Compostela Integrated Rural Development Project

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In the next few months, JPIC-IDC Inc. will have its hands full as it expects Compostela Integrated Rural Development Project to finally start. This is after the tedious revisions done in the site development plan resulting from series of consultations. The following were taken into consideration: the cost of the houses, the capacity of the primary partner-beneficiaries to pay and the inputs raised by the DF Foundation, the JPIC-IDC’s main international partner with great contemplation on the topography of the relocation lot itself. 

The goal of JPIC-IDC Inc. in this particular project is to contribute to the realization of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (1) Eradicate Extreme Poverty & Hunger and (7) Ensure Environmental Sustainability. 

The specific objective of the project is to Build Organizational Capability, Improve Health & Well-Being of (selected) Scavengers & Informal Settlers coming from Barangay Umapad in Mandaue City, Cebu. 

The project has six (6) Key Result Areas (KRAs) which the development workers will focus on. The implementation of particular KRA can be done in partnership with various institutions and long-time partners of JPIC-IDC Inc. Result Areas are as follows:

  1. Infrastructure Development: the blue-print of the development plan will be detailed, from the location and construction of the common facilities such as the multi-purpose center, the individual houses of the household-beneficiaries, the location of the barn for livestock, the agricultural lot, the agro-forestry, the main road and foot-paths, among others. The processing of required permits will also be facilitated. The details of the structure on one hand can be accessed thru the commissioned Architects and Engineers of JPIC-IDC Inc. The construction and eventual exodus of partner-beneficiaries will happen in a two-hectare agricultural-residential lot at Barangay Bagalnga, a 6-kilometer  and a 10-minute drive from the provincial road in northern part of Cebu. 
  2. Community Organizing and Strengthening. Include the Community organizing and programming of project activities such as meetings, seminars & trainings. Formation of various committees on Spiritual, Political, Economic, Cultural, Social and Ecological animators and other working committees shall be facilitated.
  3. Sustainable Organic Agriculture Development. To ensure economic sustainability, series of technical trainings on organic agriculture and capability-building activities shall be extended to the partner-beneficiaries;
  4. Livelihood and Cooperative. This result area seeks to economically empower partner-beneficiaries and become independent in managing the cooperative organization and its finances. In partnership with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), the formed organization aims to manage also their communal farm and livestock-raising business to become more profitable thereby increasing their monthly income every year.
  5. Sanitation and Health Improvement. This result area is challenging on the part of the project since the partner-beneficiaries come from a dumpsite area that sanitation is the least of the concerns. Proper hygiene and sanitation will be introduced to the partner-beneficiaries. They will learn how to process herbal plants into alternative medicines, whereby dependency of synthetic drugs will be slowly minimized, if not totally eliminated.
  6. Project Management & Linkage-building with Local Government Units (LGUs) and other stakeholders. Partner-beneficiaries will be taught how to build and establish networks from outside. JPIC-IDC Inc. will initiate this strategy. Allies and contacts will be opened and convinced to get involved specially the Local Government Officials who believe and support to the purpose of the project.  In the end, the partner-beneficiaries are expected to continue and maintain these stakeholders even beyond the project term in order to sustain the former’s over-all objectives.

As of this writing, Helga Wilkendorf, Development Cooperation Coordinator of the Karl Kübel Stiftung für Kind und Familie (KKS) is currently working on with the project proposal and had been discussing with representatives of the project’s main funding donor, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany (BMZ). The latest communication of Thomas Westermann reveals that the objective of the project has been embraced by BMZ. 

In the field, the JPIC-IDC Inc. Staffs have conducted the house to house validation of partner beneficiaries’ profiles. A panel interview will follow after the interviewers have completed initial assessments of all applicants’ records. 

Meanwhile, Florian Hoffman and Haidee Generale-Juezan, Dekeyser and Friends Foundation Executive Director and Dedon Corporate Social Affairs Manager respectively, have showed tremendous support in facilitating training on weaving to successful applicants from Umapad community. The training is tentatively set on May 2011 where each approved applicant should have one (1) representative to undergo extensive weaving basics seminar.

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