout out of the bloom. But what really are the conflicts that are obvious even to the eyes of a youth like me? What is the real situation of Mindanao? i. RELIGIOUS DISPARITY This is the most common cause of the conflict in Mindanao. Since Mindanao is the melting pot of the Philippines‘ religion, the different views and opinions of the inhabitants are very hard to settle because of prejudice and ethnocentrism. ii. CUSTOM CONTRADICTIONS Because of Mindanao‘s diversity, there are many tribal traditions that are still preserved, and these traditions are often unacceptable to the society today. This is the reason why people often misjudge others. They think that their customs and traditions are the right ones to follow. iii. GOVERNMENT ABUSE The government tolerates what is happening throughout the years and this is one of the things that cause the never –ending conflicts in Mindanao. The government leaders are more interested in grabbing power, money, and fame rather than making better changes in their certain areas. These are the obvious things that destroy the image of Mindanao today, which is another trigger to more and more problems that have surfaced. It created another chain reaction of dilemmas that have affected much of the Mindanaoans. II. EDIFYING JOURNEY In our journey to change these things, we, the youth should be the ones to act upon all of these issues. We should use our knowledge to do and plan things that will slowly transform these circumstances into programs that everyone would want. Here in the Philippine Youth Leadership Program, every day has been a learning experience for me. Even the tours and the small sharing sessions have become my references on widening my skills of being a leader in the society and a bet- ter citizen of the country. i. ACQUIRING KNOWLEDGE Being here for a purpose, the main things we need to do are to share things we know and acquire new knowledge from others. Knowledge is very important because it becomes the basis for everything, for it is the source of plans and strategies. But although this is very important, it shouldn‘t control us because it is more effective to be a well-rounded lead- er then to be a smart planner. ii. BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS Our partners play a big role in our projects. They ARE the project. They could be the critiques; or they could be the working force that would help you to instigate your project and even determine its success. But even though they play such a big role, we should always make sure that the partnerships we build are good ones, so that it just wouldn‘t be a waste of time and money. iii. ACCEPTANCE Being here is learning acceptance experientially. I have opened my mind to a whole lot of things and perspec- tives. I have been exposed to the Western culture, which is greatly different from ours, and valued it. I have learned to ACCEPT. These are the things that I‘ve learned in my stay here in the United States. This might not be a detailed note taking of my learning journey, but these are the general or the most highlighted parts in this wonderful part of our lives. Now we can truly apply all of these new information and skills as youth leaders in being catalysts for social change. But given this big role, what concrete actions will I do to help others with all the skills and attitudes that I have learned here?
    • - 25 - III. APPLYING THE KNOWLEDGE As youth leaders and catalysts for social change, we should always remember that we can do anything we want, as long as it‘s good for everyone, it‘s doable, and realistic so that we wouldn‘t just keep on promising to people and break their hopes. i. EDUCATION Connected with what I‘ve learned, I will use my education to teach others and provide them opportunities to learn. I will implement programs that provide basic education for the poor and the out of school youths. ii. ENVIRONMENTAL CARE Being catalysts for change, we should not only care for the people but to the environment as well because without it our efforts will be worthless. The environment is our stage. This is where everything in the world happens; and if it will be destroyed, then the change we want will be impossible to fulfill. With that said, I would implement projects on tree plant- ing, coastal clean up, and road cleaning. This would slowly but surely help our abused environment. iii. PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND ARTS Here in the Philippines, we have many delinquents. These delinquents are grabbed of many chances to learn and change. As a leader, I will try to inject sports and arts to help everyone, especially the delinquents. We should always re- member that all of us should have an equal chance to do and explore things. That is why sports and the arts are great ave- nues to empower the delinquent youths. Through this, we will be giving them an outlet that will not only be good for their physical health, but also for the society‘s health. Now, having shared about our situation here in Mindanao, our experience here as a leader in training, and our ideas for social action, I firmly stand and speak out on behalf of all the youth in Mindanao. First, to all the youth out there, we should not be afraid to speak up and fight for what is right because we are the future of our broken homeland. Second, we should unite and strive for our long advocated peace so that good things will be the only ones passed on to our children. Lastly, we should always remember that we have no power to stop these conflicts now, but if we believe and trust in each and everyone‘s inner-leader, then tomorrow will be brighter for all of us. START THE CHANGE IN MINDANAO, TODAY ANGIN, AKIMAH H. U. WHO IS MINDANAO? Mindanao, the land of promise, the land of overflowing natural resources and rich culture, the land of the peace talks and wars, kidnappings bombings and terrorism, my land, my home, my own. The search for peace is going, still going but until when?? Who should take action? The government?? The elders?? or The leaders?? No, the new generation should take control. The generation will be the change, the generation is the change, and the new generation is PEACE. These misconceptions about Mindanao could be change, it could be, if we show to all what is really happening in Mindanao. That Mindanao is not a war place or something Mindanao has its own peace and today each city is struggling to have their own peace back. Establishing a good communication to other parts of the Philippines to avoid misconception or misunderstanding of Mindanao‘s situation today is the answer. Let others know they‘re wrong, some cities have already had their peace and prosperity back, it‘s just that others are not. Not all but some have already won their peace back. Somehow it is in the process. Peace is in process. It will continue to go but it will stop if nobody will start doing peace. Peace should come from all the Minadaoans, all should join hands to accomplish this ONE GREAT GOAL they keep on fighting for way back many many years ago. WHAT ARE THE ACTIONS TAKEN?? The government have consecutively arranged peace talks to solve this issue. Even the other international groups from Indonesia, Japan, and Britain also tried to help. Leaders like Dr. Nur Misuari of the MNLF(Moro National Liberation Front) and Murad Ibrahim of MILF(Moro Islamic Liberation Front) have participated in this peace talks. Japan also had their part in one peace talks. Indeed there have been so many peace talks happening today in Mindanao but its effect is not yet felt. Some issues are they do peace talks secretly, so that no one will know. But government peace talks and any other peace talks should always be in public, so that everyone is aware of what really is happening in their land. How can you solve something and communicate to others if you do it secretly?? You should whatever you want them to know and at the same time listen to everybody‘s comment. You would know not just one situation or problems in Mindanao but many, you
    • - 26 - could explain your goal to not just one person in Mindanao but to many, you will know many other people whom you share your goal with. In this way we could unite as one, think of a plan as one and could do it together. Anything could be achieved if everybody will do their part for this change. A friendly organization of representatives of all religious groups in Mindanao could be an example. This will serve as an eye opener of all the sides in each conflict and could make a friendly bond between different religions. It should be just a talk, friendship will be better. Just like our school, it is a public SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL with both Muslim and Christian students, we have clubs and organizations that help us interact with each other, this way we, the muslim students, know things we didn‘t know from the Christian students. We usually have small talks or chitchat about the differences and more the similarities of our faith during some activities in school. START THE CHANGE, DO IT Perhaps, these things are useless if the people is not doing anything. The youth is now starting to be aware of what‘s happening around them. Organizations for peace were starting to assemble in different places in Mindanao. For ex- ample in my city Marawi, a PEACE CLUB were established in our University. The MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY PEACE club, they organize seminars and celebrates a week of peace in which they invite Christian Armies and Muslim stu- dents or some Christian students in the campus to celebrate peace with each other and to have a stronger bong with the two different religion. Another one is that Mindanao women from Davao have said that they will start to participate actively in these peace talks since they are also much affected by these conflicts. I could say that the Mindanaoans are now starting to wake up and do something for change and to achieve this much awaited peace in their land. Yes, The youth and the people were now becoming aware of what‘s happening around them, but awareness is not enough. Someone must take a stand, must have the initiative to have a change, and must be the start. For example big prob- lems like pollution, corruption, health problems, anyone can have a start of changing it like starting to throw garbage at the trash can, start segregating it and recycle. In the problem of corruption, start by being thrifty, start being honest and trust- worthy. Then for health problems, you can start being healthy, then encourage your friends. Big things start from small be- ginnings, so a big change should start from simply you. MINDANAO, MY LAND, ARISE, YOU DESERVE TO BE FREE If only Mindanaoans will learn to understand each other and instead work on cultivating its land let Mindanao bloom on its own. If only UNITY, RESPECT, and LOVE will live in all of us, PEACE is possible. Unity, let us do changes together. ―NO MAN IS AN ISLAND‖, we can do anything possible. RESPECT, let us respect each other‘s difference and appreciate our similarities. Mindanaoans have something in common, their one GREAT LOVE for Mindanao, let us us this love for mindano as a strong bond to move and make changes for peace. The change will come from all of us. No one could help us if we don‘t help ourselves. Let us all unite to achieve these one great goal. We should let Mindanao be free and let PEACE be back to her today. MINDANAO: NOW AND TOMORROW BARREDO, CRISELINE Deal in Mindanao Mindanao being the second largest Philippines Island is the only area in the country with a significant Muslim presence. Now, the conflict has risen to acts of violence, including a recent bombing of a Christian area of Mindanao. The conflict is often framed as a religious one; Muslims versus Christians. This is not really a Muslim problem, as time has passed the fact that there is a religious difference has become apparent. Religion discriminations are excessive. Both parties doesn‘t get the points of each other, extremely, it is worsen! Now that we have finally discover a bitter struggle for peace, never ending bombings, killings, kidnappings and the terrorism in the war-torn Mindanao. The current fortified conflict in Mindanao actually reflects the chronic call for the ful- fillment of the right to self-determination of the entire population in the Philippines in order to obtain sustainable peace. Looking for a Relief Now that are eyes were widely opened to the situation in Mindanao, we have come together, we have raise aware- ness within our own selves. After getting to know and learn about each other… such learning‘s were gain during the entire
    • - 27 - program that we do have. Being responsible is one of the most important things that I think I have learned too much from my stay at NIU. Such attitude is vital and essential as I do perform my duties for the betterment of Mindanao. Having the knowledge of promoting equity, justice and peace will head us towards a greater chance of leading the generation of today and tomorrow and so, having skills and talents that were improved upon engaging ourselves to interac- tive sessions could also lead us to a better for understanding, appreciation and respect towards the way of living of anybody else. Mindanao needs ONE Upon returning to my own island I would probably be proud of myself, thinking that I could bring a great change for a productive Mindanao. Our island needs just ONE thing on how we could bring back the lost glory of it. Mindanao, do only need a good and no lasting mutual understanding between its people of different faith, beliefs and traditions. Bringing the different people into a project that will surely create a change in the society. Providing an avenue for great respect and understanding helps us promote peace within ourselves and with other people whom we believe would have peace in their hearts and souls too. It is simply creating a big change from just bringing people to learn from each other, work together, and by simply thinking that our life is the extension of each other‘s life. Land of Promises, not the Land of Guns and Terror. Let's haul down the curtain and gloom - the sinister shroud we hand unwittingly drawn over the bright banner of Mindanao, an island who has its beauty and a people determined to make life worth living, giving the dreadful situation, because if we wouldn't- who would? + A QUEST FOR CULTURE PRESERVATION BELEN, ALEXIS E. I. Problem Discovered Davao City is an urban city in which they use high technologies. It is developing therefore it utilizes technologies such as computers, laptop, tab, eBook, iPad, iTouch and more. Since most youth nowadays are more oriented by these vices, Phi- lippine Culture is dying out. I could say that the youth is disturbed by this problem. The unfortunate youth does not have time for their family because they need to work. They tend to find jobs and sacrifice for the sake of living. Even the fortu- nate ones are bothered, they use the computers and other vices most of time; more time for that than his/her own family. There are also some cases that the youth tends to steal things so they can survive and there are also cases that conflicts be- tween different religion happens because of ownership in such things. Because of urbanization, Philippine Culture is close to extinction. II. New Learning Since the problem has already been discovered, it‘s time to think about it. For the past two weeks, there were a lot to learn about. This comes in different aspects such as in Attitude, Skills and Knowledge. All the seminars, workshops and even my experiences here at NIU truly struck me with new learning. Also, the moments with other participants greatly af- fects the learning I earned. The training here at NIU really helped me a lot in building myself for a better catalyst of change. It started off with the action plan. I have learned the systematic and detailed way of making an action plan. Every section in that action plan helps in making the project SMART. Next thing I learned is how to deal with different kinds of people; whether young or old, Muslim or Christian and even Americans or other nationalities. It teaches me how to adjust myself to the variety of people. Theatre and Hip Hop used for social change also moved my mind; I have already knew about Dance for Peace or Act for Peace but here at NIU, I have learned the deeper meaning of such. It is not only acting or dancing for PEACE; it is not for the title PEACE but rather it is doing peace without having the title PEACE. It is in the state of having no idea that you‘re doing peace but in the state of action, it talks about peace. There are three things that I could point out for life learning and those are Brainstorming, Budgeting and Time Management. First is brainstorming; throughout this program, we really need to think a lot, we need to state our points and give out our best in terms of ideas. Next is Budgeting; we were given allowance every week and we need to budget that for food, laundry and other necessities. Lastly is time management; this skill was difficult to develop because I am not used to American Time and I need to cope up with it. Most of my days, I didn‘t get enough sleep but eventually, I learned how to manage my time for me to get enough sleep.
    • - 28 - III. Community Project As a young child growing up in the Philippines, I remember a lot of interaction with peers, friends, relatives, and just other people in general. And one of those ways of interacting, or form of socializing, was through games--and in par- ticular, traditional Filipino games. As time goes by, gone were the familiar faces and the familiar ways of the Filipino. Gone were the friends, cousins, and relatives. Gone were the birthday fiestas. Gone were the play-filled afternoons. Gone were the socializing and interaction. Gone was the sun. Gone was the Philippines. And now we look at Davao City as an urban place in which the city now goes with the high technologies therefore people tend to use such technologies and forget about the culture in which shows the true identity of the Filipinos. Because of the urbanization of Davao City, youth are the ones who are greatly affected. For the fortunate ones, they tend to use technologies than spending their time with their families and for the unfortunate ones; they tend to work than being with their families. The family relationship is poor. Lahing Pinoy, Larong Pinoy is a one day activity that deals mainly for Cultural Preservation, Peace Promotion and Family Relationship Development. In that one day duration, there would be different kinds of Pinoy games like Sipa, Patintero, Piko, Luksong Baka, Siato, Tumbang Preso, Paluan ng Palayok, Luksong Sako, Sungka at Takyan. These games would either be played as a family, by pair or individual; therefore through these games, family bonding could be streng- thened, religious boundaries could be lessen and in a way, Philippine culture could be preserved. These games could also empower the Filipinos especially the youth. There would also be a talk about ―Filipino Identity and Philippine Culture‖, ―Understanding Mindanao‖ and ―Family Planning‖; these three talks are related to the three main purpose of this project. This project also integrates the 3 themes of PYLP which are ―Inter-Faith‖ (Muslim, Christian participants and volunteers); ―Inter-Generational‖ (Youth and Adult participants and Volunteers); and ―Inter-Ethnic‖ (Christianity, Badjao, etc. participants and volunteers). There would be 15 families as participants, 25 to 30 volunteers and 3 resource speakers. TRANSFORMATION OF NEW MINDANAO CABUYOC, ORLAND C. The Conflict Mindanao is also known as the Land of Promise and the food basket in the Philippines. It is the second larg- est island and the only area which is Muslim is more dominant into other culture and religion. The name Mindanao was came from the Maguindanaons which have the largest Sultanate in the area before. For almost hundred years had passed before the coming of the colonizers in the Philippines especially in Minda- nao, Muslim people before were live normally, simple and peaceful. But because of the interest of the Spaniards and other colonizers, the Muslim soldiers were fighting against to the power and authority of the colonizers in order to protect its so- vereignty, territory and its culture against any colonial features. These conflicts were continuous spreading in the places in Mindanao and even in the time of our past presidents for the reason that they used the land of Mindanao for the expansion of area to solve the fast population growth in Luzon and a resettlement place for the Gerilyas who were imprisoned. So far, the Mindanao was gradually changing its image from the worst one to the better one but still conflicts were still exist nowadays. For how many years had passed violent actions were minimal because of the strong power and strict security in every place in Mindanao. But Mindanao still likes an ocean that is under siege, He still needs our help in order to make it as a better place to live. Based on the present information that I have gathered terrorist group were trying to make an active action as the sign that they would not surrender their dreams to get Mindanao and to have its own govern- ment, so to show their sign of determination to fight, they were responsible in the bombings happened in the Cotabato area last April. Today, conflicts were still existing even in religion and this was felt by every child, woman and all the people in Mindanao. As a youth today and a citizen for tomorrow we were obliged to make change in our society through our cho- sen advocacy for the development of one‘s life and to have a better place to live .As a concerned citizen of Mindanao, I take this opportunity to have this kind of program- The Philippine Youth Leadership Program where in I can develop my skills, capabilities and acquire more knowledge that we are able to know on how we make our community program and project proposal more effective and last long. I can use my skills and talents to encourage my co-youth to promote my advocacy of making Mindanao a sustainable, peaceful, progressive community and to integrate the living condition of the cultural minor- ities into the mainstream culture and to the national life.
    • - 29 - New Learning In the beginning of our journey as leaders going out to our boundaries and out from our comfort zone is the starting process of new learning- knowledge, skills and attitude. Going to the path on the ―Land of Stars and Stripes‖ is the beginning of connecting lives and sharing of experiences between nations and cultures. Through this program, Philippine Youth Leadership Program, it provides for us an avenue to develop our different personalities, to develop our capabilities to do such things, to acquire more knowledge to promote mutual understanding and make a difference in spite of our differ- ences, and above all to make us as a leader and a catalyst for change to help bringing up the image of Mindanao. From the first landing of the plane and my first step at Detroit is the first step of my learning that I could not really forget because I was in the state of confusion that time knowing at the end that ―For Here or To go‖ in a certain food establishment is different from Philippines ―Take out or Take In‖. Staying at the hotel for two weeks, I found out that they really give much important to the cleanliness and orderliness of the room. I also knew when interacting American peers you should be graceful in greeting them saying ―Hi, Hello, Bye‖ with a smile. As expected, Americans were much frank because they directly addresses their thoughts even in expressing their feelings and ideas. If you were in Neptune for lunch you must fall in line and never insert even your friends is in the front. Furthermore, Americans were individualistic and competitive. For how many days had passed by, I improved a lot of things in terms of my skills that more materialized and developed through my daily experiences and daily activities. As far as I knew before, I don‘t like English nor speaking on it in a such a manner that I‘m not good on it and unfortunately I was not fluent in English as others can do but today it is mere- ly a challenge for me to work for this, and absolutely I did it that I‘m trying hard to be good in English through my own ef- fort and dealing with the others. It also developed my writing skills in making our daily journals and essays. Aside from this, there was also a development on my skills and I more become showy on what talents I had through the different workshops about theater and hip hop. In dealing with different people on my surroundings especially American peers, I developed an attitude of being friendly to them and more polite either approaching to them or in greeting them like a best friend. I thought that I have some difficulties in adjusting to their time still I overcome it because today I practicing American time and more particular about time. In my daily endeavor I put also on my mentality that always remained humble and always think positive in walking on the different paths. I became more determined in doing my works such as making an essays, journals and art works valuable, meaningful and creative although sometimes I forget to do my journals that seem we‘re always running of time but still I‘m trying to work with it not in late instead on time. I knew these learning that I gained was my stepping stone to make change in Mindanao and made it as a better place to live. Going Back to My Community How many days had left and the Philippine Youth Leadership Program is about to end. For the past days we had spent I learned a lot of things not only to the trainings, workshops but also to environment that we had and interacting different kind people. Though these all experiences were all important but still the most highlight for this program was our community project and the implementation of it after we go back to our own community. In planning an action plan for the said community project was a difficult one and yes it was easy to make a title for my action plan but the most difficult part was the content of the plan. Many things that I should going to consider from the approach up to the resources you had and for me it was a long process that had systematically approach and needs more critical thinking. Moreover, one of our tasked for this program was our project proposal that we will be going to implement but it must need to approve first by the State Department. So far I‘m starting working on it. In connection to this, I‘m plan- ning for a literacy program entitled ―Education on Arts: The Voices of the Youth. I chose literacy program because I knew that our community needs it just like other community especially that I came to a squatter area that children were not sent to school because lack of family support, don‘t have money for school expenses and any lapses, instead they just selling plastic bags in the public market, they also engaged drugs, petty crimes and other juvenile delinquency activities. As a result, literacy rate nowadays were decreasing that we should point out and needs to improve. These was the reasons that touch to my heart to pursue this literacy program and I do strongly believe through this program I could help them although it just for 5 days activities at least they know how to count and know how to read. Not only these things which I want to pursue, since my program entitled Education on Arts, I want also to developed their skills and talents through the different forms of art such as dancing, acting and other visual arts that we could had prob- ably a presentation not only to showcase their talents and to entertain but also to encourage all the youth to study hard. As to describe this project, every morning session focused on basic education and in the afternoon session focused on arts one example is theater arts. To make this program possible I could invite my friends, classmates and my other organizations to help me for this program such as Catholic Youth Ministry and The Replican, Islamic Studies Student Society, Philippine Youth Associa- tion of the Philippines, Sining Parola Ensemble and the Sangguniang Kabataan and the Barangay.
    • - 30 - In general, all the learning that I gained while staying here was worth even my daily experiences that I can share to others and most of all after going back to the Philippines and to my community is the starting of my implementation of community project not only to help Mindanao but also to produce and to train good leaders too for the new transformation of new Mindanao. A LEADER’S JOURNEY WILL START NOW CANDIDO, ARWALD Mindanao Situation Perceptions about Mindanao. Bombs, kidnappings, killings, massacres, human trafficking and a lot more. These are words that can be associated with Mindanao. These words lower the self-esteem of every people because it reflects to the people who live in the place. It creates an inequality for every mindanawan to other groups from Visayas and Luzon. That is why most of the perceptions of people not from Mindanao are that every people from Mindanao are war freak or sometimes labeled as terrorist. When it comes to media, what I usually see is that when it comes to news particularly when it comes from Mindanao, all those bad things come out just like kidnappings and bombings. This creates a fear for every people to leave and not to stay in Mindanao. Unfair treatment. Seems like everything is so unfair making us feel like we are just an accessory in the Philippines because Mindanao is the melting pot of diverse culture. Their mindset are oriented about the situation of Mindanao. Mostly when you ask someone about the situation of Mindanao, his or her usual response is that Mindanao is a dangerous place and we can‘t tell that we‘re secured. With this kind of answer, I‘m hurt and this make me break into pieces. Who are they testi- fying that Mindanao is unsafe, full of bombings, kidnappings, and what else would they say about the negative side of Min- danao. Most of them justify this kind of kind of negative happenings in Mindanao where in fact they haven‘t visited yet the place. Well, of course don‘t judge the book by its cover! Once you have experienced it, feel it, and seen it then this creates a generalization that you have the basis to comment and share your views and opinions about Mindanao. What‘s the problem of most people is that they always share their views and opinions without having a basis to generalized that what they have said are true. Making a better Mindanao. From my point of view, every problem has its own solution and to be able to make this solution possible we need to have an action plan. An action plan that will benefit by everyone. One solution for this problem is joining seminars, trainings, and camps that aim to eliminate the negative pictures about Mindanao. Helping hand in hand is a big thing to make the action plan possible. Even s single help would mean a lot. Someday I know that all the trials, problems, circumstances, obstacles and most especially negative images being linked in Mindanao will evaporate. The change is within us. We are catalysts for change. I believe Mindanao will be a para- dise someday where love and peace will remain. Learning new knowledge, skills, and attitudes at NIU Time is fast approaching and I still can‘t believe that we are heading down to the moment of truth, which is the end of Philippine Youth Leadership Program. It was like a snap and we have already passed for about two weeks of training waiting for the snap again to happen. But what matters most is that every single of us will be HERO of our own community and will be able partake all the learning‘s that were gained in Northern Illinois University in order to produce a well- transformed and responsible society. New knowledge. Trainings and sessions of PYLP were so different compare to my previous trainings I have joined. It is so extreme wherein there was sharing of views and opinions towards a certain topic but it pays back a lot just like self-confidence, enhancing communication skills, and being optimistic. Every session is different and mentors have different approach of teaching. Sometimes it challenge us on how can we jive into the discussion because sometimes it‘s boring which causes us to sleep but we were able to overcome it. Some of the knowledge I have attained was that when Dr. Janice Hamlet told us that we may be different in some things but we have also similarities and this makes our relationship with the new people we met stronger. Because of too much stereotyping and prejudice, a lot of people had suffer from dead, slavery, an their rights were being all destroyed like what we have seen in the two documentary films entitled ―A place at the table‖ and ―The shadow of hate: The history of hate in America.‖ These documentary films show the struggles of every people in the society particularly the clash between white man and black man and US people with Japanese people.
    • - 31 - Skills gained. Because of the sessions we have undergone through PYLP, we have discovered other hidden skills. The skill wherein we never tried it yet but because of the application of each lesson everyone was able to have it. Actually we have some skills that we have achieved just like acting, hiphop dancing, and the art of communication. Another skills that will be brought through our whole life and proudly to showcase it to the world. Positive attitudes. PYLP 9 had a great impact through each lives. We were taught to discipline ourselves in terms going to the session on the right time, passing the journals on time, having our proposals on time. My point is that we were able to be a time bounded person because time is gold and each second is precious. Never waste your time in unnecessary doings because at the end of the day there is no fruitful moment that will happen. We have to make PYLP 9 flourish! Start of something new I‘ve been lucky to be chosen as one of the grantee of US Department of State Scholarship and I have worked hard just to have this opportunity to be in the US for 5 weeks leadership training. Opportunities don‘t often come along so you need to grab them. I really made the right choice because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity although I made a big sacri- fice in terms of my college life because in our college we are required to take summer classes but then I will just get it by this coming first semester. There are certain reasons why I came about that kind of decision. I want to build myself. Experiences build my own self. I am a leader who hasn‘t yet well-crafted to bring about changes in my community. I want to reconstruct myself, to internalize the knowledge and new ideas that have been shared to us, to be an effective leader, and to an inspiration to others. I want to share my culture I came in US not for a debate, not for superiority, not for making war to others like setting boundaries with them. The reason that I am in the program is that I want to establish peace, respect, and friendship. I want to share my culture and have a common ground where we can live in harmony with each other. I want to help my people. ―With great power come great responsibilities.‖ I am in the program for my people for I know myself that my community needs and my reason why I am came in US is to help them alleviate their lives, inspire, and actively involved them on what I am doing. Now that I was able to get what I want, it is already the start to be a hero to my community after all the learning and experiences that I was able to internalize. These would be my weapon to help save my community. Helping my com- munity is a tough job that is why I joined the program to be well-trained, be a good implementer, and have a community program. It‘s kind a hard to think about community project at first since I have known a lot of my friends were able to im- plement different projects in terms of environment projects, charitable projects, educational projects, trainings, and a lot more. But all I want is that the project the project that I will implement to my community specifically Zamboanga City will be a successful one and could really help my community partners. Simple and Small Things can be a Start of New and Better Beginnings Dela Cruz, John Xyrious Status Quo Mindanao in itself is blessed with bountiful resources, with diversity, multiculturalism and rich cultures. But sad to say, instead of progressing for a better and well developed future, these things seem to hinder us from achieving a better life. Mindanao today is no better than yesterday, no better than 10 to 50 years ago. Conflict over ancestral domains, ethnocen- trism, family feud and domination, poverty, corruption, war and marginalization still exist! And the ugly part of it? It is get- ting worse every single day. Whenever I watch news on television, on newspapers or even in the internet, Mindanao is still inclined to conflicts and violence. These things have been an imprint on the image of Mindanao. Even in school, the issues are still being im- parted into conversations and discussions. My friends tend to feel irritated as to why is there a need to have curfew hours just because of the war, my fellow Muslim colleagues would protest against an all out war in Sibugay and even my teachers would express their anxiousness over the safety of their families living in the provinces of Mindanao. And at that point in
    • - 32 - time, one can see that my life is no longer typically normal, I am no longer just a student. I am more of just being a student. I am a youth of Mindanao...A concerned youth of Mindanao. Now that I am able to see a much bigger picture of the situation in Mindanao, it is time to take action! As a con- cerned youth, one must have the feeling of being empowered to fight and yearn for change in Mindanao. But as we do that, we want to do it in a peaceful manner, through dialogues and settlements. One thing that you can notice over the situation in Mindanao is the participation and involvement of the youth in resolving conflicts and arguments. We see that despite all these problems, many of the youth have the initiative to push for concrete changes in the situation in Mindanao. Many of our children are not able to enjoy their childhood years. They do not have time for play and for fun. Simple team building activi- ties like playing with friends are no longer seen, for which it can empower the children to develop camaraderie, sportsman- ship, friendship and will also serve as an avenue for them to channel their feelings and expressions. The status quo in Mindanao is very much true and evident. But it does not imply that everything is lost. As long as there is a future that awaits us, hope continues to live on and empower every youth in Mindanao to look and to act upon our worsening situation. This is Mindanao today. This is the real picture of Mindanao. But despite the ugly image that it current- ly portrays to the world, small dots of change are arising to turn this poor of a painting into a great and respected master- piece. Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes are Power Learning a whole new bunch of knowledge because of the workshop was indeed fun and I‘m grateful for learning these things. I am now aware of America‘s dark history. But then, aside from that, I have learned how theatre, the arts and even hip hop could change, mould and affect the community, the society and even the world! These things could eventually bring social change and we as catalyst for change must do our best to utilize such tools that would serve as our avenue to express and convey our advocacy and our message to everyone. And I must say that the Hairspray Musical is one concrete example, wherein one can showcase a social issue and convey a message in a fun, creative and enjoyable way such that the audience tend to appreciate it better that just having a talk or a seminar. Moving on to the serious part, critical thinking and analysis are skills that are continuously developed all through- out our journey. And I must say that these skills were very much improved highly because of the program! In what way you may ask? It‘s in the way that we come up, analyzed and look deeper into making our project proposal. It‘s not an easy task! Its mind boggling on my part and one should have that concentration, passion and focus to be able to come up with a good project proposal. It should be SMART, that is Simple, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time bound. Aside from that, my skills in analysis were improved in such a way that we get to discuss and share our perspective regarding various issue and situations and problems. We get to express our opinions on how we see and look at them with respect to our point of view. And I realized that one should really have a deeper sense of analysis to be able to notice small but essential details and to be able to have a clearer look of the bigger picture. Attitudes are earned and learned, but it‘s not that easy to gain new attitudes. One must have the openness and the willingness to accept these attitudes. Like in my case, I learned the attitude of being direct and outspoken. It‘s not a bad or a negative attitude for me, because as I get to interact with my American peers, these attitudes helped me a lot! And I believe that by being direct, one could easily get to the point and one could easily convey one‘s message without going to various directions. Aside from that, one attitude that was highly improved and developed within me was the attitude or behaviour of being open minded. Because we are dealing with various cultures here in the US, one should have that open mind to accept everything, without biases, prejudices and discrimination. By having that open mind, one could easily respect the perspec- tives, opinions and reactions of people towards varying issues and problems in the society. I am an open minded person, but in the Philippines, we are dealing with people who are very much old fashioned and closed minded in their way of thinking and so, it‘s very much difficult when one interacts with them. But here in the US, people are very much liberal, and I love it! I get to accept various knowledge and information without hesitation. Being open minded teaches you to accept all that there is, and then sort it out and before making any judgement, one must analyze the situation first.
    • - 33 - What will I do? Upon reaching Zamboanga City I will have to start the preparation for the implementation of my community project. My community project is entitled, ―LIPAD Program: Kids Fun Day!‖ wherein LIPAD stands for ―Learning in Peace and Diversity.‖ The said program highlight the project Kids Fun Day wherein in it is a one whole day activity that focuses on three major concepts and these are the sports festival, team building activities and a mini-cultural presentation. This project will be participated by both children and their parents of various cultures and ethnicity, whether you are a Catholic, a Badjao, a Sama, a Tausug or even an indigenous citizen, you are very much welcome to join and be part of a fun and great project. Moving on, to be able to make this project concrete and realistic, I‘ll get in touch and ask for the commitment of various youth and community organizations like the American Field Service (AFS) Zamboanga Chapter, Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP), Muslim Student Association (MSA) of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Ateneo Peace and Culture Institute, El Consejo Atenista, Social Awareness and Community Service Involvement (SACSI) and of course, the Local Government Unit of my chosen community. With the help of these organizations, I am optimistic that I will be able to effec- tively implement my project. Aside from gaining the commitment of these organizations, I will also gather a pool of respon- sible and trustworthy volunteers who are very much willing to cooperate with me on my goal to empower the youth. My friends, classmates and schoolmates are the volunteers that I‘ll be choosing for I am able to build my trust and confidence in them. Being part of the PYLP means that I should continue taking actions to promote and advocate social change. Learn- ing how to make a project proposal and an action plan is more than just a requirement of the US State Department. It is an avenue where one can channel his or her passion and dedication in empowering people in his or her community. Being part of the PYLP is more than just going here in the US, it is an experience for us to learn, to value and to apply upon going back to face Mindanao, and in my case, to face Zamboanga City, to face reality, to face all upcoming and present challenges and difficulties. It is time to face them, and more than juts facing them, it is time to act on them. I will make a change, no matter how small or insignificant it is for everyone, I can and I will make a change. Change is the only permanent thing in this world but we should not limit it to change, because we believe that peace can also be an everlasting truth for this blue and pure world. UN VIAJE GONZALEZ, JUDEAN GRACE Al comienzo The city of sardines (Zamboanga), the fruit basket of Mindanao (North Cotabato), emerging to be the tiger econo- my of region 12 (Sultan Kudarat), the Durian capital (Davao), the province of exotic fruits (Sulu), the Palapa capital, the Dodol capital and the Tuna capital of the Philippines, where are these cities located by the way? Well it is within the south- ern part of the Philippines, the Mindanao. These ―trademarks‖ only show how rich the Mindanao is when it comes to natural resources. This is only an indication that quality living and progression in this place is REALLY POSSIBLE. But why do these visions don‘t come into its existence? Why does Mindanao stop into where it was before? Why does Mindanao change its image into ―bomb/war capital of the Philippines‖? Why is Mindanao left behind? These are just some of the questions that enigma into my mind when I reflect on the irrationality behind having a RICH natural resources and being POOR in a lot of things? What an immense contradiction! Apparently, Mindanao is within a very slow progression lane right now. And Mindanao was way back an oh! and a wow! because it was once upon a time a very progressive place. So given these two opposite pictures of what Mindanao was and currently is, this kinda transcends me the notion that Mindanao is along the STOP sign. I believe I couldn‘t completely figure out why this is happening. But based on my background knowledge, it is due to the conflicts in Mindanao brought by issues like political interest, family feud, land ownership, clashes between ideolo- gies and the like. First issue, as observed, was political interest. Traditional Mindanaoans still stick to family ties concept. So first interest in the political sphere is ―political dynasties‖. A politician actually wants all of their family members to grasp as many position as they can which would give them the super power to dominate the whole community. A lot of fam- ilies in the Philippines are a good epitome of political dynasty, with a very big authority given to them, they can do a lot of graft and corruption and other forms of anomalies that would suite the kind of interest they have. These interests coming
    • - 34 - from politicians and other government officials tries to hinder progression in Mindanao basically because the interests of these people are not for the good of the people but for their own benefits. Second Issue is on family feuds. Credo is still famous in different parts of Mindanao. This is due to the feuds existing between families to families. They believe that credo is a good avenue to which family can stand the test, ―matira ang matibay‖ according to them. These furthermore worsen the scenario because there are innocent civilians killed due to certain reasons. This damages the image of Mindanao thus im- pedes the opportunity of empowerment amongst Mindanaoans. Third is land ownership. There are conflicts between tribes in the southern part of the Philippines; given that long time ago Mindanao is a place for settlement of various tribes. A lot of people whose ancestors lived in the land of Mindanao try to claim or get the territory. Again, this blocks empowerment be- cause solidarity is vague. And the last one from my list is the clashing between different ideologies. Mindanaoans are really diverse in cultures and identities which mean that there is really the tendency of clashing with one another. Thus, certain actions obviously don‘t help the Mindanao move forward. Media ruta Within two weeks, I was able to learn millions of things (I‘m over exaggerating the sentence to emphasize the im- pact of the knowledge and skills that I have learn even for just the little span of time). The first session that we have had was about how people define and celebrate their identities and differences. According to Ms. Janice Hamlet we may all be dif- ferent, but we can use these differences to make a difference. Diversity actually generates different ideas and viewpoints. These things would even help us to speed up and produce quality decisions and actions because people of different perspec- tives contributed for that. We should not be ethnocentric in viewing other ethnicities and we should not formulate stereo- types of certain groups because they to differ with each other. Our second session was given by Dr. Sue Russel. She dis- cussed about the people‘s quest for justice, identity and peace in Mindanao. All of us shared our own experiences, notable or not, regarding the violence and irrational acts that we do experience within our community. During this session, I have rea- lized that the violence that I have had experience were too shallow when compared to what my colleagues did experience. This open forum was an eye opener for all of us which further strengthen the individual urge that we feel every time we move and make an action. The third one was about the practical skills for transforming the civil society which includes the integration of faith, diversity and social action. Mr. Gerald Hankerson did emphasize the power of communication in trans- forming the civil society. According to him, this is a very powerful tool to have a connection with people around you. And the strongest way of communicating is through our non verbal actions. Our fourth session was about how we are going to develop a community project and how to develop an action plan. Kuya Rey taught as the different parts of an action plan by conducting a marathon of answering activities. I have learned a lot even though this was my management lesson during the second semester. During our fifth session with Mr. Lakhi and Ms. Shana Siap, I never felt asleep even for a second. The theater workshop was really excellent because it was interactive which makes me learn and cope up easily. I have learned the use of arts, theater specifically, as a medium for social action. They have given us a lot of tips on how to do an effective acting to entice people and to advertise our advocacies. The sixth was also our one of the best session with Mr. Asad and Inlight regarding HIP HOP for social change. I have learned a lot of things. First was the history of Hip Hop and the differ- ent parallelism of its modern movement to the movement of the people in the ancient times or the movement of people in their tribal dances and etc… I also learned how to use Hip Hop to promote my advocacy/ies. Seventh session was about adult- youth dialogue on engagement for challenges. I learn how to be an activist and of course how to engage in dialogues very well, wherein I will not make the government other sectors that could help me my enemy. Our eight sessions was given by ms. Lisa King. It is actually about Human rights. I have learned what are the different rights every human has. I have also learned what are the ideal community center each of us wanted to have. And our last session before doing this essay was from mr. Chris Birks which is about social media and effective communication. I have discovered how to use social media as a tool for social change. We were also taught how to construct a good speech even if we are on a rush, and it is “BE ORGANIZE”. Another type of learning that I had was learning experiences. I had a nice experience witness- ing Muslims pray. This is actually my first time to witness one. I also had a very great experience when we toured around downtown Chicago. I have witness the beauty of USA which I really perceived even from the beginning. Another wonderful and unforgettable moment that I have passed through was the different activities held at stronghold which taught us the val- ue of each and every individual in the team and that; they should work hand in hand for the team to succeed. When one looses the level of energy that his/ her co members possess, the success is not most likely to be achieved. Well of course this is something that is apparent but most of the time missed, so I think that activities were good to let us remember that ―hey! This value is already obvious, why can‘t you see it? Why do you hardly keep it?‖ All in all, the lesson that we have learned wasn‘t as shallow as what other programs offer. These lessons increased its speed limit for us to reach the finish line at its maximum with of course ―thrills‖ and ―fun‖ too.
    • - 35 - Ultimo destinasyon Given this very big and very good opportunity of going to USA and attending such wonderful program provided by the US department of state, I will make sure that I am going to return them something better than what they have expected. With all the learning, knowledge, skills and values that I have gained through the activities of these programs, I‘m pretty sure I can fulfill my oath. When I go back to the Philippines, specifically Zamboanga, I wanted to help those people without livelihood. I re- ally want to help them alleviate their status. Why? It is because aside from getting pity with their situation, I believe that being poor (due to not having a livelihood) is one of the MAIN reason why criminal cases is getting higher. And with this, PEACE will never be visible. The project that I am going to do is entitled ―Kapayapaan mula sa simpleng kabuhayan‖ which means ―Peace from simple livelihood‖ in English. I am going to teach a certain community how to cook different flavors of peanuts (such as garlic, spicy, sweetened, etc…) which they can sell individually or through consignment. I am also going to teach them how to market their sales in ―lay man‘s term‖ of course. I will be giving them a 2 kilos of raw peanuts and plastics for packaging for them to start on. I believe that this project is something that is sustainable which they can have until they wanted to do so. And since the community is a diverse one (with citizens of different faith, culture, age, etc…), this will be an avenue to promote good relationship with the different parties. This is where they can find their commonalities instead of highlighting their differences which is the very foundation of a good relationship. With this kind of activities, they are going to make their camaraderie and bond a stronger one. Another thing is that, when I go back to my home town, I am going to continue serving my organizations. I will try to add and fit in more organization that would really be beneficial. I will also add my volunteer works in any field that I can get in. I will be an active PYLP alumni and AFS member too. I will try my best to participate in any activities which my schedule allows. WHAT WILL YOU DO UPON RETURNING TO MINDANAO? GONZALES, RENA JEAN Everyone is a strong force that can stabilize our society. The youth of today are called to seek education. We play a vital role in shaping our countries future. We, the youth, are the potent force that can stabilize our country. It is truly a great privilege being a part of this one of a kind training. I will forever be grateful to GOD Almighty for allowing me to be chosen as one of the very fortunate Filipino youths to participate this very nurturing activity and also to the US Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the American Field Service Intercultural Programs Philippines (AFS IPP). With the trainings and learnings I gained from this program, I have come to fully and deeply realize the responsibili- ties. I have to give all my very best and my life to carry on and bring my Filipino brothers and sisters to our dream and vi- sion of making every Filipino – empowered, innovative, and competitive in a God-centered life. It has been my sincerest belief that Education is a very strong tool which will empower every individual. With this, I will carry on this cause with confidence in my heart to make this available to all my brothers and sisters in Mindanao in any way I could. As I pursue this ultimate goal, I am aware that many of my countrymen have their felt needs. It would be a very fulfilling thing to see them relieved and happy of surprises. I really want to share to them as I have been seeing this now in my life by providing them with food and vitamins and to conduct a feeding outreach program and a free clinic as well. I always fall into tears as my heart deeply crashed remembering that many of my Filipino brothers and sisters are suffering their sickness because they could not prepare enough food for their family‘s consumption and afford to buy medicines and to pay a doctor's bill. I know that our government has been doing its best to answer this problem but it is a sad thing to know that still this is happening and this is my utmost desire to be of help- to make the best I could to address this problem. I hope that there will be an organization that could help me pursue this since I really wanted to make this not just a one-time event but a regular program to reach out our brothers and sisters who really need help. With the first hand know- ledge I have that many of our school age children cannot afford to go to school because of the very sad reality that they need to work in any way they could just to find food first. I am fully determined, with God's blessings to reach out my brothers and sisters to provide them with health care, conduct free feeding and a recreational activity for children to inspire them and awaken their sense of worth that they will realize that they have all the potentials - God has graciously gifted them and that they are a strong force that can stabilize our society. Now, I am fully armed with The gift of GOD- the intellect, the skill and above all the heart- a BIG HEART - to come home to my beloved country - my home in Mindanao -full of dreams and vision for my brothers and sisters. To all the Philippine Youth Leadership Program batch 9 officials - you truly are God's instruments. Thank you so much. I am seeing now a brighter future of Mindanao. Mabuhay!!!
    • - 36 - MINDANAO: A LAND TO SAVE LAO, AQUISAH-ROHAIMAH On the southern part of my country, the Philippines, there‘s a sad land waiting to bloom. That is the land of Minda- nao. In Mindanao, you can hear crying voices. You can see people in need and conflicts to be solved. And who are to solve these? LEADERS. Mindanao is having a lot of conflicts and problems. Discriminations are one of them. First is the Social Discrimina- tion. The rich are getting richer. The poor are getting poorer. You may ask ―Why is that?‖ ―How can that be?‖ Then Minda- nao is rich in natural resources. That is because of corrupt leaders. They are the one‘s who‘s getting benefits. What do we need? We need real leaders that will make better changes. I can‘t afford to see those people in their mansions spoiling food while there are children in the streets begging for food and having no home. Then there‘s this discrimination of religions. A Lot of Christians is having a bad image of the Muslims. Muslims have bad impressions of Christians. Others see the Indi- genous people as uncivilized. Well, all of us must not jump into conclusions especially when it is about on religions. We think that we know other people according on what we can hear from others, that is why there are gaps between the places in our country. We are not united and liberated. Have you ever think of holding hands with other people who have different religion as yours. Indeed, we worship our own God differently. Indeed, we have different religions. But those are not the reasons for us to not be ONE. Everyone has his or her own culture. We should not be against it. We should be optimistic because after all, we are all Filipinos. Another problem is the MILF or Moro Islamic Liberation Front wanting to separate our dearest Mindanao from the Philippines. They want the Mindanao to be an independent Islamic country. A lot of citizens do not agree because they believe that Mindanao can‘t still stand alone. If our country is just united and liberated, there is no need for separations and wars. The Philippines will stand out among the countries and we‘ll have good background from other countries. If there‘s only just peace between all of us… Doesn‘t it feel so good when you‘re sleeping without any problems in mind? To attain peace, we need great leaders. I know someday, everyone in my place will have home. Something will lead them into a great future, something like the PYLP 9. DIFFERENT.. I learned some of America‘s history. I learned that they are quite similar to other countries. They suffered too, they had black past too. I learned that ART can be a way in promoting PEACE like dancing. ART for Social Change. I learned that in your own simple way, you can attain peace. It‘s very important to have proper communication with others. It‘s good to have inte- ractions with American peers because it helps me learn new things about them. I enjoyed how they worship God with these different religions. They respect each other; they love each other, which are why there are no much conflicts about religions. There are no discriminations between them anymore. I learned that you cannot do such actions alone. You must be with everybody. You must be with a team. You must have company. And teamwork is really important. We have to understand other‘s culture. We have to listen to them. We must not do all the talk. We must understand each other and work together to attain peace between the each of us. And most especially, I learned that there are no right or wrong between religions and beliefs. We are all just differ- ent. Different. When I come back.. What will I do? According on what I learned here, I will conduct a sports fest. Why sports fest? First, the sports that are in my sports fest are those that can be played by teams. Why? It is because if you play by team, you must have teamwork. The tactics or ideas on what they would do must not come from one person only, specifically an adult. Number one reason is that a team has members. There must be a lot of ideas produced and will come up to a good decision that is agreed by everyone. Let the kids or the youth talk too. They may be having better ideas than others. In teamwork, you must have mutual understanding; self-discipline, respect, open-mindedness and the team must be united. And these things are needed in a community. A community is like a team. The people must work together for their betterment. The key is com- munication. Everyone must communicate either young or old. The people in the community must be also aware of other cultures. They must have knowledge on other‘s culture. So in every team that I‘ll have in my project, there will be people with various cultures, age and gender. How can I sustain my project? Aside of the opportunity of getting to know others for culture awareness, there will be a new organization or
    • - 37 - youth somewhat like sports. I chose to have that because with the organization, the youth can now speak for themselves. They will be able to participate in different activities that are conducted by the government or nongovernment agencies or they can use the organization for somewhat like to give updates in the government about their community. Unity is a com- mon problem in a community. So the new organization can conduct an activity like a sports fest too for the others to under- stand what‘s going on in the community and so that they will be able to spread their new skills in sports and communication. They will make a lot of new different friends too. That‘s what I will do. LAND OF HONOR: THE MINDANAO SITUATION LUKMAN, FAZNIYARA C. Land of Honor: The Mindanao Situation A unique land lies on the seas of Sulu and west Pacific. This is the so-called ―Mindanao‖ – the second largest and the southernmost of the main land divisions of the Philippines. Mindanao has been a frequent talk-about topic. It is indeed a result of so many stories and events. Way Back in History. Philippines once had so many suitors. So many colonizers and invaders were attracted to the country‘s natural resources, people, and culture. However, despite all the battles, Mindanao stayed firm and was able to preserve its culture more than Luzon and Visayas did. For example, the Spanish or the Japanese influences are not that evi- dent in Mindanao. It has been observed that Christianity is more dominant in the first two main land divisions. The Situation. The various cultures explain the presence of some negative way of perceiving like discrimination. For all these years, Mindanao has been very different and autonomous to the other two big islands in terms of politics, secu- rity, culture, environmental status, economical status, and many more aspects. Territories are strictly secured. Forests, lands and natural resources are still preserved. Conflicts and misunderstandings arise between cultures. Ethnic barriers are still present, which can cause violence in the form of bombs, wars, or other threats. One thing is for sure, all these things happen because many Mindanaoans are fierce fighters, freedom lovers, and brave citizens. When we really take a look at the details in the history books, Mindanaoans were robbed of ideal progress that they deserve, of name and recognition, of real free- dom, identity, and respect (for some tribes who were extremely looked down upon), and of justice. They were shunned from high political of government seats, as what can be inferred. Some progressive setups like high standard education and other things were also denied. The Right Path. What is missing in the national bond is an eye-opener for everyone so that all of us will under- stand each other‘s sentiments. The mind should always be open to new and wider perspectives. Listening is indeed the be- ginning of understanding, and therefore it is also a path towards peace not only in Mindanao but also in the international realms. What I got, miles away from home. It was such an honor to finally stay at one of America‘s universities, the Northern Illinois University. I felt so blessed and lucky to meet different people. Words have been said. Lessons have been learned. Knowledge: Eye-opener. My first step on the grounds of NIU was somewhat memorable because the school‘s ambiance was very nice and cozy. I learned a lot of things about American culture like giving gifts as soon as possible and not later (like what Filipinos do), leaving the bathroom door open after use, seldom consumption of rice, the love for being alone, and many others. Cultural diversities are usually the main focus of the sessions. I learned the different premises where cultural principles and values are being established. I also had some realizations about discrimination and the realities of my present state, being a Muslim. My mind and my heart were really touched by each and every experience I had. Polishing innateness. It would be so broad if I would just say that I learned Leadership Skills. To make a narrow description, I learned time management, being prompt, and being brave enough to accept challenges. I discovered that I do have skills in acting, dancing, and singing even though I did not concentrate on those things for the past few years. I slightly developed my writing and speaking skills. All the journals, other write-ups, and the constant oral participation in sessions can explain it all. Attitude and Personality. I have to admit that my frankness went beyond its right level. I felt that my direct statements and comments have been too much. It was a moment that I felt that being sensitive to the feelings of everyone around me is extremely important. To be able to avoid pain, I could rather have control the manner of how I say things. This
    • - 38 - reminded me of the saying ―It‘s not what you say, but it‘s how you say it.‖ Moreover, I have been very thrifty, open, and independent. Bring home Never enough. A simple ―thank you‖ is not enough to express my gratitude to everyone who became part of my five-week USA experience. I got to render optimum service to my community to be able to contribute something to the world. Ripple. During my stay, I found a wonderful meaning of the word ―sharing.‖ Now, I want to share everything I‘ve done during my wonderful experience. I‘m going to tell all the lessons and knowledge that I learned. With my chosen field, communications, I know that I can be influential enough to impart the things in my mind to the audience. I always wanted to touch lives and give positive changes. Service from within. I cannot just do a community project because PYLP requires it; my heart has to be involved. I plan to organize and lead a Mangrove tree planting project. In here, I will have to coordinate with the Sangguniang Kaba- taan - Guiwan and Senior Citizens‘ Club of Guiwan for organizational support. With more or less 5000 pesos, the expenses (i.e. tools, seedlings, transportation) will be properly covered. With the participants from different cultural groups, I plan to accomplish the planting activity for 4 hours in 1 day. In this case, the environment and the people can surely receive an im- pact, whether big or small. Talking about sustainability, I want to follow everything up every two weeks or so. It is really my pleasure to plant trees and save thousands of lives from generation to generation. FOR I CARE ABOUT THE MINDANAONS MACARAO, SOHAYA 35 days is going to end. PYLP‘s days will close its book. Even though everything‘s going to its edge, the know- ledge still abides. The unforgettable experiences and captivated memories that all had shared together will become so me- morable. From the very start, the training tackles about making difference towards each community. Change is one of the tools in making our environment better. We aim for progress because we want development. Change depends on our hands. We should work for today and tomorrow for us to see the light. We should not be hopeless. Everybody is living because of hope. If mistake was done, we should put on our mind that there is still second chances. We are not born to be perfect. We make failures but these are way to learn. It is the lifeblood to our divine survival, and the only thing that pulls us out of the deepest portion of pain and hurt if life. Mindanao needs this significant tool. In that, let us think of some of the important roots that pull down the island against betterment. Variety kinds of conflicts have been the big obstruction in promoting peace here in Mindanao. The ongoing con- flict of Mindanaons let them became the prisoners of the historical discourse of discrimination and inequality during the colonial time in the Philippines. This was the main reason why an effective leader must start stepping towards amicable life- style. Conflict between Muslims and Christians is still undergoing because of misunderstanding. I‘m sad to say that they are all doing things in immature way. Some Maranaos are close-minded. They think that one of them made the right deci- sions without consulting other‘s opinion. Acceptance is just a simple word to say but it‘s really hard to act upon. Only if people accept the ambiance of one another and instead of bubbling nonsense things, they‘ll instead love each other. Bloods is no need to flow and life will not be wasted if love reacts. Mainly in my community, social discrimination is present. I remember the chaos occurred in my place long ago which includes Maranao pride. This kind of quality really took his banner arose. In my clique, two families had fought be- cause of power, the power to become a leader yet this is not appropriate. A leader is someone who acts as a good model to everyone. A leader is open-minded. She/He has the ability to voice out and express what is inside of him for everybody has the right to speak. A leader respects everybody. Most importantly, a leader is not a quarrel-lover so why people fought with each other when in fact even themselves can‘t be a good example. People will just become scary because of this happening. Health issues have been one of the big hinderer in establishing progressive living here in my homeland. Children suffer dif- ferent diseases due to the environment they're facing. Poor people living in the squatter areas are the victim of this obstacle. Some don't know the proper hygiene that they should practice every day. Some can't eat three times a day. They worked hard yet remain poor. As some says; poor become poorer and rich become richer which hundred percent unfair in the socie- ty. These meager people are one of those victims of corruption. Some leaders put the money of many on their huge pocket.
    • - 39 - They are the only one making their own happiness. They couldn‘t even think the welfare of those affected on what they are doing. They have enough education but they are just ruining it and pushing their selves buried on the ground. The shame surrounds them but they sometimes don‘t realize their mistakes. People on the other hand look at the government as the big enemy. Yes, they might be the reason why the suffering goes on but I learn from this program the right way to do. Officials should not be treated them as the antagonists of the society. People should plan first how they are going to let the leaders show off the money and to let it use for them. Rally might not be that good because they are putting one person in shameful matter and of course, that leader would not dare him to put in the embarrassment. He‘ll work on it and fight for his reputa- tion. Peacefully have a good conversation and make him realize those things that need to be comprehend for. Mindanao have been preserved its natural resources for a long time ago but as the modernization conquered the world, it affects the island. You could only count those people who are getting the agricultural courses because some thinks that the only job that best fit for you is to be a farmer. Discrimination is still present. For a thousand year that our ancestors cared them a lot, now it is starting to vanished away. Observed the trees that were illegally cut out and even the precious animals that only available in the Mindanao, these are all starting to disappear. God created us because we are the only liv- ing thing to take care of the other creatures. He gave us an important function on the world. Lack of education has been also the issue in the island of Mindanao. There are many reasons why youths couldn‘t go to school. Some were engaged to marriage and needs to stop for his/her own family needs him/her. Some teachers are lacking the capability to teach students. The school doesn‘t have enough facilities to meet the needs of the students. This program Philippine Youth Leadership Program will help me to mold myself into one of the best citizen from being the better citizen. Exploration is a way to learn brand new ideas. To have trainings and seminars here at United States of America was such a big opportunity to grab on. You have lots of things to do every day but you got the chance always to acquire information that will help you when you go back home. These are the ideas that will help you to little by little hold its hand from downfall. Going back in my home is getting nearer and nearer as another day comes. When I went home I have lots of things to talk about. First of all was my experience on coming here most importantly to share the American Culture. After so many days that we spent time sitting on our sits and listening to different speakers, I become interested to know more about the social happenings. I now have this social awareness with me. I have packed this new quality and will be brought at the Philippines. Through volunteering in different activities that have connection in the development of the coun- try, I will be aware of the happenings. Service-oriented person could also be pack on me. Implementing my project plan in my community will help to achieve little by little the aim progress of my community. I decided that my action plan will help probably the unemployed women and some married female minorities. Starvation also was a problem of the Philippines. I have seen in the chart of Feed My Starving Children that the Philippines is the top three country they are feeding. In this way, I could help to lessen this kind of issue. After all the inter-faith dialogue we had, from the Catholics and Buddhists, I decided to help in attaining good relationship in spite of the differences of the people. It doesn‘t care if you came from the different ethnics and believe in different religion, as long as you have the same goal. This was one of my learnings at going to the different schools like the Rochelle and DeKalb High School. Being independent will help me to improve more in life. You should not always depend on the other people. What you need is to learn standing on your own feet. You should always try trusting yourself that you could do everything. They said that nothing is impossible that there‘s no harm in trying. Another learning I got during our leadership camping at Stronghold Center. You need to believe in yourself so you will overcome some of your fears in life. The confidence of one individual is an important matter because it is a significant quality of a leader. You should always face all of your people and other people too. You couldn‘t speak for yourself and for the others if you don‘t possess this. When I come home, I‘ll be willing to engage in all the speaking programs so at least I could apply the things I learned most probably from Mr. Lakhi and Mr Chris. I, as young people can contribute to implement change through starting it within myself then next to my family and to my community. There are many processes that you need to pass by so you could achieve your aim in life. Even you are young, in your hands, you could figure out that you could make a difference. You are a catalyst for social change. Like what the national hero of the Philippines Jose Rizal marked: Youth is the hope of the fatherland.
    • - 40 - A CHANGE IN MINDANAO MAGNO, DOROTHY Mindanao to others. It‘s never too late to change something as long as hope is still alive and you have that strong determination to win that CHANGE. Mindanao carries the name ―The Land of Promise‖. It bears a great meaning, isn‘t it? But it seems that other people have a different view about Mindanao, it‘s like the name was given just for nothing and look on Mindanao as ―The Land of Wars‖. Mindanao is like a tree bearing fruits of conflicts. Mindanao issue is really a serious one. The ROOT of these conflicts are the people who are also citizens of Mindanao and I think that it is one of the main reasons why Mindanao seems to have an UNENDING conflicts. Shredded Image of Mindanao. One of the problems that cause the conflicts in Mindanao is miscommunication. We tend to have misunderstanding when we don‘t have clear communication with others and with that simple misunders- tanding there conflict can begin. For the reason that we do have that manner of stereotyping people wherein we generalize certain issues without having the chance to talk with the individuals who are directly involved in the issue. COMMUNI- CATION is one of the EASIEST way to solve the problem, So, all of us should be OPEN and should learn how to LISTEN to others for us to UNDERSTAND them clearly which would eventually eradicate wars. UNITY– People in Mindanao fights amongst themselves instead of being UNITED with each other. It occurs on divided sub-groups especially when talking about cultures and religion. We should all learn to RESPECT everyone, no mat- ter WHO and WHAT they are. We‘re all made DIFFERENT from each other so don't expect that everyone will ACT and LIVE like you and have the same opinions. One more is poverty -POVERTY is ONE of the hottest issues in Mindanao and it NEVER gets cold. Poverty covers a LOT of aspects, just like EDUCATION,CRIMES, CORRUPTION and many more. Due to such crisis some youths end up as OUT of SCHOOL YOUTHS they prefer to work than to go to school and learn, and there where education enters. Many said that the future of our country relies in our hands but how could it be possible if we are not that educated enough to make such decisions that would be for the COMMON GOOD. They generally think edu- cation is EXPENSIVE, that in fact it shouldn't be. Then CRIMES, kidnappings, robbery and hold ups are just some of the crimes that rooted to poverty. With such temptation of wanting to get out of this poverty, they do these crimes without think- ing it will just worsen the situation. Others might know what will happen to them but they risk their lives just to bring home some MONEY. That‘s the reason why we really need to kill poverty and give some alternative business to the unfortunates. NO PROPER FAMILY PLANNING is also a connect to poverty, this is one of the reason why how matter the parents of a certain family work hard still they CANNOT provide the needs of their family for the fact that there are too MANY of their children. Therefore, couples should be given knowledge or background about family planning, so they'll know how many children they would have, where they can give these children SUSTAINABILITY. CORRUPTION is also an agent of these problems which is a product of BAD LEADERSHIP. Then SELF REFLECTION is also a must. Catalyst’s opinion. These were the conflicts on Mindanao that really need solutions. Meeting Half Way Ready set go. Coming here in the Northern Illinois and be a part of the Philippine Youth Leadership Program is such a great opportunity for me to start changing and developing myself into a good leader, as well as to learn more about the American cultures and also with the cultures of my colleagues. It also a great time for me to represent my country Phil- ippines to other American people that I will meet and let them know of what my culture is. I‘m always ready to set my goals to learn what I need to learn, to be always on the go on any interactive sharing of cultures, religion, and listening on differ- ent perspectives that each one of us have and also to CHANGE. When I come here on Illinois, I only have bits of knowledge about it. I do also know that I am not that yet a well developed leader when I attend this program. I do also have a different view about Illinois, I thought that life here are all LUXURIOUS but indeed it is not, I assumed that I will be having a hard time to meet American pals ‗cause were of differ- ent country but I was shocked when people here are polite and friendly enough that they say ―Hi!‖ to the persons that they passes through even though they still don‘t know each other. I‘m now ready and set to go and meet new learning. The half way. Meeting the half way is the stage where I‘m currently on right now. We‘ve been already on the mid- dle week of the program since it has been two weeks already since we came. In that short period of time I have learned a lot of things and tried many new things. We had our sessions everyday that connects to our leadership training‘s theme:‖ Bulid- ing a new generation of citizens as catalysts for social change‖. The first thing I learned is that all of us have SIMILARI- TIES as well as DIFFERENCES. We should all learn to RESPECT ones culture. We should stop to marginalize between different cultures because we‘re just different in our own simple ways but we are one in human race, all of us are still HU-
    • - 41 - MANS. Then, the way how we used to face the challenges in our daily lives. It is also an important factor since it will affect your contact with the person when you had such reaction that can trigger their temper and can sometimes end on fighting. Theater and Hip Hop as mediums for social change were one of our best sessions, it is so interactive. I learned that arts can also be an instrument for us to promote our advocacies for change. It can also be the most beautiful way to attract people and encourage them to be one of you, to join you for the fact that ―FUN‖ is present as well you‘re already starting a change in your own simple ways. We also had this motto: ―Peace, Love, unity and having Fun‖ that we learned from our Hip Hop session and we got on singing it and this made me easy to remember what these two things can do to us. The importance of good communication is one thing I also learned, everything can be fixed with communication, we just need to know that we should not just always ―speak up‖, we should also learn to LISTEN. One more thing I learned is that making the community project is not that easy, we should not think for it just for COMPLIANCE, we should always put in our mind and hearts that were doing this community project to help the people around us, to show them what else they can do to help their selves, to make a big change in their lives, as well as in our community. I also learned how to be flexible in certain situations, that we should learn to adopt on our new environment and don‘t be afraid to try new things as long as it is safe. Other realizations. And I also realized that all of us never stop learning, we learn from our everyday lives and that‘s what I‘m experiencing right now. I have learned the skills on how to communicate with other people, especially Americans, on how to adjust on our new environment, to be more open on new things and sharing cultures to anyone. Starting the Change Reason for change. Conflicts in Mindanao really needs to be ended, a lot of lives are wasted because of wars, the children‘s future towards having good education looks dimmer due to fears of coming to their school and be in danger also because of wars or might also because of poverty that they rather work to have something to eat for them to survive than to go to school. Different diversities have misunderstandings that do split them into groups instead of being one and UNIT- ED. Youths become apathetic when it comes of being active citizens in their own community, they seem not to be con- cerned with the problems around us, and just having fun around without thinking what might happen if they will not start the change now. Being a participant in this program which aims to build a new generation as catalysts for social change is such a great help to me, to empower myself and as well as the others when I come home to have volunteerism within ourselves, to be good leaders in our own mays. Plans to pursue. Coming home in the Philippines is not yet the end of the program it is indeed just the official starting point of my mission. To learn new things here for me means is to make some moves in some problems in Minda- nao. In Mindanao just like what I‘ve said we did have problems and I will apply the things I learned here. First is the re- spect, I learned to respect other cultures and that‘s what I think is everyone should know to stop the discrimination in dif- ferent cultures. Next is being understanding, we should understand that we should learn to try new things as well as learn new things. We should not isolate ourselves on learning because if that continues we‘ll never know what is the real culture one has, of what are the RIGHT details, because in this way we can avoid misunderstanding and if we avoid misunders- tanding we avoid wars too. It‘s not bad to try to see and learn of what are the beauty of other culture is, it doesn‘t conclude you as a traitor of turning your back in your own culture , it is just one way of getting intercultural. One more is being ac- tive in the community, there are a lot of instances that the people do just rely on the government on their actions on their problems, people should learn the essence of civic responsibility and community activism. We who are also involved in the issue and experiencing the struggle should also engage ourselves in the actions conducted by the government or certain people towards the issue. We should not conclude ourselves as victims, victims can do nothing, they‘ll just wait for the help. But we are NOT victims ‗cause we are capable of doing something! We don‘t need to wait for anyone to do an ac- tion on an issue, if you see something wrong and you can do something right away, make the move just be sure you‘ve got preparations on it. Last, leadership development, the youths are gonna be the expected future leaders of the country, and try to see how many are those youths who are engaged and committed on certain programs like this. Not all are engaged and a lot of youths are now apathetic, they seem having no care at all at the issues around them even though it already af- fects them. They have that thought that, oh! Were just teenagers, we can do nothing on it, were still young, the adults can work on that. Well in that case we do really need empowerment on the youths that would open their eyes, minds and hearts to try working on developing their selves as future good leaders of our country. My simplest way of applying this one is through sharing. In my own ways I can share it with my friends by just giving them a short talk. Other than that social networking sites could also be! I can conclude that almost all of us have our own facebook accounts (one of the famous social networking sites people are engaged now a day) and I can use that one to
    • - 42 - share something worth good about my advocacy as well as other ideas that could help in our community and much better in our country. Were also taught on how to make our own page on facebook and we have it already published it right now and running and that could be an another avenue where people can be engaged in our community activities as well as to empower the other youths to start joining our community services and open the eyes of the people who are not aware of the happenings in our community. We also have our community project to be implemented in our community and I planned a project for kids and youths who are out of school. Where in that project they can learn something about reading, writing and counting, I can also share to them about other cultures and about being leaders in their own ways. We can also give them other activities that they will enjoy and they will benefit on. Children love to play as well as the youths so we‘re thinking of letting them have fun while they are learning. I‘m not just planning to share my learning to the youths but also to the adults because they are of great power than us youths to make something, and there we can all work together and I think it would be easier to make that change. That‘s what I‘m planning to do when I got home. But I‘m not doing it just by myself I will cooperate with other organizations and adults, one way of being intergeneration. Looking forward. That‘s my learning for 35 days here and plans on going home. It has been a great opportunity to me that I will always be thanked of. But it doesn‘t end there I‘m looking forward for myself to initiate more programs even without the command of any one. This is the chance where I can do something, to make the change that I‘ve been longing to do, I will not waste my time and do everything I can as long I‘m still capable of doing my plans. I will make a change in Mindanao; we will make a change in Mindanao! Starting the Change Reason for change. Conflicts in Mindanao really needs to be ended, a lot of lives are wasted because of wars, the children‘s future towards having good education looks dimmer due to fears of coming to their school and be in danger also because of wars or might also because of poverty that they rather work to have something to eat for them to survive than to go to school. Different diversities have misunderstandings that do split them into groups instead of being one and UNIT- ED. Youths become apathetic when it comes of being active citizens in their own community, they seem not to be con- cerned with the problems around us, and just having fun around without thinking what might happen if they will not start the change now. Being a participant in this program which aims to build a new generation as catalysts for social change is such a great help to me, to empower myself and as well as the others when I come home to have volunteerism within ourselves, to be good leaders in our own mays. Plans to pursue. Coming home in the Philippines is not yet the end of the program it is indeed just the official starting point of my mission. To learn new things here for me means is to make some moves in some problems in Minda- nao. In Mindanao just like what I‘ve said we did have problems and I will apply the things I learned here. First is the re- spect, I learned to respect other cultures and that‘s what I think is everyone should know to stop the discrimination in dif- ferent cultures. Next is being understanding, we should understand that we should learn to try new things as well as learn new things. We should not isolate ourselves on learning because if that continues we‘ll never know what is the real culture one has, of what are the RIGHT details, because in this way we can avoid misunderstanding and if we avoid misunders- tanding we avoid wars too. It‘s not bad to try to see and learn of what are the beauty of other culture is, it doesn‘t conclude you as a traitor of turning your back in your own culture , it is just one way of getting intercultural. One more is being ac- tive in the community, there are a lot of instances that the people do just rely on the government on their actions on their problems, people should learn the essence of civic responsibility and community activism. We who are also involved in the issue and experiencing the struggle should also engage ourselves in the actions conducted by the government or certain people towards the issue. We should not conclude ourselves as victims, victims can do nothing, they‘ll just wait for the help. But we are NOT victims ‗cause we are capable of doing something! We don‘t need to wait for anyone to do an ac- tion on an issue, if you see something wrong and you can do something right away, make the move just be sure you‘ve got preparations on it. Last, leadership development, the youths are gonna be the expected future leaders of the country, and try to see how many are those youths who are engaged and committed on certain programs like this. Not all are engaged and a lot of youths are now apathetic, they seem having no care at all at the issues around them even though it already af- fects them. They have that thought that, oh! Were just teenagers, we can do nothing on it, were still young, the adults can work on that. Well in that case we do really need empowerment on the youths that would open their eyes, minds and hearts to try working on developing their selves as future good leaders of our country. My simplest way of applying this one is through sharing. In my own ways I can share it with my friends by just giving them a short talk. Other than that social networking sites could also be! I can conclude that almost all of us have our
    • - 43 - own facebook accounts (one of the famous social networking sites people are engaged now a day) and I can use that one to share something worth good about my advocacy as well as other ideas that could help in our community and much better in our country. Were also taught on how to make our own page on facebook and we have it already published it right now and running and that could be an another avenue where people can be engaged in our community activities as well as to empower the other youths to start joining our community services and open the eyes of the people who are not aware of the happenings in our community. We also have our community project to be implemented in our community and I planned a project for kids and youths who are out of school. Where in that project they can learn something about reading, writing and counting, I can also share to them about other cultures and about being leaders in their own ways. We can also give them other activities that they will enjoy and they will benefit on. Children love to play as well as the youths so we‘re thinking of letting them have fun while they are learning. I‘m not just planning to share my learning to the youths but also to the adults because they are of great power than us youths to make something, and there we can all work together and I think it would be easier to make that change. That‘s what I‘m planning to do when I got home. But I‘m not doing it just by myself I will cooperate with other organizations and adults, one way of being intergeneration. Looking forward. That‘s my learning for 35 days here and plans on going home. It has been a great opportunity to me that I will always be thanked of. But it doesn‘t end there I‘m looking forward for myself to initiate more programs even without the command of any one. This is the chance where I can do something, to make the change that I‘ve been longing to do, I will not waste my time and do everything I can as long I‘m still capable of doing my plans. I will make a change in Mindanao, we will make a change in Mindanao! AN EXPERIENCE WORTH REMINISCING MALA, HASSAN SHANNE SADNESS AND SORROW Mindanao a place where one could have an unforgettable experience, where someone could enjoy and have some fun, and have a relaxing vacation in Mindanao; Mindanao is my homeland, the place where I grew up and the place where I want to grow old and die. I love Mindanao. I really do. This is the land that my ancestors protected with their lives and fought for the honor of Mindanao, But look at Min- danao now, is this really the Mindanao that the Maranao‘s, Maguindanaos, Tausug or any other Tribes fought for? Is this the Mindanao that they protected with their lives? NO! Mindanao‘s , its beauty is slowly fading because of some people who are corrupt which only cares about money, which only cares about themselves and not the people around them. Mindanao which was once a very beautiful place is now slowly turning into a scary place in some peoples point of view, many people now wouldn‘t come to Mindanao because of this. because of the language barriers, the stories that they here about Minda- nao, The crime which is increasing as time goes on and some of the leaders of Mindanao which are selfish and only cares about the money they would have and not the people suffering around them, and does not think about the feedback that people would think about Mindanao. WANDERING SOUL One of the things that I learned and developed here at NIU is my attitude, when I was still in my country, I am real- ly a silent and shy person I don‘t usually perform in front of other people or share my experiences and opinions to them, but when I came here at NIU those traits are slowly deteriorating. And I am now more active and open minded and Ive build up my confidence and I will never forget those things that happened here at NIU, those things that changed me because of NIU, because of PYLP. At NIU I learned how to be patient in doing my work, I learned how to sleep very late and work more on things that we have to accomplish, I had to be hardworking at all times here at NIU. Ive experienced how it feels to become a catalyst for social change and that in order to do so I had to be hard- working, at all times and I had to put all of my efforts at one thing. The things that I have learned here at NIU cannot be measured or expressed through words but I will always keep these things within me, in my heart and marked in my soul.
    • - 44 - RISING LEGACY Because of PYLP I have learned so many things, things that will forever stay inside of me, PYLP changed me and enhanced my skills, I‘am very thankful for what it has done to me. I will share everything that I have ever learned , I will share it to my family, my friends, to everyone that I know, I will share my experiences and I will share what PYLP taught me. I will show them that there is still hope left, that we can still fix what is happening right now, and we could work through this together and I would tell them that they are the hope of our world, we are the hope of our world, and that we can make a difference. I will help them and they would help me and we would help each other and I will lend a hand to those who are in need and when they understand everything better they would also be a catalyst for social change and they will be Ambassa- dors of Good will. And together, as hope for our communities, our countries, we can be the change, we can attain peace and prosperity, we can make our world a better place. MINDANAOANS: IT’S NOT ALL WAR HERE MALIDA, JOVEN RYAN G. Promise Land A promise land, now, known as a land of conflict and war. Mindanao has been considered a promise land because of its very rich resources, vast agricultural land, its capacity to highly-produce tons and tons of harvests in whatever crops, and the good people who are very closely connected to their cultural and tribal roots. Their connectedness to the past is a result of not allowing anyone to come and influence the ways of living and all that is therein. People live together harmoniously and peacefully. Communities have social structures to lead the people and settle problem when it arises. These kinds of features characterize the so-called promise land. A land where there is harmony, peace and abundance of resources. Our forefathers have fought for this beloved Mindanao, defending it against invaders who wished to rule, dominate and possess this very rich agricultural land. They were successful in defending against these people. And so, the Minda- naoans, the Indigenous People or the aborigines living in it, harmoniously and peacefully live together. There were conflicts and fights but these people were able to solve their problems and have fostered pact to pursue their desire and dreams for a better Mindanao. Today, there is a shift from a positive image into a negative one. This caused so much damage in the economical, societal, educational, political and the whole of Mindanao. People are bothered in this situation. And so in the Philippines, even in the International Arena, Mindanao caught so much attention. A former promise land is now known for the various incidents that are tagged as terroristic. In fact, informations have been sent out that this island housed the famous interna- tional terrorist leaders. If in the previous, Mindanao has been highlighted on how it had fought against the many invaders, one are the Spaniards, now it is highlighted for the brave men who killed innocent people‘s lives. Could Mindanao still project to the whole world that it still is Promise Land? Does this region possesses things that can become a source of pride? Who will do it? What are the next things to be done? Media, printed or social networks, is a best tool to help restore the good image of Mindanao. In this, they can deliv- er informations as far as places where there are people who could read and interact in the social networks. They can be a source of data that speaks about Mindanao and all that is within. Individually, we can talk to people whom we can meet. This could be another process. In other words, there should be a collaboration among the various processes to be performed to achieve one desire, one goal, and one Mindanao. The focus must be to highlight the other side of Mindanao, things that promote peace, harmony, love and unity amidst the diversity. This does not mean that negative things should not be looked into and reported but should be addressed and that it does not overshadow the good things that are existing in this place. The point is, it should not be exaggerated in some sense. Mindanao has a lot to offer. More of Mindanao can be story-featured and discussed in the open. Often times, the kidnap for ransoms, bombings, bus burnings and existence of lawless groups are the issues that dwarf the best of us. Start talking of subjects that uplift Mindanao. The list starts from this, where did Manny Pacquiao originated, the world renown boxer, Shamcey Supsup, the recent Ms. Universe 3rd Runner Up, Donaire, another world renown boxer, the Philippines‘ food basket, the vast land resource and the place where minerals are second largest in Asia, white sand beaches, livable, peaceful and not-polluted communities, culturally-rich people, towering Mt. Apo, the highest in the Philippines? Instead of
    • - 45 - narrating the wars and other bad-image infuriating statements, we can start talking about what Mindanao can offer to the world and stop exaggerating and orchestrating isolated cases of killing in Mindanao. Culture. Arts. Traditions and the Indigenous People‘s practices. These are very rich and diverse and are considered some of the best things that we can bring into light for discussion and promotion. When the best of Mindanao be heard, this may bring about opportunities for the Mindanaoans for work, investments, good income and loving foreign neighbours who shall come and visit and experience the place. Start positively and we will end up positively. Visit Mindanao is what I am always saying. But, a sentence or a paragraph ahead of the words I said are the nega- tive perspectives other people already had about my place. Though there are actually other issues that I consider at cold war within Mindanao, such as the discrimination, prejudice and stereotyping but there are actions to gradually open the minds of the Mindanaoan that this is a community of diverse individuals. Our tribe, Blaan, is amongst the affected people in this si- lent battle. Cultural misunderstanding is at cold war. This is actually one of the issues happening in Mindanao, and is what I am confronting as of today. Strategy wise, I am thinking not of going to each one and tell them about who I am. I prefer to convey a message through doing things and showing them who I am as a person. By joining the mainstream as well in their processes of letting the whole world know about something like writing articles and publish, making songs and other media that may introduce the tribe to others. It may be indirect and gradual, but patience would bring something better to my plight of letting other get an in-depth information about my tribe. Educational confrontations at times are needed to let them know the reality about my tribe. Young people can do something. Thinking much on the capacity of the young people of today‘s generation, I am sure that we can create a Mindanao that we and our forefathers desire it to be. If at present, it is known for things that are so negative enough and is unappreciable, the youth could perform some activities to change the image and transform it into a community that is peaceful and livable. Never too late to act on it. We cannot anymore rely on the people who are very ad- vance in age. Their experience would mean something to help in the struggle, but to act as frontliners it should be the young people. They remain to be experts that will guide us but are on the sidelines when it comes to performing. There can be no other time to wait to paint a better future. Waiting for a perfect timing is waiting until eternity. It will just prolong the agony. Today is the best day to do something to restore the unity among the Mindanaons, thus, having a peaceful co-existence together. Neither, we can never wait for help from people external to us. Help Mindanao today. Creating a better Mindanao is an advocacy that means stop talking about conflicts and start talking about the best of Mindanao. Talking is just one thing, putting into action what has been said is the excellent thing that can be done. Let us translate the desires into simple actions so that wars, cultural misunderstanding and community con- flicts may not exist anymore, if not totally lessen. It does not mean keeping the worst issues on the box but instead begin highlighting all of the best. In other communities, I am sure that conflicts are also existing, they just do not put things on the headlines. Media had a bigger task on this matter. Of course, the youth as future leaders of a better Mindanao played also a risky role. Let us not leave it to some because this is a concern of every Mindanaons. Pinpointing cannot help. Before it‘s too late, let us think for a better Mindanao together. Before it‘s too late, let us join our minds together. Before it‘s too late, let us put our efforts to one. Before it‘s too late, let us work hand in hand. Before it‘s too late, Young People, help create a better Mindanao! Exploring other ways to peace Not a single highway. There is no such thing as a single highway to peace. As time goes by, processes in resolving peace changes as well. Mainly, because people change, views change, ideas change, and minds change because of the learnings from the experiences. The change could either be helpful to the process of resolving peace or not at all. Good if it is helpful. This idea suggests that there must be a continuous exploration of the peace process. Not one process is effective till eternity. One thing that never change, it is the desire to achieve peace. Do not just talk peace, start doing peace, Dr. Rey Ty said during his lecture. He points out that doing actions that are contributory to peace is far more important than just simply talking on the sidelines about peace. So, design activities where everyone can involve themselves and participate. It should not only be limited to very specific activities that discuss the detail on achieving peace. Sports activities, environmental actions, educational programs, musical and dance extrava- ganza, and other activities that involve everyone in the community can be best done. In designing for community project, activities must be inter-faith, inter-generational and inter-ethnic. Dr. Ty gives so much weight in his discussions on these subjects. As I learned it, inter-faith is about involving all religions in any activi- ty. Inter-generational is about involving the children, the young people up to the most advance in age in the community in one activity. Involving the various ethnic groups in the community is what inter-ethnic means.
    • - 46 - Mentioned by Dr. Lina Ong, the purpose of exposing the scholars to the American Culture is to learn how they val- ue diversity and accept others in their community. This gives sense that understanding others culture and origin is very ne- cessary especially for community service. Only in understanding one another that peace can be made possible. Million ways to peace. There are more than a million ways to peace, Assad Jafri said. In his session on hip hop for social change, I learned that hip hop is not only about dancing for entertainment. There must be a message behind every- thing you do. As explained, hip hop can be best utilized as a tool for peace. This dance can be used because it attracts most of the people. Another medium that can be used is theatre. In theatre, you are communicating so that you can be understood. Lak- hi Siap stressed that there is also a need to develop and improve the communication skills. This is said to be very important for the community where we are working to easily understand and comprehend our desire. Using poetry, songs, dances, dramas or anything that which convey message can be a tool. In fact, as I mentioned, sports activities, environmental projects, children development, adult programs can also be best processes to peace. Peace process does not have only one definition. Exploring process as well is not prohibited. As long as the goal can be achieve in any medium, it can be used. Struggles in the American Communities. In the American grounds, there are also people who are struggling for recognition, equal treatment without discrimination. At times there is a need to be assertive. There is a challenge to stand up, speak out and shout for your right. Though this is a big country, and it seems that it does not have problems, but there really are existing. Good about this country, because of democracy, people had the nerve to really say their minds out. Also, there is a continuous exploration of processes in achieving peace. In fact, most of the struggles have been given solution at some levels. Their processes in solving conflicts here may or may not be applicable in the Mindanao context but it teaches me to deal appropriately with it. As the quest for peace goes along, though struggling, there is still greater possibility to have solu- tions as long as there are committed individuals and are willing to take risks just to iron things out. NIU Environment. The Northern Illinois University gives me a picture of how different cultures and types of people accept each other. I cannot see any shade of discrimination (maybe in some sorts). There are a lot of religious groups existing within the campus. Students go together without looking at others‘ color. I feel how people harmonized and blended with each other. It is no wonder that this university have been very suc- cessful in each desire to build a community where everyone is accepted and where understanding prevails. I am certain that there is still continuous exploration of ways in resolving conflicts and problems confronting the students in this university. There is no one way to peace, it is an absolute truth. Bringing the best to my community Practicing what I learned. As soon as I arrive in my community, I shall practice this concept of being together even of different races and of accepting everyone despite of someone‘s background. My observation in the Northern Illinois University and even in the places where I have been shall be my model of what community should like despite of races and differences. Focus must not be on the gaps between and among the Filipinos but should be on things that tie everyone to- gether. These experiences that I have shall be utilized to propel my desire to experience unity and a peaceful Mindanao. We are not in a place where there is a literal war, where people shoot each other and kill. But war, I believe is in various forms. It could be within oneself, ideas that clash together, opposition in somebody‘s projection of a community and in some long list of differences. These are some issues that I need to face in my community. It is not an easy task. That is a fact. But, I am willing to go out from my comfort zones to bend and perform what is ought to be. The US Department of State through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs intentionally designed this program to empower individuals to become their teammates in their desire to create a better world. Adapting the idea of designing programs, it must be inter-generational, inter-ethnic and inter-faith in all ways. Ac- tivities must not be for one group and must involve the community people. And, with the existing projects and programs that I am engaging in the community, I wished it to be strengthened, innovated and continued. These are the “Alay Sa’yo” Project, a feeding and distribution of goods every December and Summerlympics, a sports fest every summer. I shall find more partners in the implementation and document every single portions of the programs as proof of conduct of the activity. greenLandan Project Because I have already started to do a community project, a project which gets across all sectors in the community, I am going to strengthen and continue its conduct. The greenLandan, a tree planting activity conducted every opening of the Barangay Anniversary, shall be mounted again putting some innovations to incite the interest of the community. Actually, this started in the Barangay Celebration of 2010. The local council conceptualized of having a ―Takbo Para Sa Kalikasan‖, (Run for the Environment). Then, I shared my opinion with them that this kind of activity has been done in some places already. Instead of following that kind of activ- ity which is somewhat physical, let us go environmental, I opined. Not anymore with fun run, let us plant trees and go envi- ronmental.
    • - 47 - Planting trees could be one of the best things that we could do to help our community and lessen in some ways the effect of the climate change. Involving the youths, the children from the elementary schools and the students from a high school, local coopera- tives, and the members of the local barangay council, this year, it will be again another type of convergence among all sec- tors in the community. Teamwork is needed. If it is going to be a solo performance, I cannot take all the preparations for this matter. A team work is required. In fact, I planned to work with some members of the Empowered Youth Leaders (EYL), the group that we have organized in 2010. This is a group of young people from the different backgrounds and religions from Landan. Through conduct of series of empowerment activities for the young people, it will make them more willing to risk to work for their community‘s sake. Youth are today‘s frontliners. They are mobilizers. Community actions should be led by the young people and not the elders anymore. The elders are the source of wisdom for guidance in taking the roads towards achievement of the com- mon goals. I always disagree to the idea of waiting for the perfect time before doing. The starting point is now. Believing in the power of organization, I know that everything can be done for our community. This will be the same youth organization that shall create advocacies to promote Mindanao that it is not all war here. Thinking much of the positive sides of Mindanao, I am going to start from this group to help Mindanao regain and restore its magnificent past. Certain enough, the culture, arts, traditions and the practices of the people here attracts those who are not from this place. The cultural sites, historical landmarks, majestic locations and the potential of the vast agricultural land are the plus factors to encourage everyone to visit Mindanao. These are the features that must be highlighted more than the conflicts. I am strong in saying that in Mindanao is not all about war. These are just challenges as we move towards a better, peaceful and prosperous community. And together, we shall work in achieving the Mindanao that we want it to be. Dream Big, Soar High, Mindanao! WHERE IS THE MISSING PIECE? AN ESSAY ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE YOUTH IN CREATING A BETTER MINDANAO MASTURA, CEDRICK CABALES People have always been crying to have peace because of the unending armed confrontations in the island of Minda- nao. Military operations have never stopped. And if not for those overly-publicized incidents of armed confrontations, iso- lated cases of bombings, abductions and similar occurrences become front page stories in local and national publications and news programs that, albeit directly different from the nature and cause, are automatically related to the armed conflicts. Bil- lions of money has been allocated to the campaign for peace. Yet, the so-called genuine peace has never been attained but only, superficially scratches the surface of the matter. Therefore, there is a need to look into the roots of this ever-perplexing enigma in Mindanao. Deciphering the Puzzle Five major causes of the armed conflicts in Mindanao were actually recognized by the Office of the Presidential Ad- visor on the Peace Process (OPAPP) through the consultation undertaken by the National Unification Commission (1992). These were: (a) massive poverty, (b) poor governance, (c) injustice and abuse of power, (d) control by a few of political power, and (e) exploitation of cultural communities and lack of recognition of their ancestral domain. On the other hand, I actually concur with the Archbishop of Cotabato Rev. Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI‘s assent that the root cause of conflict in Mindanao is the injustice done to the Bangsamoro (bangsa meaning nation and Moro, pertain- ing to the native inhabitants of the Mindanao island): "the various campaigns, military and otherwise, by Spanish, American, and Filipino governments to subjugate, assimilate and integrate the Bangsamoro into the mainstream body politic, apparent- ly without regards to their historical and cultural make-up, is an injustice to the Bangsamoro's religious, cultural and politi- cal identity." Noting these points, I believe that all the rest of the causes of extended insurgency and conflict in the southern Philip- pines can be trailed back to this injustice done to the Bangsamoro, especially on their clamor for self-determination as a people and as important pieces in the overall picture of change, growth and development of the country. Immediate effects of the injustice of the Bangsamoro in Mindanao seeped into various contexts of society that were often misunderstood by many due to the layer and layer of complexity added to the original source of problem and because of the peculiarity of the nature of the conflict root.
    • - 48 - People then and now attached the conflict into various facets of society such as in the religious perspectives. In this view, an ongoing struggle is brewing between Muslims and Christians, leaving the Lumads (indigenous peoples) at the cen- ter of hullabaloo. It even included political scuffle into the already muddled issue of the Mindanao conflict. Of course, it is but obvious that with the great power came great responsibility. And so, individual and cultural rights and dignity were just dissed and forgotten like they were nothing but rotten tomatoes in the garbage bin. Another factor that added more color another layer to the dissonance problem was the undue and biased picture painted by the media of several isolated cases. By attributing it irresponsibly to the swelling problem, it makes everything worse and more complicated that it is now harder to fix and seemingly, identify the root that caused it all. Nowadays, the effects of this conflict can be much seen even in small things in the community. Actually, problems moved to as basic as the community youth, where the interreligious and intercultural gap has been passed by the skeptical elders to their children. The youth believed in a crooked truth, not even knowing why it is that way or what really caused them to have this kind of treatment against one another. Most of the young generation feel confused and awkward about the situation and end up apathetic about the issue at the table. Nobody wins a war since every one of us becomes a victim in any way. If we do not try to understand where we come from and acknowledge what conflicts we are facing, shall we ever know that we do have a problem on hand? If the older generations already held up their hands to surrender in solving this lingering problem, will the youth step up to contin- ue the peace efforts? You see, if the youth does not care about their future, who will? I still believe that it is us, especially the youth, who could truly decode the ever-perplexing conflict in Mindanao… Learning Clues from outside the Box The Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP) has opened a lot of opportunities for me to learn and expand my sphere of experiences. As part of the 9th batch, I really felt that the US Department of State Affairs and the Northern Illinois University-International Training Office really prepared an exemplary list of activities and sessions for us. Because of the different activities, I can say that I am a lot wiser now. My previous knowledge as a legislative staff, educator and civic volunteer became more honed through the numerous inputs from this program. I learned more of how the Americans lived their everyday lives as well as how United States came to be the country that it is right now. I learned that America had a grim past of discrimination and moral degradation. I never imagined that the rift between the whites and all the other racial denominations that do not fall into that category was so wide before. And I am at awe with how better life is right now that people are working towards tolerance, respect and equality of all cultures, races, religions and colors. It is an eye opener for me that the same issues that we have in the Philippines about self-determination and mar- ginalization has also happened (and is still happening) in the most powerful country in the world. Another thing that I learned here is that youth (high schools students) are very much empowered. They are trained at an early age to be able to make decisions for themselves. Given this level of empowerment, I believe that the collective ef- forts of this youth if tapped to help community development thrusts could make really a big difference. PYLP has really helped enhance my existing skills of communication, sensitivity, leadership and decision-making. Here, I was able to be more sensitive about gender equality, fairness of racial descent and people‘s way of life. Even the way I talk and act in general has a lot of bearing because the American context of societal norms really push one to speak out their minds and be more straightforward, unlike the kind of meekness and lowly respect that we practice as Filipinos. The program also sharpened my sense of leadership through the various activities and challenges that tested my brand of leadership, against my other fellow participants and the immediate community where we coexist while here in the United States of America. It came to my senses through our sessions when to make the right decisions – not too hasty or too slow – because the right time will always come. I believe that my community organizing skills will be way better when I go back to my own place hence I can handle my projects way better than I did it before in terms of detailing of work schedules, as- signments and external partners. Before going to this program, I thought I was way ahead of other people when it comes to sensitivity, respect of oth- er‘s rights, and being open-minded. I was really proven wrong since the program made me see more of how better did I grow (and can possibly grow even more) as an individual with those aspects – a person who is able to value more than ever before other cultures, races, beliefs and perspectives. This experience widened and strengthened my horizons of thought and principles, made my existing world bigger and more exciting to live in as well as, it made me appreciative more of the things I have at home, at my community and in my beloved Philippines. I realized through the program that we have been always different – lifestyle, culture, food, language, some of the is- sues that we face in our own local communities –and that, we will always be different from each other. But amidst the diver- sity that we have, we share similarities in some of the problems that we face, in our feelings and thoughts and actions about helping each other, and in the end, in making this life and the future a better world to live in. Though we are all different, we are all the same, and that makes this big world just one small community where everyone has an important part to share and play.
    • - 49 - Fitting in the Missing Piece The 2000 National Census Report of the National Statistics Office generally describes the Mindanao population as fast-growing and relatively young. More than half of Mindanao‘s approximately 22 million people are estimated to be part of the mass of young people. Considering this number of youth that we can tap to become empowered catalysts themselves, it will always be a mistake to overlook their capacity to bring about social change and contribute to the peace and develop- ment efforts, even for the whole nation. Cliché it may seem, but many still believe in Dr. Jose Rizal‘s words the ―youth is the hope of the Fatherland.‖ Seeing the youth‘s participation in community projects in the United States makes me feel more enthusiastic in mak- ing my fellow youth in Mindanao to be proactive arms in our efforts to build a just and peaceful community for all. I highly believe that the Mindanaon youth can offer more than what they are contributing right now if they would just be given the proper avenue to participate and their potentials developed through enabling activities that make them more conscientious and involved in peace and development endeavors. As the 32nd President of the United States of America Franklin Delano Roosevelt puts it, ―we cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.‖ Putting this mindset into action, I would like to work for the growth and development of the youth in my community, as I had been advocating and actively pushing for since I was in my sophomore year in high school. I look forward to con- duct leadership and teambuilding trainings for the youth. I can also include sports fests, community extension services like feeding and tree planting programs. My efforts on this fields is directed to the goal of nurturing future responsible leaders from the Mindanao youth and at large, creating a ripple effect to other young ones as well when the youth leaders that I nur- tured become socially involved as well in their own respective thrusts. I am a product of such development, whence I can only remember how I started to get enlightened of my potentials during the first few leadership trainings that I had before. That sparked my interest and passion to be of more value to other people‘s lives and to the society where I belong in whole. From my experience now, I can see many of the youth partici- pants that I had before in the numerous leadership and teambuilding trainings that I have conducted before, who were now actively involved in their respective fields of interest where they exercise their power to influence and shape other budding youth to stand up and become leaders themselves. I learned before that eagles make their nests in the tallest tress in the forest. There, after the eggs hatched and once eaglets are all old enough and ready to try out their wings, the mother eagle pushes her eaglets one by one out of the nest. The young eaglets then discover that their falling and they discover that they can flap their wings. After knowing that they can actually fly, they feel the inspiration to soar high up in the sky – to feel the wind blowing through their warm bodies and eventually, challenge their limits as to the how high they could possibly fly. This is actually an important rite of passage since, once the young eagle learns to fly, it also tells them that they have to leave the nest and start a life of their own. Much like the mother eagle, I feel that I am also making that life-changing decision that someday, I have to let my young eaglets jump out of my nest and let them discover their wings so they can soar high in the skies. I have always placed my faith that the youth can make a difference. This time around, I will brave myself and let them take that leap of faith to start soaring high to a more peaceful and brighter Mindanao… Philippines… and world! And so, I came back to the query again, ―where is the missing piece?‖ After contemplating on this long discourse, I came to realize that, yes indeed, WE ARE THE MISSING PIECE in the picture to achieve PEACE in Mindanao! MINDANAO: WHERE I CAME FROM, SERVING IT BACK NAVARRO, MARIA JOANNA Where is Mindanao Now? Mindanao is the second largest island in the Philippines. It shelters different indigenous tribes and other minority that are famously known in the history and culture of the Philippines. Mindanao is famous for having different beautiful and useful natural resources and tourist‘s spots that would greatly make every Filipinos proud of themselves. And proudly say that ―I am a Filipino!‖ You can showcase the beautiful landscapes, crafts , arts and historical materials that defines the civi- lization before… that we Filipinos are civilized, those discovered artifacts would prove that even before we are literate of our own culture. In every celebration, in terms of richness of culture, we always showcase our identity and, usually we would look upon the culture in Mindanao, we can say that ―this is my culture; this is what I am proud of‖. However, there is always another side of the coin, the negative side. Nowadays, people outside Mindanao would really ask first when they heard about this place ―Is Mindanao safe?‖ Mindanao is now melting oil burning in an extreme hot fire in which it is known for terrorism, oppression of the poor, illiterate minorities, unreached and undeveloped communities, religious and gender dis- crimination is rampant. Knowing all these, are you proud to say ― I am a Filipino?‖
    • - 50 - These conflicts in terms of religion, gender and society and peace situation greatly affects not just the economic situation of Mindanao but it greatly affects the youth. There are religion discrimination that hinders opportunity for them to learn and grow in terms of new technologies, advances, ideas and opinions. This is because elders believe and feel fear that their culture would disappear gradually. They are resistive to change and stick to traditional way of life. Societal issues such as family feud rises in Mindanao, in which families are engaged to ―rido‖, a war and conflict between families. This situa- tion, due to fear to go out and be killed, children and the youth are advised to stay at home, thus preventing them to go to school. Lack of education comes in thus there is no opportunity of growth that opens because of this undying conflict. As these people grows old, they are then prone to crisis in terms of money, there is unemployment thus unable to bring their children to school, unable to afford medical services and don‘t understand the essence of health in their living, and low eco- nomic status thus hitting below the poverty line. This cycle roles over and over again since then. In the administrative level, leaders of the community would also contribute to the difficulty of the community in attaining sustenance in living because of corruption and improper management and seeking for self interest. No wonder, even continuous program implementation for the development of the community is up growing, many of these are failures-Failures of initiative, money and time. We can trace the conflict from the history, by knowing this, this would give us the mark on what are we right now… are we nearly achieving peace? Or Are we getting worse? Education and Commitment: A responsibility to Keep This program had taught me many things and even more increase my knowledge on culture, importance of leader- ship and community engagement. One of the first things that I want to point out is self awareness; one must know his / her identity so as to define what his or her role. You will be able to share yourself, share your knowledge, once you know your- self, know your culture, where you are from and what you want and need to do. This defines your purpose. Each and every- one has similarities, we may have the same aspirations, same goals and same experiences, these similarities develops shar- ing and participation. However, we do have more differences, in terms of physical, mental, social, economic and spiritual aspects. But, these differences must not be the barrier in sharing ones similarities, these differences must be a tool for us to recognize that each individual is unique, have something to contribute and part of the society. It‘s like having a ―halo-halo‖, even with different ingredients makes it very tasteful and delicious. The same as the community, each and everyone plays a very important role. The principle of respect and understanding must develop to live a peaceful community. We must under- stand the essence of mutual understanding and respect for diversity. In the program I also learned many things about American Culture, how it is the same to my culture and how it differs. I acknowledged and I am open to our similarities and differences, similarities that we share together and differences that to be respected. Americans have huge servings during their meals that I really like, they are very task oriented, time conscious and goal oriented that would be very essential to achieve ones goal. Here I learned discipline, responsibility and commitment is very essential in their daily living. I also learned that our value in life, that guides us in our decision making, differs from every situation. Effective and therapeutic communication is important in addressing ones concern to avoid mi- sunderstanding and conflicts. I also learned that Art through music, drama, play, dance etc. could help as a medium of com- munication in promoting unity and peace. The program develops more my sense of participation to impart what my opinions and suggestions are. It also de- velops my critical thinking, initiative and creativity during sessions when we were asked to create something, may it be a presentation or expressions, that to be presented. Here I also developed my skills in presentations during session‘s especially effective communication skills so as to be respectful, open and open to criticism. It also developed my skills in communicat- ing to other people in terms of emotional support and mutual understanding on the responsibilities to myself and to the group. Art workshops and teambuilding activities develops our physical agility and endurance. I also learned skills on effec- tively identifying the needs of my community through the project proposal session. I developed more understanding on the importance of respect, being optimistic, openness, and acknowledging other opinions. It is also important to encourage, enlighten and support others too. I developed more confidence and trust, so as to build my own foundation of integrity, so that I may be able to share my thoughts effectively. I always remember that learn- ing is a continuous process; everyday has new learning that would greatly help me in the future. However, it is also impor- tant to learn while doing and to learn while having fun! Serving my Homeland, Serving my Community As I go back to Mindanao, I will implement my program. We cannot cure the illness of the community, but we can do remedy to the cause of illness. The cause of these bold mentalities of people was this lack of community concern, lack of civic engagement, lack of social responsibility and lack of empowerment. They were not just concern with the people around them, their health, and their community. I would like to help these people help themselves because a healthy com- munity would root from healthy minded people. Empowering them would help them feel their sense of responsibility and obligations to their selves, environment and community in terms of health and social relations. There was no one to help
    • - 51 - them achieve this goal but themselves. Empowering them is letting them participate in the decision making on what they can do, and what they want their community would be. My community project is entitled H.E.A.L.T.H (Health Empowerment and Leadership towards Health): In your Hands. This project would like to promote and increase awareness of one‘s responsibility to self, to others, and to the com- munity, to have good health, safety, and environmental awareness – HUMAN EMPOWERMENT. This also let them take initiative by involving the community residents in planning a project to build their LEADERSHIP, and promote participa- tion in community activities. Through empowerment and leadership, you help them become more independent and more productive in their own ways utilizing their resources. I will use arts also as tool for communication for this advocacy by providing the community with youth-friendly health information that even small children can comprehend. Through this, when people are more empowered, they would be more responsible, then they will work hand in hand , despite of the differ- ences in culture and belief, they will be united to create more healthy and peaceful world. WHAT NOW WITH MINDANAO? PACIS, CHRISTINE LOUISE What Now with Mindanao? Bountiful. Amazing. Interesting. These are some of the words most commonly used to describe Mindanao by some people, especially those living in this place. However, these people are only a part of Mindanao. Full of danger. Full of Turmoil. Full of threats. These over - negating words are what the other percentage would say, whether they belong in Mindanao, or other parts of the country or outside the country. This has been the situation for already a long time but until now, there are still no means of resolutions to put it to an end. Mindanao is known as the Promise Land and until now, its cultures and traditions remain abundant and unique. Plentiful natural resources are almost everywhere, in which several provinces or towns could more likely have at least one sufficient kind of natural product or mineral to harvest. Island hopping, road trips, and relaxing vacations are some of the special things Mindanao can also offer to tourists who want to experience these to the extreme. These things are all true, yet sadly undesired activities like corruption and terrorism also lure in this place. Politics, poverty, power, misunderstandings and religion are the main conflicts that have not yet been resolved to this day. Because of these, it explains why the island of the Southern Philippines has not yet been much progressive when it comes to social relationships. Aside from language barriers keeping people from communicating with other cultures, discrimination has also be- come a part, wherein ethnocentrisms also co-exist. Most people intend to unrecognized other races and cultures, because they think they are more supreme. These situations are disturbing especially when children learn to grow hatred for other kids when in fact they don‘t know what they are doing is not right. Sometimes, there are points when disputes among tee- nagers and adults grow bigger with other people, that they would join groups like gangs to show power over the other when in fact they could have done something more useful. And sometimes, there are times when one threatens and attempts to destroy the other when in fact we are one. Because of misunderstandings and also pride, this situation in Mindanao has af- fected the way other places view us, burying our good sides. It‘s hard to let others believe us when we ourselves cannot start the difference. And so, I believe we just need the power to believe that we can make out differences as long as we keep pride aside and bring patience, willingness and determination within us and as long as we have them, we will be catalysts for change, and influential change. The Halfway Checkpoint As I counted the days we had, we have reached the middle part of our stay here in the States. We might not end yet but I believe we do not know things at the last part. By now, we would have observed, learned and applied several lessons taught to us. Americans are whom I have considered always as ―the heroes‖. It could be due to the early 40‘s when they have come back for us during the Japanese Invasion. Aside from that, I have learned how they have generously helped other na- tions in regaining their power. They were the ones I liked to follow. I hoped the Filipinos would set them as their inspiration to raise our country from poverty. Whenever I am asked about these people and their country, I would tell them how they would fight for freedom and democracy. Well, these were really facts back then however, somehow my viewpoint has changed. After Dr. Hamlet shared to us a video, they were not the people we really knew because there was racism, discrim- ination and hatred. They would be happy when a ―lower race‖ gets persecuted. Till this day, the youth would destroy each other to show his race superiority. I still think they are happy, optimistic people too but now I know that they also struggle and are in need to change. Sometimes conflicts affect how everything around us goes. I also learned that diversity is an im- portant component in multiculturalism as this shows how we come about being unique in different ways. Well, we are also unique due to the different aspects if identity we have: social and cultural, ethnic and personal.
    • - 52 - I once said before I can do sports, I have the ability to be optimistic and I have the ability to lead. Well today, I know I can do better; I know I can lead and everything else follows. This week, we have focused more on activities than lectures that is why I know I have learned more. I learned the basics on how to sing, dance, act, declaim, and also perform on stage. I have learned from our lecturers that even simple ways and talents we have, we make a difference and we have the ability to make a change. I also learned to interact with other kinds of people through the exchange-visiting event we had earlier with some American teens. I did not know how effective it would be to do this till a while ago. I know I could have done more if it was not less time with them. To tell you the truth, I am more of a shy- type person and I really want to improve myself in terms of socializing with others. I‘m glad that even by the middle part of this program I have improved and gained more; things I know matters a lot to change the world. I am very thankful I have learned to socialize more with the people around. Being critical- minded also helped me to be able to think out of the box and learn more how to make better projects. Actually, in partner to making projects, I have gained more patience and perseverance as days came. I believe I have learned at last the characteristic of being more understanding in terms of how we deal with other people around us. Leading, as a Catalyst for Change We have finally come to this point were we would already start to lead, not that we are not leaders, but because we are catalysts for change. As I come home, I now have learned new skills; talents, attitude and knowledge, and I would like to use them wisely and effectively for my project I will implement in General Santos City. My project is intended for the environment and in the same time it also aims to let the volunteers learn how to interact with other cultures like what I sup- posed to do. It is very important to me because we should see as early as now that we are all equal no matter how different our diversities are. It is mangrove planting and I was planning to do this to help the community people not only in their warm- air condition but also in the fishermen‘s livelihood. Their place is located nearby the coast, which is why many live through aqua works. The significance of my project is it does not only focus on one struggle but in many perspectives and through a common goal, which is to plant mangroves, it can already help resolve social, economical, and environmental threats. MINDANAO IN OUR FUTURE HANDS PANCHO, CINDY I. Understanding the conflict ―Let there be peace.‖ That is the common wants of the people but the problem is, they don‘t know how to do it. There are still conflicts in Mindanao that starts from our ancestors. The Origin of Conflict in Mindanao and the Role of the Moro National Liberation Front starts ever since the day we were colonized. Another religion was brought to us in the pres- ence of Christianity. There is division among this culture and the other don‘t want to be part of it so they fight for their reli- gion. Two of the more notorious of these splinter groups are the radically violent Abu Sayyaf, and another particularly ag- gressive group called the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, or MILF. These Muslim factions have proven to be extremely har- dy for they thought that they cannot leave their beliefs. In Mindanao, there is a lot of tribe that can be found. They have different beliefs and culture. Most of the time, it is because of pride that causes the conflict. When there is pride, everyone wants to be on top. One doesn‘t respect the other and vice versa. That is why they tend to fight. It is also the main reason why Mindanao doesn‘t improve through all the time. Even though it has good natural resources, the peace and order situation of the place is also needed to achieve development. The dialect is also another problem since they cannot understand each other. They also lack the knowledge they need be- cause not all of them were able to go to school. And for those who have, they became educated about the situation and un- derstand that we should be in peace. To us Maranao family, ―rido‖ is popular. Rido means the feud between two families. They fight and fight and kill the family of their opponent. In return, the conflict doesn‘t stop and will always continue until the end. I don‘t want this to happen because it will not bring any good to us. ―A peaceful living and a disastrous place, a friendly people and a warrior.‖ The choices are within us to choose. Once there came an issue that Mindanao will be separated from the Philippines. Everyone react especially me because it will not contribute in solving the problem here in Mindanao. If I will be ask if I would allow it, I will answer with a big NO. Based on my experience and understanding, Mindanao cannot stand alone. Most of the development done in the place is merely because of the Christians that reside in the area. Those people as well that are in favor of this don‘t have the educa- tion that‘s why they cannot understand the people who are concerned to contribute for the peace in Mindanao. They think that they will be colonized. As a Youth Leader of the future generation, I will take each chances of making changes in our community, in Mindanao and as well the Philippines.
    • - 53 - II. Learning from experiences Door of My Dreams. It‘s like a dream come true to me to experience a lot of things for a lifetime here in United States of America. Everything seemed to be my first time for the last 15 years of my life. From the food that we eat, to the people that surrounds us and to every workshop that we attended, there is always this knowledge that we get and skills that we learned. It‘s not that easy to adjust for something that was totally different from ours. But then, it‘s part of learning the cul- ture of American people and to have understanding between other races. At the first day, we got the chance to tour around the area and explore the beauty of DeKalb. This experience made me realize a lot of things. The cleanliness of the surround- ings, the implementations of the rules and also the present of nature can be observed everywhere. Sad to say, some of these things aren‘t found in our country and for that we stayed underdeveloped. Knowledge You Share. For the different workshops that we attended, we learned new things and new ideas. There are people who are willing to contribute and share their ideas of peace to us Filipinos. Dr. Janice Hamlet, Defining and celebrat- ing our similarities and differences. For every human being, you cannot say that two persons are the same, there is always a difference and that makes our life colorful. You are able to have a great time sharing and learning from each other. We watched two films entitled ―Shadow of Hate‖ and ―A Place at the Table‖. These two films showed the history of America on how many people want to go there without knowing their future situation in the place. They had misconception of having a great life to the other places that they are not familiar with. There is also the present of discrimination between the black and white people. It is a problem between two races. One race felt superior over the other and forgot the concept of brotherhood. For them, power is the most important thing on Earth. Dr. Susan Russel, the Quest for Justice, Identity and Peace in Minda- nao. Young people can make a difference. It‘s the same thing as Dr. Jose Rizal said that youths are the future of the nation. The primary problem of the society is the fighting for religion. The people lack respect and knowledge that lead to misun- derstanding of one‘s religion. It was also shared that America is also diverse like Philippines. It‘s a united country with dif- ferent nations and different characters. The only difference between these countries is that the USA is getting along with each other. It‘s the same thing that I want to bring to the Philippines. Dr. Gerald Hankerson, Practical Skills for Transform- ing Civil Society: Integrating Faith, Diversity and Social Action. It is about how we stay intact with our identity as individu- als. Mindanao is unique for having cultural diversities. Diversity is not bad after all. You can change it to be useful. Dr.Tim Paquette, the issues about Diversity and Conflict Management in Mindanao. There are certain situations that people viewed in different ways. We can never say who is right and wrong because it‘s based from our decisions. Everything will not be complete without Dr. Rey Ty‘s ideas of composing a project plan. I realized that it‘s not that easy to make project proposals without undergoing different processes that will ensure its success. Shana and Lakhi Siap, Theater as a Medium for social Action. Using art to express the ideas of peace is not a hard thing to do. It‘s easier to stick to simpler things and succeed than thinking fantastic ideas that are not realistic. Asad Jafri, Art for Social Change. Hip hop has meaning after all and a concept that it follows. It‘s not what I think it is like full of violence, loose shirts and having fun. I realized that it is used also to promote peace, love and unity. New Found Self. As a person, together with these experiences, I developed my skills, values and attitudes towards peace. At first, I‘m very shy to express what‘s in my mind and I cannot share my thoughts to others. I should also have this sociable character and mingle with my peers of different cultures and ethnicities. This will start the understanding of one‘s culture and peace will prevail among us. While we are still in Stronghold Conference Center, most of us developed our lea- dership skill during team activities. It‘s exciting to do these teambuilding exercises and rope course. Unity is very important as well as communication and trust with each other to achieve our goal. As we go on to this journey of life, may we have more knowledge to learn and friends to work with. III. What Can I Do? What will I bring to my country and what changes will it make? The knowledge that I get from the experiences and workshops enhances my leadership skill and to be a role model to the other youths. Primarily, I will bring myself as a leader and also a follower. Changes that I can bring. When I go back to my country, I will share what I learned, implement my action plan to help my country and as well to do what I think is right. This step will lead to another and so on until I meet my goal and that is learning and understanding. As a youth participant, it is not easy to put in our young shoulder those responsibilities of changing the world. But if we have passion to do it we could and at the same time, we will enjoy. I will conduct a program entitled 3Rs Livelihood which focuses about recycling and using it to have extra income for the family. I will join hands with other concerned citizen in conducting this like the Ranao council, Young Home Makers Club and other volunteers. As we recycle, we are also saving our mother land from disaster. It has concerned with the envi- ronment as well. "We are teaching them how to fish and not to give them the fish." It is a cliché that we must consider. It
    • - 54 - means that we should not "give and go" but rather it will stay in their daily lives even if you are not there. This will help them to be independent and survive on their own. With the help of Allah (s.w.t), my family, friends, and concerned organizations; things will change for the better- ment of the nation. A YOUNG MAN FOR MINDANAO PASAWILAN, AL QADIR With great experience of empowerment and intensive training comes a great responsibility of living them up in our own community. We are on our 3rd week here at United States, Time is so quick, I could still remember when we first gone into NIU and were very excited with the whole thing. But as time passes by, there are a lot of new discoveries and it intro- duced us to the broad nature of civil society and diversity in the United States. The program (PYLP) did not only provide new knowledge and experience to us but it surely will prepare us for a lifetime leadership and community service. The knowledge, attitudes and skills were all beneficial for it will empower us to become catalysts for social change not only in our community but in Mindanao as a whole. Progress was taken away Mindanao, as I could observe is rich in diversity and culture, but have not been fully developed due to the magni- tude of the task of provincial and regional development and troubles that have long plagued the area the many conflicting political, social and economic interests that have limited the progress of the provinces must be resolved in order to promote the stability and accelerate the development of it. It does not have petty crimes only, but even serious and severe ones like kidnapping, stealing, car napping and worse killing. For me, the things that depriving Mindanao from Progress Is the indi- vidual differences of citizens, crimes, self-centeredness , violence for personal interests, Racial Discrimination and even corruption. What shall I do? Upon returning to Mindanao I‘ll do my best to live up all of those things that I‘ve learned and experienced during our 5-week exchange program which most likely be focusing on civic responsibility, community engagement and volunteer- ism, leadership development, diversity and conflict management, and action plan development. How could I do all of these? Primarily, I will start to share my experiences with my family, next to my friends and relatives, and lastly, to the communi- ties where I belong. I could not probably give them the best description of the whole program but at least I could tell some- thing about it that might be useful for them to take a part in contributing something as citizens of the community. Indeed, this opportunity gave me a lot of information and experience that pushed me to engage and volunteer myself more and to fully understand what truly my mission for Mindanao is. Living up attitudes, learning and knowledge Facing a various activities molded our personalities. And so for me, I can do something by my own simple ways of injecting what I‘ve learned to my daily activities at home, school and at our community. Learning a lot of knowledge made me think of a lot of ways to engage myself for the good of my community. At first, I think the knowledge about the history is very important because it will remind me that I must have this ―civic respon- sibility‖ to my community and so being more knowledgeable to such also brought me to Mindanao‘s view facing these situ- ations that create conflict and problems that trigger different tribes and ethnicities. And so that motivates me to produce a better community project that could tap everyone making contribution for peace and development. Figuratively, I will also engage myself more not only with my tribal community but I will expose myself to other communities with other beliefs so that I could start a healthy Christian and Muslim relationship even for a small simple ways of giving time to them. Social change can be done in many ways, that‘s why, by doing arts, using my creativity, initiative and ability to influence others, I could probably contribute something which might give indirect contribution to other people. Skills also could be a great venue for me to showcase myself for the community. Being taught of many things de- veloped me to think more critical. Basically in everything I will encounter, from now on I shall take everything professional- ly and think for the best decision that I can make for things that I want and must do. Secondly, , I will apply all of those lea- dership skills that I‘ve learned in leading my friends, my classmates, cousins and fellow youth in our municipality as their youth representative- a role model who will lead them in making positive difference for the betterment of our community. And third, workshops that developed my skills in dancing, singing, doing arts and other stuffs were very beneficial as I con- tinue with my daily activity and will serve as an inspiration to people who have the same passion as mine.
    • - 55 - We‘ve not only acquired knowledge, learned new skills but also discovered new attitude that maybe are little things, but makes big difference. From the time we wake up in the morning, we usually learned a lesson and that is to be- come time-bounded because Filipino time is a lot more different from American‘s. Theirs is on time, and ours is usually 15- 30 minutes late or worse, hours late. It‘s not telling us that we must change our Filipino way on responding to time, but we are just developing ourselves to make things right and this could probably be usable especially on time-constraint activities. I made myself aware, aware of what is happening and aware of what can I do for it, and it that way I injected volunteerism through activeness in activities and workshops that we did. Problems and things that I independently face now made me more patient and calm, and to think positively whatever happens coz everything has its purpose. I also became more confi- dent involving myself to the group and found out the real meaning of teamwork, unity and participation. Lastly, I‘ve learned to face challenges with courage especially because I know I can do it and I have my friends with me to help me along my way. We surely can change things on what we want by changing our negativities with new ones, yet I believe that attitude will define our altitude and it‘s very important in determining successes and failures in our way along the road of success. Peace and Prosperity for Mindanao shall prevail! I will help lessen this dilemma As a concerned citizen, I could really feel that all of us must be committed into Mindanao, joining hands together for its development because I believe that it‘s never too late. We have programs that might not alleviate totally the problem but might help lessen the problem. Through peace seminars, sports, anti-domestic violence programs and other youth pro- grams, which I was advocating before, I can probably help my fellow youth to seek the right path that would lead them to a broader parameter and wider understanding of what peace and prosperity truly is. Petty crimes can‘t be avoided, but through the collaboration of people and the maintenance of security and assistance from the government, I believe that peace will be sustained and that we hope that the whole Mindanao will continue for progress and enjoy the diversity of cultures, ethnic tribes and variety of beliefs that should not be taken negatively by people but they should remember to understand each one‘s tradition for the betterment of every one. We Youth are the hope of our fatherland and must be the starting point of correct governance in the near future. Hopefully, I could come up with a better action plan and program that could help my community especially the youth for the realization of a better and progressive Mindanao. Actual Project that I will implement Choosing the community project that we will implement in our own community was one of our struggles in the program. For me as a dancer and performer I preferred sharing my talent and passion through a project for my co-youth to participate in a 2-day dance and arts workshop and contest. I will call it ―Indak Kabataan‖ wherein I will gather young people especially the out-of school youth, cultivating their talents and sharing them to their fellow. I will implement this project at Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat and ask support to the Sangguniang Kabataan as well as the Sangguniang Barangay of brgy. Poblacion Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat for the implementation as well as the venue and gathering of participants. Moreover, my goal here is to engage these kabataan to a venue where they can bond, and enjoy their activity resulting to peaceful and harmonious community. Making the community a better place to live is an ideal thing, but if all will just participate and work hand in hand we will surely pursue these things in no time. All of those encounters in the whole program were very enjoyable yet learn- ing-filled. We are all hoping that we can achieve what we are aiming for, not only the completion of our community projects but contributing great change to Mindanao as well as to make in a place to live in harmony with diversity and unity among each and every one! Kudos to PYLP batch 9. This experience will be cherished by me forever as I face the challenge of life- time leadership and volunteerism. CHANGE IS NOT ON WHO YOU ARE, BUT ON WHAT YOU CAN DO ROMERO, RAFAEL JR. A Picture that is Mindanao Mindanao was, in the day, dubbed as the Land of Promise – the land that was blessed with bountiful resources, diverse and rich cultures of its peoples, and generally a promise of hope of a better future for everyone. However, as colorful a picture seems, we cannot really deny the other side of Mindanao beneath the colorful mask, a darker side which mars its reputation. Unfortunately, in this world, there is a tendency where something which forms a blemish in reputation becomes an inerasable stain on an image, very hard to put off or hide. In the case of Mindanao, that stain is made by bullets, bombs and blood.
    • - 56 - And these stains are the things which seem to contradict Mindanao‘s moniker as a Land of Promise. Economic and social development has been stunted in Mindanao primarily because of the ongoing conflict. In fact, the situation in Minda- nao is no different from what it has been 50 years ago, when these problems actually started. The illness remains: conflicting claims over ancestral domain, ethnocentric sentiments, anachronistic feudalism and its bloody politics, politics out of the gun muzzle, marginalization, chronic poverty. A brutal cycle exists in Mindanao. For every peace treaty signed with insur- gents, a break-away group emerges to wreak havoc once more. For every hydra‘s head decapitated, two more grow back. It is no wonder why Northerners in the Philippines, especially those coming from Manila and Luzon, seem to have a phobia for Mindanao. I won‘t go there, they say, fearing that nothing awaits them there except being kidnapped and killed or decapitated by predatory elements – i.e. ―Muslims‖. I don‘t understand why people get suckered in by sensationalist mass media. Nothing but death and destruction, because of ―Muslims‖. Lies, I mutter, what a load of baloney. If it were as they think as it is, as a Christian, then I should be dead. But there is none, and I‘m still alive and living in a free society. The war is far from where I live and had grown up. The days of bombings are behind us, and the war only intruded when it was too dangerous to make the trip to my mother‘s hometown because the only route there passes through a place where actual fighting occurred. Yet, since I live in Mindanao, these misconceptions disturb me because, though I never per- sonally experienced the war itself, something that ails the limbs affects the rest of the body. It disturbs me that the conditions leading to conflict, and thus fueling the hype and misconceptions, still exist. Change is needed in Mindanao – a change from the quagmire the island has been stuck in for decades. There are the nascent dots of change nowadays, but still it is not enough. The picture of Mindanao is bleak: a colorful sarimanok bound flightless by the mire it is stuck in. And only real change, something that is from the Mindanao community itself, can pull that sarimanok out into a future of hope, peace and prosperity. Challenges, and New Learnings PYLP meant learning a whole new set of knowledge that I didn‘t know before. And it was great that the program and its activities was designed so that social change could be inspired from every corner of society, and how social change can be advocated and fostered through out-of-the-box methods. I am not a fan of hip-hop and I didn‘t really like that session because I took to dancing hip-hop in front of everyone, but one thing I liked about it is that even someone like a hip-hop dancer can participate in social change in his own way. The greatest challenge I faced in the entire PYLP program was not that I danced hip-hop, but rather it is making the requisite community project. It is a first in my life, and until then I really didn‘t have the skills or even knew to how to make the proposal. It caught me unaware, and thankfully, the hours spent on Diversions and other conference rooms, and the working lunch-discussions in Neptune really helped in acquiring the know-how of making not only the project proposal, but designing the community-project to be. It wasn‘t an easy task – but rather a Herculean one since I have to come up with a project proposal that was SMART – Simple, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound – and fit the $100 grant, within the space of a week or two. One thing I learned there was the community-needs assessment – pinpointing particular social problems in your own community is critical in deciding what project to implement. To assess the community needs is also important in de- termining the sustainability of a project. Knowing the general social conflicts in the broader context of Mindanao is one thing, but finding particular social problems in the community is a different animal, especially if from a place where the problem is quite under the skin that one has difficulty knowing where to start looking. Throw in a first-timer to designing community projects and it is indeed a difficult task. My skills and capabilities were really tested by this challenge. Analysis is critical to notice small details in order to see the bigger picture more clearly. There were attitudes I‘ve learned from this experience. First is working with different people coming from different places. Second is being open-minded. The US is a good environment for open-mindedness. The multiculturalism and diver- sity means you get to meet different people and hear different opinions and perspectives on things. There is respect on one‘s opinion towards issues, no matter how it borders on turning the world upside down, without the old-fashioned close- mindedness and sticking to the status quo. Innovation is prided by Americans, and so is criticism in molding and fine-tuning ideas. Criticism in the US is not about being dressed down; rather it is a questioning or a method of identifying faults or
    • - 57 - weaknesses in the system that can be addressed. The US is a place where I learned to be more direct and outspoken on my opinions. To hide them is simply counterproductive. The new skills, knowledge and attitudes I learned in PYLP were of great help to me in making my community project and indeed would be useful when it will be applied in my future community participation as a concerned citizen. Quo vadis? When I will return to my hometown, General Santos City, I will have to start preparations for implementation of my community project. Entitled ―Nagkahiusang Lumad‖ or ―United Lumad‖, it is a project aimed of establishing a student group for indigenous peoples‘ students in Mindanao State University – General Santos City. The project aims to help the Lumad students in MSU become more active in the university community through their very own student group. There are already different student groups for the Christian and Muslim students, but there is no prominent student organization for the Lumads in MSU. The first phase in this project is the gathering of interested Lumad students who would become the members of this organization, and then there will be an activity that will serve as a take-off point for the organization. At this point, I still have to do more assessments of the student community in MSU so that I could identify potential challenges to the imple- mentation of the community project – such as the state of other organizations for the Lumad students or how many students are willing to cooperate with the project. The project plan is still fluid and is subject to changes pending further findings. These changes will help in making a project more suited to the actual situation in the target community. Making this project more concrete, I will get in touch with my fellow students in MSU, especially the Lumad stu- dents, to make further assessments and cooperate with them on deciding what approach it will be in the final implementation of the project. The project aims for cross-cultural interactions between students of different ethnicities: that is, non-Lumad students helping the Lumad students form their organization. I am also grateful that one of my PYLP co-participants, Mr. Joven Ryan Malida, a member of the Lumad community, will be an adviser to this project. As a Lumad himself, he will help me reach out to the Lumad community and so that I could better understand how to work with them, since I myself is not a member of the Lumad community. The biggest challenge is in the very idea of my project: a non-Lumad Cebuano spearheading a project to create a student organization for Lumad students. It raises suspicions on the nature of the project, and I have to explain and make clear that it is the Lumad members of the organization-to-be who would be its leaders and benefactors, and I, in my capaci- ty, would help them in their organization. I believe that it is not only the Lumad students who could help their fellow Lumad students, and even though I‘m not one of them doesn‘t mean I could not help them. Social change for the better starts when we say to our fellow man: ―Hey, I‘m not one of you, but I‘m with you on what you believe in.‖ A harmonious society is a society where people of different background support each other, notwithstanding the differences of background or identity. PYLP, and the opportunity to be with people from different places and of different ethnic backgrounds – whether Christian, Muslim or Lumad, strengthened the inclusionary views that I developed from being exposed to a multicultural environment like Mindanao State University. PYLP was more than going to the United States, rather it was opportunity to learn so many new things that would not normally be taught here in the Philippines. It is an avenue for us to develop our sense of responsibility in our communities, to learn more about our problems and to learn about how to deal with it. It is where one can be inspired to do more for his community, in an age where the youth is increasingly getting detached from community. I believe in change for my true motherland, Mindanao, building a better society of cooperation, community, conscience, peace, understanding and sustainable progress, and I believe the youth will play a big role in it. My project will not only be a way of applying what I learned in the US, but will also be my contribution to that change in Mindanao. TO BE THE CHANGE THAT I WANTED TO SEE IN MINDANAO SUMAGAYSAY, NIKKI LYN A Drop of Hope Conflict have different meanings to each and every individuals, but for a fifteen year old Mindanaoan like me, con- flict is the misunderstanding among people of different traditions and beliefs, the struggle on who is superior than the other, and behind its shining glory, Mindanao, has been the center of it and for so many years it already stained its true identity.
    • - 58 - And as a youth leader and an ambassador of goodwill, who have the initiatives to be the catalyst of social change in my community, I find this issue to be very horrible. For it is a hindrance in Mindanao to be progressive and to be a place meant for people to live and interact peacefully. I know that it will be hard at first, but I will do my best and look for all the resources to start my small steps and ways to do something that can solve this situation. I am hoping and positive that I can gain new knowledge through the Phi- lippine Youth Leadership Program so that I can be the change that I wanted to see in Mindanao. Education is the Key And from the moment that I took my first step in the United States to the Northern Illinois University, now I only have few more days to go and I can‘t even notice that my stay here will soon come to an end, and with that, the Philippine Youth Leadership Program taught me lessons, skills and values that are slowly helping me to become a leader that will be a catalyst for social change. Throughout the program and the intensive trainings that I experienced, I learned that individuals have different qualities that everyone should respect, and sometimes when these are taken for granted, hate among people arises, and con- flicts will be its result. And because of the program, I gained strategies to solve this conflicts that might occur and the best way to do it is on the process on how you approach the problem and the value that you have will affect your decisions and choices. Lastly the most important skill that I developed so far is on how to be a leader even in small groups because for me, this will be my stepping stone when I will try to lead a huge crowd in achieving a common goal. Now is the Time to Act! As the days are fast approaching and with the new knowledge that I gained from all the sessions and group discus- sions, I came up with a solution, with a plan on how to change the situation in Mindanao through a community project. And upon coming back to my hometown, Polomolok, South Cotabato, with the help of volunteers and organizations that have the same mission as mine I will implement a community project that focuses on encouraging the people especially the youth to join community projects that promote mutual understanding, unity and cooperation by a tree planting and clean up drive activity in Barangay Silway 8, Polomolok, South Cotabato. By doing this, I hope that I can achieve the very reason why I am here, why I am chosen to be an ambas- sador of goodwill and that is to be the change that I wanted to see in my community. THE START OF NEW BEGINNING TITO, BAI JEANINE M. What Is the Situation in Mindanao? When people hear ―Mindanao‖, which is the second largest island in the Philippines, the first word that comes to the mind of some of people is CONFLICT. They say that Mindanao is where most terrorists lived and it‘s not even a peace- ful area. But I say as a Mindanaoan, Mindanao is relatively peaceful. And to be honest, we cannot avoid conflicts in our place, even in Luzon and Visayas, they are also conflicts happening there not just Mindanao alone. The thing is that, conflict in Mindanao is the offspring of more pressing issues of national interest. Mindanao as an island is the center of conflict in the Philippines like it is being associated by the people with cruel- ty, kidnappings, bombings and the source of war as they say but talking to its positive side, it is the island of people that values harmony and peace with various cultural backgrounds and even has its differences. It is diverse in a way that it is the home of many Moro-tribes, Lumad and even settler groups who have lived in the Mindanao for over a century ago. Minda- nao has abundant resources in agriculture, sea products, minerals and many more. For my own perception, the situation in Mindanao is that, people do not recognize the differences of the various cultures living in the island and they don‘t even have understanding or should I say they have no mutual relationship that mislead to other people not to co-exist and sometimes it may results to racial discrimination or racism . The only solution for this is that it needs certain recognition of each other diversity in order to pave the way for respect to one another. Through this actually, such acceptance or understanding to different cultures will strengthen the individuality as a people and also it will be the bridge to maintain the particular identities of the Lumads, Moros and also the settlers. And in reality the blending
    • - 59 - of Moro and Christian cultures on the island is interesting in the eye of the researchers and even to the people of other plac- es. The New Chapter of Change Since the day I stepped in Northern Illinois University I already gained many new things. Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes – these are the three things that makes my life better every single day because of this experience of a lifetime in NIU. Almost every day trainings and sessions, I gained really lot of new knowledge. And these trainings and sessions are not that simple, it is indeed an intensive one for me in preparation for us to become the Catalyst for Social Change in our community. In this program, we have different mentors which also have a different topic. Each of the mentors is unique because they have different styles of teaching us about the topic they are discussing. I learned many things about the Simi- larities and Differences of each other‘s culture, developing a community service and action planning, Theater as a Medium for Social Change, HipHop for Social change and etc. I learned that diversity is a significant component of multiculturalism and as far as what I remembered about what Dr. Janice Hamlet tackled about multiculturalism was that we people are more alike and also each one of us have differences that may lead to be perceived as a positive or negative. And I do believe that all of the people are unique because of its eth- nic identity, social and cultural identity and personal identity. I was also able to learn that Arts may help us to have a social change even through dancing, singing, writing, drawing and many more forms of arts may lead to this change. In this training, they are a lot of skills were also showed that were hidden. To be honest, I am not aware that I have this public speaking skill because I am this typical girl that is scared that if I am going to share what I learned maybe it is wrong. But because of these intensive trainings and sessions we have in NIU, I overcome my fear in sharing what I feel and also what I learned. I developed this skill because of the way the mentors encourages me to speak out what I know and what I feel inside. I also developed my skills in dancing and also acting. This PYLP 9 really gives me this impact to realize that I should be responsible in everything of what is happening in my everyday life. And one of these responsibilities is that, I should be responsible to be more sensitive and also to respect each other‘s culture that surrounded me in order to prevent conflicts. As Catalyst for Social Change PYLP 9 really taught me how to be a responsible leader in order to be one of the catalysts for social change. Hav- ing a chance to be one of the participants in this program, I will face the new journey of my life, the life of being a leader. Upon arriving to General Santos City, my homeland, I will implement my project and really hoping that it will turn into a success project. Since I am engage into various sports like basketball and volleyball, my community project is all about Sports Fest. I come up to this idea because it is easy for me to implement this kind of project in view of the fact that I already know to handle these things since I really love sports. One of the significance of this project is that youth in my community will be exposed to different cultures and so we to be more aware for the people surrounded them when they meet the people that have different ethnicity. And I do believe that through this project Youth in GenSan has a lot of poten- tials and talents that are not been discovered and are hidden. This community project covers interfaith and inter-ethnic di- alogues. Sports Fest may be simple but even in this way I can help my community to let people especially for the youth to understand deeply the importance of mutual relationship to one another even though they have differences such as ethnicity.
    • - 60 - CHAPTER 2: PROJECT PROPOSALS AND ACTION PLANS DO CLEAN GO GREEN ABDURAJAK, AL-FRAZKHAN PANDAO Project Proponent Last Name Abdurajak First Name Al-frazkhan Youth Leader/Adult Leader Adult Leader Female/Male Male Religion Islam Ethnicity Tausug Muslim City, Province, Region, Island Municipality of Jolo, Province of Sulu ARMM Project Title DO CLEAN GO GREEN Clean Up Drive Five (5) Hours Coastal Community Clean up service in Barangay Bus-Bus Jolo, Sulu and Barangay Litayun, Patikul, Sulu aims to promote awareness and response to environmental issues and promote spirit of volunteerism and leadership be- tween and among the residents from different walks of faith,(interfaith) tribes (inter-ethnic), youths and elders (intergene- rational) and empower relations among them. Introduction Rationale The Province of Sulu a.k.a ―Lupah Sug‖ a Tausug word which means‖ Land of The Sea Current‖ as famous- ly called by its inhabitant. The ―Tausug‖ which means ―People of the Current‖ is the Tribe of people living in Lupah Sug. It is Geographically located in the South Western Part of the Republic of the Philippines One of the Provinces under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) The Province is divided into Two Main Geographical Districts, 1 and 2 with a total number of Nineteen (19) Municipalities. Among the nine (9) Municipalities is Islands Segregated by Vast Sulu Sea with the Mainland Municipalities. It has an aggregate Population of 536, 201 as of 2010 were ninety five percent (95%) of it are Muslims, three Percent (3%) Sama, Badjao and two percent (2%) Christians. It has a total number of two hundred and one thousand twenty two (201, 022) registered Voters as of 2010 in which sixty seven percent (67%) of it are young adults and youth. Sulu is a land with bountiful Natural Resources both Aquatic and Agricultural. It is the main source of income for the Tausug Populace who belongs to low income families. Municipality of Jolo is the main town of The Province and has the big population. It comprises of Eight (8) Ma- jor Barangay (Small Unit of Community in the Philippines) and four of the biggest and most populated Barangay are located in Coastal Shores. Because of poor sanitation, poor urban planning, overcrowding and poor manage- ment of waste and garbage disposal by its residents it compliment to the gradual destruction of the Barangay en- vironment as well as it directly affects the aqua marine life within its shorelines. As a result of the above-mentioned situation, residents from the place were suffering from disease like diarrhea, Dengue, Tuberculosis, malnutrition and the likes. The fishing production is decreasing and low income families leaves no option but to find another income generating work – that is a rare option to have for them hence most are defending on fishing especially the sama – Badjao tribe. Background This project serves as one of the response to empower residents and the entire community understand ―what‘s going on questions‖ and takes participation and involvement to address the issue by taking action themselves. Project Description What I proposed to do is to have a Five Hours ―DO CLEAN GO GREEN‖ Community Clean Up Drive as one of the means in respond to identified Environmental Problem in Barangay Bus-Bus Jolo, Sulu And Barangay Litayun, Patikul, Sulu. It will commence on cleaning the community canals up to the polluted coastal shores within the area.
    • - 61 - Needs Assessment: Support In this case, I and some fellow concern citizens will be writing a letter request address to the Sulu Philippine National Police Provincial Director, Local Government Units, Non – Government Organizations Advocating for environmental protection and preservation, Armed Forces of the Philippines – Civil Military Office Unit, US Civil Affairs and US MIST Joint Task Force Sulu, Sangguniang Kabataan of Barangay Bus-Bus and Barangay Litayun, Purok leaders of the targeted barangays. Needs Assessment: Objectives Promote Better Community – Law enforcement Relations Promote Awareness on Environmental Protection and Preservation Establish Interaction between Muslim – Christian and Sama Badjao Promote Dialogue among Community Partners Promote a Spirit of Volunteerism and Leadership Expected Outputs Following are just sort of examples of Realistic Measurable Products. The Project Outputs include: Documentation of Post Activity Report Stewardship Commitment Agreement (SCAG) form signing for the maintenance and Cleanliness of the Subject Coastal Shores within the two Barangay beneficiaries. Maintain Contacts and List of Organizations both Government and Non-Government and individuals partici- pated and serve as implementing partners for the project. Expected Outcomes: Examples only Awareness on the importance of Sanitation and environmental Protection Co-owning and Co-Sensing the needs to address environmental Problems Enhance Community Partners Participation and Spirit of Volunteerism Improve and empower relations between and among residents Project Components DO CLEAN GO GREEN COMMUNITY COASTAL SHORE CLEAN UP DRIVE COMMUNAL INITIATIVE SERVICE INTERFAITH, INTER-ETHNIC, and INTERGENERATIONAL FOR COMMUNITY PARTNERS Strategies of Implementation Examples only Distribution of Invitation for Identified Community Partners Conduct Meeting for Presentation of the Proposed Project for community partners perusal Determined possible Sponsors/partners and send letter of Solicitation Buy Materials to be Use and order of food and drinks for reservation Re Coordinate with the Barangay Chairmen‘s for possible changes or additions to the programs and jointly in- form the community of the project by inviting them to be the guest of the day for Sulu PNP Radio Program Every Saturday from 11:00 – 12:00 Pm At 91.5 My Radio in Kakuyagan Village Jolo, Sulu and At 4:00 – 5:00 Pm at Radyo Ng Bayan Jolo 774 kHz in Camp PSSUPT Julasirim A. Kasim, Asturias, Jolo, Sulu Implementation of the Project Post Project Evaluation Action Plan Action People Involve Resources Time Line Evaluation Distribution of Invita- tion for identified Community Partners Al-frazkhan P. Abdurajak Brgy. Bus-Bus SK Chair Ben- zaifar P. Jupli Thirty Copies of Printed Project Pro- posal and Letter of Invitation Attach May 20-21, 2012 2 Days Attainable Conduct of Meeting For Project Proposal Presentation Al-frazkhan P. Abdurajak Brgy. Bus-Bus SK Chair Ben- zaifar P. Jupli Identified Community Part- ners from PNP-PCR, AFP- CMOU, LGU, Peoples Organ- One (1) Case bottled water Two (2) Packs of Cupcakes May 23, 2012 2 Hours Satisfactory
    • - 62 - ization Determine Possible Sponsor/Donor Al-frazkhan P. Abdurajak Brgy. Bus-Bus SK Chair Ben- zaifar P. Jupli Jolo Councilor Ahmed Amil- hamja Printing materials May 24, 2012 2 Days Attainable Buy Materials to be used and order Food for reservations Al-frazkhan P. Abdurajak Brgy. Bus-Bus SK Chair Ben- zaifar P. Jupli Cash Fund May 25, 2012 Attainable Re: Coordinate Baran- gay Chairmen‘s of the targeted area for the projects final De brief- ing in case of any possible changes. Jointly Inform the community Al-frazkhan P. Abdurajak Brgy. Bus-Bus SK Chair Ben- zaifar P. Jupli Barangay Chairman Rigduan Undug Barangay Chairman Datu Teddy Bahjin Printing Materials May 26, 2012 Half day Attainable Implementation of the Project Al-frazkhan P. Abdurajak Brgy. Bus-Bus SK Chair Ben- zaifar P. Jupli Barangay Chairman Rigduan Undug Barangay Chairman Datu Community Partners invited All the Materials needed Fifty pieces of pack lunch and two (2) case of softdrinks May 27, 2012 Five (5) Hours Attainable Partners and Target Beneficiaries: Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Officials and Residents of Barangay Bus-Bus Jolo, Sulu and Barangay Litayun, Patikul, Sulu. Budget Plan Particulars Quantity Price/Unit Proponents/ Counterpart Funding Agency Total Printing Materials: Computer Paper Pens One Rim 15 pcs P 325 P 8/pcs P 100 P 40 P 225 P80 P 325 P120 Cleaning Materials: Hard Brooms, Dust Pans, Sacks, Rake , Bolo/Knife, 40 pcs 10 pcs 30 pcs 2 3 pcs P 15/pc P 35/pc P 5/pc P170 P 150 P 200 P150 P 50 P 70 P 150 P 400 P200 P100 P100 P 300 P 600 P350 P 150 P 170 P 450 Food: Pack lunch Soft drinks 55 pcs 2 case P 85/pc P 160/case P 1,675 P120 P 3000 P 200 P 4,675 P 320 Transportation: Gasoline 5 Liters P55/Liter P 100 P 175 P275 Output Indicators The project output indicators include the following:
    • - 63 - (1) Completed Documentation Report (2) Existence of Community Partners and organization involve (3) Community Feedback Mechanism Sustainability Plan Maintain Cleanliness of Coastal Shores by the local Barangay Officials committee in charge for the health and sanitation. Documentation and Monitoring of the Changes occurs after project implementation Recommend to the barangay Councilmen to create a barangay Ordinance aim to protect Coastal Shores as a pre- cautionary measure to ensure its protected from being polluted. Project Time Table Stages in Weeks Tasks 1 2 3 4 Pre Program Distribution of Invitation letter for identified Community Partners Conduct of meeting for Project presentation Determine Possible Sponsor/Donor and send solicitation let- ters Re: Coordinate with Barangay Chairman‘s for finality of the plan and jointly inform community about the project X X X X Program 1 2 3 4 Clean Up Coastal Shores Of Barangay Bus-Bus and Baran- gay Maubuh Patikul, Sulu X X Post Program Tabulate and interpret Final Evaluation Results Writing Reports, Making Documentation and monitoring by asking feedback from the residents Completion Report X X X X Name of Organization Sangguniang Kabataan and Residents of Barangay Bus-Bus Jolo,Sulu and Barangay Litayun, Patikul, Sulu Printed Name and Signature of Organization: Brgy. Chairman Rigduan Undug Brgy. Chairman Datu Teddy K. Bahjin Bus-Bus SK Chairman Benzaifar P. Jupli Organization History and background The Sangguniang Kabataan serves as elected representatives of youths in certain barangay which enabled them to freely exercise their political position in participating for shared governance by means of initiating ordinances, programs and activities that cater for youth welfare and development within their respective territorial Jurisdiction. On the other hand, the Barangay Chairman is also an elected community official entrusted by the constitution with the authority to look after the general welfare of its people by means of giving basic services. They serve as the communities father and mother and a voice that represents an entire community to the national government. Organization Projects/Activities DO CLEAN GO GREEN PROJECT Your Signature Al-frazkhan P. Abdurajak Date May 9, 2012
    • - 64 - CLEAN-UP FOR A BEAUTIFUL CHANGE ALI, SAMIR PANGCATAN JR. Contextual Background To clean up a dirty street where a lot of different people live just like different tribes and religion. Maranao and Christians. Contextual Problems in the Community Dirty Election, polluted air, and lack of cleanliness Community Needs Assessment Faithful Leaders and Cleanliness Rationale (Why do this specific project?) To help the people in cleaning their own community so that they will be able to maintain the cleanliness Project Description It will be a clean-up drive in Cabingan Street. There will be 70 participants and their ages are 15-28 years old. It will be a 1 hour clean-up drive. Estimated Overall Project Cost 4000 pesos Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be The two communities are all Diversed Communities Location of your own com- munity: MSU Main Campus., Marawi City. Location of the project commu- nity: Cabingan Street, Marawi City Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community You can see Muslims, Christians, Maranaos and Lumads in both community. Participating Organization/s Student Government Organization. YES Club. Mindanao State University-Karate Club. Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles Intesar Aba-Conding-Chairwoman 4th Year Lvl. Jamilah Hadjilatip- Trigonometry and Geometry Teacher. Mariam Sunggod- Biology Teacher. Anna Farina Mamainte-MSU-KC President. Nihaya Dagalangit-SGO President. Khairiah Dipatuan-YES Club President. Internal Strengths The internal strength of this project is that it motivates the youth to maintain the cleanliness of their own community. Internal Weaknesses The internal weakness of this project is that some of the community members might think we are taking over their lands. External Opportunities Many organizations might help me when they know/see my project for the youth. External Threats The beneficiaries might lose to sustain the cleanliness Vision A beautiful an clean community Mission To help the community members clean their community Goals To success in this project Objectives To help the community. Expected Output s (Concrete, touchable products) They will live happily ever after. Framework (Go online, look for and quote specific article and paragraph of the national Constitution, United Nations Charter, or Universal Declaration of Human Rights) Article 28-1. The Security Council shall be so organized as to be able to function continuously. Each member of the Security Council shall for this purpose be represented at all times at the seat of the Organization. Outcomes (Behavioral Results) Successful clean-up drive project.
    • - 65 - Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases May June July August 1 Preparatory X 2 Implementation X 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Contact community leader Samir Ali Prof. Intesar Aba-Conding Letter The community leader will allow us to conduct activity in his community 2 Prepare the foods Mariam Sung- god Foods The foods are ready to dis- tribute 3 Inform the volunteers Jamilah Hadji- latip The volunteers will get ready 4 Cleaning materials preparation ALL VOLUN- TEERS The cleaning materials are ready to use Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Gather vo- lunteers Samir Ali July 15 July 15 The volunteers are ready to clean-up. 2 Go to the chosen community Samir Ali and Intesar Aba- Conding July 15 July 15 We are going to arrive at the right time 3 Clean Clean Clean! ALL Cleaning Materials July 15 July 15 All of us are cleaning 4 Food Distri- bution Jamilah and Mariam FOODS July 15 July 15 We are eating our snacks. Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Certificate Distribution Samir Ali Certificates July 15 July 15 Thanks giving to the volun- teers Strategies of Implementation (For example: lectures, art work, tree planting, group discussion, workshop on how to write proposals, writing letters to public officials, etc.?) Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date July 15, 2012 Time 7:00 am – 8:00 am Place Cabingan Street. Marawi City Time Activities Persons in Charge 7:00 am Opening Remarks and Board time Samir Ali, Abdul Jabbar Tomawis, and Ali- fahmy Laguindab
    • - 66 - 7:00am – 8:00am Clean! Clean! Clean! ALL 8:00am Distribution of Snacks and Certificates Samir and Intesar 8:00am-8:30am Closing Remarks. Nihaya Dagalangit Detailed Proposed Budget (Estimated Costs in Philippine Pesos) Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Biscuits Given Money 70 7pesos each 490 Drinks Given Money 70 10 pesos each 700 Special Paper Given Money 1 rim 688 pesos 688 Brown Paper Bag Given Money 70 120 pesos 140 Dust pan Given Money 5 pieces 20pesos 100 Broom Stick Given Money 5 pieces 20pesos 100 Grand Total: 2,180 Output Indicators (How do we know you have produced, used, or given away concrete products? Explain.) I will send the product used via e-mail. This project will not success if one of these products will not be taken. Sustainability Plan (How can the community be successful after you leave? How can the efforts continue when you are gone?) They will continue their training by their selves through exercise and discipline and respect to other people. Date Submitted Example: July 14, 2012 A GOAL FOR NEW HOPE ANG, ALYSSA MARIE C. Contextual Background At present, Davao city‘s crime rate has intensified. The crimes mostly committed are summary executions, theft, murder, and the most common: women and children abuse. According to a survey, the number of women and children being subjected to violence has increased than the whole period of 2005. The main reason of this abuse is poverty, which results to bribery in a criminal gang. Now, one of the most child-friendly cities in the Philippines has failed to get its recognition because of these certain circumstances. Contextual Problems in the Community Sadly, most of the victims of these crimes are children. Forced child labor, physical abuse, and rape are the common forms that unfortunate children experience. Sometimes because of the trauma and skilled bribery, these children become juvenile delinquents in the society, which adds to the increasing crime rate. Some children are also grabbed of their rights because of the poverty that they are experiencing. Community Needs Assessment The security of everyone in Davao City should be assessed. This is the most general term to give that will cover this main problem of our community. It deals with all the crimes here in the city, especially with child abuse. Rationale This program will serve as an outlet for the problems of the struggling youth here in Davao. By using soccer as a me- dium, we will be giving them another opportunity for growth and new knowledge. This soccer clinic will also motivate these children to do good because by teaching them something new and fun, we will be giving them back the childhood that was grabbed by the exploitation they had experienced. Project Description My project is a soccer clinic specifically on the children that were abused and were left on the streets. In partner with Tambayan Davao, I will not only be able to motivate the children to do good but I am also empowering them by giving them another shot in life and a wider view for opportunities. Estimated Overall Project Cost 100 USD
    • - 67 - Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be My community partners will be the children who are grabbed of rights and opportunity. These children have families that have an economically low status, which forced them to be left on the streets. Location of your own com- munity: Agdao and Bankerohan, Da- vao City. Location of the project community: Tiongko Football Field, Davao City Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community I am a Roman Catholic in faith and a Cebuano by ethnicity. The persons involved in my community project have a big percentage of Muslims and Badjao‘s. My community is a diverse community composed of different parties of religion and ethnicity here in Davao City. Participating Organization/s Tambayan Davao- a non-profit organization that rescues and house children and adolescents that have gone through abuse and have joined criminal groups because of the low economic status. Ateneo de Davao University Soccer Team- my teammates, which will serve as volunteers for this program. There are approximately 75 members from the High School Team alone but 15 have confirmed my invitation. Davao Football Coaches Organization- another batch of the volunteers that I have invited because of their expertise that are of great use in this small soccer clinic. Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles Maria Teresa Cabase Ang- volunteer Merlo Albano- DFA coaches member, volunteer coach Noel Presto- DFA coaches member, volunteer coach Jayric Ilagan-volunteer coach Internal Strengths My volunteers and I have already participated in projects similar to this one. Internal Weaknesses Some volunteers might not be available at that time because it is the start of school. External Opportunities A new found connection with other government agencies or offices. External Threats The lack of funds. Vision To create a child-friendly community and soon, a better city that provides the proper care and safety of the children and of everyone. Mission To empower the children to be good citizens by providing them an avenue for a change in life. Goals A place where children can be themselves and have fun, while learning new skills. Objectives To lessen the number of street children who become delinquents in the society and to make the abused children moti- vated amidst their early struggles in life. Expected Output s Scrapbook of the soccer clinic implemented. Framework Republic Act 8044 Section 2(a) Promotion and protection of the physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well- being of the youth to the end that the youth realize their potential for improving the quality of life. Republic Act 8044 Section 2(d) Mobilization of youth‘s abilities, talents and skills and redirecting their creativity, in- ventive genius and wellspring of enthusiasm and hope for the freedom of our people from fear, hunger and injustice. Outcomes The children will be motivated to be good members of the society and empowered to promote peace with their co-youth. Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory 15-20 X 2 Implementation 21 X 3 Post-Conduct 11 X
    • - 68 - Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Finan- cial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Solicitation Distribution Maria Teresa Ang, volun- teer DFA Computer, and prin- ter for the solicita- tion letters June 16 June 19 Letters will be printed out and distributed 2 Organization of the Invited volunteers Alyssa Ma- rie Ang ADDU Team, Da- vao soccer coaches organization Computer for email use June 18 June 19 At least 15 volun- teers will confirm 3 Final plan with main partner organization Alyssa Ma- rie Ang Tambayan Organi- zation Computer for email use June 19 June 20 Children will be ready Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Finan- cial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Program prop- er Coreen Os- tan ADDU soccer team, DFA Computer,printer Print-out, excite- ment of children 2 Training Ses- sion Merlo Alba- no Davao soccer coaches organiza- tion n/a New knowledge of the children 3 Food and Ser- vices Teresa Ang Money for the food Everyone will have enough to eat Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Finan- cial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Checking of children and their monthly needs Alyssa Ang Tambayan Davao Computer(email) Aug 21 Sep 21… / Children will continue playing and practicing Strategies of Implementation (For example: lectures, art work, tree planting, group discussion, workshop on how to write proposals, writing letters to public officials, etc.?) Actual training workshop. Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date July 21, 2012 Time 1 whole day, from 8 AM to 5 PM Place Tiongko Football Field, Davao City Time Activities Persons in Charge 8:00 AM Arrival and preparation Chiqui Paloma 8:30 AM Opening Program Coreen Ostan 8:30-9:30 AM Training Session and Games (Part 1) Alyssa Ang, Merlo Albano, Joshua Jabile 9:30-10:00 AM Packed juice and sandwiches for snacks Tes Ang 10:00-11:00 AM Training Session and Games (Part 2) Merlo Albano 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Jollibee ChickenJoy for Lunch Tes Ang 1:00 – 3:30 PM Mini- Tournament with playing volunteers Alyssa Ang, Merlo Albano, Noel Presto, Jayric Ilagan 3:30-3:45 PM Closing program and Thank You Alyssa Ang
    • - 69 - Detailed Proposed Budget Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Juice(snacks) 25 10.00 Pesos each 250.00 Packed Pastries 10 packs 35.00 Pesos/pack 350.00 Jollibee meal 25 50.00 Pesos/meal set 1250.00 Appreciation jersey 25 100.00 Pesos/jersey top 2500.00 Grand Total: 4350.00 Output Indicators Photo Scrapbook, Video Presentation, Newsprint Sustainability Plan I will continue to volunteer in my chosen organization and build tight bonds with them. Date Submitted Example: May 7, 2012 KEEP YOUR SURROUNDING SAFE AND CLEAN PROJECT KYSSC PROJECT ANGIN, AKIMAH H.U. Contextual Background My chosen community is suppose to be a reserve lot for Christian armies in Marawi, but as time goes by many people settled in this area, Muslims, Christians and Tausugs, are now living together. It is poor as the people are not aware of their surroundings. This community doesn‘t support proper disposal measures that are why some dangerous garbage, like broken glasses and bottles, could be found anywhere. They also don‘t know what to do if injuries due to this impro- per garbage disposal happen. The government provided a specific area to dispose their garbage but it is not that near from the place itself. The houses were built near to each other that is why proper garbage disposal is hard to implement. Contextual Problems in the Community There was a law in Marawi City about this proper disposal of garbage but it is not implemented to many. That is why members of my chosen community are mostly uneducated and unaware of the things around them. Because of this people became irresponsible of their garbage. Drainaige clogs, flood, injuries and accidents were its common effects. Community Needs Assessment The community needs to raise their environmental and health awareness. They should know where to throw their gar- bage and follow the proper waste segregation specially those common garbage in the place, bottles and broken glasses, to avoid injuries and accidents Rationale To promote environmental awareness and emergency preparedness of the community. This is to help them segregate this garbage and place those garbage that could cause injury to a safer place. But since, injuries and accident cannot be pre- vented; they need to be prepared to at least do the first aid to the patient. This project will promote not only a clean sur- roundings but also a Safe one. Project Description KYSSC Project (Keep You Surrounding Safe and Clean Project) is a 1 day activity that would raise the awareness of the youth and parents of Baranggay Datu Saber Campo Ranao Marawi city about the proper garbage disposal and waste segregation to avoid injuries and accidents from the common garbage and waste in the place. This program will also have a clean-up drive in the community applying the proper garbage disposal and waste segregation. Estimated Overall Project Cost: P 7,000 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be My community was Bario Marawi Warawi City, it is a Muslim-Maranao community. And Baranggay Datu Saber Cam- po Ranao Marawi City was my chosen community to implement my project. It is a small community not that far from our place. House are built near to each other and proper garbage disposal is not implemented. Since mostly of the people have a Christian father, bottles and broken glasses are everywhere. The bad thing is the people also needs health atten-
    • - 70 - tion, so injuries from this garbage are prone to happen and the people don‘t know what to do. Location of your own community: Bario Marawi, Marawi City Location of the project community: Barranggay Datu Saber Campo Ranao, Marawi City. Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community I am a muslim maranao and my chosen community has amixed culture, and religion. Residents are mostly Christians, a growing number of Muslims, and some Tausugs. Participating Organization/s RCYC(Red Cross Youth Club)- A school organization for students in our school, they were the ones who manage the Basic Leadership Taraining and First Aide Training in our school. Since our school is a public school muslim and Christian students are also members of this club. RC(Red Cross) Marawi Chapter – this is the Red Cross Chapter in our City, the governor‘s wife Ma‘am Raipha Adiong was the president of this organization. This promotes awareness and preparedness in terms of first aid. Mostly adult volunteers are the members, and the RCY(Red Cross Youth were a part of this big organization, it is just that RCY is for the youth. City Health Office Marawi- this office promotes good health in all baranggays in the community. The members are the adult officaials. Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles Acbari L. Angin – Goverment official, Assesor‘s Office. Marcy E. Navarro - Adviser of the RCYC Raipha Adiong- President RC Marawi Chapter Evangeline Cuenca- Dean MSU-ISED Dr. Mindalano- a licensed doctor. Internal Strengths I have the skilled Red Cross Youth volunteers I have the support of the Baranggay chairman I will answer and provide the peoples need. Internal Weaknesses Lack of budget Uninterested people Lack of support/sponsors Lack of material to be used External Opportunities The Muslims, Christians, and the Tausugs will be able to join hands keeping their surroundings safe and clean. They will be able to have better communication and will have a bond that will give way to friendship and more under- standing. External Threats The security for all the participants and volunteers of this project. Vision: A clean and safe Marawi City, a community that is in order. Where the all people were ready to save those in need of first aid treatments. Mission: The mission of this project is to educate the people about the proper garbage disposal and to let them be prepared to ap- ply first aid if needed. Goals ― To have a Safe and Clean Baranggay Datu Saber Campo Ranao marawi City‖ Objectives : To be able to provide families with first aid kits and conduct a clean-up drive in the area, To be able to help them under- stand the importance of garbage segregation and let them know what to do when accidents or injuries happen, and to be able to let the Muslims and Christians and the Tausugs to interact and to do a community service together shar- ing one same goal, Keeping their surrounding Safe and Clean. Expected Output s (Concrete, touchable products) To apply the proper garbage disposal and the waste segregation To use the First Aid skills to help others
    • - 71 - To share the one same goal with the people of different culture,religion, and ethnicity, to create frienship Framework The right to a healthy or adequate environment is itself a human right (as seen in both Article 21 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, and Article 11 of the San Salvador Protocol to the American Charter of Human Rights). "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for ... health and well-being of himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing, medical care and the right to security in the event of ... sickness, disability.... Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance...." --Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 25 Outcomes The community will learn about the importance of proper garbage disposal and waste segregation and would apply it. The youth will know how to conduct the first aid to be prepared to whatever happens in the future. Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory X X 2 Implementation X 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Suc- cess 1 Solicitation Akimah Angin RCYC, RC Marawi Chap- ter, and the MSU-ISED- SHS Enternet Access, paper prin- ter to print the solicita- tion paper July 7, 2012 July 12,2012 2 Searching for speakers Akimah Angin July 8, 2012 July 10,2012 Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organiza- tional Part- ners Material & Fi- nancial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Proper Garbage Disposal and waste segregation Ma‘am Marcy E. Navarro Microphone and the sound system August 25, 2012 August 25, 2012 2 First Aid demon- stration RCYC presi- dent/ Akimah H. U. Angin 3 Drill or scenario to test what they have learned in the ses- sions Akimah H. U. Angin ang some boy stu- dent volun- teers 4 Clean up drive to the area to insure that the place be- cames safe and clean area. Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage:
    • - 72 - # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Every after two months check up to the place Akimah Angin Baranggay Official/ Sang- guniang Kaba- taan officers August 25, 2012 Strategies of Implementation Lectures, demonstations on how to do the garbage and waste properly. Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date August 25, 2012 Time 1 whole day, from 9 AM to 5 PM Place Baranggay Datu Saber, Campo Ranao, Marawi City Time Activities Persons in Charge 8:00 am Assembly time at MSU-ISED-SHS grounds, preparation of all the materials needed and the final orientation of the activities and speakers Akimah and elected president of RCYC(2012) 8:45 am Arrival at Baranggay Datu Saber Campo Ranao Marawi City, orientation of the adult participants, nametags Acbari L. Angin and the present Ba- ranggay Chairman 9 AM Opening Remarks Baranggay Chairman 9:15-10:15 AM ―Proper garbage disposal and waste segregation‖ Marcy E. Navarro 10:15-10:45 AM Snacks and ice breaker (PROPER disposal of garbage) orientation for the youth participant of First aide traning age 13-16 Staff 10:45-12 Noon First Aid training, demo Staff 12 Noon – 1 PM lunch staff 1 – 2:15 PM Scenario or drill to apply first aid training staff 2:15-2:30 PM Snack Staff 2:30 – 3:45 PM Clean up drive in the area Staff 3:45-4 PM Closing remarks, awarding(the cleanliest surrounding house) certificates for the speakers Staff, Akimah Detailed Proposed Budget (Estimated Costs in Philippine Pesos) Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Basic First aid kit Budget US STATE department 50 150 pesos P1,000 Complete First aid kit (reward) own 1 250 P250 Food(snacks) Budget US state department 100 20 P2,000 Lunch Budget Us department 100 40 P4,000 Materials, art papers, pencils, certificates and others Solicitation (PTA) P500 Transportation(rental jeepney) Budget US Department of states P500 Grand Total: P8,250 Output Indicators The scenario or drill in the afternoon will test what they have learned in First aid and the cleanup drive in which they could apply what they have learned in proper waste management and waste segregation. Sustainability Plan Since I will make the Baranggay Captain of Baranggay Datu Saber Campo Ranao, Marawi city be my partner in my project, I could visit his office every month to have some updates on the projects sustainability. Date Submitted May 9, 2012
    • - 73 - LIMPIEZA NA CAWA-CAWA (CLEANLINESS IN CAWA-CAWA) BARREDO, CRISELINE T. Contextual Background Roseller T Lim Boulevard is one of the most popular boulevards in Zamboanga City; it is located in the heart of the city fronting schools, houses and a hospital. The said boulevard is frequently visited by locals and tourists, because of the view that it provides as the sun sets. The political situation is good and in fact the local government provided im- provements to the boulevard like a wider brick walkway and additional benches. Contextual Problems in the Community The R.T. Lim Boulevard is a home for a lot of people (fishermen, vendors, etc.) however, it continues to suffer degra- dation due to some undisciplined residents of Zamboanga City who leave or throw their garbage right at the beach- side. Community Needs Assessment The beach needs a coastal clean up to be able to bring back the glory of the Cawa-Cawa boulevard. And also having more garbage cans to be scattered all around the boundary would be a great way to keep the area clean. Rationale The coastal cleanup aims to keep the area clean because the pollution coming from the beach affects the health status of the people who live near the beach, of the students of the schools fronting the boulevard and so with the people of the hospital. Project Description The project ―Limpieza na Cawa-Cawa‖ is a environmental project that aims to have a clean and healthy environment for Zamboaguenos especially for the ones who resides in the area. It is also a way on how we could be able to let the people of the area know how important a clean environment is, thus, it also gives social awareness and responsibility to the participating team and to the people. Estimated Overall Project Cost P 4000.00 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be The project will be done in R.T Lim Boulevard locally known as Cawa-Cawa Boulevard. The community that sur- rounds the beach side is actually a slum area, schools and a hospital. The project will be done to be able to create a cleaner environment for the people of the area, especially the people of slum areas because having the beach side being polluted causes diseases to a lot number of the people in the area. Location of your own commu- nity: Pasonanca, Zamboanga City Location of the project communi- ty: R.T. Lim Boulevard Zamboanga City Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community Roman Catholic & Zamboangueño; Beneficiaries; (Christians, Lumads, Islam, Samas, Visayans, Chavacanos, Taga- logs.) Participating Organization/s Ateneo Peace and Culture Institute – Youth Solidarity for Peace – Zamboanga National High School West Supreme Student Government- ZNHS West (Tinig ng Kanluranin Publications)- Baliwasan SK- Schools Division Publication Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles Aldrin Abdurahim- YSP youth coordinator Aryx Ismael – APCI Director Emma Austero – SSG Adviser Cheryl Constantino- Tinig ng Kanluranin Adviser Josephine Almazar – ZNHS-West, Filipino Department Head Internal Strengths Networking, volunteers Internal Weaknesses Financial
    • - 74 - External Opportunities The project would be able to provide a clean and healthy environment External Threats Time may not favor some of the volunteers Vision A clean and healthy environment for the students, for the people of the nearby hospital and for the entire community. Mission To encourage the youth of different faith to be more responsible in environmental issues and let the people of the com- munity be socially aware and responsible also for the cleanliness of the environment. Goals The project itself would help sustain the needs of the people of the community because it provides a better environ- ment. Objectives * To have a clean environment * To help the people be more aware on issues of environment *To produce responsible citizens * To create a better understanding between the people of different faith Expected Output s (Concrete, touchable products) * garbage cans * Brooms *Published articles in local newspapers Framework UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS Article 25. (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to secu- rity in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circums- tances beyond his control. (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection Outcomes The people of the community will be more aware in keeping their environment clean and so with the youth, they will be responsible enough in taking good care of the beach sides. Garbage cans will be provided to the area so that people would not have reasons to just throw their trashes everywhere. There is also a continuous envi-campaign through pub- lishing articles in local and school papers. Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory 16-17 2 Implementation 7 and 14 3 Post-Conduct 4 Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Fi- nancial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Write a formal letter for the offic- es who would be a great help for the coastal clean up Criseline Barredo YSP Bond paper, printer & computer June 2, 2012 June 5, 2012 Letter of response 2 Planning stage with the partner organizations Criseline Barredo and Aryx Ismael APCI,YSP, ZNHS-SSG and Baliwasan SK Pens and papers and Logbook June 9, 2012 June 9, 2012 Agreed Par- ticipation
    • - 75 - 3 Organize a plan- ning committee who will work for the program prop- er. Criseline Barredo, Angelo Martinez, Isa Camille Venenciano YSP Pens and papers June 10, 2012 June 10, 2012 Attendance of the partic- ipating teams. 4 Meeting with the volunteers Criseline Barredo YSP Pens and papers and Logbook June 15, 2012 June 15, 2012 Attendance of the partic- ipating teams. Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Fi- nancial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Environmen- tal Journal- ism Work- shop Open- ing Program Criseline Barredo, Robert Basco, Aryx Ismael YSP, APCI, Tinig ng Kanluranin Letter of invitation June 16, 2012 June 16, 2012 Attendance of the partic- ipants and volunteers 2 Workshop Proper Criseline Barredo, Aryx Ismael, Claire Molina YSP, APCI Pens, papers June 16, 2012 June 16, 2012 Attendance of the partic- ipants and volunteers 3 Orientation for the Up- coming coastal Clean up drive Criseline Barre- do, Angelo Mar- tinez, Arwald Candido YSP, SK Pens and papers June 16, 2012 June 16, 2012 Attendance of the partic- ipants and volunteers 4 Giving of cleaning parapherna- lia Claire Molina Joxy Dela Cruz, Angelo Martinez YSP, SK Brooms, dustpans, garbage cans, garbage bags June 17 2012 June 17 2012 Attendance of the partic- ipants and volunteers 5 Coastal clean up drive Criseline Barre- do and the vo- lunteers YSP, SK, Tinig ng Kanluranin, APCI, SSG Brooms, dustpans, garbage cans, garbage bags June 17, 2012 June 17, 2012 Attendance of the partic- ipants and volunteers Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Fi- nancial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Evaluation on the Project Cris Barredo and Claire Molina YSP, APCI Pens, Liquidation of expenses of the coastal clean up August 4, 2012 August 4, 2012 Attendance of the Par- ticipating volunteers. Strategies of Implementation Before having the actual coastal clean up, there will be a seminar workshop on environmental journalism where in, the participants will be from the different high schools and they are part of their school publication, this workshop will teach them not just to write articles about their school but also to let the people be informed about how important envi- ronment is, if the participants of the workshop will have to go back to their schools, they will be able to write articles, stories that has something to do about environment. And also the articles of the participants could be published in some local newspapers and this will serve as a venue for envi-campaign. Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation
    • - 76 - Date July 14, 2012 Time 1 whole day, from 9AM to 4 PM Place Ateneo de Zamboanga University and R.T Lim Boulevard Time Activities Persons in Charge 8:00 AM Volunteers board ADZU School Bus Cris Barredo and Claire Molina 8:30 AM Arrival in R.T. Lim Boulevard (Prepare for the giving of the cleaning paraphernalia) Claire Molina Joxy Dela Cruz, Angelo Martinez 9:00 AM Opening Remarks Cris Barredo 9:30 AM Start of the Coastal Clean up Criseline Barredo and the volunteers 12:00-1:00 PM Lunch All Informal Discussion about the project Claire Molina and the volunteers 1:00- 2:30 PM Coastal Clean Up Criseline Barredo and the volunteers 2:30- 3:30PM Sharing of realizations Arwald Candido and the volunteers 3:30 – 4:00PM Prepare for Returning Home Judean Galvez and the volunteers Detailed Proposed Budget (Estimated Costs in Philippine Pesos) Items Source/s of Funding or Do- nor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Pencils 50 pcs 3 Pesos each 150.00 Bond paper 3 reams 150 each 450.00 Brooms 50 pcs 10 pesos each 500.00 Dust pans 10 pcs 50 pesos each 500.00 Garbage cans 15 pcs 70 pesos each 1, 050.00 Garbage bags 20 pcs 100 pesos per pack 200.00 Crayons 7 boxes 30 pesos each 210.00 Grand Total: 3, 060.00 Output Indicators Documentations will be done during the stages of the program. This will provide a better understanding on how actual- ly the project is going on. The published articles also of the participants could be use as proof of the project implemen- tation. Sustainability Plan For the sustainability of the program, the envi-campaign is continuous through the publications done by the participants informing the people of Zamboanga of having a clean and healthy environment. With the way of costal clean up, this will open the minds of the citizens that they should also be aware and be responsible of anything that they have to do for the betterment of their own society. Date Submitted May 7, 2012 LAHING PINOY, LARONG PINOY (FILIPINO GAMES FOR FILIPINO YOUTH) BELEN, ALEXIS E. Contextual Background (Explain in a few words the economic, social, political, and cultural situation in the Community where the project will be implemented) Davao City is the largest city in the Philippines and is known to be the main city in Mindanao. Mayor Inday Sara Duterte is currently the Mayor and while the city is under her lead, the city is in order. For the past years and past mayors had come, the city is still at its good condition. The past mayors did very well in promoting peace and or- der in the city. The sustainability of the projects is great and people in the community help in maintaining these projects. Davao City deals with a lot of projects mainly for development within the community. The Davao Sector of DOH is doing their job to provide health needs and health care for the unfortunates as well as giving health education.
    • - 77 - There are also community projects that deal with health. Davao City also deals with the DepEd and this organization provides the best and possible way to provide educa- tion to the unfortunate ones. Same with health, there are also a lot of projects for this aspect like giving lectures to the youth every Saturday. Davao City is a green community and most projects implemented in Davao are about the Environment. Lastly, Davao City is an urban area therefore the city nowadays deals with high technologies. In line with this the Philippine culture in some way is dying out. In this aspect, fewer projects are being implemented. Contextual Problems in the Community The people in the community are currently making the Philippine Culture endangered. There are still some people who have no idea in family planning which therefore leads to overpopulation in the area. As well as having a lot of youth wandering around the city because they have no family to be with. Same with family planning, health education is not well known and even if known, not used by the people. There are still some cases of death because of poor health, mostly in the youth group. The Ethnic tribe, Badjao is crowding the downtown area and begs for food and help. There are theft crimes in the community and the poor people and also the Badjaos are the ones who are pointed guilty about this, especially the youth. Unemployment Community Needs Assessment The community needs to be educated in terms of the Philippine Culture and as well as training them to preserve this through sharing their knowledge about this to other people especially the youth. The community needs to be informed about family planning and to have a family strengthening activity. Health education is also needed within the community. This includes sanitation of the community area. In some way, livelihood programs are needed. Rationale (Why do this specific project?) As a young child growing up in the Philippines, I remember a lot of interaction with peers, friends, relatives, and just other people in general. And one of those ways of interacting, or form of socializing, was through games--and in particular, traditional Filipino games. As time goes by, gone were the familiar faces and the familiar ways of the Filipino. Gone were the friends, cousins, and relatives. Gone were the birthday fiestas. Gone were the play-filled afternoons. Gone were the socializing and interaction. Gone was the sun. Gone was the Philippines. And now we look at Davao City as an urban place in which the city now goes with the high technologies therefore people tend to use such technologies and forget about the culture in which shows the true identity of the Filipinos. Because of the urbanization of Davao City, youth are the ones who are greatly affected. For the fortunate ones, they tend to use technologies than spending their time with their families and for the unfortunate ones; they tend to work than being with their families. The family relationship is poor. Lahing Pinoy, Larong Pinoy is a program that aims to lessen the problems that is stated within the community. This program promotes peace, preserves Philippine Culture and strengthens family relationship. Project Description In a few words, explain what project you will be doing: (1) relief, development or advocacy? (2) charity, participatory coalition work, doing social justice work together, or empowerment? (3) come-and-go, social entre- preneurial, or environmental? Lahing Pinoy, Larong Pinoy is a one day activity that deals mainly for Cultural Preservation, Peace Promotion and Family Relationship Development. In that one day duration, there would be different kinds of Pinoy games like Sipa, Patintero, Piko, Luksong Baka, Siato, Tumbang Preso, Paluan ng Palayok, Luksong Sako, Sungka at Takyan. These games would either be played as a family, by pair or individual; therefore through these games, family bonding could be streng- thened, religious boundaries could be lessen and in a way, Philippine culture could be preserved. These games could also empower the Filipinos especially the youth. There would also be a talk about ―Filipino Identity and Philippine Culture‖, ―Understanding Mindanao‖ and ―Family Plan- ning‖; these three talks are related to the three main purpose of this project. This project also integrates the 3 themes of PYLP which are ―Inter-Faith‖ (Muslim, Christian participants and volunteers); ―Inter-Generational‖ (Youth and Adult participants and Volunteers); and ―Inter-Ethnic‖ (Christianity, Badjao, etc. participants and volunteers). There would be 15 families as participants, 25 to 30 volunteers and 3 resource speakers. Estimated Overall Project Cost Php 10,000.00 (this includes Php 2,000.00 as the contingency fund) Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be (Community partners; how many are poor? working with the poorest of the poor; number of people and families in the community who will benefit from your project;
    • - 78 - positively affect women and minorities, aside from men and the majority?) In the community where I would be implementing my project, mostly are unfortunates and adults there are unemployed. Most youth in the community are out-of-school and most are just vagabonds. The family relationship is poor and these families here are in need of help. They were recently the victims of the most destructive flash flood in Davao City. They are still in need of basic needs especially shelter. Above all, they are in a pursuit of happiness. Location of your own community: 372 Sampaguita St., Juna Subd., Matina, Davao City, Philippines Location of the project community: Barangay Matina Crossing, 74-A Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community (Promotion of intergenerational, inter-ethnic, and interfaith relations). I am a Christian and an active youth leader and I would be dealing with variety of people in terms of age (youth and adults), religion (Christian, Catholic, Muslim), and ethnicity (Badjao, Christianity) Participating Organization/s (Name and short description of organization; age group; who are the volunteers & their ethnicities/gender/age/religion; how many are the volunteers?) 1. Philippine Women’s College of Davao High School Student Council: I am the president of this organization and this includes high school leaders that deal with the high school students‘ concerns; this org is also the head of all the high school club and class officers. This org handles situation regarding the high school students as a whole. The vo- lunteers age ranges from 13 years old up to 16 years old; a mixture of male and female and a variety of religions such as Catholic, Muslim, INC, Christian, Protestant, etc. 2. Barangay Hall (Barangay Matina Crossing, 74-A): This organization is the head of the community where I am going to implement my project. This organization would be one of my major partners throughout my project because this org is regarding anything that deals with the people within the community. 3. AFS Davao: this organization is full of youth leaders and volunteers. These people had also undergone trainings such as PYLP and are willing to serve. There is a mixture of ages, gender and religion. 4. Barangay Cultural Communities and Affairs Division: The Office has two sections, namely, the Administrative and the Operation. Under the Administrative Section are the Records and Correspondence Unit, Payroll and Leave Benefits, and Property and Supply Unit. The Operation section is composed of Barangay Youth Affairs Unit, Cultural Communities Affairs Unit, and the Special Program Coordinating Unit. These sections and their respective composing units are committed to execute instruction, programs, and projects of the City's Chief Executive. This is one of my ma- jor partners in terms of sponsorship and sustainability of the project. 5. National Commission for Culture and the Arts (Davao): is the overall policy making body, coordinating, and grants giving agency for the preservation, development and promotion of Philippine arts and culture; an executing agency for the policies it formulates; and task to administering the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA) -- fund exclusively for the implementation of culture and arts programs in line with the Medium Term Phi- lippine Development Plan for Culture and the Arts. 6. Red Cross Davao Chapter: First Aid Station is a station providing emergency care or treatment before regular medi- cal aid can be obtained. This is manned by Red Cross staff and volunteers who are trained in first aid and BLS-CPR. This may be set up during different events. Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles Joel A. Santes: Barangay Captain of Barangay Matina Crossing, 74-A Marcelito Alex M. Belen: Purok Leader Katrina Elloran: Moderator of the HSSC Christine Burunday: AFS Davao Chapter Coordinator Internal Strengths Commitment to the project Passion for the project Volunteers are trained to lead and in facilitating Volunteers have the knowledge about the project Networking, connections had been made Internal Weaknesses Lack of funding Lack of connections Less interest of the people in participating in the project; as well as lack of information of the people in the com- munity about the project
    • - 79 - External Opportunities Bridging the gap between the Muslim and the Christians Partner Organizations could be the one to sustain the project The project can be extended into other places in Mindanao and in the Philippines Modifications within the program system to be better External Threats Sudden stop of the support of the partner organization Failure of the project in terms of changing the program system Sudden stop of the interest of the families to join and Lack of volunteers to volunteer in the future Vision We envision the people in the community (1)to bring back their knowledge about the different kinds of Pinoy Culture and for them to share these learning to other people; (2)to promote peace within themselves and as well as t others especially the ones with different religion; and lastly is (3)to promote tight family relationship. Mission Our mission is (1) to supply the educational needs of the people in terms of Cultural Preservation, (2) to eradicate the boundary between the Christians and the Muslims, and lastly is (3) to strengthen the family relationship. Goals The goal of Lahing Pinoy, Larong Pinoy is to promote people that would be a model of a good family and be the media for Peace and Cultural Preservation. Objectives To be able to achieve the Lahing Pinoy, Larong Pinoy goal To be able to attain the program‘s theme (Inter-faith, inter-generational and inter-ethnic) To be able to do the mission of the program Expected Output s (Concrete, touchable products) To have permanent materials for the the program such as the recreational materials. To leave a book for each family that participated as a sign of remembrance and as a source of knowledge to where they would base their sharing in that book. To have a simple token of appreciation to the volunteers and to the sponsors. To be able to give at most two materials such as Sungka and Sipa ball as a way for them to continue the games they have encountered during the program. Framework (Go online, look for a quote specific article and paragraph of the national Constitution, United Nations Char- ter, or Universal Declaration of Human Rights) Article 27. (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, lite- rary or artistic production of which he is the author. Outcomes (Behavioral Results) To be able to promote the sense of consciousness about the religious matter among people within the community. To be able to promote the sense of care of the culture of the Philippines among the people in the community. To be able to promote strong family relationship. Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August 1 Preparatory X X 2 Implementation X 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Discuss project to my Alexis Be- len All papers regarding the project. May 21 May 21 Should be able to final- ize follow-up needs.
    • - 80 - father. 2 Have at least two meetings with the Brgy. Captain Alexis Be- len Barangay 74-A: Joel A. Santes - Letter - All papers regarding the project. May 22 May 25 Should be able to talk about the project prop- er. 3 Have an ap- pointment with the fol- lowing orga- nizational partners. Alexis Belen; Marcelito Alex Belen - Red Cross Davao Chapter - NCCA Davao - BCCAD - AFS Davao - PWC HSSC -Letters regarding the partnership - All papers regarding the project. May 28 June 1 Should be able to final- ize the partnership. 4 Regular meet- ings with the different vo- lunteers. Alexis Belen; Marcelito Alex Belen; PWC HSSC -Red Cross Davao Chapter - AFS Davao -PWC Class & Club Officers -Power Point Presen- tation about the project. -Handouts about the project -Papers and Forms June 4 July 14 Should be able to orient the volunteers and help prepare the materials needed. 5 Meeting with the Venue Organizer Alexis Belen; Marcelito Alex Belen People‘s Park -Letter of partnership -List of facilities needed for the project. June 4 June 5 Should be able to make reservations of the ve- nue and facilities needed. 6 Regular Meet- ings with the Brgy. Captain Alexis Belen; Marcelito Alex Belen Barangay 74-A: Joel Santes -All information about the project proper. (schedule for the pro- gram, partner organi- zations, list of volun- teers) June 4 July 14 Should be able to come up with final project plan. Includes the sche- dule, list of families, volunteers, materials needed and transporta- tion. Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Inform the people in the community about the project. Alexis Belen; Marcelito Alex Belen; Joel A. Santes; Brgy. Officials Barangay 74-A Officials and Volunteers Handouts July 1 July 19 To be able to inform the participants 2 Finalize the transportation rent and to arrange the schedule. Alexis Belen; Marcelito Alex Belen Davao City Jeepney Orga- nization Letter of Agreement July 9 July 13 To be able to finalize the agreement. Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organiza- tional Part- ners Material & Fi- nancial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Suc- cess 1 Provide a victory party for the Volun- teers Alexis Belen; Volunteers Volunteers Party needs August 4 Aug 4 The volunteers would feel the thankfulness of being part of the project 2 Have an eval- uation forms Alexis Belen; Barangay Offi- Volunteers; Brgy Offi- Evaluation Forms Aug 1 Aug 3 To be able to have an output of the evalua-
    • - 81 - to be given to the partici- pants cials cials tion about the project 3 Accounting of Expenses Alexis Belen; Marcelito Alex Belen Major Part- ner Organi- zation List of Expenses Aug 6 Aug 11 To be able to see the final output of the expenses. 4 To have an update about community. Alexis Belen; Barangay Offi- cials; Volunteers Aug 11 Aug 11 To be able to know if the community learned something from the project. Strategies of Implementation (For example: lectures, art work, tree planting, group discussion, workshop on how to write proposals, writing letters to public officials, etc.?) To have a regular update about the people within the community, the volunteers, the partner organizations and the Barangay captain. To have an orientation to the volunteers about the program. To have a group meeting and the agenda would be suggestions for the project and writing letters to the public of- ficials. To keep in track of the expenses and the cost of the materials needed. Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date July 21, 2012 Saturday Time 1 whole day, from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Place People‘s Park, Davao City Time Activities Persons in Charge 7:30 AM Departure Volunteers board 2 Rented Jeepneys with materials To be followed-up 8:00 AM Pick-up participants Families board 3 rented Jeepneys To be followed-up 9 AM Arrival at People‘s Park To be followed-up 9:15 AM Opening Remarks Orientation of the Day‘s Activity Alexis Belen To be followed-up 9:30-10 AM Calamansi Juice and Sweet Sticky Rice Snacks To be followed-up Entertainment PWC Dance Club 10 AM-11:30 AM A talk about ―Filipino Identity and Philippine Culture‖ and ―Understanding Mindanao‖ Speakers 11:30 AM – 12:30 NN Lunch: Distribute packed lunch To be followed-up 12:30 PM – 1 PM A talk about ―Family Planning‖ Speaker 1 PM – 5 PM 5 PM – 5:30 PM Start of Larong Pinoy Awarding and Closing Remarks To be followed-up To be followed-up Detailed Proposed Budget (Estimated Costs in Philippine Pesos) Items Source/s of Fund- ing or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Sipa ball 5 Php 60.00 Php 300.00 Chalk 5 boxes Php 35.00 Php 175.00 Sipa net 5 Php 150.00 Php 750.00 Siato sticks 3 Php 50.00 Php 150.00 Palayok 5 Php 85.00 Php 425.00 Long sticks 5 Php 50.00 Php 250.00 Sako 15 Php 10.00 Php 150.00 Sungka board 5 Php 200.00 Php 1,000.00 Takyan 5 Php 15.00 Php 75.00 Jeepney Rent (back and forth) 5 jeepneys Php 500.00 Php 2,500.00 People‘s Park Rent Php 2,500.00 Php 2,500.00
    • - 82 - Grand Total: Php 8, 275.00 Output Indicators (How do we know you have produced, used, or given away concrete products? Explain.) To be able to know that I have produced, used or given away concrete products is to have documentation about it. To take pictures that the product is being used or given away. Also is to keep receipts to have a proof of the production of the product. Another is to have a written output from the people who used these products. Sustainability Plan (How can the community be successful after you leave? How can the efforts continue when you are gone?) To have the project being sustained, I am going to tap an organization that could commit in sponsoring this project and also to make an organization to maintain this project. Date Submitted Example: May 7, 2012 EDUKASYON AT SINING (EDUCATION AND ARTS) CABUYOC, ORLAND C. Contextual Background The community was economically poor because people don‘t have job, sometimes they didn‘t aware some community programs initiated by the barangay instead they just depended to the help and services offered by the barangay for them. The Purok Officials also had the powers to lead on that community but sometimes they don‘t follow to their leaders be- cause they don‘t feel that they were inferior. And since the community was called Purok Islam, most of the residences were dominated by the Muslims and 1% Christian. Contextual Problems in the Community Most of the people don‘t have work and irresponsible No proper hygiene, don‘t observe cleanliness and orderliness in the surroundings Children were involved petty crimes, drugs and other juvenile delinquency activities. Most of the children and other youth were not sent to school because of poverty and lack of family support in- stead they just selling plastic bag at the public market. Increasing of Illiteracy rate Many youth had potential in terms of skills and talents but they just ignored. Community Needs Assessment The community needs assessment in observing cleanliness and orderliness to their surroundings, family orientation in how they discipline their child and themselves even in providing opportunities to them. In connection to my project proposal, community needs assessment also in terms of education and encouraging those potential youth. Rationale I want to pursue this literacy program: Edukasyon at Sining to my chosen community because of the bad image of the contextual situation on this community especially writing and reading proficiency and encouraging potential individuals to showcase their talents by the use of arts that‘s why I want them to learn somehow on how to count, to read and to write, and give the opportunity for the talented one to expose themselves through cultural presenta- tion. Project Description Development and advocacy Participatory coalition work and empowerment Estimated Overall Project Cost Php 10,000- 15,000 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be My community and the community where the project will be were a contrast even though this both communities were squatter areas still they were different because the standard of living in our community was an average that indicates that most of the people had their own source of living and actively participated in any community and social activities while in the other community, economically, they were poor since most of the people don‘t have work and other‘s income were not enough to sustain their needs, and as you rate the family that out of 10 family, 8 family were poor. Both communities were diverse in terms of ethnicities that our community was dominated by Christians who were Cebuano‘s, B‘laans and others
    • - 83 - while my partner community was dominated by Muslims who were Maranaos, Maguindanaons and others. Location of your own community: Tinago Purok 9-B, Barangay South, 9500 General Santos City, Philip- pines Location of the project communi- ty: Purok Islam, Barangay South, 9500 General Santos City, Philippines Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the people in Project’s Community I am a Roman Catholic in faith and a Cebuano. The people in the Project‘s Community mostly Islam in faith and different ethnicity of Muslim such as Maranao and Maguindanao. Participating Organization/s Islamic Studies Student Society- school organization; youth and adult; students from Mindanao State University, Tausug, Maranao, and Maguindanao/both male and female/19-32 yrs. old/Islam; 6 volunteers Catholic Youth Ministry- religious organization; youth ; both students and professionals serving in our church, Ilocano, Bisaya or Cebuano, B'laan, Waray, Pampangenos, Tagalog, Filipino- Chinese/both male and female/13- 25 yrs. old/Roman Catholic; 6 volunteers Sining Parola Ensemble (Theater Group)- non-profit organization; youth; students and professional, Tagalog, Ilo- cano, Muslim, B‘laan, Cebuano/male and female/15-27 yrs. old/Roman Catholic, Islam, Iglesia in Cristo; 5 volun- teers Barangay, SK and Purok Officials- government officials; youth and adult; students and professionals elected as officials in our community, Muslim, Christian/male and female/16-35 yrs. old/Roman Catholic, Iglesia in Cristo, Islam; 12 volunteers AFS Alumni ( Gensan Chapter)- non-profit organization; youth and adult; students and professionals who were the program before by the AFS, Muslims, Christians, Indigenous people/male and female/14-30 yrs. old above/ mostly Roman Catholic and Islam; 5 volunteers Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles The participating adults on my project are Mrs. Hadija Suib Odoya (AFS Socsargen Coordinator), Mrs. Arlene Amparado (CYM Adviser in GKK level), and Hon. Alvin Veneracion (Barangay Captain of Dad South), Mr. Tom Aquino (Sining Parola Ensemble Founder), Mr. Bernard Morales (Purok Chairman). Internal Strengths The internal strength of this project is that there‘s a lot of volunteers who are willing to give their services without expect- ing returns and all volunteers have enough knowledge and well trained regarding on the context of my project. Moreover, to the total support of the barangay and purok officials in sustaining this one and this program are also involved intercul- tural, intergenerational and participation in all ages especially in arts. Internal Weaknesses The internal weaknesses of this project are: (1) people don‘t cooperate and some parents won‘t cooperate that they will not allow their child to join this program. (2) There might be a problem in the implementation of the project because of the other activities and stuff that may interfere. (3) The unavailability of other volunteers due their schedule in schools and works. (4) Security threat in the community. External Opportunities Through this project, it provides an avenue to promote mutual understanding and had inter-ethnic and inter-cultural unity and understanding between the interaction of the volunteers to the participants despite of the differences of the cultures, religions and ethnicities still we can make a difference. External Threats The external Threats of my project is that may cause any destruction to academic matters for volunteer students, destruc- tion to working patters to the volunteers who worked and for the participants may don‘t have the time for household chores. Vision ―Edukasyon at Sining‖ project envisions a knowledgeable, equipped community that promotes mutual understanding, lea- dership and encourage potential individuals. Mission ―Edukasyon at Sining‖ project aims to create mutual understanding among Christians, Muslims, Indigenous People and other ethnicities and who are competitive into the life if the mainstream culture through the learning they gained about this project. Goals This project aims to achieve mutual understanding among different cultures and ethnicities, adapt friendly environment, and a competence community in terms of reading and writing proficiency. Also in exposing talented ones through cultural presentation.
    • - 84 - Objectives To promote mutual understanding among different cultures and ethnicities To educate them basic learning or basic education (to write, to read, to count) To encourage potential individuals to showcase their talents through arts Expected Output s 1. Documentation reports that contains pictures, hardcopies, score, activity sheets, results and other outputs of the project. 2. Cultural presentation and other artworks. Framework Article 26. (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally availa- ble and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of re- spect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the mainten- ance of peace. (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children. Article 27. (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, lite- rary or artistic production of which he is the author. Outcomes By the end of this program, the expected outcomes will be the ff: Out of 30 participants, 28 will knew how to count, to read and to write basic teachings The youth were able to build their self-confidence to showcase their talents through the arts. All participants were empower and able to create their own activity for the development of their own community There will no discrimination among ethnicities instead peace and understanding Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory X X 2 Implementation X 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: The goal for this stage is to develop a preliminary steps in developing comprehensive and sustainable projects and the starting plan for the implementation of the project. # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Presentation of the said commu- nity project and dissemination of information at the same time orientation about this program. Orland C. Cabuyoc AFS Socsargen Hard copy for the action plan June 9, 2012 June 10, 2012 Successful dissemination of information of the said community projects to the SK and Barangay and even to the Purok Offi- cials. And the community where the projects will be and to the different organ- izations were informed. 2 Invitation and orientation to the different organi- zations who will Orland C. Cabuyoc, Maam Jang Odoya and Philippine Youth Associa- tion of the Phil- ippines, AFS Papers for invitation letter. June 16, 2012 June 17, 2012 Many of them will re- spond and became volun- teers for the said project.
    • - 85 - volunteers for the said pro- gram. Mary Grace Tomis Socsargen 3 Preparation for the action plan or and making an activity list for the duration of the activities Orland C. Cabuyoc, Abdul Rhas- sul Mapandi, Alvin Vene- racion and Shara Villa- sante Islamic Student Society, SK and Barangay Papers and pen June 16, 2012 June 17, 2012 There will be concrete activities and particular schedules had made for the whole duration of the project. 4 Solicitation and find for donors Orland C. Cabuyoc, Arlene Am- parado Catholic Youth Ministry Solicitation Letters June 23, 2012 June 24, 2012 Many were respond to solicit for the materials needed 5 Budgetting for the all expenses including the materials needed Tom Aquino and Arlene Amparado Sining Parola Ensemble, SK and Barangay Papers and pen July 29, 2012 July 29, 2012 There will be a fair pro- portion budget intended for specific thing 6 Buying of the materials needed Orland C. Cabuyoc, Tom Aquino Replican, Sin- ing Parola En- semble Check list, money June 30, 2012 July 1, 2012 All the materials needed were complied Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: The goal for this stage is to implement and to apply my community project to my chosen community. Also to give an opportunity to involve the people on such this social and community activities. # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Presentation of the participants and the same time welcome ceremony and orientation Alvin Vene- racion, Ma- am Jang Odoya Office of the Barangay Cap- tain, AFS Soc- sargen Microphone, Speaker, Name Tags, Markers, Chairs, Tables and Boards July 9, 2012 July 9, 2012 Clear understanding to the objectives of this project and the partici- pants were well presented to everybody 2 Designation of the participants to the volunteers Orland C. Cabuyoc, Maria Riza Catholic Youth Ministry Checklist July 9, 2012 July 9, 2012 Participants were well designated to the volun- teers based on their level of proficiency 3 Distribution of the foods and school supplies that will given to the participants Shara Villa- sante Office of the Sangguniang Kabataan, PYAP Foods, Food Trays, Juice Containers After session time After session time The participants were actively participated to every sessions and activi- ties 4 Daily attendance Abdul Ma- pandi Islamic Student Society Attendance Sheets, pens Before sessions Before session There will be 100 percent attendance to the volun- teers and to the partici- pants 5 Cultural Presen- tation Tom Aquino Sining Parola Ensemble and Replican Props and costumes, make-ups, microphones, speaker July 24, 2012 July 24, 2012 Participants will build self confidence in showcasing their talents 6 Graduation Cer- Hanna Dapit AFS Socsargen Certificates, July 25, July Successful ceremony for
    • - 86 - emony Chairs, tables, foods. Speaker, microphones 2012 25, 2012 the graduation of the par- ticipants Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: The goal of this stage is to evaluate how sustainable and effective the project, and needs to improve. # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Evaluation through survey- ing on their con- dition after the program Orland C. Cabuyoc, Keisha Mer- cado AFS Socsargen Evaluation sheet and pens August 4, 2012 August, 2012 Positive result of evalua- tion and had some im- provements to the partici- pants 2 Compilation of the documents and accom- plishments Orland C. Cabuyoc, Sheena Sa- bornido Philippine Youth Associa- tion of the Phil- ippines Bond papers, inks, folders August 4, 2012 August 4, 2012 Complete compilation of all the documents needed for the presentation of the accomplishments of the project 3 Presentation of the evaluation of the project Orland C. Cabuyoc Philippine Youth Leader- ship Program Compilation of the evalu- ation and other docu- ments, fold- ers August 11, 2012 August 11, 2012 Successful result and ef- fective project that was implemented. Strategies of Implementation The project will implement through lectures, sessions and workshops regarding arts by having art works and cul- tural presentation. Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date Example: July 9, 2012 Time Example: 3 days, from 8 AM to 5 PM Place Example: Purok Islam, Barangay Dadiangas South, General Santos City Time Activities Persons in Charge 8:00 AM Welcome Ceremony and Presentation of the participants Alvin, Orland 9: 00 AM Snacks Andrea, Maria & Bob 9: 30 AM Morning session All volunteer 12: 00 Noon Community Lunch Sir Marlon 1: 00 PM Energizer Orland Afternoon session Sir Jason 3: 45 PM Workshops on Arts Tom 5: 00 PM Home Sweet Home Alex Detailed Proposed Budget Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Pencils Solicitation 30 6 pesos each 180.00 Crayons Solicitation 30 20 pesos/box 600.00 Papers Solicitation 30 20 pesos/ream 450.00 Bond Papers Solicitation 1 150 pesos/ream 150.00 Pentel Pen Solicitation 5 40 pesos each 200.00 Ball Pen Solicitation 30 5 pesos each 150.00 Bag Own Funds 30 50 pesos each 1,500 Notebooks Solicitation 30 15 pesos each 450.00 Attendance book Solicitation 2 50 pesos each 100.00
    • - 87 - Chalk Solicitation 2 50 pesos each 100.00 Foods Own Funds 3 2,700 pesos/day 8,100.00 Other Expenses Solicitations 3,020.00 Grand Total: 15,000.00 Output Indicators Output Indicators may as follow: The goals and objectives were achieved without lapses and we met our set expectations through the changes hap- pened in the community. Spontaneous of passing of learning that every participant shares his/her learning to others. They created a Theater group that could express their voices, emotions and thoughts. Daily Documentation, report and other paper works regarding to the improvement and effectiveness of the project. They learned how to count, to read, to write. Sustainability Plan The sustainability of the plan may depends to the institutionalization of the project through the collaborative services of the different organizations and works together by the SK and Barangay Officials especially to the monitoring by the Purok Officials who are near to that community and of course to the cooperation of the people. Date Submitted Example: May 9, 2012 TREASURES IN PLASTICS (TIP) CANDIDO, ARWALD Contextual Background Barangay Taluksangay is located 19 kms. East of Zamboanga City‘s commercial district- it was in this village where the first Islamic culture was introduced in 1885. It was also in this village where the first Islamic Mosque was constructed. In the past only Muslims lived in this small village of Taluksangay. In this new millennium, Christians and Muslims live and mingle in this community even though the majority of the population is Muslim. Contextual Problems in the Community Education has been one of the main problems in Taluksangay. Due to inadequate resources and increasing commodi- ties, there are a lot youth who are deprived to go to school that is why there is an increase of out-of-school youth in the community. Most specially, it has been in their mindsets that once you finished high school then it is already the end of your education life and you can already have your own family. Also the community produces bulk of garbage that produc- es pollution to the environment and sickness to some family. Community Needs Assessment 1. alternative livelihood through plastic trash 2. a clean and healthy environment Rationale Every youth has the right to go to school but because of increasing problems of poverty not all families can afford their children to go to school. Although public school is present which serves the less fortunate, some of the families can‘t provide what the school requires. The project is created to help the youth and their families to have a livelihood for their basic needs and can therefore help the family to send their children to school. The project chose plastic trashes which will be converted into bags which will be a greater source of income to the family and can lessen the garbage in the communi- ty. Project Description The project is designed is designed to improve the depressed condition of the community in Zamboanga City. By having the proper skills and knowledge in converting plastic garbage into usable bags, this project can give a sustainable source of livelihood. As act of goodwill, the family would be given relief goods, clothings, and educational materials for their child- ren. Estimated Overall Project Cost 11,000 pesos Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be
    • - 88 - Location of your own com- munity: Tugbungan, Zamboanga City Location of the project communi- ty: Taluksangay, Zamboanga City Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community I am a roman catholic and a true zamboangeno. The religion and ethnicity of the people in the community are Muslim and Catholic and they are Tausug, Chavacano, and Bisaya. Participating Organization/s 1. Ateneo Peace and Culture Institute (APCI) 2. Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) 3. SACSI Ateneo de Zamboanga 4. Rotary Club Zamboanga 5. AFS Zamboanga 6. Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP) Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles 1. Mr. Aldrin B. Abdurahim- Executive Secretary, Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace 2. Mr. Aryx Ismael- APCI Director, Ateneo de Zamboanga Internal Strengths Partner organizations are willing to help and participate for the conduct of the project, funds are always available, sustain- able project concept Internal Weaknesses Availability of time of the volunteers External Opportunities Can link to other project partners, can be featured in the local TV‘s and newspapers External Threats Availability of time of the beneficiaries, the community partner will take it as a doll-out Vision To alleviate the lives of the people in Taluksangay, Zamboanga City, in providing a livelihood program that will cater the poor people by having a quality bags out of plastics. Mission To provide adequate entrepreneurial skills to the community partners for a sustainable livelihood program. Goals To conduct a training and enhance one‘s artistic talent to produce a quality bags. Objectives 1. To provide a training to identified community partners by June 2012 2. To Expected Output 1. to have 100 recyclable bags for sale 2. transfer of skills to beneficiaries for entrepreneurial endeavors 3. hands-on experience in the business Framework THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS Article 23. (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection. (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests. Outcomes (Behavioral Results) 1. To strengthen the community involvement in utilizing the trash materials into a valuable bags. 2. To proliferate the awareness to the people in the neighborhood to replicate this program. Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory X X 2 Implementation X
    • - 89 - 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Finan- cial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Community research/ Interview of the fami- lies Arwald Candido Peace Advocates Zamboanga Writing materials and transportation fare June 5, 2012 June 9, 2012 2 Selection of participat- ing families Arwald Candido APCI, Peace Advocates Zam- boanga, Rotary club None June 12, 2012 June 12, 2012 3 Creating letters of sup- port Arwald Candido None Printing and papers June 13, 2012 June 13, 2012 4 Dissemination of letters Arwald Candido None Transportation fare June 14, 2012 June 14, 2012 5 Collection of financial support Arwald Candido AFS Zamboanga, PYLP 9 Zamboanga, YSP Transportation fare June 15, 2012 June 22, 2012 6 Collection of plastic garbage Arwald Candido AFS Zamboanga, PYLP 9 Zamboanga, YSP none June 25, 2012 July 7, 2012 7 Collection of some do- nation (i.e uniforms, shoes, notebooks, canned goods, rice, clothings Arwald Candido APCI, AFS Zamboanga, PAZ Php. 500 July 28, 2012 July 7, 2012 Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Gather Volunteers and se- lected persons that would join in the implementation of the project. Transportation Arwald Candido SACSI, PAZ, AFS Zamboanga, YSP Transportation vehicle: Php.500 July 13, 2012 July 13, 2012 2 Orientation of the process on how to utilize the recyc- lables Arwald Candido SACSI, PAZ, AFS Zamboanga, YSP None July 14, 2012 July 14, 2012 3 Conduction of training for the youth Siblings of every families Aldrin B. Abdura- him SACSI, PAZ, AFS Zamboanga, YSP Laptop, mate- rials for the activities, Snacks: 2000 July 14, 2012 July 14, 2012 Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Part- ners Material & Financial Re- Begin Date End Date
    • - 90 - sources Needed 1 Coordination with the local barangay council and SK monitoring purposes Arwald Candido Barangay office of Ta- luksangay and SK unit of Taluksangay None July 15, 2012 July 15, 2012 2 Make regular report update for the following week upon the progress of the project Arwald Candido SACSI, Rotary, Baran- gay office of Taluksan- gay and SK unit of Ta- luksangay Recording book July 16, 2012 August 16, 2012 and so on Strategies of Implementation 1. Ask the Barangay Office to know the different families that are qualified and quantifiable for the project. 2. To encourage the families to be part of the project. I will explain to them the benefits of the project to their lives and the income generating it entails. 3. Moreover, I will give relief goods, school supplies, uniform, etc. to them and to their children to urge and encour- age them to participate in the project. Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date July 14, 2012 Time 1 whole day, from 8 AM to 5 PM Place Taluksangay, Barangay Hall Time Activities Persons in Charge 7:00-8:00 Gathering; preparation for transportation Arwald Candido, Criseline Barredo, Claire Molina 9:00-10:30 Opening program Aldrin Abdurahim 10:30- 11:30 Start of livelihood training Jan Marie T. Luna 11:30-1:00 LUNCH BREAK 1:00-3:00 Continuation of the livelihood training Jan Marie T. Luna 3:00-4:30 Distribution of relief goods, school sup- plies, certificates Arwald Candido 4:30 End of implementation Detailed Proposed Budget Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Needles U.S. Dept. of State; Rotary, Solicitation 50 1 Peso each Php.50.00 Yarn U.S Dept. of State, solicitation and 100 Php.20/unit Php.2,000.00 Garbage sacks U.S Dept. of State, solicitation and donation 30-50 Php.23/ unit Php.1,150.00 Scissors U. S Dept. of State, solicitation and donation 30 Php.15/unit Php.450.00 Snacks U. S Dept. of State, solicitation and donation Not yet identified Not yet identified Php.2,000.00 Transportation U. S Dept. of State, solicitation and donation 2 400 Php.800.00 Misc. ex- penses U. S Dept. of State, solicitation and donation 1000 Php.1,000 Grand Total: Php.7,450 Output Indicators 1. At least 50 recyclable bags that are made 2. Commitment to the project Sustainability Plan 1. Since the Barangay Council and SK unit of Taluksangay is involved in the project, then these people will be mon- itoring and sustaining the process of the project. 2. The Rotary club may also tap them some establishments wherein they could sell the loam soil, hence generates money, which will greatly help the youth and his family and would establish a financial activity for the family. Date Submitted May 9, 2012
    • - 91 - GREEN MOUNTAIN, PEACE FOUNTAIN: PEACE AND ENVIRONMENT IN OUR HANDS A TREE PLANTING AND CLEAN-UP OPERATION DAIL, MORENA E. Contextual Background The province of Tawi-Tawi is also a melting pot of various cultures. People of different faith, social class, and ethnicity, coexist here. Among the provinces in ARMM, Tawi-Tawi shows the highest rate of peace and order. However, the problems of Tawi-Tawi such as land pollution, water pollution, and environmental problems have taken their toll among those especially who live in absolute poverty. Also, youth empowerment through community involvement is not that evident. Contextual Problems in the Community In recent times, environmental problems which may lead to unprecedented natural calamities, and waste manage- ment or sanitary/cleanliness sustainability, have been the order of the day in the province of the lone district of Tawi-Tawi. Also, the participation of the youth in community involvement activities is not that evident – unity without the barriers of class, faith, and ethnicity should still be strengthened. Thus, these cankers should be given solution even in simple meas- ures. Community Needs Assessment Realization of the community on the importance of environmental awareness, cleanliness, and Mt. Bongao Strengthening the mutual cooperation among people of different religion, ethnicity, and class Rationale The project will help the people in the community to develop their sense of responsibility in taking care of the environ- ment and to preserve not just the bounty essence of Mother Nature, but also to strengthen the ties of interfaith, intercultur- al, and inter-generational relationships among themselves. Sanitary and clean-up operations shall also be stressed to max- imize the efforts in sustaining the cleanliness of the community, and to stress the active involvement of the youth in such activities. Project Description Project Title: Green Mountain: Peace Fountain Theme: ―Peace and Environment in Our Hands‖ (A Tree Planting and Clean-Up Operation) “Green Mountain: Peace Fountain” is an environmental project which covers a one-day clean-up and tree-planting oper- ation at Bongao, Peak, Bongao Tawi-Tawi to be held on the 15th of July, 2012. The project and its advocacy shall not only focus on the rehabilitation and reforestation of Bud Bongao alone, but also that of the entire Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. Estimated Overall Project Cost P5000.00 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be The project will be implemented in Mt. Bongao, Brgy Pasiagan, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi which is five kilometers away from the community of the aforementioned participant – Barangay Tubig Boh, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. Location of your own community: Kalye Bisaya, Barangay Tubig Boh, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi Location of the project community: Mt. Bongao, Barangay Pasiagan, Bon- gao, Tawi-Tawi Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community My Religion: Islam My Ethnicity: Zamboangueno, Cebuano, Tausug, etc. Religion of the People in the Project‘s Community: Christianity, Islam, Roman Catholicism, Buddhism, Protestants, Lumads, etc. Ethinicity of the People in the Project‘s Community: Tausug, Zamboangueno, Cebuano, Ilocano, Sama, Tagalog, Ma- ranao, Badjao, Kadazan-Dusun (Malaysia) Participating Organization/s Name of Participating Depart- ment/Agency/Organization Description of the Department/Agency/Organization Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR Tawi- Tawi) - Sub-organization of the executive department of the Philippine government responsible for governing and supervising the exploration, development, uti- lization, and conservation of the country's natural resources.
    • - 92 - World Wildlife Fund Philippines (WWF-Tawi-Tawi) - A Non-Profit Organization dedicated to the conservation of the wildlife, en- dangered species, and the world's most precious natural places Office of the Civil Defense BaSulTa - A government organization working together with the community and gras- sroots stakeholders for the peace and economic growth of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. Philippine National Red Cross Tawi-Tawi Sub-chapter - Sub-chapter of the Philippine National Red Cross, a humanitarian organiza- tion dedicated to saving the lives and uplifting the dignity of Filipinos all over the country Unified Successors for Change (USC) - A Non-Governmental Organization which envisions to exemplify excellence through leadership and advocacy among the Tawi-Tawian youth. D‘ Special Monitoring Association Reaction Team - Radio Team and Communication Network Group of Tawi-Tawi Upsilon Mu Chi Fraternity and So- rority - Fraternity and Sorority which aims to build friendship, camaraderie, and lea- dership among the youth Student Advisory Board (MSU Science High School) - sister organization of the Student Supreme Council or MSU -Science High School Municipal Government (Bongao, Tawi-Tawi) - One of the municipal governments in Tawi-Tawi spearheaded by Municipal Mayor Hji. Jasper S. Que Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles Mr. Jun Dail– Liaison Officer, Office of the Civil Defense BaSulTa, (Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi) Mrs. Reynarie Enriquez-Dail – Owner, R.E.D. Tutorial Center Mr. Rajik Iku – Vice President, D‘ Special Monitoring Association Reaction Team Mr. Roberto delos Santos – Member, D‘ Special Monitoring Association Reaction Team Mr. Al-Khaizer Ibrahim – President, Unified Successors for Change Mr. Raja Lakandula Aming – Member, Unified Successors for Change Ms. Diana Amilasan – Chapter Head, Red Cross Tawi-Tawi Ms. Fatima Jamad - Nurse, Red Cross Volunteer - Staff, World Wildlife Fund - Staff, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Nursiba Dionga – Principal, Filipino Teacher - MSU Science High School Internal Strengths Motivated staff and volunteers that are committed to civic engagement and community service Linkages with organizations with the same advocacy Supportive agencies Internal Weaknesses uninterested community residents Non-participative Barangay officials, insufficient funds lack of equipments, lack of funding agencies External Opportunities Linkages with other government and non-government agencies with the same advocacy Environmental awareness among youth and the people and civic engagement Endorsement of community project through partner organizations External Threats Possible rain and other unexpected weather conditions not suited for the conduct of the activity Attendance of participants for personal gain (snacks) Maintenance and sustainability of the community project Vision ―To have a cleaner and greener Bongao where people live in harmony without the barriers of social class, faith, ethnicity, and origin.‖ Mission
    • - 93 - To raise awareness among groups of people about environmental issues. To stress the importance of ecological waste management and cleanliness To promote inter-ethnic, interfaith, and intergenerational understanding among the youth and the people Goal To promote reforestation programs for the benefit of everyone Objectives Gather at least forty volunteers or participants to the said project To clean the surrounding area of Barangay Pasiagan To plant at least 110 seedlings; both exotic and indigenous Empower the youth to engage on developmental projects for the environment Expected Output s Action plan that will be submitted to the PYLP 9 program and partner organizations Attendance and participation of volunteers before, during, and after the implementation of the community project. Certificate of Attendance, Participation, and Appreciation to the participating agencies and organizations Documentation report through pictures, and if possible videos, that will be submitted for the Philippine Youth Lea- dership program and the partner organizations. Sustainability Plan for the community project Framework The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 29. (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possi- ble. (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society. (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations. The Constitution of Philippines PRESIDENTIAL DECREE No. 1152 Subject: PHILIPPINE ENVIRONMENT CODE Section 28. Management Policy. -- The national government, through the Department of Natural Resources, shall establish a system of rational exploitation and conservation of wildlife resources and shall encourage citizen participation in the maintenance and/or enhancement of their continuous productivity. PRESIDENTIAL DECREE No. 856 December 23, 1975 CODE ON SANITATION With the advance in the field of sanitation in recent years, there arises the need for updating and codifying our scattered sanitary laws to ensure that they are in keeping with modern standards of sanitation and provide a handy reference and guide for their enforcement; Outcomes Cooperation, leadership, volunteerism, and active participation of the people in the community People will have heightened awareness on peace with the environment, respect for diversity and nature, interfaith and intercultural engagements and the value of life Camaraderie and solidarity towards achieving environmental awareness among the youth Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases May June July August 1 Preparatory X X 2 Implementation X 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage:
    • - 94 - Community working to solve its own problem. Link opportunities with certain organizations with the same environmental advocacy # Action Plan Lead Person Organiza- tional Part- ners Material & Finan- cial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Interview for the upcoming commu- nity project Mrs. Babylyn Kano-Omar DXGD and Radyo Natin Free May 28, 2012 May 28, 2012 Personal Statement of the People 2 Meeting with the Commission on Muslim Filipinos for the environ- mental project Morena E. Dail National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Snacks Action Plan May 30, 2012 May 30, 2012 Attendance 3 Meeting with DENR and WWF Staff Morena E. Dail, Jun T. Dail DENR and WWF Snacks Action Plan June 8, 2012 June 8, 2012 Attendance 4 Meeting with par- ticipating Organi- zations Morena E. Dail, Jun T. Dail USC, D‘SMART, Red Cross, OCD, UMC Snacks Action Plan June 24, 2012 July 9, 2012 Attendance 5 Re-Echo of PYLP 9 Experiences and Sharing of Com- munity Project Morena E. Dail, Midzfar Omar MSU Science High School Action Plan, As- sessment July 3, 2012 July 3, 2012 Attendance and Participa- tion Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: Establishment and Implementation of Community Project through Participation # Action Plan Lead Person Organiza- tional Part- ners Material & Finan- cial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Purchasing and Gathering of Needed Materials Jun T. Dail OCD, Red Cross Resources for Activity July 10, 2012 July 12, 2012 Appearance and atten- dance 2 Organizing an environmental seminar DENR Staff DENR, WWF - July 15 2012 July 15, 2012 Appearance and participa- tion, Attainable 3 Encouraging the volunteers and community resi- dents to partici- pate Reynarie Enriquez Dail USC, SAB SHS - July 14, 2012 July 14, 2012 Participation on activities 4 Coordinate in- volve government and non govern- ment agencies Morena E. Dail OCD - July 14, 2012 July 14, 2012 Appearance and participa- tion 6 Conduct the Tree Planting and Clean-Up Activi- ty Al-Khaizer Ibrahim Involved Agencies and Organizations - July 14, 2012 July 14, 2012 Attendance
    • - 95 - Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: Gather additional data for another environmental activity plan Organizing plans to sustain the community project # Action Plan Lead Person Organiza- tional Part- ners Material & Financial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Distribution of certificate of ap- preciation to the participating agencies Morena E. Dail OCD Basulta Certificates Paper July 16, 2012 July 16, 2012 Personal Appearance Attendance 2 Follow up meet- ing with the offi- cials and key per- son in the com- munity and feed- back on the pro- gram Jun T. Dail D‘SMART Evaluation sheet and feedback sheets July 28, 2012 July 29, 2012 Attendance 3 Meeting with volunteers for the sustainability of the community project Al-Yahszdar Irahani Red Cross Tawi-Tawi Documenta- tion report Action plan July 31, 2012 July 31, 2012 Attendance 4 Mural Painting Contest on Envi- ronmental Awareness Jun T. Dail OCD Basulta Art Resources Sept. 24, 2012 Sept. 24, 2012 Attendance, Participation Strategies of Implementation Environmental Seminar, Lectures, Clean-up Operation, Tree Planting Activity Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date July 15, 2012 Time 1 whole day, from 9 AM to 5 PM Place Mt. Bongao, Barangay Pasiagan, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi Time Activities Persons in Charge 7:00 AM Preparation of Materials to be Used Mr. Jun Dail, Mr. Rodelito Panganiban, and Al-Yahszdar Irahani 8:30 AM Environmental Seminar DENR Staff 10:30 AM Brunch Time Morena E. Dail 11:15 AM Boarding Jeepney from the Area of Assembly (Meeting Place) Mr. Aizen T. Knaik 11:45 AM Arrival at Barangay Pasiagan Mr. Jun Dail 12:00 PM Welcome speech Mrs. Reynarie Enriquez Dail 12:10 PM Key note speech by DENR, WWF, and Red Cross Volunteers DENR, WWF, Red Cross Volunteers 12:40 PM Key note speech by Morena E. Dail Morena E. Dail 12:50 PM Tree Planting and Clean-up Operation Proper Mr. Al-Khaizer Ibrahim 1:20 PM Distribution of Seedlings, and Other Resources Mr. Jun Dail 1:30 PM Start of Clean-up and Tree Planting Operation (Mountain Climb- ing Starts) Mr. Jun Dail 4:00 PM Distribution of Certificates of Participation Morena E. Dail and Mrs. Reynarie Enriquez-Dail 5:00 PM Board Jeepney to Return Home Mr. Rajik Iku Detailed Proposed Budget Items Source/s of Funding or Number of Unit Cost P Subtotal
    • - 96 - Donor/s Units 00.00 Meeting/Environmental Seminar - Posters/Leaflets DENR/WWF 20pcs 50.00 1000.00 - Visual Aids 20pcs 10.00 200.00 - Tarpaulin Grant 1pc 850.00 850.00 - Certificates of Attendance Office of the Civil Defense 50pcs 11.00 550.00 - Laptop/Projector Office of the Civil Defense 1 Laptop/1 Projector --- --- Clean-up Operation - Stick Brooms Grant 10pcs 15.00 150.00 - Dustpans SAB Officers 10pcs 65.00 650.00 - Empty Sacks/Garbage Bags SAB Officers 5pcs 10.00 50.00 - Litter Pick Sticks SAB Officers 5pcs 100.00 500.00 Tree Planting - Jackfruit Seedlings DENR 60 seedlings --- --- - Mahogany Seedlings DENR 50 seedlings --- --- - Shovels PNRC Tawi-Tawi 4pcs 900.00 900.00 - Water for Plants Municipal Government 2 gallons --- --- After-Program - Bottled Drinking Water Municipal Government 5 cases 15.00 1800.00 - Snacks Municipal Government --- --- --- - Certificates of Participation and Appreciation Grant 65pcs 20.00 1300.00 - Transportation/Jeepney Fare Grant 60 people 40.00 per head 2400.00 Grand Total: 5200.00 (Grant & Contingency Fund) Output Indicators The project output indicator may include the following: (1) a complete documentation or terminal report (2) well-defined monitoring and feedback giving mechanism in place. (3) youth involvement in environmental activities (4) the objectives and goal are met Sustainability Plan The sustainability plan of this project rests on the support and active participation of participating agencies and organiza- tions. A new organization shall therefore be founded by the PYLP 9 participant and active volunteers, with the support of the Youth Affairs Tawi-Tawi to maximize the efforts of sustaining the project, be it environmental, sanitary, leadership, or peace projects. The organization shall therefore be called DREAMS which stands for Dynamic Repositioning of Empo- wered Aspirants and Motivated Students upon whose action shall address the concerns of the community and shall stress the youth involvement in community activities. Date Submitted Example: July 14, 2012 LEARNING IN PEACE AND DIVERSITY (LIPAD): YOUTH FUN DAY! DELA CRUZ, JOHN XYRIOUS Q. Contextual Background Zamboanga City is a semi-urban place that is economically stable despite the continuous power outages that occurred in the last two months. It is a melting pot of various ethnic tribes and cultural groups. Though dominantly populated by Christian communities, the presence of Muslim communities and Indigenous people make the city a culturally diverse lo- cation in the Western Mindanao archipelago. In Barangay Talon-Talon, it is one of the few barangays dominated by both
    • - 97 - Christians and Muslims. The said community has been recently spared from the ongoing family feud or ―rido‖ on its near- by barangay. For the past 4 months, quite a number of crimes relating to murder had occurred within the place. But at the present situation, the local government is now able to contain it and the place is now back to its normal day to day life. The people living in Talon-Talon are mostly composed of the middle class up to the poor families. Most of the poor people in the place are fishermen and farmers. Contextual Problems in the Community Poverty is very much evident in the said community. A lot of poor people are living along the shores and are engaged in fishing wherein they receive little compensation to sustain and provide the basic needs of their families. Though the local government is now able to contain the situation regarding the ongoing clash and violence between and among families, there are still some crimes that occurred in the place and most of these crimes are not related to the family war, such as stealing and homicide. The presence of out-of-school youths and children in the barangay is also a growing problem. Be- fore, quite a number of students quit going to school because of the escalating violence but now, it has increased, not be- cause of the conflict but because of the implementation of the K+12 Program. Because of not being able to enter school, they just helped their parents by looking for jobs, such as ―kargadors‖ of containers of dried fish from the warehouse to the cargo trucks. And sad to say, these kids have no time for play and leisure, which is a basic human right along with having a proper education. Community Needs Assessment There is a need for us to look into the issue as to why children engage themselves into work and labor at such a young age. They should be in school, studying and learning new things, having some time of leisure and fun with other children of various age and ethnicity. In a conflict and poverty ridden community, child labor and having no time for play and other team building activities is a common scenario, however, such issue, if left unaddressed, will really affect the society and will reflect as to how empowered are the youth and the children of the community are. Rationale ―Played and watched by people from a variety of social backgrounds, [sports] has an educational and socializing effect that makes it an ideal vehicle of intercultural dialogue and social integration,‖ (Gasparini, & Cometti, 2010). Indeed, sports can serve as an avenue for cultural exchanges via interaction and communication with a whole lot of people coming from dif- ferent cultures and ethnicities. The main objective of this workshop is to promote intercultural dialogue and cultural ex- changes through sports, teambuilding activities and cultural presentation. It is important for us to give the children a clear view of how essential it is to set aside our differences and to look for common goals and similarities and sports and team- building activities can be the starting point of developing these positive concepts into the mindset of the children, which of course, are the hope of the future. Project Description Learning in Peace and Diversity (LIPAD) Program: Youth Fun Day is a recreational participatory event that comprises of a mini-sports festival, teambuilding activities and a mini-cultural presentation It aims to advocate intercultural, interfaith, inter-ethnic and intergenerational exchanges through sports and other fun and enjoyable teambuilding activities. At the same time, its mini-cultural presentation is an instrument that showcases intercultural exchanges between and among vari- ous ethnicities. The project is a one whole day event that will be participated by 25children/youth aged 10-15 years old along with their parents/guardians. In the said project, the children/youth are exposed to building friendship and camarade- rie, developing the values of sportsmanship and humility and showcasing ones cultural backgrounds, dances and songs through the cultural presentation. Estimated Overall Project Cost P 7,024 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be I lived in Zamboanga City, a city better known as the City of Flowers and as Asia‘s Latin City. Known to be the City of Flowers highly because the word Zamboanga came from the Malayan word “Jambangan,” which means garden of flow- ers. On the other hand, it is known as Asia‘s Latin City because of its rich cultural practices and beliefs that are evidently of Spanish and Mexican influences. It is one of the most important cities in the Western Mindanao archipelago, with the busiest ports in the said region and the third largest city in the Philippines. I specifically lived in Barangay Tetuan, the largest and probably the wealthiest barangay in Zamboanga City. Barangay Talon-Talon is a nearby barangay of Tetuan. One can reach Talon-Talon proper in just 10-15 minutes. In the said barangay, 30% of its land area is for farming activities, 10% are for salt bed purposes while the remaining 60% are allo- cated for residential. Talon-Talon is very nearer to the coastline wherein most of its citizens engaged in seaweeds and fish- pond farming. The population in this place comprises mostly of Christians, Muslims and Protestants of varying ethnicities. The target audience of this project is 25 children/youth aged 10-15 along with their parents.
    • - 98 - Location of your own community: Barangay Tetuan, Zamboanga City Location of the project community: Barangay Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community I am a Roman Catholic by faith and a Visayan by ethnicity. The people in the community are composed of Muslim and Christian families. Composed of ethnic groups like Tausug, Sama, Badjao, Maranao and Chavacano. Participating Organization/s Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP), American Field Service (AFS) Zamboanga Chapter, Amnesty International Zamboanga, Ateneo Peace and Culture Institute (APCI), Social Awareness and Community Service Involvement (SACSI), El Consejo Atenista, Muslim Student Association, ADZU Varsity Club, BSAC 2nd year students, Beacon News Magazine, El Fuente Publications, PeaceWorks Publications Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles Aldrin Abdurahim (Coordinator, YSP), Adzhar Madjid (President, AFS Zamboanga Chapter), Francis Marcial Jr. (Coordi- nator, Amnesty International Zamboanga), Cecile Simbajon (Officer, APCI), Celine Verallo (Director, SACSI), Adriel Earl Toribio (President, El Consejo Atenista), Mr. Rogelio Buenvenida (Director, Athletics Office), Kelvin Culajara (Edi- tor-in-chief, Beacon News Magazine) and Mark Cabillo (Editor-in-chief, El Fuente Publications), Criseline Barredo (Edi- tor-in-chief, PeaceWork Publications) Internal Strengths The organizer has already been exposed to various teambuilding activities and cultural presentations. The organizer also has an inclination towards sports as he was a member of the varsity club/team before. Aside from that, the volunteers are one of our key strengths and will be the arms and the legs of the project. Since quite a number of youth and civic-oriented organizations will be of service, a pool of volunteers will also be of great help in making the project successful. Internal Weaknesses The organizer may find some difficulties in the allocation of time for implementation of the project, primarily because he has to balance his time in his studies and academic requirements, commitments to his respective organizations and the im- plementation of his project. Aside from that, lack of commitment from partnering organizations and volunteers may also arise, since these organizations are somewhat busy in their own respective advocacies. (e.g. SACSI will be busy for SIMO (Social Involvement Month), El Consejo Atenista might be busy in preparation for the Centennial Celebration of ADZU, etc.) External Opportunities The local barangay or even the local government unit along with some non-government organizations (specifically those who are inclined to sports and the arts) may be attracted to giving possible support for the LIPAD Program which will be of great help not only for the expansion of the project but most importantly, the sustainability of the project once the orga- nizer is gone. External Threats Since this is the first time that the organizer will implement the LIPAD Program: Youth Fun Day, there may be difficulties in convincing the children/youth and their parents to participate in the said project for normally, some people tend to be hesitant while some are pretty much busy on doing their jobs even during weekends as to provide something for their families. Aside from that, security is also an issue in such a way that crimes and other unfortunate events or incidents are very much unpredictable and might affect the implementation of the project. And lastly, lack of support from the local barangay can also be seen as a threat to the project, since the event will be conducted in the Barangay Sports Complex or Barangay Basketball Courts, nonetheless, the organizer has prepared a back-up plan if ever the local barangay will not allow the organizer to use such amenities for the implementation of the project. Vision LIPAD Program: Youth Fun Day Project envisions a community wherein the children/youth live up to their rights to play and engage themselves in recreational activities that will seek to develop their skills and potentials and at the same time develop and build strong relationships with other children/youth of varying ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds and heritage. Mission LIPAD Program: Youth Fun Day Project aims to empower the children/youth to engage in an interfaith, inter-ethnic and intercultural exchanges and interactions with others despite the differences in ethnicity, race, religion and beliefs. Aside from that, the project also aims to uphold the right of the children/youth for play and leisure, thus advocating the use of recreational and cultural activities to empower the children/youth in a creative and fun approach. Goals and Objectives LIPAD: Youth Fun Day Project‘s goals and objectives are:
    • - 99 - For Mini-Sports Festival and Team Building Activities: To promote camaraderie and rapport among the children/youth. To inculcate discipline among the children/youth. Engaging ing sports and recreational activities will discourage them from pursuing vices such as drugs, smoking, gambling and drinking. To develop healthy competitions amongst the children/youth. To understand the value of sportsmanship. Accepting defeat is a sign of humility and maturity, which will then enable them to bounce back triumphantly but still having their feet close to the ground. To educate to them the value of teamwork, not only in sports and team building activities but also in their every- day lives. To develop and promote intercultural, inter-ethnic and interfaith exchanges through interacting, communicating and building friendship among children/youth of various ethnicities and religion. For Mini-Cultural Presentation: To promote and celebrate cultural arts, songs and dances to enjoy and deepen community life. To utilize these cultural arts, songs and dances to advocate and develop a better understanding of having a diverse culture in our community and in our country. To preserve and safeguard the rich cultural traditions and arts of the community for the purpose of sharing them to the next generation. To instill awareness on the part of the youth/children that highlights the beauty, richness and diversity of their re- spective cultures and ethnicities. Expected Outputs By the end of the LIPAD: Youth Fun Day Project, the following are the expected outputs to be seen: Documentation – it contains pictures of the events and activities participated by children/youth together with their parents during the course/actual implementation of the project and at the same time, pictures taken during the preparatory/pre-conduct stage as well as in the post conduct stage of the project. These pictures will be then arranged into a scrapbook. Video Presentation – it contains the cultural presentations performed by the youth/children, of course, taken with the approval of their parents/guardians. Press Release – the said project will be featured and published in the Beacon News Magazine (Official School Publication of the ADZU) and hopefully in the local newspapers such as Zamboanga Times and Zamboanga To- day. Framework UN Convention on the Rights of the Child The UN Convention on the Rights of the child is an international treaty that sets out universally accepted rights for child- ren. It is a benchmark against which a nation‘s treatment of its children can be measured. It brings together in one compre- hensive code the benefits and protection for children hitherto scattered in a variety of other agreements, including the Dec- laration of the Rights of the Child adopted in 1959 Article 31 of the UN Convention That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts. That member governments shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activ- ity. Article 30 states that ―children of ethno-cultural minorities, or of indigenous origin, have the right to enjoy their own cul- ture, which would include their own forms of play/recreation.‖ Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 27. Everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancements and its benefits. PHILIPPINE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8044: Youth in Nation-Building Act Section 2: (c.) Is about the ―encouragement of youth involvement in character-building and development activities for civic-
    • - 100 - efficiency, stewardship of natural resources, agricultural and industrial productivity, and an understanding of world eco- nomic commitments on tariffs and trade and participation in structures for policy-making and program implementation to reduce the incidence of poverty and accelerate socioeconomic development; (d.) Mobilization of youth‘s abilities, talents and skills and redirecting their creativity, inventive genius and wellspring of enthusiasm and hope for the freedom of our people from fear, hunger and injustice. Outcomes The participants of the LIPAD: Youth Fun Day will develop into themselves the values of teamwork and sportsmanship. Aside from that, their awareness with regards to the diverse cultures and ethnicities promulgated by the mini-cultural pres- entations will also be developed, along with the acceptance and tolerance of such differences of the other cultures in rela- tion to their own. The participants will also developed into themselves interfaith, inter-ethnic and intercultural dialogue through the interactions, communications and friendships that they shared and experience with others of various culture, religion and ethnicity. Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory June 14-30 July 01-10 2 Implementation July 21 Sat 3 Post-Conduct August 1- 31 Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: To carefully plan and prepare the project to ensure that it will be implemented on time and will be successful and at the same time to make sure that implementation of the project will be organized and syste- matic. # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Review Action Plan Myself APCI and El Consejo Ate- nista Printing 06-14 06-16 Revised action plan 2 Write letters for commitment and cooperation to part- ner organizations Myself APCI Printing 06-16 06-20 Printed letters 3 Disseminate the let- ters Myself APCI Printing and fare 06-21 06-23 Letters are sent 4 Follow up of the letters Myself APCI Fare 06-25 06-28 Confirmation of the person/s and organization/s concerned 5 Set an appointment to meet with the par- ents of the partici- pants Myself APCI Fare 06-17 06-18 Time and date of appointment is set 6 Meet with the par- ents and invite par- ticipants Myself APCI Fare, Snacks 06-23 06-25 Parents‘ approval of the project and to get their child- ren involved, temporary list of participants‘ names 7 Gather the re- quired/needed num- ber of volunteers Myself MSA, APCI, AFS, YSP, El Consejo Ate- nista, Varsity Club, SACSI, AI Printing, Load for text and call 06-16 06-20 Printed list of confirmed vo- lunteers 8 Organize respective committees Myself APCI Printing, Load for text and 06-21 06-23 Printed list of organized com- mittees with respective func- tions and duties
    • - 101 - call 9 Assign members and chairpersons into respective commit- tees Myself APCI Printing, Load for text and call 06-24 06-25 Printed list of organized com- mittees with respective heads and members 10 Begin preparatory work/s Myself Volunteers (YSP, AFS, APCI, El Con- sejo, MSA, Varsity Club, SACSI, AI) Snacks 06-25 07-06 - Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: To get the children/youth involved in the mini-sports festival, team build- ing activities and mini-cultural presentations along with their parents and for the children/youth to enjoy time for play, learning and leisure. # Action Plan Lead Person Organiza- tional Part- ners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Registration and Team As- signments Myself and BSAC Stu- dents APCI and MSA Colored papers, pens, tapes, bond papers, printing 07-21 07-21 Organized registration and par- ticipants are assigned into their respective teams 2 Opening Pro- gram BSAC Stu- dents YSP and AI Sound sys- tem 07-21 07-21 Program started and ended in time 3 Part 1: Mini- Sports Festival Varsity Club AFS and SACSI Volley- balls/basket balls 07-21 07-21 List of winners for each sports/games played by the par- ticipants 4 Lunch Myself APCI and SACSI Food, spoons, forks, cups plates and trash bags 07-21 07-21 Everyone has already eaten their lunch 5 Part 2: Team Building Activ- ities Myself and BSAC Stu- dents AFS, MSA and AI Mats, ropes, balls, 07-21 07-21 The participants are able to ac- complished all team building activities 6 Snacks/Break BSAC Stu- dents APCI and YSP Straws (juice), trash bags 07-21 07-21 Everyone has already eaten their snacks 7 Mini-Cultural Presentation Myself and BSAC Stu- dents APCI, AFS, MSA, AI and YSP Sound sys- tem, Video Camera 07-21 07-21 Video documentation of the Mini-Cultural Presentation 8 Awarding of winners and distribution of certificates Myself APCI and AFS Certificates, tokens, 07-21 07-21 Every participants have been given certificates 9 Home sweet home Myself AFS, APCI, MSA, YSP, Varsity club, AI, BSAC Fare and transporta- tion/s 07-21 07-21 Cleaning up trashes and safely reaching ADZU Main Campus Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: To proposed the said project to the Sangguniang Kabataan Council for its sustainability, to compile a series of documentation for future use and reference. # Action Plan Lead Organiza- Material & Fi- Begin End Evaluation of Success
    • - 102 - Person tional Part- ners nancial Resources Needed Date Date 1 Compilation of documentation for the scrap- book Myself and BSAC Students AFS, AI, YSP, APCI, El Consejo, MSA and Varsity Club Colored papers, colored pens, markers, recycla- ble accessories, glue, scissors, tapes, printing of pictures, beads, strings, stickers 07-28 08-04 Finished output of the scrap- book 2 Editing and CD burning of Vid- eo Clip (Mini- Cultural Pres- entations) Myself and BSAC Students AFS Laptop, CD/s 07-25 07-28 CD containing the Video Clip of the Mini-Cultural Presentation 3 Publishing of an article about the project and its implications and contribu- tions Myself Beacon News Mag- azine, Peace works and El Fuente Publications Laptop/PC 07-23 - Published and featured article in school and local newspa- pers 4 Proposed the project to the SK Council for sustainability Myself APCI, YSP, AFS and El Consejo Printing of propos- al 08-01 - Approval of the Sangguniang Kabataan Council of the project Strategies of Implementation (For example: lectures, art work, tree planting, group discussion, workshop on how to write proposals, writing letters to public officials, etc.?) The LIPAD: Youth Fun Day will be using sports festival, team building activities and cultural presentations as its strate- gies for the effective implementation of the project proposed. Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date July 21, 2012 Time 1 whole day, from 8 AM to 5 PM Place Sports Complex, Barangay Talon-Talon (Plan A) or Talon-Talon Elementary School (Plan B) Time Activities Persons in Charge 7:00 AM Volunteers meet and gather at the ADZU waiting sheds and check if all materials are com- plete Joxy Dela Cruz and Vanessa Lou Oga 7:30 AM Departure Volunteers will board 3-4 jeepneys/1-2 school buses Geomar Zandueta and Joxy Dela Cruz 8:00 AM Arrival Setting up of registration tables, sound systems, tarpau- lins and other materials Joxy Dela Cruz and Mrs. Cecile Simbajon 8:15-8:50 AM Registration and Team As- signments Faida Nur Iddiris and Mrs. Cecile Simbajon 9:00-9:30 AM Opening Program begins – Opening Remarks Joxy Dela Cruz and Mr. Francis Rodolfo Marcial Jr. 9:35-11:50 AM Part 1: Mini-Sports Festival Volleyball, basketball, patintero, sipa, piko Mr. Rogelio Buenvenida, Bren-Mar Nooh, Emman Almano, Paulo Toribio, Danielle Carnacete 12 Noon – 1 PM Lunch! Kaye Anne Enriquez, Loren Delena, Elvee Gregorio, Agot Santos, Bryan Linhua, Jillian Zabala 1:00-2:30 PM Part 2: Team Building Knot tying, GTKY game, Past the message Julius Appeludin, Geejay Paculdo, Kristelle Pampora, Moniva Edding
    • - 103 - 2:30-3:00 PM Snacks and change outfit Elvee Gregorio, Agot Santos, Bryan Linhua, Jillian Zabala 3:00-4:00 PM Part 3: Mini-Cultural Presenta- tion Cultural dances, songs, dra- mas, role plays and musical instruments Adzhar Madjid, Mrs. Cecile Simbajon, Mr. Francis Rodolfo Marcial Jr. and Joxy Dela Cruz 4:00-4:45 PM Awarding of winners and cer- tificates and closing remarks Vanessa Lou Oga, Angel Bucoy, Joshua Dumpit and Glin Egos, Mrs. Cecile Simbajon 4:45-5:00 PM Preparation to leave, cleaning up, pack up and arrange mate- rials Joxy Dela Cruz, Vanessa Lou Oga and Glin Egos 5:00 PM Departure Volunteers will board 3-4 jeepneys/1-2 school buses Mr. Francis Marcial, Julius Appeludin, Adzhar Madjid Detailed Proposed Budget Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Colored papers 4 packs 15.00 60.00 Colored marker pens 2 sets 25.00 50.00 Scissors 4 pieces 7.00 32.00 Glue 4 small bottles 12.00 48.00 Ball pens 5 ball pens 10.00 50.00 Bond papers 3 packs 20.00 60.00 Mats 20 medium-sized - Ropes 25 pieces 7.00 175.00 Volleyball 2 pieces 50.00 100.00 Basketball 2 pieces 60.00 120.00 Tarpaulin 1 piece 120.00 120.00 Beads 1 pack 15.00 15.00 Colorful Strings 1 pack 10.00 10.00 Scotch tape 3 pieces 8.00 24.00 Fun Chum Juice 75 pieces 8.00 600.00 Sandwich 75 pieces 10.00 750.00 Pack Lunch 75 pieces 40.00 3000.00 Bottled water 75 pieces 10.00 750.00 Refresh Juice Drink 75 pieces 8.00 600.00 Transportation/Fare - 150.00 150.00 Trash bags 20 bags 4.00 80.00 Small balls 10 pieces 9.00 90.00 CD burning - 50.00 50.00 CD 2 pieces 15.00 30.00 Scrapbook accessories 2 packs 30.00 60.00 Grand Total: P 7024.00 Output Indicators The compilation of the documented pictures into a scrapbook and the CD video clip of the mini-cultural presentations are in itself the concrete output indicators that will justify the success or the failure of the proposed community project. Sustainability Plan Upon leaving the community, the organizer along with his partnering organizations will try to set an appointment and to meet the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Council of Barangay Talon-Talon and proposed to them this particular community project be implemented by the SK Council in the concerned community. If ever the organizer failed to reach an agreement with the local SK Council of Talon-Talon, he may opt to appeal and approach the SK Federation Council of Zamboanga City to reconsider such proposal. Date Submitted Example: May 08, 2012
    • - 104 - SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: KAPAYAPAAN, MULA SA SIMPLENG KABUHAYAN (PEACE FOR A SIMPLE LIVELIHOOD) GALVEZ, JUDEAN GRACE Contextual Background - Zamboanga City is located at the southwestern part of the Philippines, and is located at the southernmost tip of Zam- boanga Peninsula. - Accordingly, the city of Zamboanga is highly urbanized and is the major economic center of Mindanao in terms of commerce, trade, health services, financial institutions and educations. Its economy is mostly on agricultural and aqua cultural products. It exports products such as- rubber, pearls, processing centers via land, air and sea. Zamboanga is one of the wealthiest cities in the Philippines. - The City of Zamboanga often partner with foreign cities through Sister Cities International, an organization whose goal is to ―promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation". Sister cities interact with each other across a broad range of activities, from health care and education to business, culture and arts. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zamboanga_City#Foreign_relations) - According to statistics compiled by the Philippine government, the most dominant religion in the city is Christianity with 73% of the population adhering to the faith. The majority of Christians are Roman Catholics with minorities of Protestants and Orthodox Christians. The remaining 27% percent belongs to other non-Christian faiths such as Budd- hism and Islam. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zamboanga_City#Geography) - However, even if Zamboanga is highly urbanized, wealthy and the like, there are still a lot of visible problems that can be seen in its communities like the lack of livelihood, high crime rates (1,757 of the 3,155 total crimes registered in 2011 were index crimes, while the remaining 1,398 were non-index crimes), security, education, health, and etc… Contextual Problems in the Community - Many families don‘t have their enough/ stable livelihood and worst some of them really don‘t have livelihood - Some commit petty crime just to have something to eat - There is gap between the Christian and Muslim members of this community - Lack of programs that can empower the potentials of the people in this community to be productive Community Needs Assessment - Livelihood that is sustainable - Education (As to how they are going to start the business) - Improve their productivity - Poor interaction between the people of different culture and or faith Rationale - Melas drive, San Roque is one of the slow progressing communities in Zamboanga City. A lot of the people living there are with no fix income generating activities. They don‘t have enough money to sustain their family needs which sometimes cause them to commit petty crimes. - This community is composed of people from diverse culture and faith. But there are more Muslims than Christian. Ac- cording to some of the members of that community, there are a lot of rambles that happen because of misunderstanding from different parties. With these phenomena, gap due to diversity is visible. - Thus, the project entitled ―Social Entrepreneurship: Kapayapaan, Mula Sa Simpleng Kabuyan‖ is a very good way to address these existing problems. With this program, the participants will be taught how to do business/ marketing which can sustain their livelihood. With everybody in that community having a good livelihood, there will be no reason of steal- ing, and doing other petty crimes which, of course, trouble other people. - Another thing is that, doing this project would help people bridge their gap. They will have the opportunity of interacting with each other with open heart, thus they will begin to see not their differences but instead their commonalities. These will be a good way to strengthen the camaraderie and the bond amongst the people of that community. Project Description - ―Kapayaan, mula sa simpleng kabuhayan‖ is a social entrepreneurship project the aims to give the people of that community a decent livelihood for them to earn with. The project team will give them a kit filled with yarns, bead, strings and other stuffs needed to finish a product. This will be their starting material ―capital‖ for their mini business. - Aside from teaching the participants how to make different kinds of bracelets, they also be taught how, when and where to market their products. They will be taught by the skilled and efficient accountancy and business administra- tion students on how they are going to start a business (strategies, capitals, revenues, profits, etc…) In this way, they cannot only do and sell bracelets, but they can also try marketing other products that would add up their profit. - This project seek to empower the people of that community
    • - 105 - - Another thing is that, this project would help strengthen the relationship of the diverse members of that community through interacting with each other. Estimated Overall Project Cost P 8,500.00 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be - The project will be implemented in Monte de Gracia, Melas drive, brgy. San Roque, Zamboanga City. Majority of the people living in that community are Muslims (about 65%) and approximately 35% are Christians (Roman Catholic, Protes- tants, Baptist, Mormons, etc…) The people living in that community are also from different ethnicities like Zamboangue- no, Tausog, Maranaos, Bisaya, Tagalog, Malaysian, etc… - The people living here experience scarcity in livelihood. Their economical status is low. Location of your own community: Casa Saavedra Subd., Tetuan, Zamboanga City Location of the project community: Melas Dr., San Roque, Zamboanga City Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community I am a Born Again Christian (Protestant) by faith and Zamboanguena/Batanguena by ethnicity. And the ethnicity and reli- gion of the people within the project‘s community is diverse (but there are more Muslim people in that community- about 60-70%). Participating Organization/s - Sangguniang Kabataan Federation is a governmental organization that aims to empower the youth. It seeks to bring out the voice of young people and to address the problems concerning them. The age group of this program is approx- imately 15 to 19; The members‘ ethnicity, religion, gender and age is diverse. - Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP)/American Field Service (AFS) chapter is an organization that produces versatile leaders to be catalysts for change; The age group of this program is mainly 15 to 35; The volunteers‘ ethnici- ty, religion, gender and age is diverse; The number of volunteers from these organizations are approximately 100. - Ateneo Peace Culture Institute is one of the offices in Ateneo de Zamboanga University that works on people outside the school. They seek to promote peace amongst people of different culture, beliefs, faith, etc…; The age group of this office is 20 to 40 years old; The employees‘ ethnicity, religion, gender and age is diverse; There 5 people working on this office. - Center for Community Extension Service is again one of the offices in Ateneo de Zamboanga that works community service. They provide students an avenue to work for their community or other communities as well. The age group of this office is 20 to 40 years old; the employees‘ ethnicity, religion, gender and age are diverse; There 5 people working on this office. - Accountancy Academic Organization (AAO) is an organization that is composed of Accountancy, management ac- countancy and accounting technology students who are efficient in the field of Management and Accounting. AAO is an expert in conducting activities related to this field; the age group of this organization is 16 to 25 years old; The members‘ ethnicity, religion, gender and age is also diverse; There are approximately 1300 members. - Management Academic Organization (MAO) is an organization that is composed of Business Administration, Legal Management, Office Administration students that are efficient in the field of Business and Marketing. MAO is also conducting a lot of activities that are related to this field (seminars, fairs, competition, etc…); the age group of this or- ganization is 16 to 25 years old; the members‘ ethnicity, religion, gender and age is also diverse; There are approx- imately 1400 members. - Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP) is a youth organization in Zamboanga City that is concerned in building peace amongst the youth. This organization facilitates different activities regarding peace and solidarity (in partnership with the Peace Advocate Zamboanga); The age group of its members is about 13 to 25 years old; The members‘ ethnicity, religion, gender and age is, of course, diverse. Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles -Mr. Bernard Clememente – San Roque Barangay Captain -Ms. Joanna Mas – SK federation Chairman -Ms. Charlyn Regalado – San Roque SK Chairman -Mr. Aryameir Ismael– Director of Ateneo Peace Culture Institute -Ms. Loreta Sta Teresa – Director of Center for Community Extension Services -Mr. Aldrin Abdurahim – Head of Youth Solidarity for Peace -Mr. Angelo Enriquez – Governor of Accountancy Academic Organization -Ms. Milarose Barraca – Vice- governor of the Accountancy Academic Organization Internal Strengths - The partner organizations are rich in human resource
    • - 106 - - The members of Accounting Academic Organization and Management Academic Organization of the Ateneo de Zam- boanga are skilled in business and marketing field - We have many connections with other organizations (networking) - The organizations that will be involved are skilled in implementing projects - Availability of venue Internal Weaknesses - Lack of support from the local government units - Lack of funds - Availability of some materials - improper time management External Opportunities - Income generation - To form an organization for Muslim and Christian members of that community - To destroy the wall that separates the Christian and Muslim members of that community. External Threats - Resistance of the members of that community to participate - Unavailability of the facilitators during the dates of the implementation Vision - To envision a God-fearing community with all its citizen of diverse culture and faith having a strong relationship amongst each other. - All the families in the community will have a livelihood or any income generating activities which is enough to sustain their living. Mission - To promote an innovative way of starting a business/livelihood through creativity and simple skills. - To bridge the gap between Muslim and Christian members of that community through interaction. - To raise the ―mamamayan‘s‖ level of productivity Goals - To empower the members of that community - To promote unity amongst people of diverse culture and religion - To lessen the petty crime rates Objectives - To promote unity amongst people of diverse culture and religion - To give the members of the community the knowledge on how to market their finish products. - To teach the members of the community how to do friendship bracelets, beaded bracelets, and other Types bracelets. Expected Outputs - Documentation *Pictures and videos - News Article - Bracelets to be sold Framework Article 25. (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, in- cluding food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his con- trol. (http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/) Right livelihood is a way of life and a vocation. Right livelihood also means accepting and sharing responsibility for the preservation of life on this planet. Humankind as a whole is facing in a unprecedented and dramatic manner the hazards of total destruction. 40 years ago, a few months after the signing of the United Nations Charter in San Francis- co, the explosion of atomic bombs over Japan with their immensely devastating effects demonstrated the terrible and fatal dimensions of the atomic age. Today strategies are being designed for the militarization of outer space and we are being warned that we find ourselves at the edge of perhaps the most far-reaching military threshold since the begin- ning of the atomic age. Precious as the notions of peace and justice may be and will be the keyword now is the very basic notion of survival. (http://www.rightlivelihood.org/van_boven_speech.html)
    • - 107 - Rights to Livelihood & Entrepreneurship Micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners, vendors and others who are selfemployed – operating at varying degrees in the informal economy and outside of formal legal regulation and protection, lacking adequate access to the advan- tages of formal business and financial support systems – contribute significantly to the economy in many countries. But informality is often linked to legal and political vulnerability, which can limit opportunities for economic and so- cial development at both the individual and community levels. Rights and protection required to support self- employment, start businesses and become a micro-entrepreneur – as derived from existing rights, including political, civil, economic and social ones – are essential for the livelihoods of the poor An effective legal system, local govern- ment institutions and services that are more open, accessible, accountable and have legitimacy, are key for a more in- clusive society and empowerment of the poor. (http://web.undp.org/legalempowerment/focus_entrepreneurial_rights.shtml) Outcomes - By the end of this project, the participants would already know how to do the different kinds of bracelets. - The participants will already know how to market their ―bracelet‖ products (which is also applicable to other products as well) - The Muslim and Christian participants would learn how to interact and communicate with people of different culture and faith. Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory X X 2 Implementation X 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: - To make a comprehensive and extensive plan for the said program - To be able to coordinate with partners well - To be able to acquire enough resources (Human, materials; tangible, intangible) - To be able to plan for the itinerary of the program day # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organi- zational Partners Material & Finan- cial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Suc- cess 1 Prepare a power- point presentation regarding the de- sired project to be implemented Judean Grace Galvez APCI Laptop June 4 June 4 Comprehensive pres- entation 2 Set-up a meeting with the barangay captain of San Ro- que Jerald Vicencio Local Govern- ment Unit of San Roque Phone load June 6 Within June 6-8 Allowing me to have a personal meeting 3 Meet and talk per- sonally with the barangay captain Judean Grace Galvez Local Govern- ment and SK feder- ation- San Roque Letter of support from PYLP and a short powerpoint presentation of the project‘s overview June 9 June 9 Approval of the project by the baran- gay captain 4 Coordinating with the partner organi- zations- (Following up their confirma- tion) nd looking for volunteers Judean Grace Galvez, Criseline Barredo PYLP/AF S and YSP Letter of support from PYLP and a short powerpoint presentation of the project‘s overview and the help that we need from them June 13 June 16 The organizations and volunteers con- firmed their ACTIVE participation in the program
    • - 108 - 5 Set-up a meeting with the AAO‘s and MAO‘s leaders Arwald Candido and Ju- dean Grace Galvez PYLP, AAO, MAO Phone load June 19 June 19 Accept the meeting 6 Meet with the Ac- countancy Aca- demic Organiza- tion‘s and Man- agement Academic Organization‘s Governor and Vice governor for the marketing and business interactive lecture Judean Grace Galvez and Ar- wald Can- dido PYLP, AAO, MAO Letter of support from PYLP and a short powerpoint presentation of the project‘s overview and the help that we need from them June 20 June 20 Commitment to faci- litate the interactive lecture on marketing 7 Planning for the materials that will be needed for the said program (food of the speakers, kit (yarns, beads, string,etc..), trans- portations, para- phernalia, and the like Katheryn Retorta, Kasayra Aramain none Writing paraphena- lia June 21 June 23 Complete lists of the materials needed for the program day 8 Preparing for a budget list (Can- vass) Kasayra Aramain, Katheryn Retorta none Laptop, writing paraphernalia and transportation June 27 June 29 Budget list 9 Preparation for the EXACT and for a very good itinerary of the program day Judean Grace Galvez, Criseline Barredo AP- CI/YSP Laptop and writing paraphernilia July 3 July 4 Complete itinerary (with parts of the program, people as- signed, time, etc…) 10 Pre checking of the accomplish task Judean Grace Galvez none None July 5 July 6 Everybody who were assigned with the task must at least accom- plish 80 % of the the total work 11 Prepare for the interactive lecture module on market- ing/ business Milarose Barraca AAO/MA O Laptop July 7 July 11 Printed module 12 Purchasing of Ma- terials Judean Grace Galvez, Kasayra Aramain, Katheryn Retort none Transportation and money July 12 July 14 All materials needed (including that of the interactive lecture) except food are pur- chased 13 Packing (putting yarns, beads, Danika Galvez none none July 16 July 18 65 boxes for 60 par- ticpants (5 is for con-
    • - 109 - strings, etc… in boxes) tingencies) 14 Final checking on the accomplish tasks Judean Grace Galvez none none July 19 July 20 Everybody have done their tasks successful- ly 15 Preparing for the list of committees Judean Grace Galvez none Writing parapherni- lia July 21 July 21 Printed output 16 Assigning of com- mittees in the pro- gram proper (de- briefing) Judean Grace Galvez none venue July 25 July 25 Edited printed output of the committee list (if there are revi- sions) 17 Readying the place and the people (not necessarily for people) Adcel and Jerald Vicencio CCES, YSP transportation July 28 July 28 People knows about the program; fix and clean lot Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: To be able to implement the projects well # Action Plan Lead Person Organiza- tional Part- ners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Short Open- ing Program John Xyrious Dela Cruz PYLP/ Com- munity Papers for the program Aug 4 Aug 4 Excitement in each of the par- ticipants 2 Interactive lecture on marketing and business Milarose Barraca AAO/MAO Any materials that the facili- tators needed Aug 4 Aug4 Participation of the partici- pants (enthusiasm) 3 Teaching of how to make different kinds of bracelets Danika Gal- vez Community Yarns, Beads, Strings Aug 4 Aug 4 Participation of the partici- pants (enthusiasm) 4 Actual mak- ing of brace- lets Judean Grace Gal- vez Community Yarns, strings and beads Aug 4 Aug 4 The participants can do the bracelets creatively and that they can produce many finish products (quality and quantity) 5 Actual per- formance on how to mar- ket products Arwald Can- dido and company AAO/ MAO As stated by the facilitators Au- gust 4 Au- gust 4 The participants will do per- form it effectively and effi- ciently 6 Closing pro- gram and thanksgiving Criseline Barredo PYLP/ Com- munity Certificates for the partic- ipants and tokens for the speakers and the brgy. Cap- tain; feedback sheets Au- gust 4 Au- gust 4 Feed backs through feedback sheets Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: - To be able to increase their productivity rate - To be able to improve what is needed to be improve based on the evaluation made by the committees and communities # Action Plan Lead Person Organiza- tional Part- Material & Financial Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success
    • - 110 - ners Resources Needed 1 Monthly up- date of the livelihood status Jerald and Adcel Vi- cencio (resi- dence of the community) and Judean Grace Gal- vez Local Gov- ernment, community and SK Feder- ation Phone load, transportation Aug18 Sep18 Oct18 Nov18 Dec18 Aug18 Sep18 Oct18 Nov18 Dec18 Increase profit by 10% every month 2 Meeting with the commit- tees Judean Grace Gal- vez PYLP/ YSP/ SK Federation Venue, evalu- ation sheets, statistics of the feedback forms Aug25 Oct25 Aug25 Oct25 Consensus regarding the changes needed for the im- provement Strategies of Implementation - Interactive workshop/ lecture - Actual practice Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date August 4, 2012 Time 1 whole day, from 7:30 AM to 5 PM Place Melas drive, San Roque, Zamboanga Ciy Time Activities Persons in Charge 7:30- 8:00 A.M. Registration 8:00- 8:30 A.M. Short opening program John Xyrious Dela Cruz, PYLP/AFS mem- bers and community leaders 8:30- 10:00 A.M. Interactive lecture on business and marketing foun- dations and etc… Accountancy Academic Organization and Management Academic Organization mem- bersInteractive lecture on business and marketing strate- gies 10:00- 10:15A.M. Break 10:15- 10:30 A.M. Ice Breaker Yara Lukman 10:35- 12:00 A.M. Teaching how to do the different kinds of bracelets Danika Grace Galvez, staff 12:00- 1:00 A.M. Lunch 1:00- 1:30 P.M Distribution of kits AFS members 1:35- 2:50 P.M Actual making of bracelets (activity form) Judean Grace Galvez, Staff 2:50- 3:00 P.M. Break 3:00- 4:30 P.M. Actual practice of marketing Accountancy Academic Organization and Management Academic Organization mem- bers 4:30 P.M. Closing program (thanksgiving and recognition) Criseline Barredo, Judean Grace Galvez, PYLP/AFS, Community heads, Partners, community Detailed Proposed Budget (Estimated Costs in Philippine Pesos) Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Transportation (jeepney) US Department of State 15 rides P 8.00 P 120.00 Bond paper 1 rim P 200.00 P 200.00 Tokens 20 pcs. P 25.00 P 500.00 Yarns 150 pcs. P 15.00 P 2,250.00 Strings 70 roll P 15.00 P 1,050.00 Beads 70 packs P 10.00 P 700.00 Plastics for packaging 50 packs P 20.00 P 1,000.00
    • - 111 - Box kit 65 pcs. P 10.00 P 650.00 Food For all P 2,000.00 Grand Total: P 8, 470.00 Output Indicators The implementation and output of this project will be documented through digital cameras for the pictures and Camcorder for the videos. Sustainability Plan The community will still be empowered even after I leave because with the learning and skills that they have had gained in the project, they could use this to start doing their small businesses where they could gain profit. They can actually do some bracelets and sell it to the barter or any souvenir shops (with the use of the contemporary marketing strategies which will be taught to them); not only that, if they were good at it, they can add more products for more profit. Another thing is for the project‘s sustainability- I will make sure to be in contact with the community leaders so that I can monitor the progress of this livelihood program. Date Submitted May 8, 2012 FOOD TREATS FOR REACH!: A FEEDING ACTIVITY FOR BELOW-NORMAL CHILDREN GONZALES, RENA JEAN M. Contextual Background Contextual Background of Brgy. Sto. Nino: The community is mainly agricultural. Original settlers owned a portion of lot planted with coconut trees, bananas and vegetables. They sell their products and some for food. Inland settlers are most- ly farmers and fishermen since the geographic location of the barangay is richly blessed with bodies of water. New settlers reside in the place to work at the nearby banana plantation and very few are employed in the neighboring establishments. Many do not have their own land and are not regularly employed. It is a very peaceful place even though of several ethnici- ties of the residents. Contextual Problems in the Community Malnutrition raises a very alarming problem in our community. Food requirements are hardly met due to financial con- straint of the many families in the barangay and many do not raise their own fruits and vegetable garden considering that the community today is mostly inhabited by residents coming from distant provinces who only stay in houses for rent and those categorized in below poverty line. Many even do not have knowledge on what is a proper diet. Community Needs Assessment 1. The community needs a regular feeding program and health awareness enhancement to address the alarming problem of malnutrition. Rationale The people are the strong force that can stabilize a community and the whole nation. Therefore a community needs empo- wered and healthy members to become competitive and productive members in the society. Project Description This is a relief project to address the assessed community needs. This is a participatory coalition work too since this will be conducted together with the volunteers from the local government working hand in hand. Estimated Overall Project Cost Php 6,350.00 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be (Community partners; how many are poor? working with the poorest of the poor; number of people and families in the community who will benefit from your project; positively affect women and minorities, aside from men and the majority?) Total No. of Residents Ages 0-4 Ages 5-8 Ages 9- 11 Number of Undernou- rished Children Number of out-of- school youth Number of Child-Rearing Mothers 4283 Location of your own community: NHA BANGKAL,DAVAO Location of the project com- STO. NINO, CARMEN, DAVAO EL
    • - 112 - CITY,REGION XI, PHILIP- PINES munity: NORTE,REGION XI, PHILIPPINES Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community (Promotion of intergenerational, inter-ethnic, and interfaith relations). RELIGION: SEVENTH – DAY ADVENTIST, ISLAM, ROMAN CATHOLIC, PROTESTANTS, ETHNICITIES: MUSLIM Participating Organization/s (Name and short description of organization; age group; who are the volunteers & their ethnicities/gender/age/religion; how many are the volunteers?) 1. LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS- This comprise the ff. a. barangay officials b. Sangguniang Kabataan 2. YES O – Youth Environmentalist School Organization of Davao Doctors College 3. WOMEN‘S ORGANIZATION 4. STO. NINO ELEM SCHOOL TEACHERS 5. ASSOCIATION OF PUROK LEADERS 6. Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles 1. HON. MARCELINO PERANDOS MUNICIPAL MAYOR 2. HON. MARIO CATUNGAL SR. BRGY. CAPTAIN 3. HON. FELIX BOLORON BRGY. COUNCILOR 4. MR. EDWIN V. GACOTE PRINCIPAL – STO. NINO ELEM SCHOOL 5. LOUISE M. GAVINO PRESIDENT-Sto Nino Elem School teachers Association 6. ROSIE BAGUHIN HEAD - BARANGAY HEALTH WORKERS 7. BARANGAY HEALTH WORKERS ASSIGNED IN EACH PUROK 8. ELIZABETH L. LEDESMA HEALTH & NUTRITION COORDINATOR- STO NINO ELEM SCHOOL 9. LOUISELL M. GONZALES PANTAWID PAMILYANG PILIPINO PROGRAM COORDINATOR 10. MR. ALBERT GUMANA PRESIDENT- GENERAL PARENTS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION PRESI- DENT 11. LEAH M. EHERA GUIDANCE COUNCILOR – STO NINO ELEM SCHOOL 12. HONEYLYN RELACION CHAIRMAN - SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN Internal Strengths The full support of the local government unit, the Sangguniang Kabataan and educators Internal Weaknesses shortage of fund and materials External Opportunities The support of the municipal officials External Threats Residents from neighboring communities might troop during the activity. Vision To produce a healthy and productive members in the community who are competitive and will become leaders in bringing the community become in the forefront of development in Davao del Norte. Mission To lessen the problem of malnutrition thereby making them a healthy and responsible individuals in the society. Goals 1. conduct a feeding activity 2. Enhance the recipients on proper diet. 3. Create a spirit of community involvement and social concern in the conduct of the activity. Objectives This activity aims to: 1. Uplift the health conditions of the depressed members of the community. 2. Encourage community organizations to collaboratively work together to address the problem Expected Outputs
    • - 113 - 1. Certificates of recognition and participation. 2. Portfolio of the Activity. Framework “Children everywhere have the same rights, no matter where they live or what they believe. Almost every govern- ment in the world has committed to respecting and protecting these rights. Yet still, so many children around the world are denied their human rights. As the most universally ratified human rights instrument, theUnited Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, spells out those basic human rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. Its underlying values, or "guiding principles", serve as a constant reference for the interpretation and implementation of children's rights. These are: All children have the rights guaranteed by the Convention, without discrimination of any kind; The best interests of the child should always be a primary consideration; Every child has the right to life, survival and development; and The child's view should be taken into account in all decisions affecting his/her life.‖ Source: http://www.sos-usa.org/about-sos/what-we-do/childrens-rights/pages/default.aspx ―Every child has the right to health care, clean water, nutritious food and a safe environment so they can be as healthy as possible. Yet in 2008, nearly 9 million children died before their fifth birthday, mostly from preventable causes. An estimated 4,000 children die every day from diarrhoea caused by poor sanitation and dirty water. Others die because they do not have enough food to eat. Sickness and malnutrition continue to stunt the growth and restrict the development of millions more.‖ UNICEF Source : http://www.unicef.org.uk/UNICEFs-Work/Our-mission/Childrens-rights/Health/ Outcomes 1. Empowered community members through achieving wellness. 2. Strengthened awareness on the benefit of healthy diet Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory 1. Tap community organizations to participate 2.Identify and finalize the rece- pients of the program 3.Prepare and secure all the ma- terials and supplies 2 Implementation Conduct Feeding Program on July 15, 2012 3 Post-Conduct Secure feedback by conduct- ing a random interview Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: 1. Conducted public campaign. 2. Seek and secure real beneficiaries. 3. Tap individuals & organizations in the community to work together in the implementation of the program. 4. Secure all the materials to be used for the activities. # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Finan- cial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 .Creation of the Action plan. .Approval of the action Plan RENA JEAN M. GON- ZALES PYLP STAFF & OFFICIALS May 7, 2012 May 8, 2012 approved 2 Discuss the program with RENA JEAN M. GON- LGU June 1, 2012 June 3,
    • - 114 - Brgy Officials, Brgy Health Workers to seek Approval. ZALES 2012 3 Program Cam- paign LOUISELL GONZALES SK, Purok leaders, BHW(Brgy. Health Work- ers) Sound system Tarpaulins June 5, 2012 July 14, 2012 4 Send Invita- tions, Program copies LEAH EHE- RA Invitation letters & Program copies 5 Secure all the materials for the activity Food for the feeding 6 Seek and set up venue 1. Back draft and bal- loons for the hall 2. Tables & chairs 3. Sound sys- tem Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: 1. Conduct an opening program to welcome the participants 2. Feed the children with health status identified as below-normal 3. Distribute Vegetable seeds # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Conduct an opening pro- gram. Rena Jean M. Gonzales LGU, Teachers Sound system, chairs, July 15, 2012 July 15, 2012 2 Conduct games and teambuild- ing activities Rena Jean M. Gonzales Sangguniang kabataan, YES O chairs and tables July 15, 2012 July 15, 2012 3 Conduct feeding activity. Rena Jean M. Gonzales Eliz- abeth L. Le- desma( Health & Nutrition Coordinator) BHW(brgy. Health Work- ers) Food, utensils for cooking & for dining. July 15, 2012 July 15, 2012 4 Distribute vege- table seeds Rosie Bagu- hin(Head- Brgy. Health Workers) Louise M. Ga- vino BHW, YES O, SK Sound system, chairs & tables July 15, 2012 July 15, 2012
    • - 115 - 5 Awarding of certificates Rena Jean M. Gonzales Brgy. officials Brgy. officials Certificates July 15, 2012 July 15, 2012 6 Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: 1. Award certificates of Appreciation to the barangay officials and all the organizations who participated in the conduct of the event. 2. Make a portfolio of all the evidences of the different activities conducted. 3. Submit the portfolio to the AFS- PYLP National Coordinator, Madam Elizabeth Eduave for report of achievements. 4. Survey of feedback. # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Acknowledge the generosity of the different organizations in making the event successful. Rena Jean M. Gonzales NIU-ITO staff, AFS-PYLP staff Certificates 2 Gather the evi- dences of the different activi- ties conducted. Rena Jean M. Gonzales Brgy. Officias, BHW( signato- ries of the evi- dences) 3 Submit the evi- dences of the different activi- ties conducted. Rena Jean M. Gonzales 4 Conduct feed- back survey. Rena Jean M. Gonzales BHW Strategies of Implementation 1. Lectures on the benefit of the activity 2. Group discussion on the impact of the activity in the community. Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date July 15, 2012 Time: 1 day, from 9 AM-3PM Place: Brgy. Sto. Niño, Carmen, Davao del Norte Time Activities Persons in Charge 6:00 AM - departure Volunteers board the bus to the site Rena Jean Gonzales, Honeylyn Relacion 8:00 AM – Arrival at the site Call up volunteers for a prayer( devotional) Louisell M. Gonzales 9:00 AM – Start of the Program Opening Program Louise Gavino 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Games and team-building activities Renasell Gonzales, Sunshine Lou Gavino, Sally Lou Gavino 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Feeding Activity Rena Jean Gonzales, BHW , Elizabeth Ledesma 12:00-12:30 Staff Lunch Elizabeth Ledesma, Albert Gumana(Pres. GPTCA) 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Awarding of Certificates 7 community leaders
    • - 116 - Detailed Proposed Budget (Estimated Costs in Philippine Pesos) Items Source/s of Fund- ing or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal 1. Asstd. vegetables USDoS 20kg 30.00 Php 600.00 2. Chicken meat USDoS 10kg 110.00 Php 1,100.00 3. Fish USDoS 10kg 180.00 Php 1,800.00 4. rice USDoS 25 kg 38.00 Php 950.00 5. Oil, soy sauce, etc. USDoS 1 bottle each 30.00 Php 100.00 6. certificates USDoS 20 pcs 15.00 Php 300.00 7. tables and chairs Barangay 8. sound system Barangay 1 set 9. tarpaulin for the back draft USDoS 1 1,500.00 Php 1,500.00 10. Vegetable seeds DA assorted Grand Total: Php 6350.00 Output Indicators (How do we know you have produced, used, or given away concrete products? Explain.) 1. official receipts 2. signatures of recepients 3. documentation of the activity Sustainability Plan (How can the community be successful after you leave? How can the efforts continue when you are gone?) I will continue to create strategies together with the organizations to seek funds for the feeding program as well as the community health workers continue to conduct health awareness campaign. I will constantly be a big part in these activi- ties and will continue to seek strategies to sustain this program. I will continue to stand strong for the good of my brothers and sisters who are in need. Date Submitted: May 9, 2012 LARO SA BALO-I (PLAYING IN BALO-I) LAO, AQUISAH-ROHAIMAH Contextual Background Balo-I is intended to be the center of Maranao-Muslim cultural heritage. But there are also Christians who are living there. The place is divided into 21 barangays and Christians are scattered over the place. There are a lot of non-educated kids or street children that may be caught in bad habits. They have a lot of organizations to achieve their goals but their organizations are mostly for adults. Contextual Problems in the Community The Christians and Muslims might be having a conflict because of not being united. They won‘t act as one even. The youth cannot contribute in the community because they can‘t be heard. Community Needs Assessment The Christians and Muslims must have a bond together to be ONE and united. The adults must give chance to the youth to show what they got because still, the youth is the hope of the future. They must hear from the youth too. Rationale This project can help the Muslims and Christians, and the youth and the adults to be united and liberated. If they‘re united, their community goals will be attained and peace will be implemented and be sustained. Project Description This projects aims to promote cultural and social awareness and empowerment that involves political, social, educational and economic strength of individuals and the community. Estimated Overall Project Cost $100 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be My community partners are the barangay hall officials. About 60% to 70% of the population is poor. The community will get the benefit from my project.
    • - 117 - Location of your own community: Gadongan, Marawi City, Philippines Location of the project community: Balo-I, Lanao del Norte, Philippines Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community I am a Muslim. The people in my project‘s community are of different religion; Islam, Catholics, Iglesia ni Cristo and Protestants and of different ethnicities; Cebuano, Meranao, Tausugs, and Maguindanao. Participating Organization/s (Name and short description of organization; age group; who are the volunteers & their ethnicities/gender/age/religion; how many are the volunteers?) SAMAKA Club – a school organization for athletes or varsities The volunteers will be some motivated volunteers from school and my co-varsity players such as: Rayhannah Panantaon – Tausug/Female/16/Islam Anna Jamera Rakim – Meranao/Female/15/Islam Tom Howard Bendijo – Cebuano/Male/17/Catholic Dave Lourie Booc – Cebuano/Male/17/Protestant Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles Mr. Rex Calimpon – DCFI – High School Teacher and Coach Mr. Mark Anthony Caburian – DCFI – High School Teacher and Coach Ms. Darlene Calimpon – DCFI – ElementaryTeacher and Coach Internal Strengths Participative community people, volunteers Internal Weaknesses uninterested community people, non participative barangay officials External Opportunities other government and non government agencies, school organizations External Threats Lack of funds, non participative officials Vision The people in the community, Muslims and Christians, adults and youth, are intended to be having a harmonious relation- ship. Mission To promote cultural and social awareness and empowerment that involves political, social, educational and economic strength of individuals and the community. Goals To strengthen the bond between different religions and tribes, and the youth and the adults. Objectives A harmonious and active place for the people to live in. Expected Output s Monthly reports of the youth participating in governmental or nongovernmental organizations and projects between differ- ent tribes and religions. Have a Sports Club for the sustainability of my goal, mission, objective and vision. Framework ―Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.‖ - Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes (American Baptist Minister and Civil-Rights Leader. 1929-1968) Outcomes Youth will know their worth and there will be no more problems between religions and ethnicities in the community. Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory X 6-10 2 Implementation 11 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: To have the implementation of the activity organized. # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success
    • - 118 - Needed 1 Contact to the coordinators of the court where I want to implement my project. Aquisah Lao Barangay Hall July 6, 2012 July 6, 2012 The coordinators of the court know what they are going to do. 2 Contact the Barangay Captain in that commu- nity. Aquisah Lao Barangay Hall July 6, 2012 July 6, 2012 The Barangay Captain will be glad and won‘t argue on im- plementing the activity in his/her community. 3 Talk with the partner organ- ization on what they can help. Aquisah Lao SAMAKA Club July 7, 2012 July 7, 2012 They will discuss on how to conduct each activity and plan. 4 Talk with the volunteers. Aquisah Lao SAMAKA Club July 8, 2012 July 8, 2012 They will discuss on how they can help. 5 Meeting with all the volun- teers and the club officers and members about the activity. Aquisah Lao SAMAKA Club July 9, 2012 July 9, 2012 They will plan and combine all their ideas to have a good ac- tivity. 6 Budgeting. A Volunteer SAMAKA Club July 10, 2012 July 10, 2012 They will be able to budget the money or the ideas they came up to must not cost very high. Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: To have the whole court organized. # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Talk with the staff on what they will do. Mr. Rex Ca- limpon SAMAKA Club Paper and Pencil August 10, 2012 August 10, 2012 They must figure out what to do. 2 Talk with the volunteers on what they must do. Mr. Mark Anthony Caburian SAMAKA Club Paper and Pencil August 10, 2012 August 10, 2012 They must figure out what to do. 3 Contact the court coordi- nators about the set-up. Volunteer/s Barangay Vo- lunteers August 10, 2012 August 10, 2012 There must have no problems on the court set-up. 4 Doing the stage for some enter- tainment per- formances. Volunteer/s SAMAKA Club and the Barangay Vo- lunteers Cartolinas, Coloring Materials, Markers, Pens, Cloths August 10, 2012 August 11, 2012 The stage must look good. Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date August 11, 2012 Time 1 whole day from 9am to 5pm
    • - 119 - Place Balo-I, Lanao del Norte Time Activities Persons in Charge 7:30 AM Depar- ture Volunteers board in 1 owner truck and 1 pick-up truck with materials Aquisah Lao 8:30 AM Arrival in Balo-i Coffee and cookies with community members Tahlia Macadato, Jabir Macabangon 9 AM Opening Remarks Ms. Darlene Calimpon, Aquisah Lao and a barangay hall offi- cial 9:15-9:45 AM Informal Community Discussion Mr. Mark Anthony Caburian 9-45-11:30 AM Start of the activity Aquisah, Maika, Ananie, Liklik, Ainah, Minah, Sir Rex, Sir Mark, Ma‘am Darlene Entertainment The December Seventeen band 11:30-1 :00 PM Community Lunch 10 to 15 volunteers 1 – 4 PM Continuation of the activity All of us 4-4:30 PM Awarding A Barangay Official, Sir Rex, and Aquisah Lao 4:30 – 5 PM Closing Remarks and Thank You! Aquisah, Sir Rex, Sir Mark, Ma‘am Darlene and a barangay hall official Detailed Proposed Budget (Estimated Costs in Philippine Pesos) Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Pencils 10 5 pesos each 50.00 Truck Fuel 2 P750 each truck 1500.00 Cartolinas 5 6 pesos each 30.00 Colors 2 30 pesos each box 60.00 Colored Pens 3 30 pesos each pack 90.00 Oil Pastels 3 28 pesos each box 84.00 Cloths Volunteer 5 15 pesos per meter 75.00 Grand Total: 1889.00 Output Indicators I will have a documentation of my project implementation. Sustainability Plan A new club about sports will be implemented for adults, youth, Muslims and Christians. Date Submitted May 8, 2012 MANGROVE FOR PEACE LUKMAN, FAZNIYARA C. Contextual Background Mampang is one of the barangays in Zamboanga City, Philippines. It has diverse cultures. Some of the religions that are being practiced there are Catholicism, Islam, and Iglesia ni Cristo. It is 6 kilometers away from the city proper. A some- what poor society can somewhat be evident in some parts of this community. Contextual Problems in the Community There was a decline in the ecological processes due to previous years‘ uncontrolled cutting for charcoal purposes. Before, it was not prohibited. Community Needs Assessment Fish sanctuary life should be upheld, and so with the livelihood of fishermen. There were continuous cutting of (mangrove) trees and so the unbalance in the ecosystem worsened. Rationale This project should be done for environmental support and other benefits for the community. To promote peace and inter- cultural dialogue is also my aim on this project. . It also aims to enhance and develop more areas for fish sanctuary.
    • - 120 - Project Description I will be doing a relief and/or advocacy project. It can be both relief and advocacy project because it is environmental al- leviation and peace advocacy. It is a participatory coalition or volunteer work. It falls under the environmental category. Through Mangrove tree planting, peace and harmony between different cultural groups will be achieved. Estimated Overall Project Cost P4,200.00 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be My Community partners are the SK Guiwan, the Senior Citizens Club of Guiwan and other people from ethnic groups contacted through my parents. This barangay, Guiwan, which is my home is located about 3.4 Km from downtown. On the East Coast Maria Clara L. Lobregat Hwy. The fishing industry is one who will receive benefits from this project. The entire environment will now be balanced. Because peace is supported, minorities such as Tausugs, Badjaos, and Samals will surely benefit in a way that cooperation and teamwork have dawned on their (newly) established friendship. Location of your own community: Guiwan is 3.4 ki- lometers from downtown. Location of the project community: Mampang is 6 kilometers away from downtown, and is 2 barangays away from Guiwan. Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community I am a Muslim and I belong to the tribe of Tausug. The ethnicity of the people in my Project‘s community is very diverse. There are a lot of Christians. There are also Muslims like Badjaos, Tausugs, and Samals. Indigenous people will also be invited. Participating Organization/s Sangguniang Kabataan Guiwan- this is an organization for the youth 15-18 years of age. Senior Citizens Club of Guiwan- this is composed of citizens which are 60 years old and above. Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles Samuel P. Natividad – Barangay Kagawad, Guiwan Internal Strengths There are people who are willing and free to volunteer. Internal Weaknesses The 4,000-peso grant might not suffice everything in my project. External Opportunities This project is doable enough that even 20-25 participants can do it. External Threats It might rain on the said date of implementation. Vision Mangrove for Peace is a community project that aims to build peace and harmony between the diverse groups of people living in Zamboanga through Mangrove tree planting. Intercultural, interfaith, and inter-generational aspects are included. Mission Baby Mangrove plants should be planted at one of the barangays, Mampang, of the east of the city. Participants from dif- ferent ethnic tribes should participate to be able to foster great harmony between intercultural relationships. Goals -To save and balance the environment and the entire ecosystem -To advocate peace and intercultural dialogue. Objectives -To be able to gather a crowd of people coming from different cultures -To be able contribute to environmental support by planting Expected Outputs 50 Mangrove plants/trees. Framework Charter of the United Nations: ―To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace.‖ Outcome There would be an improved atmosphere of peace and harmony between tribes.
    • - 121 - Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases May June 1 Preparatory X 2 Implementation X 3 Post-Conduct … Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: -To gather all volunteers from the different ethnic groups and organizations, and those who confirmed their participation to this activity. -To make an agreement with CENTRO West for the seedlings, and to all other organizations and volunteers Strategies of Implementation Group discussions, tree planting, etc. Output Indicators I will have 700 mangrove trees planted in 1 hectare of land. Sustainability Plan There would be some follow-up reports and checkups for the assurance of growth of the mangrove trees once every two weeks from the time they were planted. There are also residents who live near the planting area and so, some arrangements will be made for them to also ―own‖ the mangroves. Date Submitted May 10, 2012 Identifying Information Project Title: Mangrove for Peace Project Proponent Fazniyara C. Lukman, Islam – Tausug tribe Project Location Kapuk, Mampang, Zamboanga City Who Will Benefit? Fishing Communities, people from different religion and cultures How Many Will Benefit? 30 Families (about 5 members per family) = 150 persons total Project Cost 4,200 php Date of Implementation May 31, 2012 (1 day) Total Budget $100 Project Timetable Overall Objective: To build peace and harmony between the diverse groups of people living in Zamboanga through Mangrove tree planting on May 31, 2012. Conduct Stage Strategies (2) # Time Event Person-in-Charge 1 7:00 AM Board Transportation from Guiwan Baran- gay Hall Sam Natividad 2 8:30 AM Arrive at Kapuk, Mampang To be assigned 3 9:00 AM Welcome speeches by Mahmod Edding and Sam Natividad Mahmod Edding and Sam Natividad 4 9:10 AM Planting Proper Participants from SK and Senior Citizens Club 5 9:45AM Wrap up and finishing touches Fazniyara Lukman and the Participants 6 10:00 AM Acknowledgements Fazniyara Lukman
    • - 122 - 7 10:15AM Snacks and get-togethers Fazniyara Lukman Estimate expenses: jeepney - P1000 seedlings - P700 Food (20 people) - P2000 Tarpaulin - P500 Total: P4200 LANAO PEOPLE’S PARK: SO KAMPLUMPIYO NA KAPIPIYA A GINAWA (CLEAN UP FOR GOODNESS) MACARAO, SOHAYA T. Contextual Background Marawi City is known as the Islamic City of the Philippines whereas 90% Muslims composed the said city. The named Marawi city was derived from the Maranao term ―rawi‖ that means redining as it feres to the lilies bending north on the mouth of the river. The city is boasts of its rich Muslim culture and heritage. Currently, the city serves as the proinces commercial, educational, cultural, religious and political center. The economy of the city is largely based on agriculture of rice and corn and exporting of various crafts such as mat, malong, wood crafts among many things. The place is rich in Islamic culture and popularly known to its liberally hot political passion. One of the main spot of the city is the Lanao Peoples Park. It is where the provincial national library located. The said park is also sometimes used as venue in conducting some activities like lastly, it was used as locus where the Marawi Youth conduct rally. It is a peaceful place. Its ambiance is so good and the environment was quiet. Contextual Problems in the Community Marawi City has been hampered with so much negative publicity in the Philippine mainstream that for the people of the lowlands, the only that makes them go there would be enrolling or bisiting Mindananao State University- never mind the rest of the city. Cleanliness, one of the greatest problems in the community. People are making fun and prefer calling the city as Marumi (Dirty) instead of Marawi and Langaw (Mosquito) instead of Lanao. On this spot, trashes have been living which cause to the abandonment of the park. During rainy season most probably the heavy time, trashes are being drive by the dirty water which destruct its beautifulness. Aside from that, people neglected to go there again (according to my survey to those who have been there) because in spite of its nice atmosphere, the trashes destructed them. On the other in site, people living near the place will be affected by its trashes due to during heavy rain, the trashes coming from this park (it is in a high land area) lead to them. Students (because it is near to a high school institution) and other people who pass in this area would be hard for the due to trashes are present and it might cause some diseases like bruiser. Community Needs Assessment The park needs assessment due to its beautifulness is being destruct by the presence of the trashes that being caused by the irresponsible visitors of this place. People might stop going to the place because of its unclean spot. It also needs assess- ment because people passing and living near the park will be affected most gradually during rainy season in which trashes takes main role, swimming on the water. Rationale Lanao People‘s Park: So Kamplumpiyo Na Kapipiya A Ginawa should be done due to it will help to preserve the beauty of the park and to attract people in another factor through its clean atmosphere. Volunteers studying from different schools are being united in this clean-up drive service in which it will empower them to promote better understanding and interac- tion. Project Description Lanao People‘s Park: So Kamplumpiyo Na Kapipiya A Ginawa is a one day environmental project because volunteers are task to clean the spot. It is also considered as relief and developmental project due to I am going to donate garbage drum and some placards saying ―Do not throw garbage anywhere‖ and it will help the place to gain more visitor because of its clean environment. This could also be consider as participatory coalition work because the volunteers are coming from different schools in which they are going to work together to do the certain task. Estimated Overall Project Cost 9, 435 Php
    • - 123 - Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be The project will be done at Lanao People‘s Park in which near to it is the Lanao Provincial Public Library and at the side of it is a National High School and Elementary Public School. Along the front of this area is another High School Institu- tions and there are also mini-businesses along the side of this park. It is also fronting a Public Hospital. This project is done to clean the said park so that it will still preserve the main spot area here in Marawi City. This will also help people along this area during heavy rainy season so that it will not hard for them to pass because of less garbage or probably gar- bage-free area. Those slum owners of mini-businesses (mostly street vendors) will no longer be affected with those trashes coming on this high land area. Location of your own community: Lilod Saduc, Mutilan Street, Marawi City Location of the project communi- ty: People's Park & Public Lib., Barangay Saber, Marawi City Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community I am Islam in faith and Maranao in ethnicity. The people whom I will be working are both young and adults but focused mostly to the Youths. Some of them are Roman Catholic and Protestant, but somehow most are Muslim in faith because Marawi City composed of 96.6% Muslim by faith but different ethnicity like Maranao, Maguindanao and Tausug. Participating Organization/s The Catalyst Club PYLP-Marawi Chapter Dansalan College Student Government (if there‘s no still election, those who will run and already have party-list) MSU-ILS Student Government (if there‘s no still election, those who will run and already have party-list) MSU-ISED Student Government(if there‘s no still election, those who will run and already have party-list) DCF School Publication Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles Mohammad Jihadi AbdelGafur – PYLP 7 Alumnus , Adult leader Maria Joan Navarro – PYLP 9 Alumna , Adult leader, Registered Nurse Internal Strengths Those youth volunteers who are willing to serve their community. The proper planning Internal Weaknesses Lack of Adult volunteers due to they are busy Lack of Finance Lack of equipments External Opportunities People will be willing to visit the spot because of its good ambiance. This going to be a good venue for some activities here at Marawi City. During rainy season even though the water is still dirty at least the trashes are not present External Threats Sometimes there are people who don‘t cooperate well eventhough placards and garbage bins are present and might throw their garbage again. The maintenance and sustainability of the cleanliness in this area Vision It will promote clean environment towards people who will be visiting this site and benefits the people living and passing the area most especially rainy seasons. There is a better understanding that will occur between the different schools partic- ipating on this project. Mission To promote volunteerism and be socially aware to the environmental issues and so the other important matters happenings around them. Goals The project‘s goal is to promote cleanliness and orderliness in the area and to the other people living near and passing the said site. Objectives To advocate youth of today in terms of environmental issues To promote volunteerism To be able to understand the difference of each other in terms of ethnicity and religion To provide clean environment
    • - 124 - Expected Output s -donating of garbage bins that could add their numbers -at least four placards saying ―Do not throw garbage everywhere‖ and will be posted to the different areas of the site Framework PHILLIPINE LAW P.D. 1151 – Philippine Environmental Policy - defines the general policies on he pursuit of a better quality of life for the present and future generations and mandates the undertaking the environmental impact assessments for all projects, which may significantly affect the envi- ronment. R.A. 9003 – The Solid Waste Management Act of 2001- an act providing for an ecological solid waste management program, creat- ing the necessary institutional mechanisms and incentives, declaring certain acts prohibited and providing penalties, ap- propriating funds therefor, and for other purposes. UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS Article 29. (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is poss- ible. (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society. Outcomes The youths who have been part of this project will expected to become socially aware and be able volunteer in other ser- vices again. Better understanding between one‘s differences is expected. The people who are visiting the site are expected to be responsible enough in throwing their trashes since garbage bin will be donated and placards that will remind them will be post. Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory 6-21 2 Implementation 23 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Meeting with the headperson of the Lanao People‘s Park MY- SELF Catalyst Club June 8 June 8 2 Making solicitation letter for the officials MY- SELF June 4 June 4 3 Going to the officials MY- SELF Catalyst Club June 5 June 8 4 Going downtown for me to buy garbage bins and other materials MY- SELF PYLP-Marawi Chapter June 9 June 9 5 Gathering names of DCF Stu- dents as volunteers MY- SELF Dansalan College Student Govern- June 10 June 14
    • - 125 - ment (if there‘s no still election, those who will run and already have party- list) 6 7 8 Gathering names of MSU-ILS students as volunteers Gathering names from MSU- ISED students as volunteers Posting a streamer with my contact numbers for the others who wants to become volun- teers Samir Ali Jr. Akimah Angin MY- SELF MSU-ILS Student Government (if there‘s no still election, those who will run and al- ready have party- list) MSU-ISED Stu- dent Government (if there‘s no still election, those who will run and al- ready have party- list) Catalyst Club STREAMER June 10 June 10 June 15 June 14 June 14 June 15 Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Suc- cess 1 Signing for all the volunteers Ms. Sahani Maminta and Alyanna Jhanima Orogan Catalyst Club Record book June 23 2 The opening program Ms. Joann Navar- ro PYLP Marawi Chapter Microphone and sound box June 23 3 Giving of the materials needed Ms. Maimona Monera Unda Ms. Anieraida Hadji Hassim Ms. Solainnie Samporna Ms. Hayanisah SArip Catalyst Club Stick brooms Dust pans Plastic bag June 23 4 The actual clean-up drive Mr. Jihadi Abdel- Gaffur and MY- SELF PYLP Marawi Chapter Microphone and Sound box Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success
    • - 126 - 1 Evaluation of the project MYSELF Catalyst club Strategies of Implementation This project will be using the force of all the volunteers in cleaning the area and with the help of my co-participants using their knowledge of leadership they will be guiding them all. Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date June 23, 2012 Time 1 whole day from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Place People's Park & Public Lib., Barangay Saber, Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur Time Activities Persons in Charge 8:00 AM Volunteers will gather in the Lanao People‘s Park Sohaya, Akimah, Samir 8:30 AM Opening Remark and Orienta- tion Mr. Abdulfatah and Mr. Norhaydah 9 AM Distribution of the equipments and Preparation Maimona, Anieraida, Solainnie, Hayanisah 9:15-11:00 AM Start of Clean-Up Sohaya , Akimah, Samir, Sir Jihadi 11:00AM-12 Noon REST TIME, Distribution of lunch packs Sohaya, Maam Joann, Cindy, and some Catalyst Members 1 – 2:00PM Back to the Clean-Up Sohaya , Akimah, Samir, Sir Jihadi 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Posting of Placards Sohaya, Sahani, Alyanna, Maimona 2:30 PM -3:00 PM Closing Remarks ,Thank You and Donation of Garbage bins Sohaya Detailed Proposed Budget (Estimated Costs in Philippine Pesos) Items Source/s of Funding or Do- nor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal stick brooms 25 pieces 15 Php 375 Php Dust pans 3 pieces 60 Php 180 Php Plastic bags 5 pack of bags 28 Php 140 Php Large garbage bin 1 1,500 Php 1,500 Php lunch packs (Approximately, aiming 100 volunteers ) 100 packs 43 Php 4,300 Php Transportation (going downtown Iligan to buy all the materials) 1 Jeepney rental (vice versa) 1,000 Php Jeepney rental 1 Jeepney rental 500 Php placards 4 pieces 300 Php 1200 Php Record book 3 80 Php 240 Php Grand Total: 9, 435 Php Output Indicators Documentations will be provided. Taken of pictures during the annual implementations will be develop and served as the evidence. Sustainability Plan When we leave the place the garbage bins that are donated will be used and the placards that will be posted inside the area will serve as there guide not throwing trashes anywhere. Date Submitted June 5, 2012
    • - 127 - UTILIZING WATER HYACINTHS AS RAW MATERIALS REDUCING FLOODING INCIDENTS MAGNO, DOROTHY ENA G. Contextual Background Cotabato City is a community where diverse people lives but the population of the Muslims is more dominant than the other, it is a place where the population has 70% of it are informal settlers and a community where a lot of people have no stable work. It is also a community that often experience flooding due to the big bulk of ―water hyacinths‖ that multiplies in the Rio Grande de Mindanao that causes the river to be clogged. Contextual Problems in the Community There are such crimes that occurs like, kidnapping, robbery (cellular phones, jewelries, money and etc.), illegal drugs, out of school youths that rooted to poverty due to unemployment. Community Needs Assessment There is the need to at least provide some free learning workshop to the participants to atleast Rationale Doing this program is of great importance, since it is about the environment as well as the income of the families. It is one way of helping deducting the tendency of flooding in the low-lying areas in our community since the ―water hyacinths‖ were been the cause of these floods. Also it helps generate income to the family of the participants, because this will serve as a form of small business to the unemployed housewives and women-minorities. Project Description A one day program that will cater workshops intended for the unemployed housewives or minorities-women on how to make bags and baskets out of the ―water hyacinths‖ that are can be source of income to them as well as it would also help reduce the accumulation of the ―water hyacinths‖ in the Rio Grande de Mindanao that causes flood in the low-lying areas in Cotabato City like Estimated Overall Project Cost Php 7,220.00 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be (Community partners; how many are poor? working with the poorest of the poor; number of people and families in the community who will benefit from your project; positively affect women and minorities, aside from men and the majority?) Community partners are AYP, Individual volunteers, Tamontaka Kalipi Weavers and Barangay officials. At least 20 un- employed women will benefit in this project, both of different ethnicity and religion. Location of your own community: San Antonio Village, Rosary Heights XI, Cotabato City Location of the project community: Barangay Rosary Heights XI, Cotabato City Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community (Promotion of intergenerational, inter-ethnic, and interfaith relations). I am a Protestant by faith and the participating people in the project are Roman Catholics, Protestants and Muslims by faith. Participating Organization/s (Name and short description of organization; age group; who are the volunteers & their ethnicities/gender/age/religion; how many are the volunteers?) Local Basket Making Industry, a local basket producing industry n the locality. Association of Young People (AYP), a youth organization in our place where the member‘s age ranges from 16- 40 as long as they are not yet married, this organization is being ran by the Cotabato City Alliance Evangelical Church, CAMACOP. . Individual Volunteers, is somewhat a group of people gathered together to volunteer, they are close family friends and co-teachers of my parents. Barangay Office Tamontaka Kalipi Weavers Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles David C. Magno – Teacher Delfa G. Magno – Teacher Zubaina C. Panda – Teacher Amy A. Alamhali – Teacher Josephine Cantos- Teacher Dr. Grace Sabanal – Dentist
    • - 128 - Frinee Von Malon – Student Genryl Malon – Nurse Genesis Tardo- Student Johara Dalamban-Student Internal Strengths The organizer of the project had already some background this kind of volunteerism community and a member of some youth organizations. The organizers parents have some friends to whom they can approach for some help. Internal Weaknesses Limited funding. Weather condition. ( In the sense that the raw material, specifically the ―water hyacinths‖ still need to be dried up, so in acse of rainy season there would be a less possibilkty for the ―water hyacinths‖ to be dried up.) Attitude. ( In the sense that the participant might loss his/her passion to continue the skills he/she had learned in the workshop to make these bags and baskets.) External Opportunities Other people might be encouraged of the project that would make them decide to be a volunteer. The barangay might find the project effective since it can benefit several areas that are mostly affected by the flood, and there additional funds can be given for further workshops. It can help at least 20 participants to have a livelihood. It can reduce the tendency of flooding in the Cotabato City. Skills development. Income generating project. External Threats Capital or funding to sustain the project Product quality Marketing Raw materials acquisition Conflicts with the schedule of the project proponent as well as the volunteers. Divide of attention between my studies and in monitoring the program after implementation. Commitment of the volunteers in the program. (In the sense that we will conduct follow-up survey on how each participant‘s family income goes by getting some important information of them, specially their home address. Vision To provide sustainable livelihood among the unemployed women and build friendships within the participants. Mission To develop livelihood opportunities among unemployed women and reducing flood in Cotabato City. It is a workshop designed to develop a starting livelihood to the unemployed women using ―water hyacinths‖ to make bags and baskets while at the same time it helps reduce the accumulation of ―water hyacinths‖ in the Rio Grande de Mindanao that causes clogging.It is also a way for the participants to met new people of different ethnicity and make friends with them. Goals Aims to help reduce the tendency of flooding in Cotabato due to ―water hyacinths‖. Aims to enhance their skills in making baskets and bags. Aims to give a form of starting livelihood to the participants. Aims to have new friendships within the participants with other people of different ethnicity. Objective To help the people in the poorest. Utilizing ―water hyacinths‖ as raw materials reducing flooding incidents. They let them met and interact with other people of different ethnicity. Expected Output s (Concrete, touchable products) The expected outputs to be produced are: Finished products. Increase in income of the participants. Form a small group of weavers of these bags and baskets.
    • - 129 - Framework (Go online, look for and quote specific article and paragraph of the national Constitution, United Nations Charter, or Universal Declaration of Human Rights) Republic Act 9509 "Barangay Livelihood and Skills act of 2008 Outcomes (Behavioral Results) After the implementation of the project it is expected that: The participants had learned or enhanced their skill in making baskets and bags. They become resourceful in their own way of thinking other materials that are can be found in the surroundings like trash. They learn how to interact with other people of different ethnicity. Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory X X 2 Implementation X 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Fi- nancial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Meet with the City Mayor David C. Magno Barangay Offi- cials Fare June 9 June 9 Presence of the Mayor 2 Ask the needs of the community David C. Magno Mother and Fa- ther Fare June 9 June 9 Favorable re- sponse 3 Propose the project Dorothy Ena G. Magno Kalipi Weavers Fare June 9 June 9 Approval of the propose project 4 Coordinate with the Ba- rangay Cap- tain Dorothy Ena G. Magno KalipiuWeavers Fare June 16 June 16 Active response 5 Giving the letters Gernyl Malon and Genesis Tardo AYP Papers, Prrint- ing, envelopes and Fare June 23 June 23 Immediate re- sponse 8 Meeting the stakeholders Dorothy Ena G. Magno and Zubaina Panda AYP and Kalipi Weavers Fare, venue and snacks June 30 June 30 Attendance and the active par- ticipation of the stakeholders 7 Find possi- ble funding agencies Amy Alamhali and Delfa G. Magno Barangay Offi- cials Fare and snacks June 30 June 30 Active response 9 Find possi- ble partners Dorothy Ena G. Magno and Jose- phine G. Cantos Barangay Offi- cials Fare and Snacks June 9 June 9 Active response 10 Secure ve- nue Dorothy Ena G. Magno and Johara Dalamban AYP and Baran- gay Officials Fare and snacks July 1 July 1 Venue reserved
    • - 130 - Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Gathering all the volun- teers Frinee Von MAlon AYP Fare and snacks and venue July 7 July 7 Attendance of the volun- teers 2 Gathering the partic- pamts Dorothy Ena G. Magno AYP Fare, snacks and venue July 7 July 7 Attendance of the partici- pants 3 Conducting the work- shops Dorothy Ena G. Magno and Nora M. Dianal AYP,Local Basket Making Industry, Tamon- taka Kalipi Weavers Materials, snacks and venue July 7 July 7 Active participation and attendance of the partici- pants 4 Encourage them to par- ticipate Dorothy Ena G. Magno Barangay offi- cials and Kalipi Weavers Venue July 7 July 7 Favorable response Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Evaluation of feedbacks Dorothy Ena G. magno and David c. Magno Local Basket Making Industry Fare, papers and snacks July 14 July 14 Positive feedbacks 2 Monitoring the sustaina- bility of the program Genesis Tardo, Jo- hara Da- lamban and Dorothy Ena G. Magno Barangay Offi- cials Fare July 15 3 day sbefore the sub- mition of reports If there is any product produced 3 Assesment of market system David C. Magno Kalipi Weavers Fare July 21 July 21 There is a positive report on the marketing 4 Submit re- ports Dorothy Ena G. Magno Barngay offi- cials, Kalipi Weavers Fare, printing and papers 2weeks after the program 2weeks after the program Complete reports 5 Meet the participants with another project re- lated to the past one Dorothy Ena G. Magno and Gernyl Malon Kalipi Weavers and Barangay officials Fare, venue and snacks After the pro- gram After the program Paricipants‘ attendance and active response
    • - 131 - Strategies of Implementation (For example: lectures, art work, tree planting, group discussion, workshop on how to write proposals, writing letters to public officials, etc.?) Having a meeting with all the partners together with the volunteers. Having a talk with the participants. Actual making of bags and baskets with the group. Making an exhibit for the finished products of the participants. Having a workshop on how to sell the products. Asking some opinions or ideas from the buyers of what they what they want to see in the finished product. Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date Time Place Barangay Rosary Heights XI, Cotabato City Time Activities Persons in Charge June 23, 2012 7:30 AM 8:00 AM Pick-up of the participants Arrival Delfa and Josephine 8:00- 8:30 AM Opening Program and Welcoming the Participants Dorothy Ena 8:30 – 9:00 AM Exhibit of products made of Water Hyacinths Amy Alamhali 9:00-9:30 AM SNACKS 9:30-10:30 AM Sharing Information about Water Hyacinths Zubaina Panda and Gernyl Malon 10:30-11:30AM Workshop on how to make the bags and baskets Nora M. Dianal 11:30AM-12:30PM Actual making of their own bags David 12:30-1:30PM LUNCH 1:30-2:30PM Marketing Strategy Mr. Efren S. Gella 2:30-4:00PM Actual Marketing Activity Ruth L. Mokamad 4:00-5:00PM Dental Check-up Dr. Grace Sabanal and team 5:00-6:30PM Closing Program, Awarding and Distribution of Kits 6:30PM WAY HOME Detailed Proposed Budget (Estimated Costs in Philippine Pesos) Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Dried water hyacinth stalks 100 pcs. per partic- ipant Php 5.00 Php 5,000.00 Metasulphate or caustic soda 20 knife 20 Php 45.00 Php 900.00 cutter 20 Php 30.00 Php 600.00 Rag 20 Php 15.00 Php200.00 Hose 20 Php 16.50 per meter x2(2 meters each participant) x 20 participants Php 660.00 Dye 20 Php 5.00 Php 500.00 Rent for Multicab 2 Php 120.00 per trip Php 240.00 Snacks 20 Bread- Php5.00 x 20 participants and 30 volunteers Juice in pack-Php7.00 x 20 participants and 30 volunteers and 30 volunteers Php 1,200.00 Kits to be distributed 20 Grand Total:
    • - 132 - Output Indicators (How do we know you have produced, used, or given away concrete prod- ucts? Explain.) Having a complete documentation of my project from the beginning and up to the closing program, as well as the other matters such as talking with the partners if they would pursue to continue the project. By using pictures and videos I can make a presentation stored in a flash drive or CD regarding the process of implementation of my project as well as the outputs attained. Sustainability Plan (How can the community be successful after you leave? How can the efforts continue when you are gone?) To build a club and elect officers and invite other members to participate, as well as to have other partnerships with other organizations and conduct a follow-up program. Date Submitted Example: May 11, 2012 ANNA DI FATUL MINAL IMAN (CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS) MALA, HASSAN SHANNE C. Contextual Background My community is neither that Productive nor safe. And my community is not that clean in terms of waste and the Gov- ernment doesn‘t usually provide any materials to us nor help projects like the project that I‘m going to implement. Contextual Problems in the Community Garbage that clogs the drainage which causes floods, and proper waste disposal and segregation. Community Needs Assessment The community where my project will be implemented is suffering from floods because the drainage systems are clogged by garbage and the health of the people who lives with in the community can also suffer from diseases because of the smell or the germs that are carried by the floods and we all know that mosquitoes lays eggs in waters that stays in a single place and when this happen the people within the community may also suffer from Dengue Fever. Rationale This project would help improve my community in terms of cleanliness and it would also decrease the rate of diseases in the community. Project Youth empowerment. Social entrepreneurial and environmental. Estimated Overall Project Cost 5,000- 10,000 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be Some Organizations in my community will help me, more than 30% of the total population are poor Location of your own community: MSU-MAIN CAMPUS MARAWI CITY Location of the project community: Bario Lomidong, Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community (Promotion of intergenerational, inter-ethnic, and interfaith relations). My religion is Islam and Ethnicity is Maranao and the people who lives with in the community where the project would be implemented are poor Muslims and Christians. Participating Organization/s (Name and short description of organization; age group; who are the volunteers & their ethnicities/gender/age/religion; how many are the volunteers?) Mindanao State University- Karate Club (A club at our Community which I am a member of and whose members are young college or high school students and even children and also adults and is comprised of Muslims and Christians and people with different Ethnicity like Tausug, bisaya, Maguindanaon and Iranun. And The karate Club does not focuses on just teaching self-defense Martial arts also teaches Discipline and Our club has community services too, our club has pro- grams like the Summer karatedo Outreach Program which is a program for kids and also our Club participates in other community projects like tree planting and Clean up drives) BUKLOD COOPERATIVE (The Buklod Cooperative is a Cooperative that envisions an economically and socially de- veloped community with environmental awareness and sustainability.
    • - 133 - The mission of The Buklod Cooperative is to enhance economic and social sustainability through livelihood programs and other projects. Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles -Manager of the Buklod Cooperative -Maylanie Sani Boloto one of the Council of Elders of the MSU-KARATE CLUB Internal Strengths We have enough volunteers and the Organizations will support the project and full support from the adults who are partici- pating. Internal Weaknesses The government might not give this project their full support and the Hectic-schedule of the Volunteers is also a problem. External Opportunities Many organizations might support this program and our school may also support this if they like my project. External Threats It might affect my studies. Vision The environment of my community would be clean and the rate of diseases would decrease and also the proper segregation would be practiced. Mission To have a clean and organized community for the people to have a safer place to live in and for them to be happy and con- tented living in the place. Goals To decrease the disease rate in my community and for the people in my community to learn the proper way of waste segre- gation and waste disposing. Objectives A clean and safer place for the people to live in. Expected Outputs Monthly reports of the percentage of diseases and the cleanliness of the community. Framework -The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 29 Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible. In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society. Outcomes (Behavioral Results) Citizens of the community would be more productive and responsible and will maintain the cleanliness of the community. Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory X X 2 Implementation X 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: To have an organized program about improper waste disposal and its effect in the community. # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Hassan Shanne C.Mala(myself) BUKLOD CO- OPERATIVE solicitation of money There will be enough money collected 2 MSU-Karate Club 3 MSU-ILS stu- dents
    • - 134 - Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: For the people to realize their responsibilities and for them to know how the garbage around them affects their health. # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Finan- cial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Lectures and Discussions July 14 July 14 Learning and know- ledge 2 Workshops Me and volun- teers MSU-KARATE CLUB,MSU-ILS students Markers, cartolina and other electric devices July 14 July 14 The project is Successful 3 Distribution of snacks volunteers FOOD Attainable 4 Seminar 5 Distribution of Pack Lunches The community officials and volunteers BUKLOD Co- operative, MSU- ILS students, MSU-KC FOOD Attainable Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: To promote a clean and safe environment for the people of the community. # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Cleaning the community(The people will be divided) Myself,the community officials, MSU-KC and BUKLOD COOP. Broomsticks, Bigcellophanes Dustpans,sacks July 14 July 14 There are no waste materials lying on the roads and the area is clearly cleaned. 2 Closing re- marks Community chairman July 14 July 14 Strategies of Implementation Group discussions, seminar on proper waste disposal and segregation Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date July 14, 2012 Time 1 whole day, from 8 AM to 5 PM Place Bario Lomidong, Marawi City Time Activities Persons in Charge 7:30 am Gatherering the participants Hassan Shanne Mala(myself) 8:30 am Coffee and cookies with Project planner volunteers Food Commitee 9 AM- Opening Remarks Hassan Shanne C. Mala 9:15-10:15 AM Informal Community Discussion Myself, The Buklod cooperative Members and the MSU-KC 10:15-10:45 AM Zest-O and Biscuits Food Commitee Entertainment 10:45-12 Noon Community Discussion & Q&A on the use of the 3R‘s and proper waste segregation and disposal BUKLOD Cooperative Members 12 Noon – 1 PM Rice, Fried Chicken, bihon and water Food Committee 1 – 4 PM Community Clean up (Divided people into groups) Program Committee and Volunteers 4:00-5 PM Closing Remarks and Thank you! Mr. Ombaw Macalangot
    • - 135 - Detailed Proposed Budget Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Markers 5 15 pesos each 75.00 Cartolinas 6 10 peos each 60.00 Jeepney Rental 2 1,000 Pesos/ day 2000.00 Broomsticks 30 15 pesos each 450.00 dustpans 15 25 pesos each 375.00 spoons 4 packs 50 pesos per pack 200.00 forks 4 packs 50 pesos per pack 200.00 water 150 bottles 13 pesos per bottle 1950.00 snacks 4 drums Pack lunches 150 packs 50 pesos per pack 7500.00 Grand Total: 10860.00 Output Indicators I will show a video or pictures of the whole community project. Sustainability Plan I will ask the City Mayor or the President of the Campus to provide a law order regarding of the cleanliness of the com- munity. Date Submitted Example: May 7, 2012 GREENLANDAN PROJECT “MAKING LANDAN A GREEN LAND THROUGH TREE PLANTING” MALIDA, JOVEN RYAN G. Contextual Background Environmental degradation is one among the various problems that every community encounters as of the present. Each day the damage continued to escalate because only few give its dangerous state a credit that it possesses a greater possibility of smashing people‘s lives including the communities and the whole world in a larger sense. The problem which is caused by humans themselves alarmed each one and had posed a challenge that necessi- tates immediate action. A minute late of action would imply centuries of greater damage. For us, Blaan, our life is connected and too attached with the environment. We can hardly live without interacting with the environment where we live. This is our life and this is where we can get something for living. In some aspects as of the present, it cannot anymore provide the need for enjoyment and happiness. If today‘s generation destroys it then to- morrow‘s children will suffer from it. There is really a need to address this environmental problem to prevent destruction otherwise we will shortcut the time frame the world has been set it to become. Moreover, the issue of climate change moved me to pursue doing some measures that will in some way help the environment. And, I have identified tree planting to be an activity that can involve by everyone in the community. Child- ren, youth and adult can well-participate in the activity. This project is entitled greenLandan. Green signifies abundance of land resources and thus, representative of the environment. Landan is the name of our community which is from a native plant existing in the place. Joined together, it becomes greenLandan. This activity shall be conducted on the opening day of the Barangay Anniversary of Landan, Au- gust 10, 2012. Instead of going physical on the first day of the celebration, we will go environmental. Actually, this project was already started in 2010 when I proposed it to the local council to become a component activity to the foundation anni- versary. Instead of going physical during the opening day, we shall all go environmental through tree planting and caring for the environment. Let us go green, let us join greenLandan.
    • - 136 - Contextual Problems in the Community There are several individuals in Barangay Landan who engaged in charcoal production. But lately, through the local council‘s efforts there was a gradual decrease of individuals who are engaging in such activities. Most of the people who are doing this are actually having the charcoal production for economic purposes. In short, this is the only source of living they can possibly have. Because of this and the vast agricultural plantations in the prone-to-landslide zones and even in the protected areas and land reserves, last September 2011, there was a flood that swiped eight houses near the river. The damage was esti- mated at least one-million pesos because the houses, properties and other things that each of the families had were quanti- fied. Community people really loved the environment but sometimes forget to do some actions that would aid and improve it. Community Needs Assessment Tree planting is needed in our community to restore its previous state, if not the original state. Another is, the people needs to be empowered to be responsible for the environment where they are living. Leadership activity is also seen as a potential project to be done in addressing the needs of the young people for empowerment and equipment. If they got a chance for exposures in various programs and activities, it will help them as a person and of becoming a better citizen for the community. Rationale Helping the environment regain and restore its original state is one among the reasons of organizing the tree plant- ing activity. Confronted with climate change and global warming issues today, a call to action is really needed. These were the baseline reasons why we intentionally propose to have the tree planting activity. We believe that in some level it addresses, if not in bigger scale, the problem on climate change. Tree planting may as well be seen as a long term solution to an immediate problem. Have in mind that the future generations‘ community relies on what we do today. It is somewhat very critical and crucial for any actions that we do for the environment. We must be inspired that even if we will not experience a better community today because of climate change but our children and our children‘s children will enjoy what we do today. Let us think that what we do is not for ourselves but for our children. Project Description greenLandan is a tree planting activity that involves all the community members. A coined word, green is a re- presentation of the environment and Landan is for our community. Two-hour activity, this will be conducted during the Opening Salvo of the Barangay Foundation Anniversary of Landan. Started in 2010, the project was actively-participated by the Local Council Members of Barangay Landan, staffs of Landan People‘s Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Landan Makabayan Magsasaka Cooperative, Landan National High School, Religious Sectors, Sangguniang Kabataan, Landan Elementary School, Empowered Youth Leaders and the Senior Citizen. This has become an annual activity that we are doing. Whenever there are groups who wish to plant in the area, we counted the trees planted as part of greenLandan. More than one hundred (100) individuals joined in every conduct of this tree planting. In the first year, we have invited a speaker from the Mahintana Foundation Incorporated, a non-profit organization, to speak about the climate change. Based on the official record, so far, we have planted 750 seedlings. The trees for planting are from the Mahintana Foundation which they give freely. For two years of implementation, there was a collaboration of various groups and individual partners that hap- pened. Because it will be on its 3rd year, it is expected that at least two hundred (200) participants shall be joining. They are from the various sectors that are existing in our barangay. Areas for planting shall be designated upon identifying the most prone to landslide and soil erosion. There shall be a special activity to identify Further, it is proposed that after the tree planting, poster making contest, quiz bee and a lecture shall be initiated. Engaging the students and exposing them would help them open their minds These additional activities shall be partici- pated by the high school students, elementary students and the out-of-school youth and adults from our barangay. Pre-registration of the interested participants shall be made one month before the activity be conducted in the des- ignated booth in the community. Volunteers shall facilitate the pre-registration. This is to assess the possible number of participants during the tree planting. Streamers will be posted in the conspicuous area two (2) weeks before. Promotions shall also be done in the
    • - 137 - nearby schools to incite the interest of the students and the community people to join. Expenses for this shall be from the money given by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cul- tural Affairs and the local partners from the area. Snacks shall be provided for the participants. Outputs shall be posted in the facebook. Reports shall then be submitted during the follow-on activity in the Phil- ippines. Estimated Overall Project Cost P 8,000.00 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be This greenLandan project is a tree planting activity that involves the children, youth and adult in its implementa- tion. It is expected that two hundred individuals will be coming and joining the activity. The local council members of Barangay Landan, Landan People‘s Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Landan Makabayan Magsasaka Cooperative, Motorcycle and Tricycle Associations shall be the partners for the implementation of this project. Entire community people shall be the direct beneficiaries of the project. Location of your own community: My community is at Barangay Lan- dan. This is at the northern part of the Municipality of Polomolok. Dominant- ly, it is populated with Blaan and a dis- tributed number amount of other ethnic groups. Location of the project community: The planting sites shall be identified by the committee on the environment. These sites are those that had been affected by landslides, soil erosion and are calamity-prone ones. Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community (Promotion of intergenerational, inter-ethnic, and interfaith relations). I am a member of a Protestant Sect, the Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches of the Philippines, locally known as Alliance. In the tree planting, it shall be involved by the Roman Catholic, the Muslim, the Lumad, elementary and high school students, office staffs and teachers, pineapple growers and laborers and the members of the local council of Barangay Landan. Participating Organization/s (Name and short description of organization; age group; who are the volunteers & their ethnicities/gender/age/religion; how many are the volunteers?) Organizations: Barangay Landan Council – This is comprised by the Barangay Captain, who is a Muslim, 7 Councilors (2 Chirstians and 5 Blaans), the secretary and the treasurer. The members of the Barangay Lupon, Conflict Resolution Committee, shall also be involved. Landan People‘s Multi-Purpose Cooperative – this is a cooperative founded in 1994 and have Blaan, Cebuano, Illongo and Muslim staffs. Their pineapple growers and the laborers will as well join in the tree planting. Landan Makabayan Magsasaka Cooperative – Another cooperative that has corn production as its major crop. These are Blaan, Christian and Muslim membered cooperative. LAMTODCO – a passenger tricycle and motorcycle drivers‘ association Landan National High School – Joining from this are the students and the teachers Landan Elementary School – pupils and teachers are also participating Senior Citizens Empowered Youth Leaders – a volunteer group that shall help facilitate the implementation of the project. At least eight (8) from this group will volunteer in the facilitation. There will be two hundred (200) individuals who will volunteer for the tree planting. Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles A mixed group of people shall be joining in the tree planting. Barangay Landan Council Hon. Guilly D. Lakim – Barangay Captain
    • - 138 - Hon. Jerome Y. Ante – Barangay Councilor Hon. Rebecca Diale – Barangay Councilor Hon. Tonio Cawe – Barangay Councilor Hon. Salvacion Fabulare – Barangay Councilor Hon. Ermie Ante – Barangay Councilor Hon. Nemuel Amarille – Barangay Councilor Hon. Jonathan Bagon – Barangay Councilor LPMPC Mary Jane F. Guttierez – LPMPC Manager Renilda Ranises – LPMPC Secretary Renilda Destacamento – Office Staff Nelson Lava – Office Staff Morante Tiwan – Agriculture Staff Jojo Aguilar – Office Staff LMMC George Lacorte – LMMC Manager Landan National High School Ninfa B. Macabenta – School Head Landan Elementary School Febille J. Rivera – School Head LAMTODCO Eddie Prior – Association President Senior Citizen Luciana V. Dimol Internal Strengths (1) Capacity to prepare concepts/proposals. (2) Ability to compel other organizations and associations to involve. (3) Access to individuals/personalities both inside the community and outside the community. (4) President of the Alumni Association of Landan Elementary School (Batch 1979-Batch 2006) (5) Organizer of ―Alay Sa Iyo Project, feeding program every December and the Summerlympic, Summer Sports Fest. (6) Teacher for the Out-of-School Youth and Adult (7) Project Coordinator of the School of the Living Traditions – Blaan Musical Instruments‘ Playing (8) Ad Hoc Member of the Culture and Arts Committee and of the Municipality of Polomolok (9) Technical Working Group Member of DepEd Night (Teacher‘s Night) every Flomlok Festival of the Municipality of Polomolok (10)Technical Working Group Member of the Kastifun Festival (IP Educators and Students gathering) every July and Indigenous People‘s Camp every October in the Province of South Cotabato (11) Founder of the Empowered Youth Leaders Association in Landan (12) Co-Founder of the LUMAD SOCSKSARGEN Internal Weaknesses (1) Unavailability of funds for the project implementations. (2) Time availability especially if the Department of Education (Alternative Learning System) has some activities that conflict with the community projects. (3) Parental Role/Family Obligations External Opportunities (1) Willingness of the local partners to support projects and program implementations. (2) Open-mindedness of the some members of the community for any project (3) Availability of volunteers who can help (4) Presence of the organizations in the community (5) Presence of the young people in the community (6) Peace and Order (7) Community members who are active to environmental projects
    • - 139 - (8) Schools External Threats (1) Active response of the local partners to projects (2) Politicians who are selfish (3) Private areas to be opened for the tree planting (4) Commitment of volunteers Vision In 10 years, 15, 000 trees shall be planted that makes Landan known as Greenland. Mission ―Making Landan a greenLand through tree planting‖ Goals (1) Planting trees in calamity-prone-areas (2) Develop a sense of responsibility for the community people (3) Empower the youth as next leaders (4) Provide activities to expose youths for their development and improvement (5) Exercise collaboration among the various sectors in the community Objectives (1) To plant 750 seedlings in soil erosion and landslide-prone areas. (2) To involve the young people in community engagement activities (3) To conduct trainings as an empowerment activities for the young people (4) To collaborate with the government organizations and non-government organizations within the community and outside the community Expected Output s (Concrete, touchable products) (1) 750 seedlings of trees planted (2) Visible active youth organization (3) Documentation of the activity conducted Framework (A) SEC. 2 Declaration of Policy - It is hereby declared the policy of the State to protect, develop and conserve its natural resources . Toward this end, it shall assist and support the implementation of plans, programs and projects formu- lated to preserve and enhance the environment, and at the same time pursue the socio-economic development goals of the country. It shall support and promote the sustainable development goals for the provinces through proper conservation, utilization and development of natural resources to provide optimum yields on a continuing basis. With specific reference to forest resources, the State shall pursue and implement forest conservation and protection through the imposition of a total commercial logging ban as hereinafter provided. It shall also adopt the necessary measures leading to the creation of an institutional machinery including among others, fiscal and financial programs to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of environmental plans, programs and projects. It shall also promote and encourage the involvement of all sectors of society and maximize people participation (including tribal groups) in natural resource management, conservation and protection. (REPUBLIC ACT 7611, AN ACT ADOPTING THE STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENT PLAN FOR PALAWAN, CREATING THE ADMINISTRATIVE MACHINERY TO ITS IMPLEMENTATION, CONVERTING THE PALA- WAN INTEGRATED AREA DEVELOPMENT PROJECT OFFICE TO ITS SUPPORT STAFF, PROVIDING FUNDS THEREFOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES) (B) Sec. 2. Declaration of Policy. - Consistent with the policy of the State to protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature, and in recognition of the vital role of the youth in nation building and the role of education to foster patriotism and nationalism, accelerate social progress, and promote total human liberation and development, the state shall promote national awareness on the role of natural re- sources in economic growth and the importance of environmental conservation and ecological balance towards sustained national development. Sec. 6. Interagency and Multi-sectoral Effort. - The DepEd, CHED, TESDA, DENR, DOST and other relevant
    • - 140 - agencies, in consultation with experts on the environment and the academe, shall lead in the implementation of public edu- cation and awareness programs on environmental protection and conservation through collaborative interagency and multi- sectoral effort at all levels. The DENR shall have the primary responsibility of periodically informing all agencies concerned on current envi- ronmental updates, including identifying priority environmental education issues for national action and providing strateg- ic advice on the environmental education activities. The DepEd, CHED, TESDA, DENR, DOST, DSWD and barangay units shall ensure that the information is disseminated to the subject students. The DOST is mandated to create programs that will ensure that students receive science-based quality information on environmental issues to encourage the development of environment-friendly solutions, devices, equipment and facili- ties. (Republic Act No. 9512, December 12, 2008, AN ACT TO PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES) Outcomes Sense of Responsibility of the community people for the environment Spirit of collaboration among various groups in the community Initiative to create programs and projects that can help people and the community Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Pre-Implementation 1.1 Present approved project proposal to the Lo- cal Council of Barangay Landan 1.2 Convene the local part- ners or the co-implementers and discuss the proposal 1.3 Identify the next criti- cal steps and the responsi- bility of each one during the implementation 1.4 Prepare promotion- al/information materials 1.5 Prepare/distribute soli- citation for the project 1.6 Conduct pre- registration and designate and pre-reg booth for the interested individuals 1.7 Post/Display streamers 1.8 Visit schools/communities and promote the tree planting activity 1.9 Purchase mate- rials/supplies for the poster making/quiz bee and lec- ture 2 Implementation 2.1 Collaborate with the organizations and the vo- lunteers 2.2 Conduct the tree plant- ing activity, poster making, quiz bee and lecture 2.3 Serve snacks
    • - 141 - 2.4 Award the winners for the contests 3 Post-Implementation 3.1 Conduct a post evalua- tion with the co- implementers and the vo- lunteers 3.2 Prepare post-evaluation report 3.3 Spiral bind the report 3.4 Submit/present the re- port during the follow-on activity Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: To discuss/present with co-implementers the concept for the activity and assign specif- ic tasks. # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Finan- cial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Present approved project proposal to the Local Council of Baran- gay Landan Joven Ryan G. Malida Barangay Landan Council/Empowered Youth Leaders 250 Jun 11 Jun 11 Proposal pre- sented/attendance sheet/photos 2 Convene the local partners or the co- implementers and discuss the pro- posal Joven Ryan G. Malida LPMPC/LMMC 250 Jun 13 Jun 13 Partners convened/minutes of meeting/photos 3 Identify the next critical steps and the responsibility of each one during the implementa- tion Joven Ryan G. Malida Barangay Coun- cil/LPMPC/LMMC/E YL 250 Jun 15 Jun 15 List of responsibilities with assigned individuals 4 Prepare promotion- al/ information materials Maryjane Sinajon Empowered Youth Leaders 1,500 Lay-out of the design 5 Prepare/distribute solicitation for the project Joven Ryan G. Malida Empowered Youth Leaders 500 Jun 18 Jul 6 Acknowledgement Receipt 6 Conduct pre- registration and designate and pre- reg booth for the interested individ- uals Guilord Segapo Empowered Youth Lead- ers/LPMPC/LMMC/B arangay Council 250 Jun 18 Jul 27 Pre-Registration Forms 7 Post/Display streamers Guilord Segapo Empowered Youth Leaders Jul 30 Jul 30 Streamers posted/displayed 8 Visit schools/communit ies and promote Joven Ryan G. Malida Empowered Youth Leaders Jul 30 Aug 3 Photos
    • - 142 - the tree planting activity 9 Purchase sup- plies/materials for poster mak- ing/quiz bee and lecture Marjyane Sina- jon/Guilor d Segapo Empowered Youth Leaders 500 Jul 30 Jul 30 Materials available Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: Through collaboration, the project at this level shall be implemented. # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Finan- cial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Collaborate with the organizations and the volunteers Joven Ryan G. Mali- da/Maryjane Sinajon EYL/Barangay Coun- cil/LPMPC/LM MC 250 Aug 6 Aug 10 2 Conduct the tree planting activity, poster making, quiz bee and lec- ture Joven Ryan G. Malida Empowered Youth Lead- ers/LPMPC/LM MC 2,500 Aug 10 Aug 10 Trees planted/photos/attendance sheet 3 Serve snacks Mary Jane Guttierez LPMPC/LMMC 1,000 Aug 10 Aug 10 Snack served 4 Award the win- ners for the con- tests Joven Ryan G. Malida EYL/LPMPC/L MMC - Aug 10 Aug 10 Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: To check whether the project has been very beneficial or disadvantageous for the com- munity and the people. # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Part- ners Material & Finan- cial Re- sources Needed Begin Date En d Dat e Evaluation of Success 1 Conduct a post evaluation with the co- implementers and the volunteers Joven Ryan G. Malida EYL/Barangay Coun- cil/LPMPC/LMMC 250 Aug 17 Au g 17 Post Evaluation Sheet 2 Prepare post- evaluation report Joven Ryan G. Malida EYL Aug 18 Au g 25 Post Evaluation Report 3 Spiral bind the report Mary- jane Sinajon EYL 500 Aug 26 Au g 28 Report bind 4 Submit/present the report during the follow-on ac- tivity Joven Ryan G. Malida - Sep Sep Report pre- sented/submitted/Photos Strategies of Implementation (For example: lectures, art work, tree planting, group discussion, workshop on how to write proposals, writing letters to public officials, etc.?) This greenLandan is a tree planting activity participated by the community people, local cooperatives, schools and the barangay council.
    • - 143 - Concept for the activity shall be prepared by the proponent. As soon as this shall be approved, it shall be presented to the Barangay Council Members and to the co-implementers of the tree planting. Intentionally, this process should be done to get their ideas and suggestions for the matter. After assigning the responsibilities, preparations for the project shall be started. There shall be collaboration among the implementers so as to have uniform process in doing the respective tasks given. It shall be up to the evaluation period of the project. Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date August 10, 2012 Time Whole morning, 6am – 11:30 am Place Barangay Landan Time Activities Persons in Charge 5:30 AM, Assembly time Tree planters gather in the plaza Guilord Segapo/Kelvin Jeff 5:45 AM Orientation for the greenLandan and the sites for planting Joven Ryan G. Malida 6 AM – 8 AM Proceed to the planting sites and start planting Maryjane Sinajon 8 AM - 10 AM Poster Making Josseth, Facilitator 10:00-10:45 AM Quiz Bee Maryjane Sinajon, Quiz Master Lecture on Environment-Friendly Com- munity Joven Ryan G. Malida, Facilitator 10:45-11:30 AM Awarding Joven Ryan G. Malida/EYL Detailed Proposed Budget (Estimated Costs in Philippine Pesos) Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Food and Snacks (from the preparation to imple- mentation to evalutation) US Department of State 200 12.50 each 2,500.00 Supplies and Materials US Department of State 500.00 - pencil 6 8 48 - cartolina 10 6 60 - crayons 10 20 200 - illustration board 5 20 100 - bond paper 92 Spiral Binding US Department of State 10 50 500 Streamers/Information Materials Local Partners(LPMPC, LMMC) 3 500 1,500 Fare US Department of State 500 Prizes Local Partners (Sang- guniang Kabataan) 2,500 Grand Total: P 8,000.00 Output Indicators (1) Attendance Sheets (2) Solicitation Letters (3) Photos (4) Certificates (5) Acknowledgment Receipts Sustainability Plan (How can the community be successful after you leave? How can the efforts continue when you are gone?) (1) Resolution adapting the greenLandan Project has been made. (2) Local cooperatives regularly conduct the tree planting activity as part of their advocacy and of greenLandan Project as well. (3) Educate the community and implant in their minds the importance of the tree planting activity. Date Submitted May 8, 2012
    • - 144 - LUNTIANG HAKBANG PARA SA KALIKASAN ADOPT-A-WATERSHED AND TREE PLANTING ACTIVITY MASTURA, CEDRICK CABALES Contextual Background Maguindanao is a province composed of 36 municipalities, which are further subdivided into 506 barangays. Of this area, the Metro Cotabato Water District (MCWD) is one of the major water supply development institution in the province. Its services cover the area of Cotabato City and the neighboring communities at large. MCWD taps the Dimapatoy watershed as its source of water to be processed for potable use of the locals. Al- though the MCWD is one of the major providers of potable water in the province, there are many locals who find the watershed area a source of their local water needs. This watershed is largely located at the Municipalities of Datu Odin Sinsuat and Upi, in the Province of Maguindanao. Aside from that, there are sporadic water wells and other suppliers in the nearby towns that obtain their potable water from this natural water reservoir. As of now, major movements on have been initiated to sustain the watershed‘s capacity to continuously pro- vided potable water for the communities since this has also been another victim of illegal logging and forest denuda- tion. Still, current group and individual efforts by the government, non-government and socio-civic organization com- ing from the public and private sectors alone cannot fully solve the degrading condition of the watershed area. Contextual Problems in the Community Potable water has always been a basic need of every individual. As such, the International Human Rights Law points out specific key aspects of the right to water. Some of such points include, but are not limited, to the following: - the water supply for each person must be sufficient and continuous to cover personal and domestic uses; - water for personal and domestic uses must be safe and acceptable; - water and sanitation facilities must be physically accessible; - water services must be affordable to all; and others. As such, some of these key aspects are not observed in the communities because of scarcity of clean and safe water supply or, that provision of a supply line is too expensive or the source is really far from the respective homes of the locals. The situation is usually exacerbated by higher costs of water supply connections since the watershed area in not holding that much water anymore due to illegal logging before and forest denudation. Community Needs Assessment Understanding the root cause of the water supply problem, it is but a necessary move to thicken the forest of the watershed so that it would hold enough water to supply for the local users. Planting more trees in the watershed area might provide a long-term solution to the problem but if no action shall be taken to address the issue, the situation might become worse than ever. Active movements on rehabilitating and reforestation of the Dimapatoy Watershed is a crucial step to further the life of the water source. This act then would increase the quality and quantity of the held water by the watershed area, especially on the long-run. Rationale A watershed would eventually dry up if nothing would keep it from holding the water in the water table part of the soil strata. Basically, the root systems of trees greatly help in maintaining the water at the area. The more trees there are, the better absorption and holding capacity there is for the watershed. To preserve the capacity and value of the watershed, it is imperative that people act concretely in saving and preserving the natural water reservoir present in the Dimapatoy watershed. Furthermore, conducting tree planting activies in the watershed positively assures a continuous supply of safe and clean potable water, not only for the its current users but more importantly, for the future generations to come. Project Description Luntiang Hakbang para sa Kalikasan is a one-day activity that involves a tree planting engagement in an adopted watershed area. This project a participatory process in engaging the local community, as well other institutions from the government and non-government (public and private) sectors into a concentrated effort to actively care and value the importance of this natural treasure to our daily lives. By empowering and mobilizing people from different age groups, faiths, cultural, as well as occupational backgrounds, the activity also intends to raise awareness of the impor- tance of environmental care, most especially water, and the thrust of sustainable development in the community. Expected community partners for the activity involve, at least, 30 participants coming from different socio-civic or- ganizations, public and private institutions, government agencies and other volunteers in Cotabato City and its neigh-
    • - 145 - boring communities in the province of Maguindanao. The activity is set to be realized in a designated area by the De- partment of Environment and Natural Resources-ARMM and the Local Government Unit at the Dimapatoy watershed in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. The duration for the pre-, during and post-implementation of the project will be three months starting June up to August 2012. Estimated Overall Project Cost Php 11,850.00 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be My community is at Poblacion Dalumangcob, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. The project will be implemented at the Dimapatoy watershed area in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. The approximately 30-man working team will be coming from various government offices, non-government organizations and socio-civic groups. The people of Cota- bato City and other neighboring communities is expected to largely benefit from this project on a short- and long-term basis. In a nutshell, all people who access and utilize the water from the said watershed for drinking and any other purpose will definitely benefit from this project. Location of your own commu- nity: Poblacion Dalumangcob, Sultan Kudarat, Ma- guindanao Location of the project communi- ty: Dimapatoy watershed in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community I am an Islam believer and the faiths of my project‘s participants encompass Islam, Roman Catholic, and Protestants. For my ethnicity, I am a Maguindanaon-Cebuano whilst the profile of my participants includes Maguindanaon, Cebu- ano, Ilonggo, Iloko and Maranao, Tagalog and others. Participating Organization/s I will work with the following organizations for my project:  Kasiglahan Respect Peace and Reconciliation Alumni Association (This is an informal volunteer organization which have been engaging in youth and grassroots community work since 2000. The organizational force includes approximately 50-60 volunteers, including professional nurses, engineers, accountants, educators and other civic welfare leaders, with their ages ranging from 14-50 years old.)  Ayala Young Leaders Alliance – Dose (This is a volunteer group of mostly alumni of the annual Ayala Young Leaders Congress who are very much active in socio-civic engagements. The members of this organization run around 30-50 people over the span of Region XII and their ages range from 19 to 35 years old.)  Young Advocates for Peace and Development Network, Inc. (This is my newly-established non-governmental or- ganization that works towards peace, development and empowerment of the Central Mindanao area, tapping the la- tent potentials of the youth in particular. Most of the members of this organization were graduates of the Congres- sional Internship Program for Young Mindanao Leaders, a program funded by the USAID-Growth with Equity in Mindanao, in partnership with the Philippine House of Representatives and the University of the Philippines- National College of Public Administration and Governance. The core members are composed of the 8 founding members and the organization‘s membership is growing fast. They are composed usually of young professionals ranging from 21 to 45 years old.)  The Vice Governor and Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the Province of Maguindanao (Since the project will be implemented in the area, I will also coordinate with the Local Government Unit of Maguindanao, particularly with regards to volunteer and funds mobilization.)  Notre Dame University Peer Counselors Group, United Scholars and Grantees Organization, College of Business and Accountancy Student Council, Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants and Junior Philippine Institute of Management Accountants-Notre Dame University Chapter (These are student organizations in Notre Dame Uni- versity who I can tap as volunteers for outreach projects. Since they usually conduct such programs every year, I can lobby for their support to adopt this project as their outreach activity. We will be partners in realizing this project for the identified community. They can help to fill in the needed manpower resources for the conduct of the project.)  Department of Environment and Natural Resources - ARMM (This government agency is the main arm of the Philippine government in stewarding and caring for the wealth of nature and the immediate environment of the country.)  Local Government Unit of the Municipality of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (This local government office is covers the jurisdiction of the proposed site of the project for implementation.)  KARANCHO, Inc. – Maguindanao and Cotabato City Chapters (This is a socio-civic organization that runs ap- proximately 500+ members-strong. They usually engaged in community service projects in their respective areas of jurisdiction.)  Philippines National Police and Philippine Army (These soldiers and policemen also usually engaged in socio-
    • - 146 - civic activities, more than just keeping the people in the community safe and peaceful.)  AFS, PYLP-ACCESS, CIPYML and other volunteers (This includes all the alumni of the AFS, PYLP-ACCESS and CIPYML who are in Cotabato City and Maguindanao as of the time of project preparation and implementation. Members range from as young as 15 years old to 55 years of age.) Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles  Mr. Cedrick C. Mastura – Project Implementor, PYLP 9 Adult Leader  Mr. Morsidin A. Husain – President, Young Advocates for Peace and Development Network, Inc.  Dr. Cecilia N. Pareñas, RGC – Director, Notre Dame University Guidance and Testing Center  Dr. Teresa N. Pia – Dean, College of Business and Accountancy, Notre Dame University  Hon. Datu Ismael V. Mastura – Vice Governor, Province of Maguindanao  Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Province of Maguindanao  Mr. Anwar Emblawa – Focal Person, AFS/PYLP-ACCESS Alumni - Cotabato Chapter  Dr. Abubacar M. Datumanong – Assistant Regional Director, Dept. of Trade and Industry-ARMM  Mr. Anthony A. Landero – Co-Area Coordinator, Ayala Young Leaders Alliance - Dose  Sec. Kahar Kedtag –Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources-ARMM  Ms. Farhanah Mastura – Past President, United Scholars and Grantees Organization/Kasiglahan  Mr. Arnold Ayao – Chairman, Karancho, Inc. – Cotabato City Chapter  Mr. Dicalingan Masla – Chairman, Karancho, Inc. – Sultan Kudarat Chapter  Mr. Habib Mastura – Chairman, Karancho, Inc. – Region XII  Prof. Mae Alma C. Pedrosa, CPA– Adviser, JPIA and JPAMA – NDU Chapter Internal Strengths  There is already an active volume of eager and passionate volunteers who can be tapped anytime to do community extension works  Organized groups who work for this kind of community development projects already existed  Alumni groups of AFS and PYLP-ACCESS are willing to partake and extend help with the project implementation Internal Weaknesses  There are limited funds and other resources, except manpower, for project implementation  Logistical works may not be so efficient since there is a need to fix a common time for everyone  There is a possibility of weak political support from some members of the local government unit  A considerable problem of transporting all of the participating volunteers and partners to the watershed area External Opportunities  Resource mobilization assistance from other sources are available (tree seedling can be provided by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-ARMM)  Support from individual youth volunteers, as well as socio-civic organizations, are offered  The DENR-ARMM and LGU of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao can already fix the area in Dimapatoy that the group can adopt and plant tree seedlings on External Threats  Some community participants are passive and apathetic  One-shot mentality; no monitoring activities were developed in the past projects  Some participants may attend because with the purpose of personal benefit only (snacks)  Possible rain and other unexpected weather conditions not suitable for the proper conduct of the activity in the wa- tershed area Vision The Luntiang Hakbang para sa Kalikasan envisions to uplift and sustain the quality standards of living in Maguin- danao through safe and secure source of potable water. Mission Through the activity, we will be able to empower and utilize a collective force of a multi-sectoral volunteer group that would rehabilitate and preserve the Dimapatoy watershed as an adopted community engagement. Goals The activity aims: a. to help rehabilitate the condition of the watershed area; b. to nurture a community of volunteers who care for the environment and take an active part in preserving and pro- tecting this natural wealth; c. to form persons with social conscience and responsibility, not only between persons but with the environment as well;
    • - 147 - d. to nurture a community of stakeholders and partners (especially the youth) valuing and sharing this vision-mission and working towards its attainment. Objectives  Engage approximately 30 project partners in this 1-day tree planting activity  Increase awareness on the importance of taking care and protecting the environment , especially for the youth vo- lunteers  Empower individuals and various sectors in the community to conduct/engage with developmental projects about the environment  Plant approximately 100 tree seedlings in the to-be-adopted watershed area  Develop a sense of care and support to each other in the community and environment beyond the any borders of ethnicity, religion, personal values, etc. Expected Outputs  Planted approximately 100 tree seedlings in the Dimapatoy watershed area  Attendance sheets that include at least thirty (30) project partners  Documentation of the activity that shows the realization of the project‘s objectives  Video and/or photo documentation of the activity proceedings  A pact of support in adopting the said watershed area  Press release of the activity in a local newspaper, radio or on an online blog Framework The proposed activity is based and designed on the following frameworks: EXPLICIT RECOGNITION a. United Nations General Assembly Resolution 64/292: Human right to water and sanitation, 3 August 20101 […] 1. Recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights; 2. Calls upon States and international organizations to provide financial resources, capacity-building and tech- nology transfer, through international assistance and cooperation, in particular to developing countries, in order to scale up efforts to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all; b. Convention on the Rights of the Child, 19892 Article 24 1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health […] 2. States Parties shall pursue full implementation of this right and, in particular, shall take appropriate meas- ures: […]3 c) to combat disease and malnutrition, including within the framework of primary health care, through, in- ter alia, the application of readily available technology and through the provision of adequate nutritious foods and clean drinking water, taking into consideration the dangers and risks of environmental pollution; […] c. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, 19794 Article 14 2. States parties shall take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in rural areas in order to ensure, on a basis of equality of men and women, that they participate in and benefit from rural devel- opment and, in particular, shall ensure to women the right: […] h) To enjoy adequate living conditions, particularly in relation to housing, sanitation, electricity and water supply, transport and communication. d. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 20065 Article 28: Adequate standard of living and social protection 1. States Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions, and shall take appropriate steps to safeguard and promote the realization of this right without dis- crimination on the basis of disability.
    • - 148 - 2. States Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to social protection and to the enjoyment of that right without discrimination on the basis of disability, and shall take appropriate steps to safeguard and pro- mote the realization of this right, including measures: a) To ensure equal access by persons with disabilities to clean water services, and to ensure access to ap- propriate and affordable services, devices and other assistance for disability-related needs; […] IMPLICIT RECOGNITION e. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 19666 Article 28: Adequate standard of living and social protection 1. Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbi- trarily deprived of his life. YOUTH INVOLVEMENT IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT f. Republic Act No. 8044 (Youth in Nation-Building Act of 1995) Section 2. ―The State recognizes its responsibility to enable the youth to fulfill their vital role in nation- building…‖ Section 2, Paragraph 3. […] a) Promotion and protection of the physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being of the youth to the end that the youth realize their potential for improving the quality of life; b) Inculcation in the youth of patriotism, nationalism and other basic desirable values to infuse in them faith in the Creator, belief in the sanctity of life and dignity of the human person, conviction for the strength and unity of the family and adherence to truth and justice; c) Encouragement of youth involvement in character-building and development activities for civic- efficiency, stewardship of natural resources, agricultural and industrial productivity, and an understanding of world economic commitments on tariffs and trade and participation in structures for policy-making and pro- gram implementation to reduce the incidence of poverty and accelerate socioeconomic development; and, d) Mobilization of youth‘s abilities, talents and skills and redirecting their creativity, inventive genius and wellspring of enthusiasm and hope for the freedom of our people from fear, hunger and injustice. 1 A/RES/64/292, available at: http://www.un.org/en/ga/64/resolutions.shtml 2 GA Res. 44/25, annex, 44 UN GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 167, UN Doc. A/44/49 (1989), entered into force 2 September 1990. At: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/crc.htm 3 CESCR, General Comment No. 15 on the Right to Water, para. 3. 4 GA Res. 34/180, 34 U.N. UN GAOR Supp. (No. 46) at 193, UN Doc. A/34/46 (1979), entered into force 3 September 1981. At: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/text/econvention.htm 5 61 UN GAOR, Supp. (No. 49), UN Doc. A/RES/61/106 (2007). Entry into force 3 April 2008. Available at: http://www.un.org/disabilities/convention/conventionfull.shtml. The Convention entered into force on 12 May 2008. For information on status of ratification and membership, see http://www.un.org/disabilities/ 6 GA Res. 2200A (XXI), 21 UN GAOR Supp.(No. 16) at 52, UN Doc A/6316 (1966), 999 U.N.T.S. 171. En- tered into force 23 March 1976. At: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/ccpr.htm Outcomes  Approximately, thirty (30) project partners will develop a sense of ownership and stewardship of the adopted wa- tershed area in Dimapatoy, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.  Participants will have a broader understanding of the importance of the watershed in the provision of clean and safe potable water in various Maguindanao municipalities/communities.  People will have heightened awareness on peace with the environment, respect for diversity and nature, interfaith and intercultural engagements and the value of life (through clean and safe drinking water). Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory X X 2 Implementation X
    • - 149 - 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: 1. Consultative meeting with project partners and other parties involved; courtesy calls 2. Identification and profiling of possible participants 3. Planning and delegation of tasks to project partners 4. Presentation/validation of task delegation to various stakeholders 5. Printing and dissemination of invitations to final project partners (physical and online) 6. Preparation of project proposal for additional funds 7. Lobbying of support from other stakeholders/possible partners 8. Search and reservation of venue for the opening program and watershed area for adoption 9. Checking of availability and preparation of materials needed for the activity Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: 1. Volunteer orientation/opening program 2. Registration 3. Activity proper Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: 1. Monitoring and Evaluation 2. Accounting of project expenses 3. Ocular Inspection of the Adopted Watershed Area (Follow-on Activity) 4. Post-activity Report Generation
    • 150 Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Finan- cial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Consultative meeting with project partners and other parties involved; courtesy calls Cedrick C. Mastura LGU-Datu Odin Sinsuat, SP- Maguindanao, AFS/PYLP- ACCESS/CIPYML Alumni, AYLA, KARANCHO, Inc., PNP, DENR- ARMM, YAPDN, Other Civic  Bond paper  Pens  Laptop/ Computer  Printer  Inks  Transportation ex- penses  Communication expenses June 1, 2012 June 8, 2012 Coordinated with partners and attained their active support to the project to be implemented 2 Identification and profiling of possible participants June 6, 2012 June 10, 2012 Identified and profiled the target participants in the area 3 Planning and delegation of tasks to project partners June 11, 2012 June 17, 2012 Task delegation plan prepared 4 Presentation/validation of task delegation to various stakeholders Dr. Abubacar M. Datumanong, LGU-Datu Odin Sinsuat, SP- Maguindanao, AFS/PYLP- ACCESS/CIPYML Alumni, AYLA, KARANCHO, Inc., PNP, DENR- ARMM, YAPDN, Other Civic Vo- lunteer Groups June 18, 2012 June 19, 2012 Task delegation plan presented and approved by the project partners 5 Printing and dissemination of invitations to final project partners (physical and online) SP-Maguindanao, AFS/PYLP- ACCESS/CIPYML Alumni, AYLA, KARANCHO, Inc., PNP, DENR- ARMM, Civic Volunteer Groups June 20, 2012 June 22, 2012 Printed the approved invitations and/or posted online invitations to social networking accounts of project partners 6 Preparation of project pro- posal for additional funds YAPDN, SP-Maguindanao, AFS/PYLP-ACCESS/CIPYML Alumni, AYLA, KARANCHO, Inc. June 23, 2012 June 24, 2012 Drafted project proposal/s on the matter of the activity for addi- tional fund requests 7 Lobbying of support from other stakeholders/ possible partners June 25, 2012 June 30, 2012 Achieved additional funding support from other sources and possible partners 8 Search and reservation of venue for the opening pro- gram and watershed area for adoption KARANCHO - Sultan Ku- darat Chapter Dr. Abubacar M. Datumanong, LGU-Datu Odin Sinsuat, SP- Maguindanao, AFS/PYLP- ACCESS/CIPYML Alumni, AYLA, KARANCHO, Inc., PNP, DENR- ARMM, YAPDN, Other Civic Vo- lunteer Groups July 1, 2012 July 5, 2012 Found and reserved an area for the conduct of the activity 9 Checking of availability and preparation of materials needed for the activity Cedrick C. Mastura July 6, 2012 July 20, 2012 Availability of material checked; Needed materials procured and prepared for the activity proper
    • 151 Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Finan- cial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Volunteer orienta- tion/opening program Cedrick C. Mastura Dr. Abubacar M. Datumanong, LGU- Datu Odin Sinsuat, SP-Maguindanao, AFS/PYLP-ACCESS/CIPYML Alumni, AYLA, KARANCHO, Inc., PNP, DENR-ARMM, YAPDN, Other Civic Volunteer Groups  Food (snack)  Sound System  Extension Wire  Camera/Video  Tarpaulin  Program July 22 2012 July 22, 2012 Oriented all the volunteers for the project and the activities to be conducted, assigned them in working groups for tasking 2 Registration  Registration Sheets  Pens  Markers Registration went smoothly and registration sheets were done properly; Domumentation through photos and/or video 3 Activity proper  Certificates  Markers/Pens  Gardening tools  Seedlings Conducted activity on time and with approximately 30 project partners; Planted at least 100 seedlings at the watershed area Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage 2 Accounting of project ex- penses Cedrick C. Mastura Dr. Abubacar M. Datumanong, LGU- Datu Odin Sinsuat, SP-Maguindanao, AFS/PYLP-ACCESS/CIPYML Alumni, AYLA, KARANCHO, Inc., PNP, DENR-ARMM, YAPDN, Other Civic Volunteer Groups  Bond paper  Laptop/Computer  Printer  Inks  Pens  Calculator July 23, 2012 July 30, 2012 All activity costs accounted for, receipts are complete and finan- cial statements audited 3 Ocular Inspection of the Adopted Watershed Area (Follow-on Activity)  Notebook  Pens  Camera/Video  Transportation expenses  Communication expenses Aug 20, 2012 Aug 20 , 2012 Documented progress of the project in the adopted area; Seedlings are growing healthy and less than 25% mortality rate from the time of planting until the ocular inspection 4 Post-Activity Report Gen- eration  Bond paper  Laptop/Computer  Printer  Inks  Pens Aug 20, 2012 Aug 22, 2012 Prepared a post-activity report with photo documentation; up- loading of report to the yahoo- groups and printing of hard copy report
    • Strategies of Implementation Strategies involved in the project are tree planting and community organizing with similar objective groups. Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date July 22, 2012 Time 1 day, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Place Dimapatoy watershed, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Time Activities Persons in Charge DAY 1 7:30 AM Departure 8:00 AM Arrival in Opening Program venue at CCSPC Gymnasium (tenta- tive)/Registration Proper Zed, Assigned Volunteers 8:30 AM Opening Remarks Zed 8:40-9:00 AM Activity Primer Messages from Project Partner Leaders Zed Project Partner Leaders 9:00-9:30 AM Final instructions and assignments Snacks Zed, Project Partner Leaders Assigned volunteers 9:30-10:00 AM Travel to project site Zed, PNP, DENR-ARMM, KARAN- CHO, Inc. 10:00 AM-12:00 NN Activity Proper Zed, Project Partner Leaders 12:00 NN-1:00 PM Lunch Zed, Assigned volunteers 1:00-3:00 PM Activity Proper (continuation) Zed, Project Partner Leaders 3:00-4:30 PM Snacks and awarding of certificates Photo sessions Zed, Project Partner Leaders 4:30 PM Dismissal Detailed Proposed Budget Items Source/s of Fund- ing or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Running Total Laptop/ Computer SP-Maguindanao, Zed 1 unit Seedlings DENR-ARMM 100 pieces Gardening Tools Volunteers Sound System LGU-Datu Odin SinsuatExtension Wire 2 pieces Camera/Video Zed 2 units Calculator Zed 1 unit Printer/ Printing Services Seed money ($100) + donations and raised funds 100 prints (P8.00/print) 800.00 800.00 Tarpaulin 1 piece (4ft x 8ft) 800.00 1,600.00 Inks (refills) 6 bottles – black 3 bottles - colored 600.00 2,200.00 Bond paper (short) 2 rims 500.00 2,700.00 Pens 1 box 150.00 2,850.00 Certificates 10 packs (10sheets/pack) 600.00 3,450.00 Meals 30 meals x P60.00 1,800.00 5,250.00 Snacks 2 times/day x 30 packs x P30.00 1,800.00 7,050.00 Transportation expenses 2,000.00 9,050.00 Communication expenses 800.00 9,850.00 Other incidental expenses 2,000.00 11,850.00 Grand Total: Php 11,850.00 Output Indicators - Adoption of an assigned watershed area in Dimapatoy, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao - 100 tree seedlings planted in the designated area
    • 153 - Documentation of the activity Sustainability Plan - Adoption of the project by the local community (LGU and DENR, AFS/PYLP/CIPYML Alumni) Date Submitted June 1, 2012 H.E.A.L.T.H.: IN YOUR HANDS (HUMAN EMPOWERMENT AND LEADERSHIP TOWARDS HEALTH) NAVARRO, MARIA JOANNA, RN Contextual Background After the Typhoon Sendong had devastated parts of Iligan City, many people lost their love ones, lost their homes. The government and other non-government organizations had provided support on food and shelter relief operations. Families were given temporary shelters known as the ―tent city‖, in which each family that has no shelter to stay can be temporarily accommodated. The tragedy affected Muslims and non-Muslim people that lived in that area. Contextual Problems in the Community Though there are still continuous relief operations on food, water and shelter of the people living in the tent city, there is still no assurance of sustainability. Health of the people living there is at stake, since there is no enough water to be used for drinking and bathing, this affects their sanitation and hygiene especially for child- ren. Some people in the community are not aware of the proper management on common household accidents like wound, nose bleeding, dog bites, and choking, thus predisposing them to immediate health problems and safety, and increase financial instability. Having a large population in the tent city there is no proper environ- mental garbage segregation, this would probably contributes to contamination of water and food that would contribute to problem in health. Community Needs Assessment The health status of the community in terms of proper health practices must be assessed. Assessment on people‘s perspective and importance of management on common household accidents. The system of garbage disposal of the community must be assessed on its effectivity in preventing illnesses caused by improper gar- bage disposal. Rationale This project would help the people in the community develop their sense of responsibility in their own health and safety at home. They will be able to recognize and identify their roles in maintaining their communities clean in terms of proper garbage disposal. Project Description This project entitled ―Health in your Hands‖ aims to promote empowerment, social awareness and personal involvement on health, emergency management and environmental sanitation. This is a 1-day activity that in- volves families of different religion and from different culture in the community, involving parents and child- ren. The project will build a Youth-Friendly Health Information Bulletin that promotes consciousness on civic responsibility in maintaining good health and good environment. Estimated Overall Project Cost P 8550 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be The community where I am from is far from where the project will be implemented. The community where it will be implemented was affected by Typhoon Sendong and washed all the houses and properties there. My community partners will be the barangay officials and those who worked at the barangay health center. The families affected by Typhoon Sendong where mostly can‘t afford to buy a new house to live in, some of the families lost family members during the tragedy. Location of your own community: Tubod, Iligan City Philippines Location of the project communi- ty: Barangay Tambo, Iligan City Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community I am a Roman Catholic and a Cebuano. The people in the Project‘s community were of from different religion: Islam, Catholics, Christians, Iglesia ni Cristo, Seventh day Adventist etc, from different ethnicity: Cebuano,
    • 154 Hiligaynon, Maguindanao, Meranao, Tausugs etc. who were affected by the flood. Participating Organization/s Boy Scout of the Philippines/ Rover Scout – non-profit organization used to engage and encourage youth to social civic activity Red Cross Youth Iligan City Chapter- organization of youth that promotes social awareness on emergency pre- paredness Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity and Sorority – non-profit organization that engage youth and students to the prin- ciples of leadership, friendship and service City Health Office – government organization that involves in promoting health of the people in the community Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles Marcy E. Navarro – MSU – ISED Science High School Teacher Nelson S. Ganancial – MSU- History Department teacher, Scout Master – Marawi City Council Arnel Pimping – MSU- APO- Beta Upsilon Chapter Alumni Officer Saliha Lomondot, RN – Registered Nurse – RNHEALS Program Juhairi Lumontod,RN – Staff Nurse – Amai Pakpak Medical Center Jed Patrick Catalan, RN – Registered Nurse/ Clinical Instructor in Nursing Carl Balieste, RN – Head Officer- City Health Office, Iligan City Leah Micayabas- Member- Apha Phi Omega Elizalde Bana – Registered Nurse- MSU IIT Internal Strengths Motivated staff and volunteers that are committed to civic engagement and communty service Structured system of education to employ building blocks for learning and success address to immediate concern of the community Internal Weaknesses Lack of manpower, uninterested community people, Non-participative barangay officials, no concrete building/venue, insufficient funds lack of equipments, lack of funding agencies External Opportunities Link with other government and non-government agencies with the same advocacy Rising health consciousness among people and civic engagement on health and sanitation External Threats Maintenance and sustainability of the community Commitment of the community to health promotion and awareness Vision “To become the leading youth-oriented program on empowering people for responsible civic engagement, community service and health awareness; involving themselves in a diverse community promoting peace and unity. Mission "We help the community of Iligan City and nearby areas to live healthier lives by providing health information- education-dissemination campaign, empowering people on health awareness and civic responsibility in main- taining a healthy and clean community. Goals The goal of this project is to promote human empowerment on health, safety and environmental awareness through community engagement. Objectives This project therefore hopes to achieve the following objectives: 1. To provide a broader orientation and raise awareness of health promotion and environmental sanitation 2. To develop values and attitudes of civic engagement and empowerment which will ultimately lead to action for a more peaceful world 3. To involve participants in the different creative and participatory activities and approaches in health educa-
    • 155 tion and civic responsibility Expected Output s The project outputs include (1) A documentation or terminal report that will be submitted to the funding agencies. This will include hardcopies of the workshop modules, hand outs, activity sheets, and other workshop outputs in- cluding photos; (2) Formation of a Health Information-Education-Dissemination Team (Health IED Team) who will be responsible for the integration of the Health Education component into the regular information-education- dissemination system. This means part of the responsibilities of the IED would be the development of a Health Education prospectus that can be integrated into the present programs of the government on health centers (3) Building of a Youth- Friendly Health Bulletin in the community to promote and raise awareness, and empower people in health promotion and civic engagement. Framework The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 25. (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of live- lihood in circumstances beyond his control. (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection. Article 26. (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and funda- mental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthen- ing of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Na- tions for the maintenance of peace. (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children. Article 29. (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his perso- nality is possible. (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society. (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations. The Constitution of Philippines Adopted 15 October 1986, amended 1987 Article 13 SEC. 11. The State shall adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development which shall endeavour to make essential goods, health and other social services available to all people at affordable cost. There shall be priority for the needs of the underprivileged sick, elderly, disabled, women, and children. The State shall endeavour to provide free medical care to paupers. Outcomes (Behavioral Results) Raise awareness and consciousness of healthful practices, safety and environmental sanitation Develop a sense of Civic responsibility and engagement in the community People empowerment Leadership and participation of community residents
    • 156 Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases May June July August 1 Preparatory X X 2 Implementation X 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: Community working to solve its own problem. Direction is established internally and externally # Action Plan Lead Person Organiza- tional Part- ners Material & Finan- cial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Meeting with the community offi- cials Maria Joanna Navarro and Marcy Navarro Boy Scout of the Philip- pines Letter of communi- cation May 28, 2012 June 1, 2012 Approval of the community officials 2 Assessment of the present status of the community in terms of health and environmental sa- nitation Do ocular survey of communities. Maria Joanna Navarro and Saliha Lomondot Red Cross Youth Paper Pen Survey sheets June 2, 2012 June 3, 2012 Completed Sur- vey sheets 3 Identifying the key persons in the community Maria Joanna Alpha Phi Omega Letter of communi- cation June 2, 2012 June 3, 2012 Response for support in the program 4 networking with local government and non govern- ment agencies Maria Joanna Navarro and Elizalde Bana Red Cross Youth Letter of communi- cation June 4, 2012 June 6, 2012 Response of support from the agencies 5 Meeting with the barangay officials, key persons in the community and the facilitators and volunteers of the program, and in- volve them in planning the pro- gram Maria Joanna and Marcy Navarro Boy Scout of the Philip- pines Agenda sheet Project proposal June 9, 2012 June 9, 2012 Response of approval and support 6 Follow- up meet- ing on the program Maria Joanna and Saliha Lomondot Red Cross Youth Project proposal June 23, 2012 June 23, 2012 Come up with the project plan 7 Assigning specific group of persons to do specific task and responsibilities in the program Maria Joanna and Jed Pa- trick Boy Scout of the Phil Task sheet June 23, 2012 June 23, 2012 Designated people to as- signed task 8 Follow up groups of assignment Maria Joanna Boy Scout of the Phil Task sheet July 24, 2012 July 6, 2012 Follow on re- sponse 4 Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: development of the capacity of the community to establish the project. Consciousness raising involves perceiving health and medical care within the total structure of society.
    • 157 # Action Plan Lead Person Organiza- tional Part- ners Material & Finan- cial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Contact the ba- rangay officials and key persons in the community Marcy Navar- ro and Nelson Ganancial Boy Scout of the Phil - July 14, 2012 July 14, 2012 Appearance and attendance 2 Gather all the community resi- dents in the venue area Community officials and key persons Red Cross Youth and Boy Scout - July 14, 2012 July 14, 2012 Appearance and participation 3 Encourage the community resi- dents to partici- pate Community officials and key persons Red Cross Youth and Boy scout - July 14, 2012 July 14, 2012 Participation on activities 4 Coordinate in- volve government and non govern- ment agencies Arnel Pimp- ing Alpha Phi Omega - July 14, 2012 July 14, 2012 Appearance and participation 5 Launch the Youth-friendly Health Bulletin Marcy Navar- ro Boy Scout of the Phil Bulletin Board July 14, 2012 July 14, 2012 Ribbon Cutting 6 Conduct a meet- ing after the pro- gram Marcy Navar- ro Alpha Phi Omega - July 14, 2012 July 14, 2012 Attendance Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organiza- tional Part- ners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Distribution of certificates to be sent through mail or personal deli- very Maria Joanna Boy Scout of the Phil Certificates Paper July 16, 2012 July 21,201 2 Response through email 2 Follow up meet- ing with the offi- cials and key per- son in the com- munity and feed- back on the pro- gram Maria Joanna and Marcy Navarro Alpha Phi Omega Project Scheme Evaluation sheet and feedback sheets July 28, 2012 July 28, 2012 Attendance 3 Meet with offi- cials and key per- sons in the com- munity for anoth- er follow on pro- gram for sustai- nability Maria Joanna Navarro and Saliha Lomondot Boy Scout of the Phil Community assessment sheet July 31, 2012 July 31, 2012 Attendance Strategies of Implementation Lectures, art work, handcraft workshop and activity
    • 158 Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date July 14, 2012 Time 1 whole day, from 8 AM to 5 PM Place Tent City Barangay Tambo, Iligan City Time Activities Persons in Charge 7:00 AM Motorcade Jeepney from the City Plaza Eduard I. Navarro 8:30 AM Arrive at BarangayTambo Arnel Pimping 9:00 AM Welcome speech by the Barangay Captain Saliha Lomondot, RN 9:10 AM Key note speech by City Health Officer Carl Baliesta, RN 9:20 AM 9:45 AM Cutting of Ribbon for the Community Health Information Bulletin Board Juhairi Lumontod , RN Discussion on Health Practices at Home (Proper Tooth brushing, Proper Hand washing, and Hygiene) with activity Distribution of toothbrush, toothpaste and soap Intermission Number*** Maria Joanna Navarro 11:00 Discussion on common household emergency problems and its management at home (wound, dogbites,nosebleed, choking) Distribution of Medication kit (cotton, betadine, band aid, medication) Randy Ong, RN 12 Noon Community Lunch ( Arozcaldo, bread and juice) Eduard I. Navarro 1:00 PM Discussion on Proper environmental garbage segregation Intermission Number *** Distribution of Plastic bags Marcy E. Navarro 1:45 PM Clean up drive and segregation procedure with the com- munity residents Maria Joanna Navarro 2:30 PM Thank You Speeches Barangay Public Health Nurse 3:00 pm Back to Home Eduard I. Navarrp Detailed Proposed Budget (Estimated Costs in Philippine Pesos) Items Source/s of Funding or Do- nor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal TRANSPORTATION Jeepney Rental Alpha Phi Omega 2 1,000 PHP/ day P 2, 000.00 WRITING MATERIALS Illustration board Grant 5 pcs P 25.00 P125.00 Pen Boy Scout of the Phil and Red Cross youth 10 pcs P 5.00 P50.00 Color pastel 3 pcs P 95.00 P285.00 Bond paper 100 pcs P 1.00 P100.00 Ribbon and lace 2 pcs P 25.00 P50.00 Marker pen 5 pcs P30.00 P150.00 Scissors 3 pcs P 20.00 P60.00 ACTIVITY MATERIALS Streamers Boy Scout of the Phil 2 pcs P 200.00 P400.00 toothbrush Alpha Phi Omega and Grant 70 pcs P 15.00 P1050.00 Toothpaste 25 pcs P 5.00 P125.00 Soap 70 pcs P 10.00 P700.00 Cotton 6 packs P 20.00 P120.00 Betadine 2 bot P 150.00 P300.00 Band aid 100 pcs P 2.00 P200.00 Plastic Garbage bag 50 pcs P 10.00 P500.00
    • 159 Masking tape 3 pcs P 30.00 P90.00 Dust pan Grant 5 pcs P 25.00 P125.00 Broom stick 5 pcs P 15.00 P75.00 Wood Alpha Phi Omega 5 pcs P150.00 P750.00 Certificate Grant 20 pcs P 10.00 P200.00 Thumb tacks Boy Scout of the Phil 3 box P 15.00 P45.00 Nails 1 pack P 150.00 P150.00 Paint 2 bot P 150.00 P300.00 Food 70packs P 20.00 P1400.00 Grand Total: 8,550.00 Output Indicators The project output indicator may include the following: (1) a complete documentation or terminal report to be sent to the City Health Office, Barangay Health Center (2) existence of Health IED (3) existence of the Youth-Friendly Health Bulletin with weekly updates on information posted (4) Well defined monitoring and feedback giving mechanism in place. Sustainability Plan The sustainability plan of this project rests on the institutionalization of the integration of Health Education program into the regular basis in the Barangay Health center and in the community and continual supply of information of the Health IED team. This will be closely monitored by the IED team who will be in constant consultation with the heads and key persons of responsible institutions. Date Submitted Example: May 7, 2012 MANGROVE PLANTING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNITY UNITY AND EMPOWERMENT PACIS, CHRISTINE LOUISE C. Contextual Background Bula is a barangay in General Santos that holds up a big population of mostly low-income earners. It has been considered an urban area where different cultures and diversities flourish. In terms of development, Bula is known to be a residential area with few industries commonly about fishing and trading. Barangay Bula is known to have advocate peace and understanding between the people where the crime rate not alarming. It is composed of Christian, Muslim, and B‘laan communities. Contextual Problems in the Community Over the years, everyone has been affected by the increasing and alarming heat we experience from green- house effect, especially in Barangay Bula which is resided by the seaside. The local fisher folks' livelihood have also been affected by the dwindling catch of fish due to over harvesting, and diminishing fish sanctuary. Aside from those issues, Barangay Bula has also been experiencing various problems in terms of uniting the commu- nity. There are no alarming rates of trouble but without their unity, the entire community is affected and the possibility of having a better society is not thinkable. Community Needs Assessment The barangay needs more shed for their area or at least trees that could help lessen heat. They also need ur- gent help from different sources and agencies. It also needs assessment in reuniting the communities from dif- ferent cultures through their passion in playing sports to build peace. Rationale Since I love to be involved with caring for Nature and surroundings, I can share more of my talents and opportunities to the communties of Barangay Bula and this project serves to solve conflicts between inter- ethnic youth through planting mangrove planting. As far as it is known, serving with the involvement of Nature actually drives attentions of people to participate even in simple activities which could possibly distract them from unnecessary doings and other arising problems brought about by them. Project Description ―Mangrove Planting for the Environment, Community Unity and Empowerment‖ is an environmen- tal voluntary-work program that aims to help fishermen more in their livelihood and also help the people
    • 160 change and understand their surroundings better through their experiences. Mangrove Planting Project will do well for the coastal environment, and the neighboring community can receive free medical services, as they participate in the mangrove planting. Education campaign with regards to benefit of mangrove planting as well as education regarding prevalent pediatric ailments will also be given. Estimated Overall Project Cost Php 5,975.00-9750.00 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be My community and community partners have similarities in terms of diverse cultures. Most of the cul- tures in my community, Barangay Lagao, are Christians and Muslims while in my community partner which is Barangay Bula are mostly Christians, Muslims,and B‘laans. Sadly, most of the community members are poor. All will benefit from the mangrove plantation, but around 30-50 people will benefit from the medical services. Location of your own community: Barangay Lagao, Gen- eral Santos City Location of the project community: Brgy. Bula, General Santos City Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community I am a protestant and I am a part of both the Ilonggo and Ilocano tribe. My community project‘s religions are Roman Catholic, Protestant, and also Islam. Participating Organization/s The participating organizations are AFS Socsksargen Alumni, Doctors in Touch GenSan Chapter and Pedia- trics Association of Gen. Santos City Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles The participating adults in my project are Hadija Suib Odoya (AFS Socsksargen Coordinator), Ma. Editha Lou Pacis (Doctors in Touch official, Pediatrician), Ruth Penaflorida (Pediatrics Association of Gen. Santos City), James Pacis (Civil Engineer). Internal Strengths The internal strengths of my project are (1)Commitment of the volunteers to be of help to the community, (2)composed of at least two generations so responsible adults can help keep things organized, (3)professionals can help subsidize the project, (4)volunteers have a heart for the environment, and (5)most volunteers are high- ly educated. Internal Weaknesses My internal weaknesses are (1) Schedules of availability may differ at times, and (2) the possibility the par- ents of youth won‘t allow their child to join. External Opportunities External Opportunities are (1) the proposed mangrove plantation site is a broad area that can accommodate a large plantation, (2) the families near the mangrove area are more from the low socioeconomic group, hence can be enjoined to help improve their livelihood, (3)the proposed project area is not so far from city center and (4) Government agencies like CENRO & other organizations can provide seedlings at a low price, local ba- ranggay officials are willing to cooperate. External Threats Some External threats are (1) natural calamities like typhoons or floods, might destroy or uproot newly planted mangroves, and (2) local officials might tend to use the project in their campaign for the forthcoming election. Vision ―Mangrove Planting for the Environment, Community Unity and Empowerment‖ envisions to help resusci- tate environmental resources and encourage unity in the community to bring these about. Mission ―Mangrove Planting for the Environment, Community Unity and Empowerment‖ aims to plant mangrove plants to resuscitate the coastal environment, to teach and empower the community to bring about the needed improvement, and encourage participation through medical mission and medical information dissemination. Goals My goals in my project is (1)to plant mangrove plants at the coastal areas of Baranggay Bula, (2)to render medical services and medical information dissemination to encourage community cooperation and unity, and (3)to see to it that the planted mangroves will survive. Objectives My objectives are the following: (1)to promote consciousness for the care of the environment, and (2) to promote unity and cooperation and subsequent self-reliance among members of the community of Bula and
    • 161 neighboring areas. Expected Output s I am expecting to have growing mangrove plants. Framework (Go online, look for and quote specific article and paragraph of the national Constitution, United Nations Charter, or Universal Declaration of Human Rights) Article 27 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: ―Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.‖ Outcomes After the program event, (1)50-80 participants will have learned to be more aware of their surroundings, (2)30-50 people will get benefits from medical services, and (3)unity and cooperation among the different eth- nic groups in the community, even of people of different faiths and generations. Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory X X 2 Implementation X 3 Post-Conduct X X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: The goal of this stage is to develop a comprehensive and effective plan for the project. # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Suc- cess 1 To organize a meeting re- garding the project plan and schedule. Christine Louise Pacis AFS Socsksar- gen Alumni Paper notes and pens, small pres- entation June 02, 2012 June 02, 2012 Alumni and staff are attentive and wiling to participate in the meet- ing 2 To make a courtesy call with the Purok Officials Christine Louise Pacis AFS Socsksar- gen Alumni Papers about my project June 05, 2012 June 05, 2012 The officials are coo- perating and willing to support. 3 To contact Purok 6 Nur- sery that can help provide cheap man- gove seeds. Christine Louise Pacis Purok 6 Offi- cials Cellphone and enough load June 02, 2012 June 02, 2012 Successfully contacted CENRO 4 To enlist vo- lunteer doctors to help out in the medical mission. Ma. Edi- tha Lou Pacis Doctors In Touch and Pe- diatrics Associa- tion of Gen. Santos City Papers and pens June 02, 2012 July 07, 2012 Several doctors are cooperating and active 5 To plan for medicines needed in im- plementing the project and budgeting the cost Ma. Edi- tha Lou Pacis Doctors In Touch and Pe- diatrics Associa- tion of Gen. Santos City Contacts, Cellphone, Pen and Pa- per June 09, 2012 June 09, 2012 It must have the com- plete list of the medi- cines needed. To buy and gather medi- cines and mangrove Christine Louise Pacis and James AFS Socsksar- gen Transporta- tion June 30, 2012 July 01, 2012 The medicines and mangrove seeds needed in the activity are completed.
    • 162 seeds Pacis Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: The goal of this stage is to implement the project with the ser- vice of the volunteers. # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 To gather all volunteers and interact with them for a short moment. Christine Louise Pacis AFS Socsksar- gen Alumni Microphone, Speakers, Name Tags July 14, 2012 July 14, 2012 The volunteers will come together and have new conversa- tions with others 2 To bring seedl- ings to the coastal area planting parts. James Pacis AFS Sockssar- gen Alumni Truck for de- livering and gas July 13, 2012 July 13, 2012 All the seedlings are distributed successfully. 3 To teach the volunteers the right effective way of plant- ing mangroves Christine Louise Pacis AFS Socsksar- gen Alumni Short presen- tation, a piece of mangrove tree July 14, 2012 July 14, 2012 The volunteers will listen and will un- derstand how to work. 4 To plant man- groves Christine Pacis Pediatrics As- sociation of Gen. Santos City, Doctors in Touch and AFS Socsksargen Alumni Mangrove trees, safe planting tools July 14, 2012 July 14, 2012 All mangrove plants are planted. 5 To identify and list patients Ma. Edi- tha Lou Pacis Pediatrics As- sociation of Gen. Santos City and Doc- tors in Touch Papers, pens, weighing scale, and height scale July 14, 2012 July 14, 2012 The patients are clearly chosen and patients are partici- pating with the doctors. 6 To conduct a medical mis- sion Ma. Edi- tha Lou Pacis Pediatrics As- sociation of Gen. Santos City and Doc- tors in Touch Prescription pads, pens, stethoscopes, medicines and other check-up materials (tongue de- pressor). July 14, 2012 July 14, 2012 All patients will feel better and more healthy. Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: The goal of this stage is to evaluate the project in order to indentify what still needs to be improved and what is useful or not. # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Finan- cial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 To evaluate the project if it is successful or not Christine Louise Pacis AFS Socsksar- gen Evaluation Sheet, Pens Aug. 4, 2012 Aug. 4, 2012 The evaluation of the project is fi- nished. 2 To compile for Christine Louise CD‘s. Pic- tures, August 4, 2012 August 4, The compilations of documentations
    • 163 documentation during the pre- conduct and im- plementation Pacis DVD‘s and Videos 2012 are burned in CDs and DVDs and also the pictures are compiled. Strategies of Implementation (For example: lectures, art work, tree planting, group discussion, workshop on how to write proposals, writing letters to public officials, etc.?) The project will be implemented by tree planting, small lectures and group discussions. The volunteers will have fun activities like morning exercises and mangrove planting. Communication skills, intergenerational, interfaith and inter-ethnic dialogue are also being implemented. Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date Example: July 14, 2012 Time Example: Early part of the day, from 6AM to 12 NN Place Example: AFS Lot Area, Purok 6 Bula Mangrove Area Time Activities Persons in Charge Example: 6 AM Depar- ture Volunteers afar board transportations with equipments Christine Louise Pacis 6:30-7:00 AM Arrival in Purok 6, Bula Man- grove Area Juice and bread with community members Christine Pacis, Nikki Lyn Sumagay- say 7 AM -8 AM Learning the purpose of the event: inte- racting and socializing Joven Ryan Malida Morning Exercise, Ice breakers Bai Jeanine Tito, Orland Cabuyoc 8 AM- 8:10 AM Time to learn how to plant a mangrove Christine Pacis, Raphael Romero 8:10 AM- 9:30 AM Mangrove Planting Hadija Odoya 9:30 AM- 11:30 AM Listing of patients Nikki Lyn Sumgaysay, Christine Pacis Medical Mission Ma. Editha Lou Pacis, Ruth Penaflorida 11:30 AM- 12 NN Giving of Lunch-snacks Orland Cabuyoc, Bai Jeanine Tito Detailed Proposed Budget (Estimated Costs in Philippine Pesos) Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Pencils Own Funds 20 3 Pesos each 60.00 Pens Own Funds 15 5 pesos each 75.00 Mangrove Seedl- ings Solicitations 100 5 pesos each 500.00 Sanitizers/ Alcohol Solicitation 10 50 pesos each 500.00 Juice Litro Packs Solicitations 20 8 pesos each 160.00 Pandesals Solicitation 200 3 pesos each 600.00 Tarpaulin Solicitation 2 500 pesos each 1000.00 CD Own Funds 2 20 pesos each 40.00 DVD Own Funds 2 20 pesos each 40.00 Medicines Solicitation 100 5- 50 pesos each 1000.00-5000.00 Love Gift Solicitation 1 500 pesos 500.00 Lunch-Snacks Solicitation 150 10 pesos each person 1500.00 Grand Total: 5,975.00-9750.00 Output Indicators (How do we know you have produced, used, or given away concrete products? Explain.) The output indicators of my project are the following: (1) the things that I wrote earlier will be made to hap- pen, (2) most requirements are nearly finished and can start preparing. Sustainability Plan (How can the community be successful after you leave? How can the efforts continue when you are gone?) Since after the project we will have increased awareness about our surroundings, and the community people
    • 164 that participated can depend on more fish for food and livelihood, they will now be helping watch how ―fish magnets‖ would grow. I would also be checking the place on a regular time every month. Date Submitted Example: May 8, 2012 3RS LIVELIHOOD PROGRAM PANCHO, CINDY Contextual Background Marawi City is a small town. It was composed of people of different classes, religions and ethnicities. The so- cial status also differs from poor, middle class and rich. I cannot say that it is a well-developed city because the government officials in the place haven‘t done anything to do about the simple problems in the community and they are usually working so slow in implementing their project. They lost focus to the people who really need their help and attention. Contextual Problems in the Community One of the major problems in my community is the garbage. There are pieces of garbage everywhere and people just mixed up the recyclable and biodegradable together. Sometimes, it causes diseases like dengue in the area. Most of the people are also unemployed and their money is not enough to sustain the family needs. Community Needs Assessment There is a need to assess the environment and also the people living in the area to avoid the problems that it may bring. It includes the health problem, environmental problem and also the unemployment of the people. Rationale I thought of this project in our community because in the place where I lived, it can be used as a livelihood to those people who don‘t have jobs and it can be an extra income for the family. Project Description After long days of analization and thinking, I came up with a livelihood program that is for the development of the community as well as the people. It is a social entrepreneurial project. Estimated Overall Project Cost Php 8,000 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be My community partners are the Ranao council, Young Homemakers club, family, friends and relatives. We‘ll be working with 25 families in the area and primarily, the housewives and their sons and daughters are the par- ticipants of the said program. Location of your own community: Kapantaran Marinaut, Marawi City Location of the project community: Sugod, Marawi City Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community I‘m a Muslim and a Maranao. This program involves Christians, Muslims, Badjao, Tausug, Bisaya, etc. Participating Organization/s The Ranao Council (RC) is an organization of Muslims dedicated to noble and honest endeavors for the ad- vancement and well being of the people in the Philippines. Comprising mostly of Maranaos of Lanao, its mem- bership cut across students, youth, professionals, teachers, schola rs, and businessmen. It makes no distinctions between men from women; young from the old, rich from the poor, intellectuals from ordinary minds. Today, over 60 % of its members are University faculty members in Engineering, Education, Business, Law, History and the Social Sciences, Shariah and Islamic Studies, Public Administration, Fisheries and Agriculture, Biolo- gy, Physics and Mathematics. Others are attached to public and private agencies here and in other parts of the world. They were organized in 1977 and it‘s their 35th years now. The Young homemakers club is an organization which concerns about livelihood projects that involves the youth. The members are Muslims, Christians of different ethnicities like Tausug, Bisaya and Protestants. The volunteers are my friends, teachers, relatives and CAT officers. Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles Jal Ronsing- former chairman of Ranao Council Panandigan- Treasurer, Mulondo Hakim Panandigan- Vice Mayor, Bo. Naga Internal Strengths
    • 165 Hearted volunteers Availability of funds Internal Weaknesses Uninterested people No sponsorship No materials to be use External Opportunities Connection with the officials and non-government agencies External Threats Lack of funds Participation of volunteers Vision A well-developed community of different faith, joining hands in life for social change Mission  To be able to help the people provide a livelihood for their extra income  To be able to reduce the pieces of garbage thrown everywhere Goals  To provide a source of income for unemployed people like the housewives  To make religious and ethnic relationship Objectives  To make handicraft from recyclable materials and sell it Expected Outputs Framework United Nations Charter Article 25 (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to secu- rity in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in cir- cumstances beyond his control. Outcomes (Behavioral Results) Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory X X 2 Implementation X 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: To prepare and discuss everything needed to make the project successful # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Meeting with the volun- teers and organizations Cindy Pan- cho June 15,2012 2 Planning of the program Jal Ronsing Ranao Council June 15,2012 3 Appointment of coordina- tors Ms. Rith- chell, Young Home makers Club June 15,2012 4 Preparation of the mate- Raquesah, Shariefia, June 15,2012
    • 166 rials Raihanna 5 Finalization of the pro- gram Jal, Cindy, John Ranao Council June 15,2012 6 Invitation of the partici- pants and guest speak- ers Apipa Pan- cho June 15,2012 Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Emcee or facilitator Jal Ronsing Ranao Council August 12,2012 2 Lecture committee Ms. Ritchell YHMC August 12,2012 3 Food com- mittee Mr. John Rey Bugacia August 12,2012 4 Area prepa- ration Apipa Pan- cho August 12,2012 Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Fi- nancial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Evaluation of the project Cindy August 15,2012 2 Checking the goals achieved Hakim Panan- digan August 15,2012 3 Thank you cere- mony to the vo- lunteers and people involved in the project August 16,2012 Strategies of Implementation Handicraft from recyclable things Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date August 12, 2012 Time 1 whole day, from 8 AM to 5 PM Place Sugod, Marawi City Time Activities Persons in Charge 7:30 AM Departure Volunteers board 3 Rented Jeepneys with materials 8:30 AM Arrival in Sugod Marawi City Preparation of the area 9 AM Inviting people in the community 9:15-10:15 AM Opening Remarks 10:15-11:45 AM Starting of the handicraft 11:45-12:30 Community lunch and prayers
    • 167 12:30 – 4:30 Continuation of the morning work 4:30- 5 PM Closing Remarks and Thank you 4-4:30 PM Snack and community fellowship 4:30 – 5 PM Closing Remarks and Thank You! Sir Omar Detailed Proposed Budget (Estimated Costs in Philippine Pesos) Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Food for the participants 2,000.00 Food for the volunteers 1,000.00 Jeepney Rental 3 Php 700.00 2,100.00 Recyclable materials Preparation of the center 2,000.00 scissors 25 Php 10.00 250.00 Glue 13 Php 15.00 195.00 Thread and needle 10 Php 7.00 70.00 Grand Total: Php7, 615.00 Output Indicators I will provide a narrative report with the attach documentations of the program being implemented. Sustainability Plan (How can the community be successful after you leave? How can the efforts continue when you are gone?) Even if I leave, the people in the community will still continue to do what they have learned during the pro- gram. It can be their livelihood and a source of income in their family. Date Submitted May 8, 2012 INDAKABATAAN PASAWILAN, AL QADIR Contextual Background Lambayong is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Sultan Kudarat, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 51,192 people in 10,431 households. It is a municipality which was occu- pied by Muslims and Christians settlers. The major dialects spoken are Ilocanos, Maguindanaoan, Muslims, Ilongos, Cebuanos, and Tagalog and there are religious groups namely; Roman Catholic, Is- lam Protestant, Iglesia ni Cristo, Methodist, Aglipay, Pentecost SDA etc.. The Municipality is experiencing different problems like lack of community participation and involvement especially with young people in which a lot of them suffer from poverty and families are most likely cannot engage their children to communi- ty in which these youngsters can develop themselves and participate with other groups. Contextual Problems in the Community A lot of young people especially out of school youth were not given a venue on which they can cultivate them- selves and the skills that they have. Moreover, conflicts also arise between ethnicities which affect the lives of the people. Community Needs Assessment One must initiate a certain event that will bond these youth of different ethnicities, breaking the gap between the two, developing a harmonious relationship as well as developing their skills and abilities. Thus, the com- munity needs assessment is reuniting the youth in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat through their passions which is dancing promoting peace. Rationale This project can be a venue for the youth to engage themselves in a way that they could share their talent in dancing, building friendship and understanding each one by gathering them all up into a contest and workshop. Project Description ―IndaKabataan‖ or ―Indak para sa Kabataan‖ is a HIP HOP dance competition and workshop between groups of Muslims and Christians in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat.
    • 168 Estimated Overall Project Cost The total cost of the project stated on the presiding pages is the estimated expense for the contest, lecture and workshop. The actual amount of the project is12, 600 pesos Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be 1) My community partners will be the SK (sangguniang kabataan of brgy.Pob) the dance organizations of schools in our place, and the sangguniang barangay, and the LGU. 2) I will implement this project for 5-7 groups(7-10 members per group) of Christian and Muslim youth 3) This project is beneficial especially for out of school youth to be involved, share their passion in dancing and to develop a harmonious relationship with others. Location of your own community: Lambayong Sultan Kudarat Location of the project community: The central brgy. Poblacion lambyong Sultan Kudarat. Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community I am a Muslim. Islam in Faith and maguindanaon in tribe. The people involved in this project or program are in and out of school youth. Various tribes within the community are also involved in the project like Iloca- nos, Maguindanaoan, Muslims, Ilongos, Cebuanos, and Tagalog. Participating Organization/s 1) sangguniang kabataan-Brgy Poblacion- The Sangguniang Kabataan is the youth legislature in every local village or community. They are in the age bracket of 15 to 18 years old during the time of election. They in- itiate policies, programs and projects for the development of youth in their respective political territories in which I currently working as the Chairman of the federation. 2) Teatro‖ and School dance troupe organizations- these are Dance groups from schools at Poblacion Lam- bayong namely Lambayong, National High School (most of the population are Muslims) and Notre Dame of Lambayong( a Christian School) Age-13-17 yrs old. 3) Sangguniang Barangay.Brgy.Poblacion and LGU lambayong 4) AFS SOCSKSARGEN, IOD, 4H, etc. Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles The dance instructors are some of the people who will facilitate the whole activity. Cherry Pie Pasawilan( Mother) –Logistics. Internal Strengths This project‘s strength is that HIP HOP is one of the common passions of this generation‘s youth. This can make the objectives of the project stronger. Furthermore, Organization that I‘ll tap is the SK wherein I am the Chairman, that way; I can easily ask for assistance on gathering volunteers and of course will not have a hard time to seek for funding. Another thing is that, it is an advantage for me since dancing is my passion and I love it so much, that way it can make my work enjoyable and fun. Internal Weaknesses It is hard to engage different people into a project and it needs to have a lot of preparations. External Opportunities Linkages to different organizations for support External Threats Assurance of peace stability during the project implementation Vision A healthy Christian and muslim relationship, development of skills in dancing and more civic engagement of the youth not only throughout this project but also in the future activities. Mission With the help of people and organizations involved, we will initiate the Hip Hop dance and workshop at Pob. Lambayong Sultan Kudarat which will enhance their skills in dancing and of course to promote harmonious relationship between the participants, Goals Having a community of HIP HOP dancers promoting peace and social change Objectives The project aims to achieve the following objectives: 1.To have a peaceful community among various tribes 2. To develop the talents and skills of the young people in dancing and to make a venue for them to show their passion. 3. to help them build self confidence
    • 169 Expected Outputs 1) Involvement and more interaction to the community by the young people. 2) Learning and skills development 3) Certificates and Prizes- these will be given to the participants, organizers, guests who are included with the program Their skills can be applied and use to further activities in the future. They might use that and get money out of it through joining to different hip hop contests. This also will help build camaraderie and help them build Framework Article 22. of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights in- dispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality. National Constitutional provisions. Article(5) section 2 Provide out-of-school youth with training in civics, vocational efficiency, and other skills. Outcomes At the end of the event, the participants will be able to utilize the experience as a tool for further opportunities and enhancement of skills in dancing. Participation, unity, understanding and friendship among participants will hopefully be attained Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory X X 2 Implementation X 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Suc- cess 1 Presentation of the Project to Brgy. Council of Brgy. Pobla- cion Al Qadir Pasawilan Youth Volun- teers and friends Visual aids, Power point materials July 5, 2012 July 5, 2012 The sangguniang ba- rangay will approve the implementation of the project in Lam- bayong 2 Solicitation Al Qadir PAsawilan Volunteers and Friends Printed Soli- citation Let- ters June 6, 2012 July 16, 2012 The total money soli- cited will cover up the expenses of the project 3 Meeting with the Sk, and Organizations Involved Al Qadir Pasawilan SK, Br- gy.Council, School Dance Troupe Snacks July 7, 2012 July 8, 2012 the organizations will agree to help for the duration of the HIP HOP contest and workshop 4 Contact to the Dance in- structors, Judges and Workshop Facilitators Shiera Ab- alos- Sk official SK, Friends July 14, 2012 The dance instructors are hired for a fee 5 Contact for security Al Qadir Pasawilan PNP July 15, 2012 PNP will insure the security during the night program 6 Food Prepa- My Mother Family Ingredients, July July Food for lunch and
    • 170 ration wrappers, paper plates and plastic utensils 16, 2012 20 2012 snacks of the trainers, volunteers and partic- ipants will be pre- pared 7 Prizes and certificates preparation John Chris- tian Arga- mosa- Sk official Friends, Sk officials, Stu- dents Printing ma- terials, En- velopes July 16, 2012 July 20, 2012 All of the awards and certificates which will be given to the partic- ipants will all be pre- pared 8 Cleaning of the Venue area Al Qadir Pasawilan Volunteers July 16, 2012 July 20, 2012 The venue for the project is clean and decorated 8 Invitation, Tarpaulin, Posters and leaflets My Mother Sangguniang Kabataan Papers, and printing ma- terials July 8, 2012 The invitation and posters were given to the invited guests and facilitators Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Suc- cess 1 Opening Pro- gram Al Qadir Pasawilan, Shiera Aba- los,Jexter Jay corpuz Sk, Students from NDL and LNHS Sound Sys- tem, Micro- phone, De- corations July, 22 2012 July 22, 2012 2 Contest Proper Chairman of the Board of Judges SK, Students Writing ma- terials and Snacks July, 22, 2012 July, 22, 2012 Well-presented pres- entations and harmo- nious relationship between participating groups 3 Security Pur- poses PI. Ronnie Dardo PNP Snacks July 22, 2012 July 22, 2012 Everyone availed the food for lunch and snack 4 Brief Lecture, and work- shop of HIP HOP Dance In- structor Teatro Kakadwa, and Teatro LNHS Power point Presentation materials, Dance mat, Music July, 22, 2012 July, 22, 2012 The participants learned more steps, and become know- ledgeable with HIP HOP as a tool for Social change 5 Awarding of Certificates and awards Closing Cer- emony and fellowship Al Qadir Pasawilan Volunteers and Program Staff Prizes, Awards and Sound Sys- tem July 22, 2012 Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Suc- cess 1 Presentation of the Hip Participants, trainers, Speakers, Music
    • 171 Hop dances Volunteers and Student dancers 2 Teaching of dance steps Trainers, Volunteers and Student dancers Speakers, Music 3 Initiating further con- tests and workshops Myself and Volunteers Funding 4 Financial declaration Myself and Volunteers Power point Presentation materials All of the finances for the project were pre- sented to the public accurately Strategies of Implementation Dances, Lectures, writing letters to officials and group engagement Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date July 22, 2012 Time 1 whole day, from 8 AM to 8 PM Place Poblacion, Lambayong Sultan Kudarat Time Activities Persons in Charge 8:00-9:00 am Opening Ceremony Al Qadir Pasawilan 9:00-11:30 am HIP HOP dance competition Chairman of the Board of Judges 11:30- 12:30 pm Lunch Break 12:30-1:00 pm Parlor games and getting to know Volunteers 1:00-2:30 pm Lecture about HIP HOP Dance Instructor and I 2:30-5:00 HIP HOP workshop and actual dance lessons Dance Instructors 6:30-8:00 Closing Program, and awarding, THANKS! Al Qadir Pasawilan Detailed Proposed Budget (Estimated Costs in Philippine Pesos) Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Sound System and Music Play- er SK 1 free free Talent Fees for the dance train- er Solicited money 1 1,500 1,500 pesos Printer and ink SK 1 free free Food Fund given and solicited money 50 100 5, 000 pesos Decorations (Scissors, colored paper, cloth, etc.) Fund given and Solicited money 1000 pesos Certificates Fund given and Solicited Money 15 50 1000 pesos Plastic utensils Solicited money 100 pesos Prizes(winners and consolation) Fund given and SK 5,000 pesos Grand Total: 12, 600 pesos Output Indicators I will present a documentation by pictures and videos that shows the Sustainability Plan Through the linkages present, the talents of the youth in dancing will improve and by that, friendship and ca- maraderie between the Chrisitians and Muslims will be formed. On my initiative, I will implement more pro- grams in the future through the collaboration of Sk and hopefully, I will not only focus the upcoming projects to Hip hop but also other forms of arts that will enhance the talents of my fellow Kabataan.
    • 172 Date Submitted May 7, 2012 NAGKAHIUSANG LUMAD (UNITED LUMAD) ROMERO, RAFAEL C. Contextual Background (Explain in a few words the economic, social, political, and cultural situation in the Community where the project will be implemented) Mindanao State University is the premier state university in the SOCSKSARGEN area of Mindanao, of- fering quality tertiary-level education at very low tuition fees. The university is populated with students from all over the area, from different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions and economic standing – most of whom are the best and brightest of their communities but lack the financial capability to pay for other colleges. Therefore it is a very diverse and multicultural academic community. Contextual Problems in the Community There are a lot of students who hail from the traditionally non-Islamized indigenous groups in Mindanao, gen- erally known as Lumads. While there are different religious and social student organizations, and the Muslims already have a prominent student organization (MUSA), the Lumad students are disorganized or prefer to lie low and not be prominent in the university as a body. Community Needs Assessment There is a pressing need to establish a Lumad student organization in MSU since there has been little activity of IP students in terms of promotion of Lumad identity. Rationale This project will give the IP student community in MSU the opportunity to unite and stand out for their senti- ments and advocacy. Project Description Nagkahiusang Lumad will be an organization of Lumad or Indigenous People (IP) students in MSU formed with a partnership by non-Lumad students who will help the Lumad students in organizing. The project would encompass threefold aspects: Advocacy of the IP/Lumads in the university and increasing awareness of their culture Empowerment as school as well as community leaders Social entrepreneurship by promoting craft making as sustainability projects Estimated Overall Project Cost P5000 or more Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be The community partners will be the IP or Lumad students in Mindanao State University who will form the organization together with non-Lumad volunteers. Their age group would range from 16-21years old. The author hopes to attract at least 40 Lumad students by the time of implementation/first assembly Location of your own community: Barangay Dadiangas West, General Santos City Location of the project community: Mindanao State University, General Santos City Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community (Promotion of intergenerational, inter-ethnic, and interfaith relations). The author is a Roman Catholic by faith and Cebuano in ethnicity. The people in the project community are of different specific tribal backgrounds, but fall under the Lumad ethnic grouping. They also vary in religion (Catholics, Muslims, Iglesia Ni Cristo, various Protestant and non-Catholic denominations, some retain traditional spiritual beliefs) Participating Organization/s This would not be applicable as the project calls for the setting up of an organization itself. However, the author is open to partnering with relevant organizations if such organizations can be found in MSU-GSC. Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles Mr. Joven Ryan G. Malida – ALS Teacher in South Cotabato, PYLP 9 Adult Leader, member of the B‘laan indigenous community and critical resource person.
    • 173 Dr. Domingo Non – Professor on Indigenous Peoples in Mindanao State University, prominent historian and dean of the Graduate School of said university Internal Strengths Community empowerment Self empowerment The author has connections to members of the IP community as well as scholarly experts on the Lu- mad. Internal Weaknesses The author is not a member of the target indigenous community. Lack of / insufficient funding Lack of time to sufficiently implement goals in time in August or September External Opportunities They can become active in the programs in MSU especially for the IPs. They can be partners in the promotion of education for the IPs. They can be empowered as leaders in their respective communities through training. They can stand and fight for themselves and be a voice in the public as a group. External Threats The project might affect the studies of the author as a college student. There would be a lack of interest or cooperation by IP college students. Vision We envision a vibrant Lumad student community in Mindanao State University – General Santos City united in promoting and preserving their culture, advancing their identity and advocating their recognition in mainstream culture as part of the greater Tri-People community in Mindanao. Mission Our aim is to establish a Lumad student organization which will be a seed in uniting the IP students of MSU- GSC, make student leaders out of members through an inter-ethnic partnership with non-Lumad students who will help the IP students in building their organization, and be an active organization that would effectively represent the Lumads in their issues as students of MSU-GSC. Goals and objectives The goals and objectives of this project are: To organize the scattered IP students of MSU-GSC into a potent student body. To make student leaders out of Lumads through empowerment and leadership training. As an IP-based organization, to promote the culture of the Lumads through community projects Expected Output s (Concrete, touchable products) Form a capable Lumad student organization in MSU-GSC Framework (Go online, look for and quote specific article and paragraph of the national Constitution, United Nations Charter, or Universal Declaration of Human Rights) “Indigenous peoples have the right to participate in decision-making in matters which would affect their rights, through representatives chosen by themselves in accordance with their own procedures, as well as to maintain and develop their own indigenous decision-making institutions.‖ --United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Article 18 ―Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for exercising their right to development. In particular, indigenous peoples have the right to be actively involved in developing and de- termining health, housing and other economic and social programmes affecting them and, as far as possible, to administer such programmes through their own institutions.‖ --United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Article 23 Outcomes (Behavioral Results) The Lumad students in MSU-GSC, through this organization, would be more partial to standing up and making a name for themselves in the university. The students would also become more participative in activities within the university and around the community, especially in Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases May June July August
    • 174 1 Preparatory X X 2 Implementation X 3 Post-Conduct X X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: Assess further the situation in MSU, find partner organizations/people, consult advisers on the project, dissemination of information especially among Lumad students, formation of a provisional committee for the organization, draft initial documents for the organization – constitution and by- laws and vision-mission statements, prepare for venue of opening assembly # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organi- zational Partners Material & Financial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Consultation and coordina- tion with Mr. Malida on is- sues regarding the project Rafael C. Romero, Mr. Joven Ryan G. Malida May 2012 May 2012 2 Inquiries and assessment re- garding other organizations in MSU Rafael C. Romero May 2012 June 2012 Inquiries and clarifica- tions have been made 3 Courtesy calls to MSU Chan- cellor, Director - OSA Rafael C. Romero Letters to the Chancellor and the OSA Direc- tor June 2012 June 2012 Met and informed the Chancellor and OSA Director on project de- tails Courtesy call to Brgy. Captain of Fatima Rafael C. Romero Letter to the Baranggay Cap- tain June 2012 June 2012 Met and informed the Brgy. Chairman on the project 4 Dissemination of information Rafael C. Romero Printing of pamphlets and announcements, reproduction, permit to post June 04 June 26 News about the organi- zation-to-be has been spread among students in the campus 5 Creation of a provisional or standing com- mittee Rafael C. Romero June 14 June 23 Members form provi- sional committee 6 Drafting of ini- tial documents Rafael C. Romero, provisional committee, Mr. Mali- da June 2012 June 2012 Initial version of docu- ments i.e. vision- mission statement (sub- ject to amendment) has been drafted 7 Preparation for the first assem- bly Venue location, material pro- curement funds June 23 June 26 Venue has been se- cured, office materials have been procured Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: Conduct the first official assembly in order to consolidate or- ganization and form organizational make-up (registering of members, officers and creation of committees) # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organi- zational Partners Material & Financial Resources Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success
    • 175 Needed 1 Short program Romero Sound sys- tem, snacks and program June 27 June 27 The program flow will be smooth 2 Registration of members into the organiza- tion Provisional Committee Office mate- rials June 27 June 27 The organization will attain the ex- pected 40 Lumad student members or more 3 Community lunch Romero, volunteers Lunch food June 27 June 27 All the food have been distributed to the participants 4 Election of officers and setting up of committees Provisional committee Office mate- rials June 27 June 27 Officers have been elected and depu- ties assigned to committees 5 Deliberation on consitution and by laws, mis- sion-vision philosohy Romero, Elected of- ficers, Committee deputies and members Office mate- rials, snacks June 27 June 27 The organization has agreed to a constitution and the mission-vision goals 6 Deliberation on the organiza- tion‘s pilot community project Romero, Elected of- ficers and committee deputies, members Office mate- rials, snacks June 27 June 27 Organization has agreed on a pilot community project Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: Assess the success of the first organizational assembly, decide and conduct community projects, document proceedings and create the report to be submitted to the follow-on activity # Action Plan Lead Per- son Orga- niza- tional Part- ners Material & Financial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Conduct sub- sequent body meetings or ―kumustahan‖ Officers of the organi- zation, Ro- mero Venue, food July 2012 August 2012 Successfully evaluated the first assembly, body meetings address fur- ther organizational con- cerns 2 Registration of organization to the Office of Student Affairs Rafael C. Romero, Chairman and secre- tary of or- ganization Permits, forms, money for application fees (if encoun- tered) TBD TBD The organization is now a recognized student organization in the campus 3 Drafting of documents to be presented at follow-on ac- tivity Rafael C. Romero, documenta- tion comm. Hard and soft copies of per- tinent docu- ments, photo- graphic evi- dence July 2012 NLT August 28 Documents, evidence and paraphernalia will be submitted and pre- sented in the follow-on activity 4 Implementation of organiza- Rafael C. Romero, (Resources needed will be TBD TBD The organization hosts its first community
    • 176 tion‘s commu- nity projects members of the organi- zation deliberated or tackled in body meet- ings) project and uses them as one of the means of sustaining the organiza- tion Strategies of Implementation Group discussions (first assembly, subsequent body meetings), Lectures or symposiums Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date June 27, 2012 Time 08:00 AM – 3:00 PM Place Mindanao State University - General Santos Campus Time Activities Persons in Charge 8:00 AM Setting up of venue Rafael C. Romero, volunteers 9:00 AM Start of first assembly Rafael C. Romero 9:10 – 9:30 AM Introduction program Rafael C. Romero, Joven Ryan Malida 9:30 – 10:30 AM Organizational election of officers Romero and members of the provisional com- mittee 10:30 -11:00 AM Setting up of committees Newly elected officers and deputies 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Deliberation on organizational matters Romero, elected officers and committee depu- ties 12:00 – 1:00 PM Communal lunch Romero, volunteers 1:00 – 3:00 PM Continue deliberation on organiza- tional matters and first community project Romero, elected officers and committee depu- ties 3:00 – 3:30 PM Snacks Romero, food committee 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Adjourn assembly – Closing re- marks and gratitudes Romero Detailed Proposed Budget (Estimated Costs in Philippine Pesos) Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Sub- total Ballpens DOS Grant 5 boxes P150/box P750 Bond paper Grant 1 ream long size 1 ream short size P200/ream (max) P400/ream (max) P600 Reproduction (Photocopy) Grant 200 photocopied pages P1 per page P200 Printing expenses (docu- ments) Grant 150 pages P2 per page P300 Whiteboard Grant 1 whiteboard P100 0 Markers pen Grant 5 (of different colors) P60/marker pen P300 Food expenses (snacks) Grant + own funding P100 0 Food expenses (lunch) Grant + own funding P400 0 Honoraria (tokens) Grant + own funding P500 Miscellanous and contin- gency funding Grant + own funding P400 0 Grand Total: P126 50 Output Indicators Proper documentation will be conducted (i.e. photographs) from project planning to project implementation. Photos will be saved on media such as CDs or jump drives for evidence, and minutes of meetings will be ga- thered. All evidence and information will be promptly submitted to the program. (NIU, DOS-ECA, US Embas- sy)
    • 177 Sustainability Plan We intend to have community empowerment programs as a means to sustain the organization by keeping it busy. This will be in the form of social entrepreneurial outreach programs to help rural communities of the stu- dents, or fundraising activities for the organization in the form of selling IP themed crafts or Lumad cuisine. In order not to put too much stress on the members who are college students, community programs are done year- ly, and from time to time meetings will be called to check on activities and gauge the effectiveness of the or- ganization. Date Submitted May 9, 2012 TREES FOR TOMORROW! SUMAGAYSAY, NIKKI LYN L. Contextual Background: Barangay Silway 8, an agro industrial rural community belongs to the 23 barangays of the Polomolok, South Cotabato and this is the place where the Silway river flows and a home for different cultures that are ranging from its indigenous group, the Blaans to the Christians and Muslims generations living together under a demo- cratic government. Contextual Problems in the Community: Two of the problems that Barangay Silway 8 is facing nowadays are that the number of the trees growing in the area which is important in both social and environmental value especially in the Silway river that serves as the country‘s 5th water quality management area are slowly decreasing because of the ceaseless cutting of it, the problems in garbage disposal and lastly the one is the lack of the enthusiasm of the community especially youths to join projects that promotes interaction, mutual understanding, unity and cooperation with different individuals. Community Needs Assessment: To make the community realize the importance of the environment especially the Silway river. To strengthen the mutual understanding, unity and cooperation among different people especially youths that has unlike religion, ethnicities ages and gender. Rationale: The project, ―Trees for Tomorrow‖ is conceptualized for the environmental care and social interactions to build mutual understanding, unity and cooperation among different people especially youths with unlike religion, ethnicities, gender or ages. It will take place at Barangay Silway 8, Polomolok South Cotabato. This is a muni- cipality that is composed of different religions like Islam and Christianity and ethnic tribes such as the Blaans. Project Description: This project ―Trees for Tomorrow‖ aims to involve the community especially youths from different religious backgrounds, gender, ethnicities or ages to a tree planting program together with a clean up drive. This focuses on helping alleviate the environmental situation of Silway 8, Polomolok South Cotabato and to preserve its water system and also to improve the community‘s involvement to community projects that promote mutual understanding, unity and cooperation. Estimated Overall Project Cost: P 20 000 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will be: My community is the urban area of the municipality of Polomolok South Cotabato and Barangay Silway 8 is the rural part and the families that will be included are estimated to be 10 families. Location of your own com- munity: Poblacion, Polomolok, South Cotabato Location of the project communi- ty: Barangay Silway 8, Polo- molok South Cotabato Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community: I am a Christian and a fellow member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) and the people where my community project are mostly Muslims and Christians and their ethnicities are Cebuanos, Illonggos and Blaans. Participating Organization/s: DENR
    • 178 Barangay officials SK Federation YES-O ( Youth for Environment and Schools Organization ) AFS Socsargen, PYLP alumni Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles: Baragay Captain Dante Cosep, Dante Arboleda: YES-O Coordinator, Hadija Suib Odoya: AFS Socsksargen Coordinator Joven Ryan Malida: PYLP 2012 Team Leader Jon Leo J. Licayan: SK Federation President Internal Strengths: The volunteers and the leaders that will participate in the project are those that have the skills, knowledge and are committed to their work. Internal Weaknesses: It is hard looking for a place that the community project will take place, specifically the area where the partici- pants and the volunteers will plant the trees and the lack of financial funding. External Opportunities: Since the project will give benefits to the society and the environment, organizations with the same mission might recognize the importance of it and will have the interest in joining me and the other volunteers to provide support for project and sustain it for the next time. External Threats: The participants or some of the volunteers might back out when the project will take place because it might disturb their daily schedules. Vision: The ―Trees for Tomorrow‖ envisions to serve the community and help it have a healthy bond and respect for the different people, and to have a greener environment by involving the community especially the youths to interact and work hand by hand in a tree planting project and a cleanup drive that will promote mutual under- standing, unity and cooperation. Mission: The ―Trees for Tomorrow‖ aims to bring change not just for the environment but for the community, and that is to strengthen the unity and cooperation among people of different religion, ethnicities and ages and also to promote mutual understanding. Goals: To alleviate and preserve the environmental situation especially the water system of Barangay Silway 8. To promote mutual understanding, unity and cooperation among different people with unlike religions, ethnicities, gender and ages by working hand by hand in a Tree planting and a cleanup drive activities. To help develop the leadership skills of the volunteers that will participate in the project. Objectives To encourage everybody to join community projects that promotes unity, cooperation and mutual un- derstanding among people. To preserve the environment. To establish friendships without the barriers of what a person beliefs, traditions, ages and gender. Expected Outputs: Listed below are the expected outputs of the project: The complete documentations, through pictures and videos that will be submitted for the Philippine Youth Leadership program and the partner organizations. To plant and sustain the trees and cleaner area. The participants, volunteers and the partner organizations will be active and is present during the project implementation.
    • 179 The skills of the volunteers in leading the group will be enhanced. Framework: Article 27 and 29 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible. In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are de- termined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and free- doms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society. Outcomes: Leadership Better interaction, bond and communication among individuals The people will become more active in participating for community projects. Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August September 1 Preparatory X 2 Implementation X 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 To set a meet- ing for the local Barangay Cap- tain to be in- formed about the project Mylen Su- magayay YES-O Fare May 24, 2012 May 24, 2012 attainable 2 Seek for organ- ization that will donate the trees to be planted through send- ing of formal letters and es- tablishing net- works Joven Mali- da PYLP alumni Money(fare and for the sending of the letters) Solicitation letters Printer May 28, 2012 May 30, 2012 attainable 3 Preparatory Meetings of the volunteers to- gether with the presentation of the project ac- tion plan Hadija Suib Odoya and Dante Arbo- leda AFS Socsksar- gen and YES- O( Youth for Environment and Schools Organizations) Money(fare, merienda) Venue for the Meeting June 9, 2012 June 9, 2012 attainable 4 Advertising and encouraging the community to join the project through flyers Barangay Captain and SK federa- tion SK FEDERA- TION Money for: Fare, flyers, Printer June 13, 2012 June 15, 2012 attainable Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Material & Begin End Evaluation of
    • 180 Partners Financial Re- sources Needed Date Date Success 1 Actual project Implementation Nikki Lyn Sumagaysay, Barangay Captain, Dante Arbo- leda, Hadija Suib Odoya PYLP Alumni SK president PYLP Alumni, AFS Socsksar- gen, YES-O, Baragay Cap- tain, SK federa- tion Transportation, Seedlings, Snacks, mate- rials June 19, 2012 June 19, 2012 attainable Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: # Action Plan Lead Person Organizational Partners Material & Financial Re- sources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Post Evaluation meeting and Presentation of the documents Nikki Lyn Sumagaysay, And Hadija Suib Odoya PYLP alumni Snacks, Venue computer and projector July 7,2012 July 7, 2012 attainable 2 Regular moni- toring and sus- tainability Dante Arbo- leda, Baran- gay Captain YES-O, Baran- gay Captain SK Federation Money for fare, fertilizers July 14, 2012 July 31, 2012 attainable Strategies of Implementation (For example: lectures, art work, tree planting, group discussion, workshop on how to write proposals, writing letters to public officials, etc.?) To make the project possible, certain strategies were made and the following are as follows: Organizing the volunteers and the members so that each activity will be successful. Communication between the volunteers and the participants to build the trust and be comfortable with each other so that they will have fun even while doing the project. Be time conscious. To have good quality of advertising so that the residents of the community will be attracted to join the project. Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date July 19, 2012 Time 1 whole day, from 9 Am to 3:30 PM Place Barangay Silway 8, Polomolok Time Activities Persons in Charge 7:30 am Volunteers from the YES-O, AFS Socsksar- gen and the PYLP 9 Alumni will board the jeepneys Dante Arboleda and Mylen Sumagaysay 8:15am to 8:45am Arrival of the volunteers and the participants and the preparations of the materials Bai Jeanine Malayang Tito YES-O president 9:00am to 10am Snacks and a short morning program Barangay Captain Nikki Lyn Sumagaysay and Chris- tine Pacis 10:15 am to 11: 30am Clean up drive YES-O president, PYLP alumni, Bai Jeanine Tito 12:00pm to 1:00pm Lunch Orland Cabuyoc 2:00pm to 3:30 TREE PLANTING SK federation, AFS Socsargen,
    • 181 YES-O, Barangay captain 4:00pm Closing program SK President Detailed Proposed Budget (Estimated Costs in Philippine Pesos) Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Rental of Jeepney solicitations 1 P 2500 P 2500 Snacks Solicitations 50 P 2500 P 2500 Materials: Shovel etc. Own funds 50 P 2500 P 2500 Trees: Solicitations and own funds 50 P 5000 P 5000 Streamer solicitations 1 P 1000 P 1000 Contingency funds For certificates etc. solicitations 50 P 5000 P 5000 Grand Total: P 18, 500 Output Indicators: The project indicators are listed below: The complete documentation of the project implementation. The existence of the participants and the volunteers in the project by giving certificates. The objectives and the goals are met. All the people can have an access to the terminal report of the project. Sustainability Plan: By signing a valid contract, from the partners especially from the Barangay captain and the SK federa- tion and the participating organizations that they will help maintain the project and also in giving them a full access for the project. To organize an organization that will follow up and have the same mission. Date Submitted Example: May 8, 2012 BUILDING PEACE THROUGH SPORTS FEST TITO, BAI JEANINE M. Contextual Background Katangawan is a barangay with a small population in the city of General Santos. This barangay is a pro- ductive and well-developed community in which it values different tradition of Mindanao and advocates peace and unity. It is rich in agricultural resources and most of the business in this place is farming. Barangay Katan- gawan is inhabited mostly by Christians, B‘laans, Muslims and Igorots. Some of these tribal people lived along the river banks of Buayan and within the vicinity of Labu. This barangay is diverse in ethnicities and beliefs. Contextual Problems in the Community Barangay Katangawan is facing with various problems especially in uniting the youth of the community. The youth in this barangay do not know one another‘s cultures and so, there is discrimination existing. They do not have the mutual relationship and because of this, there are misunderstandings. Misunderstanding because they don‘t interact and do not know better the different religions and ethnicities surrounded them. It is the rea- son why many youth in this place are loosing their hopes and confidence. And there is really a gap among dif- ferent cultures in Barangay Katangawan. Community Needs Assessment It needs to bridge the gap among the diverse inhabitants of Barangay Katangawan. It also needs assess- ment in reuniting the youth from different cultures through their passion in playing sports to build peace. Rationale Since I love to play Basketball and Volleyball, I can share more of my talents to the youth of Barangay Katangawan and this project serves to solve conflicts between inter-ethnic youth through sports. And nowa- days, sports is utilized as an instrument that serves as a distraction to the focuses of the youth in order for them to avoid from criminal acts, drugs and be involved in premarital sex that are one of the reasons for the arising problems of every towns and cities in Mindanao. Project Description
    • 182 ―Building Peace Through Sports‖ is a program which aims to provide the need for the development of the youth which brings those new hopes, new inspirations and also self-confidence in life. This project bridges the gap among the diverse cultures of Barangay Katangawan and because of this; youth will be reunited, ex- posed to other cultures and prevent discrimination. This project proposal aims to ratify the problems of peace in Mindanao. Estimated Overall Project Cost Php 10,000- 15,000 Your Community vis-à-vis the Community Where the Project Will Be My community and community partners have similarities in terms of standard living and diverse cul- tures. Most of the cultures in my community, Barangay North, are Christians and Muslims while in my com- munity partner which is Barangay Katangawan are mostly Christians, Muslims, B‘laans and Igorots. Location of your own community: Barangay North, General Santos City Location of the project community: Brgy. Katangawan, General Santos City Your Religion and Ethnicity vis-à-vis the Religion & Ethnicity of the People in the Project’s Community My religion is Islam and I belong to Maguindanaon tribe. The religions of the people in my project‘s community are Roman Catholic, Protestant and Islam. And their ethnicities are Cebuano, Ilonggo, B‘laan, Tau- sug, Maguindanaon and Igorot. Participating Organization/s The participating organizations are Youth for Peace General Santos City Chapter, Barangay Katangawan Sangguniang Kabataan officials, and AFS Socsargen, Participating Adults and Their Positions or Titles The participating adults in my project are Hadija Suib Odoya (AFS Socsargen Coordinator), Jose Paulo Dela Cruz (AFS Socsargen Coordinator), Angelique Rubia (Youth for Peace Gensan Coordinator), Jasmine Diamad (Youth for Peace Gensan Member) and Barangay Katangawan Captain. Internal Strengths The internal strength of this project is that there is enough number of volunteers that will participate and support in this program and the volunteers also have knowledge about sports which can really help for the suc- cess of the program. And also sports are one of the most common passions of the youth in today‘s generation. Internal Weaknesses The internal weaknesses of this project are: (1) there might be problems on the time implementation due to school stuffs and activities, (2) some parents won‘t cooperate and they will not allow their children to join the activities and, (3) the unavailability of the volunteers due to their works and school during the implementa- tion. External Opportunities The external opportunities of this project is that it is the bridge for the gap among the different cultures of the community and build mutual understanding of the youth even they have inter-ethnic and interfaith differ- ences. External Threats The external threats of this project is that it may affect my academic status and also the Christians, Mus- lims and Indigenous People youth will not participate in this project. Vision ―Building Peace through Sports Fest‖ project envisions a community equipped with athletic skills and developed their potentials through sports and people have mutual relationships with Muslims, Christians and Indigenous People. Mission ―Building Peace through Sports Fest‖ project aims to create mutual relationship among Muslims, Chris- tians and Indigenous People and to unite youth from different cultures through sports. Goals This project aims to achieve unity of the youth with different ethnicities and religions through sports and aims to attain mutual understanding of diverse cultures in the community to prevent discrimination and misun- derstandings. Objectives The objectives of ―Building Peace Through Sports Fest Project are the following:
    • 183 1. To introduce customs of peace, understanding and co-existence among the youth. 2. To develop and improve Youth‘ potentials and skills in Basketball and Volleyball. 3. To build teamwork capabilities among individuals who participate in this project through effective com- munication. Expected Output/s The following are the expected outputs of this project: 3. There will be a documentation reports that contains pictures, hardcopies, score sheets, activity sheets, re- sults and other outputs of the project. 4. There will be prizes given to the winning team and certificates to the youth who participated and also for the people who support this project. Framework Article 27 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: ―Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.‖ Outcomes By the end of the ―Building Peace through Sports Fest‖ project the following outcomes are expected: 1. There will be 30-40 youth who will participate in the activities. 2. Youth will be united even though they are from different ethnicities and religions. 3. People will understand the diverse cultures and respect one another. 4. Youth will have new hopes, inspirations and build their self-confidence. 5. Discrimination and misunderstanding will be decreasing. Overall Timetable by Months in 2012 # Phases June July August 1 Preparatory X X 2 Implementation X X 3 Post-Conduct X Action Plan for Phase 1: The Preparatory or Pre-Conduct Stage Goals for the Preparatory Stage: The goal of this stage is to develop a comprehensive and sustainable plan for the project. # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Presentation of Project to the Barangay Cap- tain Bai Jeanine Tito AFS Socsargen Hard Copy of the Ac- tion Plan June 2, 2012 June 2, 2012 The Barangay Cap- tain approved the project. 2 Orientation for the project and its purpose to the organiza- tion Bai Jeanine Tito AFS Socsargen Hard copy of the ac- tion plan June 9, 2012 June 10, 2012 All volunteers are present and active during the orienta- tion. 3 To organize a group of volun- teers who will plan for the implementation of the project Jose Paulo Dela Cruz, Hadija Suib Odoya AFS Socsargen Paper and Pen June 9, 2012 June 10, 2012 All the volunteers are active in the meeting. 4 To solicit sup- port in cash or in any kind for the project Jasmine Di- amad, Ange- lique Rubia Youth For Peace Gensan Laptop and Printer for making solicitation letters June 16, 2012 June 17, 2012 The money col- lected must have the required budget in cash or any kind
    • 184 in order to run the project. 5 To plan for materials needed in im- plementing the project and budgeting the cost Jose Paulo Dela Cruz, Bai Jeanine Tito AFS Socsargen Calculator, Pen and Paper June 16, 2012 July 17, 2012 It must have the complete list of the materials needed. 6 To buy and gather mate- rials Bai Jeanine Tito, Kris- tine Joyce Esma, Kirs- ten Concon AFS Socsargen Cash and List of the materials needed June 23, 2012 July 24, 2012 The materials needed in the activ- ity are completed. 7 To invite vo- lunteers Bai Jeanine Tito AFS Socsargen, Youth For Peace Gensan June 23, 2012 July 24, 2012 The list of volun- teers is completed. 8 To send invita- tions for the youth of the barangay Bai Jeanine Tito, SK Chairman AFS Socsargen, Youth for Peace, Baran- gay Katanga- wan SK Offi- cials Letter of Invitation June 30, 2012 July 1, 2012 The letter of invita- tion is successfully disseminated to the youth of the baran- gay. 9 Preparation of the Venue SK Chair- man Barangay Ka- tangawan SK Officials June 30, 2012 July 1, 2012 The venue is pre- pared. Action Plan for Phase 2: Implementation or Conduct Stage Goals for the Actual Implementation Stage: The goal of this stage is to implement the project with the service of the volunteers. # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 Registration of the youth par- ticipants Bai Jeanine Tito, Orland Cabuyoc Youth for Peace Gensan Logbook, Name Tags, Pentel Pen and Pen July 8, 2012 July 9, 2012 The youth partici- pants of the baran- gay are all regis- tered. 2 Getting to know the youth and have an inter-ethnic and interfaith inte- raction with their co-youth Bai Jeanine Tito AFS Socsargen Paper and Pen July 8, 2012 July 9, 2012 The youth already know each other and they interact with their other co- youth. 3 To conduct practices and set schedules in preparation for the activity Jose Paulo Dela Cruz, Bai Jeanine Tito AFS Socsargen, Youth for Peace Gensan Paper, Pen, Calendar, Basketball, Volleyball July 8, 2012 July 15, 2012 The practices are conducted and the schedules are al- ready prepared.
    • 185 4 To conduct the Basketball Competition in the Barangay SK Officials, Referees, Nikki Lyn Sumagaysay, Christine Pacis, Jose Paulo Dela Cruz AFS Socsargen, Youth For Peace, Baran- gay Katanga- wan SK Offi- cials Basketball, Ring, Score sheet, Whistle, Timer, Blackboard, Chalk, Pen July 22, 2012 July 22, 2012 The Basketball Competition is suc- cessfully con- ducted. 5 To conduct the Volleyball Competition in the Barangay SK Officials, Referees, Bai Jeanine Tito, Orland Cabuyoc AFS Socsargen, Youth For Peace, Baran- gay Katanga- wan SK Offi- cials Volleyball, Net, Score sheet, Whistle, Blackboard, Chalk, Pen July 22, 2012 July 22, 2012 The Volleyball Competition is suc- cessfully con- ducted. 6 Awarding of Winners and giving of Cer- tificates to the Youth Bai Jeanine Tito, Ange- lique Rubia, Hadija Suib Odoya AFS Socsargen, Youth for Peace Certificates, Camera, Cash July 22, 2012 July 22, 2012 The prizes and cer- tificates are given to the participating youth. Action Plan for Phase 3: Post-Implementation or Post-Conduct Stage Goals for the Post-Event Stage: The goal of this stage is to evaluate the project in order to indentify what still needs to be improved and what is useful or not. # Action Plan Lead Per- son Organizational Partners Material & Financial Resources Needed Begin Date End Date Evaluation of Success 1 To evaluate the project if it is successful or not Bai Jeanine Tito AFS Socsargen Evaluation Sheet, Pens Aug. 4, 2012 Aug. 4, 2012 The evaluation of the project is fi- nished. 2 To compile for the documenta- tions during the pre-conduct and implemen- tation Bai Jeanine Tito CD‘s. Pic- tures, DVD‘s August 4, 2012 August 4, 2012 The compilations of documentations are burned in CDs and DVDs and also the pictures are compiled. Strategies of Implementation (For example: lectures, art work, tree planting, group discussion, workshop on how to write proposals, writing letters to public officials, etc.?) The project will be implemented by group activities and workshop on sports. The youth will have sport activi- ties such as Basketball and Volleyball. Communication skills, team building and interfaith and inter-ethnic di- alogue are also being implemented. Date/s, Detailed Information about Actual Project for Implementation Date July 22, 2012 Time 1 Whole Day from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Place Barangay Katangawan, General Santos City Time Activities Persons in Charge 7:00 AM Departure Volunteers board 2 Rented Tricycle with materials Bai Jeanine Tito 7:30 AM Arrival in Barangay Katangawan Set-up of Venue Jose Paulo Dela Cruz
    • 186 8:30 AM Opening Remarks Hadija Suib Odoya 8:35-8:45 AM Warm-Up Exercise Orland Cabuyoc 8:45 AM- 11:00 AM Basketball Competition Jose Paulo Dela Cruz Volleyball Competition Bai Jeanine Tito 11:00-12:30 AM Lunch and Rest Time 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Continuation of the Games Angelique Rubia, Orland Cabu- yoc, Jasmine Diamad 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Basketball and Volleyball Championships All the volunteers 4:00 PM to 4:15 PM Snacks Bai Jeanine Tito, Nikki Lyn Su- magaysay, Christine Pacis 4:15 PM to 4:45 PM Awarding of Prizes and Cer- tificates Bai Jeanine Tito, Orland Ca- buyoc, Hadija Suib Odoya 4:45 PM to 5:00 PM Closing Remarks and Thank You! Bai Jeanine Tito Detailed Proposed Budget Items Source/s of Funding or Donor/s Number of Units Unit Cost Subtotal Pens Own Funds 20 5 Php each 100.00 Bond Paper Solicitation 1 150 Php/ ream 150.00 Black Cartridge Refill Solicitation 1 150 Php/ refill 150.00 Blackboard Solicitation 4 100 Php each 400.00 Chalk Own Funds 2 30 Php/ box 60.00 Pentel Pen Own Funds 4 50 Php each 200.00 Log Book Own Funds 1 50 Php each 50.00 Whistle Solicitation 6 30 Php each 180.00 Volleyball (Ball) Solicitation 2 500 Php/ ball 1 000.00 Basketball (Ball) Solicitation 2 500 Php/ball 1 000.00 Basketball Ring Solicitation 2 250 Php each 500.00 Volleyball Net Solicitation 2 250 Php each 500.00 Tricycle Rental Own Funds 2 250 per day 500.00 Prizes Solicitation 6 000.00 CD Own Funds 5 20 Php each 100.00 DVD Own Funds 5 20 Php each 100.00 Tarpaulin Solicitation 2 500 per tarp 1 000.00 Snacks Solicitation 1 100.00 Contingency Funds Solicitation 2 000.00 Grand Total: 15 000.00 Output Indicators The output indicators may include the following: 1. Everything stated in the platform are being implemented. 2. Completed Documentations and Reports 3. Mutual Relationship among the youth is created. 4. Objectives are achieved and expectations are met. Sustainability Plan The sustainability plan of this project rests on the institutionalization of the project with the service of the SK Officials of Barangay Katangawan and also with the respective Barangay officials. The maintenance and sustainability of the project are also steered by the collaborative cooperation of the Barangay Officials and Local Government Unit to Barangay Katangawan and thus, it will sustain this project. Date Submitted May 9, 2012
    • 187 CHAPTER 3: SPEECHES AND CREATIVE WRITING MUSLIM STUDENT LEADER’S WELCOME SPEECH “WORDS OF GRATITUDE: CRUST OF EXCITEMENT AND CHALLENGE” A SPEECH DELIVERED DURING THE WELCOME LUNCHEON SKY ROOM, HOLMES STUDENT CENTER, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY 19TH OF APRIL, 2012 DAIL, MORENA ENRIQUEZ To Dr. Deborah Pierce, the Associate Provost of International Programs, Dr. Susan Russell, the Program Co-Director and Professor of the Anthropology Department, Dr. Bob Zurwech, Mr. Rudy Espiritu, the Assistant City Manager of DeKalb, Dr. Steve Cichy, the Executive Director of the Oak Crest Retirement Center, Dr. Chris McCord, Dean of the NIU College of Liberal Arts, Kuya Rey Ty, Tita Lina Ong, and to the rest of the staff and vo- lunteers of the Northern Illinois University - International Training Office, friends, guests, ladies and gentlemen: a pleasant noon! First of all, it has been an honor not just for me, but for us to have you all for this day‘s event, and we fer- vently hope that this day will be one of the most meaningful ones in your lives. Words aren‘t enough to express how much we are grateful for being here today with all of you. It‘s like opening our eyes not knowing that we wouldn‘t be in the same place where we have always been. Whew! Finally, we‘re here! We all come from a number of different places in the Southern Philippines known as Mindanao, and what‘s ironic from it is that we barely know each other. How fortunate indeed that the Department of State and the Embassy brings us together as a TEAM in this program that could maybe change our lives forever. We are still on the brink of excitement and learning new things. Take for example the food – I never even thought the food here could get this big, the wonderful people, the amazing places – everything here just looks dif- ferent from what we always have back in the country! From the moment we stepped on the American soil, the first thing that entered my mind was maybe, yes, maybe this really calls for challenge and excitement. And maybe even just realizing that our dreams to come over here and be a part of the American culture is now in our reach, we could barely ask for more – they are priceless! Time, as we know it, runs fast. More than a month here in the States seems so short, isn‘t it? That‘s the challenge, and that is the excitement. We‘re given the challenge to get to know each other, to learn a lot, to share experiences in a short period of time. Meanwhile, the excitement will be seen in how much we are eager to get to know each other, to learn a lot, to share experiences with each other, and so on. Sooner or later, we‘ll be looking back to this day with longing to stay more and to learn more. Anyway, this is still the beginning and we still have four weeks to learn and enjoy. Let us also think of our families back home, and how they are proud of us. Let us raise not just the flagship of Mindanao, our families, the institutions for which we belong, but also the entire Filipino Nation! For the good cause, we will rise! Thank you for listening – Mabuhay Philippines!
    • 188 MUSLIM ADULT LEADER’S WELCOME SPEECH ABDURAJAK, AL-FRAZKHAN Good Day to each and everyone and greetings of Peace to all of you. Assalamualikum warahmatullahi taala wa ba- rakatuho. Im Mr. Al-frazkhan Pandao Abdurajak, 29 years of age and coming from the southern most part of the republic of the philippines - from Jolo, Sulu. I do belong to the Tausug tribe- one of the many tribal groups in Mindanao. It's been a pleasure and an honor for every individual to be given the chance to travel to place which sometimes only in dreams can come true. As for PYLP program, it brought our dreams come true and we thank the US state depart- ment bureau of Educational and cultural Affairs for coming up with this project. As an ordinary Tausug it never came into my mind that someday I'll be having this kind Of opportunity. Coming here to the United States as an ambassador of good will and as representative of my tribe is something that I can never forget and something that I have to stand with. I know that this journey can give me a lot of learnings and de- velop my potential as a leader of my own way and as a catalyst and conduit for social change. I know for the fact that it's not that easy. But, this program in one way or Another is one of the means that I think can gradually Help me realized that it's not impossible to dream and hope for something big. With good and resourceful educators and community movers people that will be with us during the length of our stay Is already a blessing and may we be able to gain what we deserve to have so that when the time we all go back. To our respective communities,, we both can do the same thing..... Improving community ser- vice that we can offer to our people and our communities. I would also like to thank the ITO staff for their effort to form this group of well represented participants including the AFS in Manila who serves as the in country partner for this project. And to my fellow participants, may we all have the guidance and knowledge we can seek here and may we have it to better improve our capability to transform ourselves to be more productive and efficient citizen and efficient in influencing others. Once again, thank you very much to those who came and visit us today for our dinner and luncheon program, to the NIU family and to the rest of every gentlemen and ladies around wassalamualaikum warahmatullahi taala wabarakatuho. FEMALE STUDENT’S FAREWELL SPEECH: REMINISCING THE JOURNEY ANG, ALYSSA MARIE C. I‘ve spent 26 days, 12 hours, 30 minutes, and 5 seconds here in the United States. I‘ve spent this long pe- riod of time listening to long, long lectures revolving around social change and civic engagement, trying to deepen perspectives on certain issues like discrimination and racism, and many, many more things. But in this long phase of our summer, we met new people: ones who are not of the same age, some Christians, the others Muslims, some in- digenous, some people are from the Southern most part of the Philippines, others are Badjao‘s, B‘laan‘s, or in other words---we are all diverse; but these people are the ones who made a mark significantly in this learning journey of the PYLP. We tried to immerse into a different culture and learn more through things that are not the stereotypical. We have learned new skills like: speaking properly in public and using social media for social good. And we also learned new attitudes as well like confidence, respect, and tolerance. These things will not only make us better lead- ers to our community, but better citizens of our country us well. And these things will not only help us change the struggling Mindanao but even become the seeds to World Peace. In this 35-day training, we have learned about these things: reaction to discrimination, common issues here in the US, civic engagement, volunteerism, social action, hip-hop for social change, and theater as a new medium for change. Because of all these new learning‘s, we would like to thank everyone that took part in this program. To the volunteers, the ITO office, the speakers, and our host families. Thank you for accepting us warmly here. Thank you very much for making our stay here worthwhile and one that will surely be marked forever in our lives. We will miss all of you guys, we will miss the weather, and we will miss the food. Thank you.
    • 189 A GIFT OF THANKS TO THE STARFISH THROWERS MUSLIM ADULT LEADER’S FAREWELL SPEECH MASTURA, CEDRICK CABALES Commencement exercises are not endings. But instead, they are beginnings – new portals for us to venture out into the real world of opportunities and challenges after this Philippine Youth Leadership Program, into our respective communities in Mindanao. To our honored guests present here, Dr. Deborah Pierce, officers and members of the International Training Office and the working group of this 9th PYLP, to our friends from the DeKalb High School and Rochelle Township High School, most especially to our host families who are with us in this momentous occasion, friends, fellow PYLPers… Ladies and gentlemen, a wonderful evening to all of you! This would be our last day here at DeKalb and it has been really a wonderful experience for all of us. Aside from the academic learning that we had from the various mentors and experiences, whether inside the session room or out- doors, we also had our fill of fun and extraordinary experiences from our everyday encounters. We enjoyed chasing after squirrels, taking loads and load of pictures and wishing we could have them as pets. We also learned the trick with the hot and cold shower knobs in the Holmes Student Center as well as in the respective homes that we spent our 12 days with. It was quite a challenge at first but with proper training, and a lot of mishaps in between, we managed to enjoy a war (not too hot and not too cold) bath. Also, I learned that Mom once did Dad‘s haircut! And there are a lot of fun things that had passed while we stayed in that home as they shared us their beauti- ful life as a family too. Our homestay was the best thing that we enjoyed about our stay here in the US. As I shared to my Mom and Dad, Carol and Barney Schroeder, I am very much thankful for the love, care and understanding that they have showered us while we were at their homes. Though sometimes we might be noisy and loud, hyperactive even in the wee hours of the night and most of the time, we have kept them very late in the evening – talking about all sorts of things – they never wavered in making us feel that we belong in their homes. Indeed, our home became our little comfort zone in this foreign land. These people have picked us from the place where we only see so much and helped us expand our horizon. This reminds me of one story that I would love to share to all of you. There is this one boy along the seashore. An old man, looking at the boy was amused and curious about the boy, because he thought that the boy was dancing. The old man went close to the boy and found out that he was not dancing at all. Instead, the boy was picking up starfish- es, washed off to the sand at the seashore. The old man asked, ―Why are you doing that?‖ and the boy answered, ―If I will not throw them back at the ocean, they will dry up in the sand and die…‖ The old man replied, ―Well, you cannot save them all, and there are a lot of starfishes washed ashore in a lot of seashores around the world! What difference can do at all?‖ So the boy, picked up a starfish, threw it with all his might back to the ocean and said to the old man, ―See, I made a difference to that one!‖ Indeed, we are all starfishes now in this seashore and with these family that we have here, they are throwing us back to the ocean – our homeland… to live and make a difference to others. Let us go back to the Philippines, to Minda- nao with a burning fervor to serve our fellows through our own little ways. Even with those small contributions, we can really make a difference! To all, thank you very much and Mabuhay to the 9th Philippine Youth Leadership Program!
    • 190 INDIGENOUS ADULT LEADER’S FAREWELL SPEECH LIFE IS A CHOICE SPEECH DELIVERED DURING THE CLOSING CEREMONY AT THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE MALIDA, JOVEN RYAN G. 15 MAY 2012 Good Afternoon everyone. I once read a story about three big trees in a forest. One day these three big trees talked to each other. The first very aggressive one posted a question. What do you want to become in the future? The first tree answered, I want to become a ship so that when the rich men, the well-off people and the business men wanted to tour around the world, they are on board with me and I can carry them all through-out the renowned sites where they wanted. Another tree answered. In the future, I want to become a bed. In these beds lie the rulers, empe- rors, well-known warriors, famous athletes, prime ministers, presidents and the world leaders. The third three was amazed of the sharing of the first two trees. Humbly as he starts speaking, he said, in the future I want my body to be sliced into toothpicks. In this manner, I can be utilized by the poorest of the poor, the people who are considered nothing in the society, ordinary individuals, the people who have great accomplishments and those who do not have, the richest among the rich, the rulers and the ruled, popular people and the unpopular, the shy and the confident. To transpose it, I am ready for service to the needy and the not. I do not simply choose people whom to serve. In life we make choices. Our choice will determine who we are in the future. For me, I chose to be a tooth- pick. Simple as it seems to be. And, it is just a very small object, but despite of its ordinariness, it can serve many people and many groups of people. It chose no people. I want myself to serve not just elite people. I desire not to serve the few but my community and even my country. But in doing so, I want myself to be equipped, empowered and well-educated so that in times that I face my community I am ready and confident to deal and relate with them. I really have the passion to grow, develop and improve for the service of my people, the Blaan, and my community. My going to the graduate school and my attending to trainings, such as PYLP, are my proofs that I am very eager to learn. When I have heard about the Philippine Youth Leadership Program, I immediately applied. In my mind I said that by undergoing in this kind of program I will become more capable in my attempt to have community trans- formation through transformational and intentional leadership. Therefore, I am thanking the US Department of State for designing this program, the Philippine Youth Leadership Program, because you are not only helping us personal- ly but you are actually helping my tribe, my community, Mindanao and the Philippines. To Carolyn Lantz, Jennifer Bookbinder, Project Officer, Youth Leadership Program, and Hannah, thank you. To the Northern Illinois University – International Training Office, thank you for designing such a well- planned curriculum. I just wonder how you put things together. Dr. Susan Russel, Dr. Lina Ong, Dr. Rey Ty and ITO People and PYLP Project Team Members, thank you so much. I appreciate how you relate to us, 26 scholars, despite of. The US Department of State has chosen the right service provider for this youth program. As I am thanking the US Department of State, I am looking forward that more programs like this PYLP should be continuously funded. This kind of program made a lot of change especially in the mindset of the young Mindanaoans. For me, this had actually opened a lot of opportunities and possibilities to create a better Mindanao. My exposure to the very creative activities had not only helped me as a person, but my tribe, Blaan, my community, my beloved Mindanao and my country Philippines. Think not only of me when you have given me chance in this program, rather think of the persons behind me, with me and ahead of me who shall greatly benefit from my experience. I hope that many Indigenous People, as I am the only one here in PYLP 9, could come and join in this once in a lifetime experience. I pray that we could have a balanc