JPIC-IDC Staff Gathered for Year-End Assessment 2018

JPIC-IDC Staff Gathered for Year-End Assessment 2018

December 12-13, 2018 – San Pio Village, Dumlog, Talisay.

All JPIC-IDC 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.


This year’s 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 for somebody.

On the 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 added.

The second 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 2019.

In the 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 Fund.

The lighter side of the day was the exchanging of gifts.

The activity 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.

© rqcsvd

An Exodus Story of Eleven Families

An Exodus Story of Eleven Families

December 8, 2018.

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.

Culmination Activity for the KKS BMZ Bantayan Project

Culmination Activity for the KKS BMZ Bantayan Project

November 29, 2018. Bantayan, Cebu.   JPIC-IDC held a Culmination Activity for the KKS BMZ Bantayan Project.  The project that carries the title:  Improvement of Living Conditions of Marginalized Families Affected by the Typhoon Haiyan in the Municipality of Bantayan, Philippines started August 1, 2015 and will end on December 31, 2018.  The project is operational in barangays Guiwanon, Patao, Kabac and Putian including the small island of Mambacayao Daku of Barangay Lipayran.

The project is implemented by a dynamic team led by Project Coordinator Mechie Bas with Training Officer Marichu Menchavez and Community Development Officer Catherine Taleon.  Providing the technical support on the livelihoods component is Consultant/Adviser Alberto Bartolata with Project Director Jeremy Inocian providing operational management support.

With the support from German Ministry of International Cooperation (BMZ) through the Karl Kűbel Stiftung (KKS), the project has achieved the following:

1)      Built 40 housing units to resettle families living in high risk zones of barangays Patao and Kabac;

2)      Set up a multipurpose building facility than is used as livelihoods skills training center and as evacuation shelter in times of disaster events;

3)      Formed cooperative organizations to promote and value self-help among its members;

4)      Provided organizational development and livelihoods skills/business management trainings the coop organizations (KPAPCC and GMPC) and the four (4) self-help groupd;

5)      Provided highly subsidized capital to start up a consumer store business and to support the livelihoods activities of four (4) self-help groups (i.e., Kakanin, Dried Fish, Organic Farming and Pasalubong);

6)      Installed solar power modules to 83 houses in the small island of Mambacayao for lighting and charging of mass communication gadgets.  

The Culmination Activity is graced by the presence of LGU of Bantayan through the head of the Municipal Planning and Development Office Engr. Ethereal Diaz, the representatives of the barangay LGUs of Guiwanon, Patao, Kabac and Putian.  All the four SHGs were represented and also all the BHWs of the barangays within the project area of the Bantayan Project.  

The KKS Bantayan Team is under the direction of the JPIC-IDC Organizational Management Team led by Executive Director Fr. Romeo Cagatin, SVD with the financial management support of Finance Officer Adelina Pagapulaan and Project Accountant Augie Cui.

© Jeremy Inocian – Project Director

Health Workers gathered for the Sustainability Planning Workshop

Health Workers gathered for the Sustainability Planning Workshop

Do positive impacts last over time? . . . Health Workers, Municipal and Barangay officials gathered for a 2-day Sustainability Planning Workshop on November 19-20, 2018 at Sarnimian Inland Resort, Rosario, Agusan del Sur. Health workers and goverment officials discussed and shared challenges and opportunities related to the Health Project.

Agusan Health Project Phase 3 is one of 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 is being implemented from 2016 to 2018.

As the project is about to end, we try to identify and assess the significant achievements of the project and the efforts in providing health care. The purpose of the activity is the assessment of the impact of the project with key stakeholders and put mechanisms that will ensure sustainability of the project.

Throughout the 2-day activity, health workers, government officials, and community leaders took part in various workshops: drawing out project gains, analyzing impacts, defining coordination mechanisms to sustain partnership, developing common action plan for sustaining engagement, and drafting sustainable structure for collective action.

About 75 people attended the two-day workshop and facilitated by Managing Alternatives Group, Inc. (MAGI).

© Jeffrey Sabado – Project Coordinator

Tree Growing at Bagalnga

Tree Growing at Bagalnga

On Sunday November 18, 2018, the staff of JPIC-IDC in Cebu City went to Janssenville Bagalnga, Compostela, Cebu to do ‘tree growing’ as one of its advocacies in conserving and protecting our environment. Janssenville Bagalnga is one of the partner communities of JPIC-IDC.

The day’s activity started with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist which was lively animated by the active participation of the youth. After the Holy Mass, the resource person Mr. Astrio Tanjay, the Barangay Captain of Barangay Molua spoke to the community and to the JPIC-IDC staff about the importance of tree growing. Mr. Tanjay once worked with DENR and with other environmental institutions in Cebu. And Barangay Molua is a supported by RAFI for ‘tree growing’.

Mr. Tanjay said that trees play a very important role in the ecosystem and to the health of human beings. Among other things, they absorb air pollution and prevent soil erosion. He emphasized that the activity is not so much about tree planting, but more correctly it is about ‘tree growing’. Planting trees without care would be naught, he said.

Equally, he demonstrated the correct and proper way of bagging and planting trees. He also underlined that even on dry seasons, we can plant trees without much hassle. He explained and demonstrated the technology of ‘water dextrose’. This does not necessarily entail high and expensive technology. It can easily be done by simply using used water bottles. First, is to make a little hole at the bottom of the bottle; then, to fill it with water and adjust the cover according to the desired flow of water; and finally, to place it on the side where the water can easily flow to the newly planted tree. One liter of water could easily be adjusted to last for a week.

In the afternoon, accompanied by a family, each of the JPIC-IDC staff has planted one tree or two trees in areas previously identified. And each of the trees planted was assigned to the care of a designated family. This was done to make sure that all the trees that were planted would grow. We were all made aware that it is not enough to plant trees, but more importantly to make sure that these trees would grow and mature. We planted Narra, Tugas, Mahogany, Talisay and Cacao. The seedlings/saplings were provided by MENRO of the Municipality of Compostela and by the LGU of Barangay Molua.

The staff left Bagalnga with much hope that their efforts would not be in vain.