Adopt A Community Proposal
The Philippines is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of ecological wealth and diversity. It is among the mega-diverse countries both in terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The country is abundant in mineral deposits, rich forest ecosystems, predominantly agriculture with fertile lands, and has a variety of renewable energy sources. These resources can be pillars for economic and social development for the Filipino people if utilized properly. Our finite natural wealth and unparalleled ecosystems, however, are in a rapid state of degradation, destruction, and decline. They are viewed as mere resources to be extracted and exported not taking into account its essential role in sustaining our country’s ecosystems and their community. Development aggression and projects ripe with corruption in the government have brought serious threats to the environment, human rights violations, and impoverishment among the people. In addition, the effects of climate change aggravate the poor condition of many communities which have already been facing environmental problems.
Communities should be protected against any form of violence and oppression brought about by unfair socio-economic policies, development aggression, militarization, disaster-related calamities among others. The project will support poor and marginalized communities in their efforts and struggles to protect their natural resources and live humanely in the face of environmental devastation and climate change impacts.
The Adopt A Community program aims to achieve the following objectives:
- to drumbeat environmental justice campaign at the local and national levels;
- to support the local struggle and aspirations of communities facing environmental challenges;
- to build and strengthen the capacity of people’s organizations and communities in addressing environmental problems
- to strengthen and build new relationships between those from Adopt Project Localities in the Philippines and those supporting the Adopt Project in the U.S.
- to build strong networks and allies with other sectors which will provide support and assistance
The project implementation will be conducted in three (3) sites: Talaingod Ata-Manobo community in Pantaron Range, fisherfolk community in Laguna de Bai, and an urban poor community in NIA Road Quezon City.
Talaingod Ata-Manobo Community, Pantaron Range
Pantaron range hosts one of the few remaining virgin forests in the Philippines supplying water in major rivers and tributaries in Mindanao. The indigenous peoples Ata-Manobos are struggling to defend their communities and ancestral lands against landgrabbing by big corporations of mining, monocropping plantations, and commercial logging. Moreover, the Pantaron Range has been subjected to military operations since February 2014 which resulted to displacement, killings, and other human rights violations.
The project will put up water systems in two (2) barangays: Palma Gil and Dagohoy. It will be set up within the community school grounds (Salugpongan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center Inc.) and community members will be trained on how to manage and maintain the build infrastructure. About 100 community school members and 1000 villagers will directly benefit from the proposed water systems.
There will also be a series of community forums which will be conducted in IP community schools. The topics of community forum range from climate change, health and nutrition, and sanitation.
Fisherfolk Community, Laguna de Bai
Laguna de Bai is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and home to millionsof fisherfolks in Metro Manila and the provinces of Laguna and Rizal. Fisherfolks bear the brunt of ecological degradation caused by widespread destruction of surrounding watersheds and massive disposal of domestic and industrial wastes. The lake is heavily silted which makes the adjacent communities susceptible to typhoons and flooding. The proposed development projects such as reclamation will push for the privatization of water sources and land around the lake. This will pose displacement of tens of thousands of communities and loss of livelihood.
A research study will be conducted to look into the impacts of various proposed development projects to fisherfolk communities and Laguna Lake as a critical ecosystem. The study aims to tap UPLB for a research collaboration and an education campaigns.
Community forums will be held with topics ranging from climate change, local situation, reclamation and environmental justice. Community trainings for children, youth and women will be facilitated.
A conference at UP Los Banos: will be held with community members, students, members of the academe will be invited to attend the event. Symbolic action will be done after the conference to signify solidarity with fisherfolk communities facing environmental challenges.
Urban Poor Community, NIA Road, Quezon City
Urban poor is the most vulnerable sector by the impacts of climate change in the metropolis. They experience annual flooding during rainy season and outbreak of illnesses like measles and dengue during summer. The government has yet to address these issues instead, urban poor communities have always been threatened with demolition and displacement to give way to big businesses for the benefit of the few. Provision of basic social services such as proper sanitation and health care is not facilitated.
A Peoples Science School will be run in partnership with Advocates of Science and Technology for the People (AGHAM). The school will consist of community trainings and workshop series with topics including health, sanitation, water, energy among others.
Medical Mission: It will focus on general check up and diagnosis and provision of medicines for common diseases.
Cultural, Sports and Health Programs: Recreational activities primarily for youth and children. These include basketball games, dance workshops among others
Community Water Pump: Installation of community water pump for community subsistence. This will supply cheaper water cost for the community. This will be managed and maintained by Bayan Muna Chapter.
The following are expected results from activities implemented in each site.
- Established water systems and water pump infrastructure for community subsistence;
- Strong campaign especially at the community level on environmental justice;
- Capacitated community members through series of community training and workshop;
- Research paper on local situation in line with environmental justice concept; and
- Formation of new community-based organizations which will carry on the advocacy on the ground.
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About Our Main Partner
KALIKASAN PNE– (People’s Network for the Environment) is a network of grassroots organizations in the Philippines committed to strengthening the ability of the community to overcome enviromental challenges and build a more sustainable way of life. “Kalikasan” is the Filipino term for nature.
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