VIII.     Partnership with Ateneo School of Government

Center 45

 

Upon assuming office (December 2007) as Barangay Officials of Barangay 599, personnels from Ateneo School of Government (ASOG) arranged a special meeting with Punong Barangay Jose Milo Lacatan facilitated by Kagawad Josefina dela Serna.

 

Objectives of ASOG were laid, requiring the council information on the status of Barangay 599. After some weeks of coordination, an out-of-town 3-day seminar on Good Governance was sponsored by ASOG-Center 45, attended by participants from 3 barangays…598,599,600 and some other parent leaders, and youth of Old Sta. Mesa community.

       

 Identifying the problems of Barangay 599, meetings regarding different issues and concerns of the community followed, and seminars and trainings of active youth including the SK Council were held incessantly.

 

To complete the profile and categorized the social and economic standing of its constituents, ASOG coordinated with ASI (Asian Social Institute) to assist in the systematic and efficient profiling of residents in the area of jurisdiction of Barangay 599.

 

The Community Services program of the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) is implemented by the Center for Community Services (CCS). CCS is a social development unit of the Ateneo de Manila University which was established in 1978 in response to the emerging societal challenges of the period. It was integrated into the ASoG in 2006 to support social development especially in addressing poverty and community-related issues. The program links community development and local governance processes through multi-stakeholder and collaborative approaches. Through this, the program hopes to instill local governance marked with a community development perspective, utilizing collaborative, participatory, and multi-sectoral strategies.

 

Institutional Building Hopes to build and strengthen community-based sustainable structures with proven capabilities to respond to the needs and issues of the children alongside community problems. Programs include Organizational Building, Education, Health, Anti-VAWC, Livelihood, Youth.

 

 

 

 

Unifying Factors: Innovative approaches to broaden access to education have been felt Attainment of higher education that would qualify them to get better jobs. The capability building measures such as livelihood projects, skills training. Phil Health insurances that aims to cover the medical needs of every citizen. Disunifying Factors – the indifference of many who minimally participate in community activities. Cell phone snatching Drainage & disposal system needs improvement Legitimate residents Vs transient (renters)


Spotting/Developing Leaders “Pagtukoy ng mga may Kakayanan Mamuno sa Pamayanan” As we conduct our survey in Purok 11 we have two goal that is to get information about Purok 11 and to come up a simple community profile of it and to identify potential leader who will help us to facilitate the community. Its an individual who has the ability to lead the community. By interviewing with the people and a kin observation we were able to identify potential leaders. This observation of ours was affirmed during our General Assembly.


They were the people who have a firm gasp of the community and who participate well during the presentation and discussion of the survey we conducted in their community. They even choose to where group or program they would like to join based on the needs identified when survey was conducted. After the identification of those potential leaders, we the Intern have agreed to conduct some training and meetings to build their own confidence through certain values formation that we did every week. This activity could help them to enhance their knowledge and skills for leadership and eventually can help the Social Worker in community organizing. These identified leaders need more training that is why it was suggested to continue the on going meetings and value formation to be facilitated by the SW of the agency .


Core group building In presenting and validating the survey results with the community, the community’s issues and concerns were identified, the core group was created. From the issues and concerns identified, the Purok 11 residents volunteered to become a member of one group who will focus on certain issues. Four issues emerged from the validation and these are health, education, security and livelihood issues. Each group was facilitated by fieldworkers.


However, only the Livelihood and Health groups remained since the members of the other two joined the remaining two groups. Nevertheless, the groups continued to meet and were continuously strengthened. Every week, members of each group went through self-awareness activities, problem and objective analysis and values clarification sessions. From these groups, leaders also emerged and formed. For the health group, they were able to link with kagawad choy the health concerns of the purok which led them to impement a once-a-month canal cleaning which they actually did. They were also able to cement portions of the canal and made post signs concerning cleanliness.


The livelihood group was able to facilitate a FAITH training which allowed mothers to plant vegetables even at their own houses. The group also started a small enterprise through manufacturing and selling powder soap after they were given a skills training on soap making facilitated by the barangay and the fieldworkers. The group went through entrepreneurship sessions also.

 


Recommendation To the Community: Be more open and critical to the issues concerning not just themselves but the community as a whole. Increase level of participation Do not hesitate to initiate communication with the Barangay Council. To the Barangay: Linkage between the people and the Barangay should be strengthened and facilitated more.

 

 

To view the full presentation of this survey, follow this link:

 www.authorstream.com/Presentation/abananna-539262-fw2-asi-2008-2009/

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