Ecoscout Saves Endangered Specie

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Based on the account of Necie Rose Nono
Edited by: Ruth Ignacio-Pascual – Area Sponsor Relations Officer-REINA

A giant soft-shelled carnivorous fresh water turtle (Pelochelys cantorii), which was about to be cooked as finger food of some drunker men, was saved by an Ecoscout leader Necie Rose Nono. Said turtle, which was first thought to be a “pawikan” or sea turtle, is a highly endangered species that can grow up to 2 meters according to the City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO)The one that was rescued was a juvenile measuring just around 1 foot in diameter.

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Voices of children and youth heard once again

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Written by: Charybel Dasalla and Mary Joy Sabiduria – Youth leaders
Edited by: Ruth Ignacio-Pascual – Area Sponsor Relations Officer-REINA

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Another series of successful airings of the Kabataang Patrol or “Kiddie Broadcasters” was done in the last quarter of 2012. Six airings were conducted with different topics that revolve around children and youth’s problems and how they can do something about it.On their first airing they talked about the strengthening of the different children and youth associations organized thru the initiative of the Reina Federation of Parents Associations, Inc. and ChildFund Philippines. Continue reading “Voices of children and youth heard once again”

A Child can Help Even in Times of Disasters

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By:Merielle Palacio

It was heavy rains and winds…almost three (3) days.
Then, I woke up. I saw the river overflows and every street was flooded. My family and I decided to transfer our things to our neighbor’s house which is located in a higher place. But the water level gets higher and higher and we cannot bring all of our things there. We just decided to evacuate.

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GALLERY | Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health – Youth Peer Educators Training

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Photos taken by Ms. Joy Coronacion during the conduct of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Training. 12 youth were trained as youth peer educators that were equipped with basic skills on following topics: (1) UNCRC; (2) Self Awareness; (3) Adolescence and Human Sexuality; (4) Orientation on HIV and other STDs; and (5) Other ASRH  related issues and topics.

GALLERY | KAAGLA Meeting

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Photos taken by Ms Joy Coronacion, Federation Staff (Community Mobilizer)

KAAGLA was the federation’s parent volunteers focusing on processing Sponsor Relations correspondences of children to sponsors and vice versa. Monthly meetings was conducted to discuss issues and updates on Sponsorship.

GALLERY | Supervised Neigborhood Play (SNP) Sessions in Dinahican, Infanta, Quezon

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Photos were taken from Actual SNP Sessions in one of the SNP sites established in Dinahican, Infanta, Quezon.

Background on establishment of SNP or Supervised Neigborhood Play.

Majority of 0-5 years old children in the covered areas of REINA have limited access to quality early childhood stimulating activities as service rendered in the home-based ECD or the so called Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP).  The peculiarity of the problem identified is focused on the lack of services appropriate to children 0-4 years old and children who are already 4-5 years old but do not have access to either home-based or center-based ECD.  Aggravated by much difficult circumstances are those Indigenous People’s (IP) children settled in the remote areas due to the semi-nomadic cultural way of life of their families who do not have totally an access to such ECD services.  Further, in the 26 covered areas of ReINa Federation, IP communities with an estimated 100 families thrived in the areas of Catablingan in Nakar and Tignoan in Real.  Others are temporary settled in far and remote areas of the Sierra Madre Mountain.

 

Clearly in the program of the local government, the bias in promoting ECD is center-based which required an infrastructure called the Day Care Center and is available only to children 4-5 years old in preparation to formal schooling in elementary level.  Unfortunately, day care centers are not even installed in all of the covered areas of ReINa.  Therefore, even those children ready for preparatory education are deprived of access to ECD services including the IP children.  The problem is further manifested in terms of lack of trained facilitators; lack of parental education that will improve child rearing practices; lack of support from the mandated structure at the barangay or village level; and lack of instructional materials and methodologies appropriate to children in order to address tendencies of developmental delays due to lack of early childhood stimulating activities.

 

According to the result of LQAS, 69.2% of 0-3 years old do not have access to home-based ECD services because it is not a priority of the local mandated structure; and 40% of children 4-5 years old are not prepared to go to school because a day care center is not installed in the area or too far to visit by children and their caregivers.  However, data pertaining to the accessibility of services among IP children is not yet established and therefore requires further research and studies.

 

Worth to mention that over the last 6 years, the ReINa Federation was successful in establishing SNP sites in certain covered areas.  562 of children 2-5 years old attended SNP sessions and were able to advance in their development and excel when they are already in primary schools.ten (10) oout of moren than 50  SNP volunteers  trained are still active and regularly conduct sessions; and 12 SNP sites were installed with instructional materials and equipment.  However, several challenges are noted in technical reviews quoted:

 

For the ECCD outcome objective – i.e. increase access of children aged 0-5 to quality ECCD services, whether home-based or center-based programs – has been constrained on two fronts. The first concerns the failure of supported DCCs to pass DSWD accreditation standards. This development does not augur well for poor households seeking to avail of regular direct cash subsidies under the DSWD’s Conditional Cash Transfer program, whose availment is premised among others on the poor households’ enrollment of their children aged 0-5 in accredited day care centers. Since day care centers supported by the federation remain unaccredited, poor households are in effect deprived of the accompanying CCT-based incentive to enroll their children in day care centers in general, which is correspondingly expected to stunt coverage of children aged 0-5 in ECCD services.

 

On the other hand, the federation’s parallel track for increasing access of children aged 0-5 to ECCD services — through the establishment of SNP sites in areas unserved by center-based ECCD programs – is plagued by irregular conduct of classes and the growing number of PVs/SNP facilitators that are quitting their posts to entertain other job opportunities. Weak monitoring mechanisms and the failure of BLGUs to appropriate funds for allowances of PVs are apparently causing demoralization that are manifested in the irregularity of the conduct of SNP classes and the resignation of PVs, and tends to lead towards impressions of unreliability of SNP to deliver appropriate home-based ECCD services. (REINA 2009-2011: Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD)System Building Project Review)

 

Despite the challenges mentioned above, the ReINa Federation is persistent to improve its services.  With the remaining 12 SNP sites functional in several areas, results are significant to children and their families and also the SNP volunteers who remained committed thru the years.

 

Thus, over the next 3rd ASP cycle of ReINa Federation, early childhood stimulation of 0-5 children including those IP children in the covered areas of ReINa will be prioritized to focus on home-based ECD or SNP service which is currently not a priority project of the local government.

 

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Thin, inactive and withdrawn faces of poverty which were identified in the previous ASP are modified.  Based on the reviews, outputs to address thinness among children has already been satisfied.  Acknowledged as well is that the LGUs involved in addressing the physiological health and development of children aged 0-5 years old have already taken this as a priority.  Thus, the new ASP will prioritize inactive and withdrawn faces of poverty.

 

ECOSCOUTS | Iwas Disaster (Full Video)

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YOUTH-LED: Youth Organizations United in Harmonizing Leadership, Empowerment and Development Project

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Project Name YOUTH-LED Project

Youth Organizations United Towards Harmonizing Leadership, Empowerment and Development

Project

Objective

Youth aged 15-24 years old in the municipalities of Real, Infanta and General Nakar are responsive to issues affecting them
Core Program Area Confident and skilled youth engage in productive activities that uphold their own well-being, their families and communities
Project Location 26 Villages in Real, Infanta and Nakar in the Province of Quezon
Project start and end-date July 2014 – June 2019
Implementation partner or group responsible Reina Federation of Parents Associations, Inc.

GabayKabataan Youth Association, Inc (Real, Quezon)

Kakampi Youth Association, Inc. (Infanta, Quezon)

SikatKaNakar Youth Association, Inc. (Gen. Nakar, Quezon)

KalasagngKabataan at Kalikasan Youth Federation, Inc. (Reina-wide)

Municipal Council for the Protection of Children

 

1.      Project Rationale
 

LS3 Program has proven to be the most effective.  In terms of building youth agencies, 20 Barangay level youth associations (BYAs) were formed and SK have recognized these BYAs.  One (1) Youth Federation organized and registered and three (3) Youth Associations are continuously capacitated, eight (8) Barangay Youth Associations organized. Technical Review states that the youth agencies under the RFPAI continue to operate even without a huge budget from the Federation.  Most of their activities are youth-led.

 

Most significant activity of the Youth Association is always related to environmental protection and preservation.  Through the initiatives of the Youth Association, PINTA or the visual artist group tied up with group of Out-of-School Youths (OSYs) who then engaged themselves into handmade paper making producing art materials (medium) for the PINTA. Eco-scouts grant project also helped in increasing their awareness on environmental protection and this was effectively complemented by the radio and theater arts groups.   Seeing the interest of youth participation in environment can pave a way for taking in of the DRR as part of the advocacy and learning agenda of the YA.

 

Further, despite efforts made on adolescent reproductive health (ARH), youth have also observed an alarming rate on early pregnancy, early marriage and the like that hinders full development of children and youth their age. What was recommended then at the onset of the discussion is to emphasize and improve projects that pertain to ARH.  Age and needs based ARH project is but imperative especially that population of enrolled children, which is our focus, is getting doubled or tripled each year.

 

Situations of adolescent-aged group in an indigenous community is also being look at although there is no enough data yet that could spell what possible interventions or support that could be provided to them. Assessment and deeper study of this group will form part of the preliminary project interventions/activities. Result of this study will shape the type of support to be provided in the remaining year of the cycle.

 

Simultaneous with the IP research to be conducted are the implementation of other preliminary activities like orientations on Youth-led DRRM, ARH and others which deemed accepted with IP community.

1.1. Problem Statement and Causes

 

 

 

 

Majority of the youth aged 15-24 years old in the municipalities of Real, Infanta and General Nakar are not fully engaged on DRRM initiatives and other issues affecting them.

 

Causes:

1.       Poor Institutional development Capacity among YA’s

a.       Fast turn-over & mostly youth are come and go

–    Weak support of parents

–    Lack of appreciation of their roles

–    Poor commitment

–    Lack of second liners

b.   No organizational development plan

–    Dependent to the Fed. plans/activities

 

2.       Weak partnership of Municipal YA’s & MDRRMC and other appropriate agencies

a.       Low level of awareness/ understanding about the program of youth

b.      Limited (seasonal) visibility

 

 

1.2.  Location and Target Group

 

This project will be implemented in 26 Covered Barabggays of Reina Federation

Real:  Capalong, Tignoan, Tanauan, Maragondon, Malapad, Lubayat, Pandan

Infanta: Dinahican, Binulasan, Ilog, Agos-agos, Pilaway, Banugao, Magsaysay

Nakar: Magsikap, Pesa, Batangan, Minahan Norte, Minahan Sur, Catablingan, Anoling, Poblacion, Pamplona, Banglos

 

The target beneficiaries are members of Barangay Youth Associations, Municipal Youth Associations and the Kalasag Youth Federation

 

Out of School Youth and In School Youth in the Municipalities of Real, Infanta and General Nakar.

 

2.      Project Strategy
 

2.1. Project Strategy Statement

 

Youth Federation and Associations Officers will be capacitated and strengthen to engage meaningfully to the Local Special Bodies and MDRRMC in the Real, Infanta and General Nakar.

 

 

2.2.  Project Strategy Justification

 

Reviews and continuous consultation with children, youth and parents provided insights in the modifications of the faces of poverty.  Realizing that the strength of the LS3 Program is in its youth agency, the Federation will focus on building capacity and ensure participation and involvement of youth.  Acknowledging that involvement in relevant organizations that propagate social issues hone leadership and life-long skills among children and youth, the Federation will utilize the youth agency as an arena for increasing their self-confidence and minimizing their shyness.  Specific themes will be the agenda of these youth agency that will take in disaster risk preparedness and adolescent reproductive health.  Taken that the covered areas of the Federation are prone to disasters, minimizing feelings of fear among children and youth will be captured through building a youth agency that will advocate and propagate disaster preparedness.  Further, as stated above, there will be an increasing cohort on this age group.  This youth agency will not limit itself to themes related to disaster risk and ARH, but will eventually take in additional issues that the youth and children deem as relevant to them.

 

The changes in the faces of poverty and root causes of the LS3 program does not mean that support and services for formal schooling and training will be put to rest.  Some projects and activities that will address youth employment and skills training will still be supported.

 

Included strategies then for LS3 are as follows:

–       Institutional development capacity for them to be empowered and take part in the program implementation

–       Building strong partnership with 3 MDRRMCs.

–       ARH will also be a focal theme in the YAs