March 26, 2019. Justice, Peace
& Integrity of Creation-Integrated Development Center (JPIC-IDC), Inc., in collaboration
with the Community Extension Services (CES) of the University of San Carlos
(USC), launches its 20th Founding Anniversary. The theme of this year-long
celebration is “Transforming Lives, Putting the Poor at the Forefront.”
The launching ceremony was held
at the basement of the Fr. Anselmo Bustos Gym at the University of San Carlos
Downtown Campus, Cebu City. The event was organized by the HRM and Tourism
students of USC. It was attended by representatives from the 21 partner communities
of JPIC-IDC, SVD priests, JPIC-IDC staff, members of the JPIC-IDC BOT and
Corporation, members of the CES team, Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD (President of USC),
guests, friends and students.
The event started with a Eucharistic
celebration at 10:00 presided by Fr. Anthony Salas, SVD (former Executive
Director of JPIC-IDC and former VPAA of USC). A short program followed and it
ended with a sumptuous lunch.
The anniversary is not so much a
celebration of JPIC-IDC’s 20 years of existence; but what the organization has become
and has done these past 20 years.
Yes, ‘20 years of transforming
lives, putting the poor at the forefront’ is the raison d’être of this year-long celebration.
Indeed, JPIC-IDC is grateful to
have become an instrument of God in helping ‘people on the edge’ to regain
their dignity and sense of pride. Equally, it is proud to have contributed
something remarkable to the wellbeing of the less fortunate people of society.
As JPIC-IDC celebrates in joy and
gratitude, it is also full of optimism that it would be able to touch more
people in the years to come through the kind and untiring support of its generous
partners, benefactors and donors.
Project Phase 3 has come to an end. This is JPIC-IDC’s project in Agusan del
Sur and its objective is to improve the health services in the Municipality of
Bunawan, Agusan del Sur with an official project title “RIGHT TO HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE FOR MARGINALIZED POPULATION GROUPS IN
BUNAWAN MUNICIPALITY, AGUSAN DEL SUR, PHILIPPINES” and implemented from March
2016 to March 2019 with the
support from German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ) through the
Karl Kűbel Stiftung (KKS) and in partnership with the Provincial Government of
Agusan del Sur and the Municipal Government of Bunawan.
During the said
activity, we presented the significant achievements of the project and efforts
in providing health care in addressing the 3 Key Result Areas namely:
of family health care through sensitization and involvement of the target group
in integral health and disaster risks management measures
of community-based health care services
of access to potable water supply and hygienic/sanitary facilities
The project has achieved the following:
Sensitized parents on effective
parenting, family healthcare, hygiene and nutrition, disaster risk reduction
Provided vegetable seeds for the establishment of household
vegetable gardens and herbal plants for the communal herbarium
Capacitated and helped mothers in addressing malnutrition
Capacitated RHU staff and Volunteer Health Workers on Basic
Healthcare and Integrative Home Remedies
Municipal Health Officer and RHU personnel on Basic Emergency Obstetric for
Newborn Care (BEmONC), Basic Life Support and VIA
Provided medical kits to volunteer health workers
Provided medical equipments to 3 barangay health stations and
Built 115 sanitary toilet units
Constructed potable water system at Barangay Imelda
Formed a cooperative organization who will manage the water
activity was attended by government officials, health workers, and JPIC-IDC.
March 18, 2019. Barangay
Imelda, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur
over a potable water supply system to Barangay Imelda, Bunawan on March 18,
2019 after three years of rehabilitation, construction, and extensive capacity
building. The water system project is one of the components of JPIC-IDC’s
Health Project in Agusan del Sur.
This activity was
done through a simple ceremony attended by JPIC-IDC representatives headed by
its Executive Director Fr. Romeo Q. Cagatin, SVD, Sangguniang Bayan members of
the Municipality of Bunawan headed by Hon. Sylvia B. Elorde, Vice Mayor, Barangay
Imelda council and residents, and Barangay Imelda Water Service Cooperative
ceremony was the blessing of the water reservoir tanks and the ceremonial
sprinkling of the fire hydrant. The BIWASCO officers headed by its Chairman Mr.
Wilson Quilaman accepted their duties and reponsibilities in sustaining the
provides access to safe drinking water to the households in Puroks 1, 2, &
3 in Barangay Imelda. Classified as Level III, the water system is a piped
system with a water point serving to the households. Aside from rehabilitating
the water system, JPIC-IDC constructed 3 intake boxes, 2 reservoir tanks,
chlorinator house, valve boxes, laid pipelines, and installed communal faucets.
assisted in preparing for the turn over
through the formation of the water system cooperative, conduct of
various community organizing and capacity building activities. All geared to
equip the community with skills to run their own water system including
plumbing, leadership training, financial management, and among others.
This project is
under JPIC-IDC’s Agusan Health Project Phase 3 which have been designed to aid
marginalized communities and promote the United Nations‘ Sustainable
Development Goal No. 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation.
On March 4, 2019, Training on Handling
Trafficking in Persons Cases and Victim Protection with Prosecutors, Law
Enforcers and Social Workers was conducted at Philippine Gateway Hotel in
Surigao City. The training was spearheaded by the Justice, Peace and Integrity of
Creations – Integrated Development Center, (JPIC-IDC) Inc. in partnership with
the Inter-agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) of the Department of
The activity was participated by fifty nine
(59) delegates from different municipalities of Surigao del Norte. The training
aimed to capacitate the duty bearers and service providers who are handling
cases of trafficked persons.
According to the Deputy Executive Director of
IACAT, Atty. Yvette Coronel, Surigao del Norte is one of the provinces with
cases of human trafficking because of the booming tourism industry.
The Executive Director of JPIC-IDC, Inc, Fr.
Romeo Q. Cagatin was also present during the entire duration of the training to
support the programs of the organization.
The Multi-disciplinary Training is one of the
activities under the Cinemobile 4 project. For close to ten years, the
JPIC-IDC, Inc has been actively working in Caraga addressing the problem of
human trafficking with the support of Karl Kübel Stiftung (KKS) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic
December 12-13, 2018 – San Pio Village, Dumlog, Talisay.
staff from the Visayas and Mindanao gathered for two days for its year-end
assessment activity. This activity highlights milestones being done and to review
where we have not done well and to reinvent ourselves to do better.
year-end assessment activity started with an input from Fr. Heinz Kulueke, SVD
– former Superior General of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) and one of
the founding pioneers of JPIC-IDC. He eloquently brought us back to the
beginnings of JPIC-IDC and its journey – filled with successful stories
notwithstanding the challenges – these past nineteen years. Equally, he gave us
an overview of the social work of the SVD worldwide. He very clearly
underscored that we are doing what we are doing because this is what Jesus
wants us to do as Christians. And we are doing our work not for something, but
second day, in the first part of the morning, the assessment was centered on
JPIC-IDC’s 5-Year Strategic Plan (2018-2022). The staff were divided into five
groups according to the 5 goals. Each group highlighted what has been done and
what has not been done. Understandably, revisions were made on some provisions
to make the strategic plan more realistic and doable. New provisions were also
part of the morning was devoted to review the final draft of JPIC-IDC’s Child
Protection Policy. Hopefully, this could be implemented in the first quarter of
afternoon, for about half an hour, the German volunteers presented and shared
their experiences, living and working in JPIC-IDC’s partner communities. Then followed
discussions about organizational concerns, such as: Finance, HR and Mutual
side of the day was the exchanging of gifts.
ended by a celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by the Fr. Romeo Q.
Cagatin, SVD – Executive Director of JPIC-IDC. Dinner was served before
everybody headed home.
Eleven families from the Inayawan Landfill and from informal settlements in Talisay City moved in to their new houses in San Pio village, Barangay Dumlog, Talisay City.
At 4:00 AM, in a solemn ceremony, they re-enacted the Exodus story of the people of Israel as if it were their own. Symbolically, carrying some of their belongings, they started their march from the gate of the village to the village chapel with intermittent stops in between. In every stop, a passage of the Exodus story was read aloud. And in an expression of joy, they were also singing songs of praise to God.
When everybody has settled-in inside the chapel, a eucharistic celebration presided by Fr. Heinz Kulueke, SVD followed. After the communion and before the final blessing, a short ritual of the handing of the keys to the beneficiaries was done.
Needless to say, the beneficiaries were deeply happy and grateful for the privilege to own a house. A couple of them stood up to express their profound gratitude to God, to JPIC-IDC and to the donors for their generosity.
After a group photo of the beneficiaries, the residents of San Pio Village accompanied them to their respective houses. And Fr. Romeo Q. Cagatin, SVD blessed the new housing units.
The Exodus ceremony ended with a simple breakfast offered by the community.