On June 18-21, 2019, a Four-Day Surveillance Training Workshop on
Trafficking in Persons Cases was conducted at Goat 2 Geder Hotel and
Restaurant, Butuan City. The said training was spearheaded by Justice, Peace &
Integrity of Creation – Integrated Development Center, Inc. through its project
Cinemobile IV in coordination with National Bureau of Investigation – Caraga
led by Mr. Brando E. Faelnar – Intel Consultant, and Senior Investigator III
Gabriel C. Falcon, Jr. The training was participated by twenty (20) Philippine
National Police (PNP), from Regional Office one (1) male and two (2) females
and from the City of Surigao and different municipalities in province of Surigao
del Norte eleven (11) males and six (6) females.
It is believed that dismissal of trafficking in persons cases happens
because of the poor surveillance skills of the law enforcers in conducting
surveillance. Thus, the training
was conducted in order to capacitate the Philippine National Police (PNP)
personnel on the protocols and techniques in conducting surveillance.
On the first day of the training, majority
of the participants confirmed that they lack knowledge and skills in conducting
surveillance because they haven’t undergone yet any course or training related to
it. The group was then divided into three (3) groups for their field practice
wherein they will apply all the theories discussed to them, such as: how to
conduct Foot Surveillance, Vehicle Surveillance, Mobile Surveillance, Survey
and on how to properly capture a photo accepted as evidence in court. After
each field practice, the resource speakers gave their critique to each team and
gave suggestions on how to improve their performance.
The training ended with the eagerness and
hope of the Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel to apply their new
learnings in their respective stations and to intensify their fight to end
The Cinemobile Phase IV Project is funded by the German
Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in partnership
with Karl Kübel Stiftung fur kind und Familie (KKS). It is a three-year project
which started last July 2018 and will end on July 2021. It is implemented in the
Province of Surigao del Norte specifically in Surigao City and in the
Municipalities of Claver, General Luna and Socorro.
JUNE 19, 2019 – JPIC-IDC, Inc. and DepEd – CARAGA Region formalized
its partnership in the fight against Trafficking in Persons especially on
sexual exploitation of children and women in Caraga Region, in Mindanao.
JPIC-IDC, Inc. implemented its
Cinemobile Phase IV project in 12 selected public secondary schools in the
province of Surigao del Norte in collaboration with the DepEd tri-divisions,
the Division of Surigao del Norte, Surigao City and Siargao. The overall
objective is to contribute in the reduction of human trafficking incidences in
Caraga Region through awareness raising, skills and capability development for
selected school based advocates/multipliers. The Project aspires to empower stakeholders
from the academe, religious groups, transport sector, youth and media through
education, and develop agents of change in promoting Anti-Human Trafficking in
Persons (ATIP) and Child Sexual Abuse/Exploitation and Prevention (CSAEP).
The Cinemobile Phase IV Project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in partnership with Karl Kübel Stiftung fur kind und Familie (KKS). It is a 3-year project which started in July 2018 and will end in July 2021. It is implemented in Surigao City and in the Municipalities of Claver, General Luna and Socorro.
JPIC-IDC staff held their midyear assessment and teambuilding activities at Calawag Mountain Resort on May 22-24, 2019. Calawag Mountain Resort is located in Tibiao, Antique, a small rustic resort built along a river. The cottages and other structures are all made of bamboo. No doubt, for nature lovers, the ambiance would easily give them a feeling of being one with nature. It could also be a good hideaway for those who are tired of the noises and hassles of the city.
The staff arrived at the venue in the afternoon of May
22, after an overnight boat trip from Cebu City to Iloilo, and a 4-hour long drive
from Iloilo to Tibiao. Needless to say that everybody was tired. But after
settling in, they frolicked in the clear water of the river.
Before dinner, the staff had a ‘getting to know you’ activity. This has
allowed everybody to know the new staff; and for the new staff to know the older
members of the organization.
The morning activity of May 23 started with reports
from the different projects. It was heartwarming to know the successes of the
projects in spite of the challenges encountered. Then, an input from the CRM
team about Coastal Resource Management followed. They highlighted the importance
of strictly and religiously implementing the policy of solid waste management
and, protecting and caring of our marine resources. Equally, they strongly
proposed to adapt a ‘no plastic policy.’
In the afternoon, the staff had teambuilding
activities. They were divided into four groups. The first activity was a ‘river
tubing.’ Needless to say that it was indeed very challenging. No team has managed
to arrive at the finish-line together. The other activity planned that
afternoon was rock piling; but because of the rising water level of the river,
it was canceled. However, everybody enjoyed the ‘Kawa Spa’ for the rest of the
afternoon and evening.
On May 24, as part of the teambuilding activities, the
staff went for an eco-adventure and forest trekking in the morning. On the way
to Bugtong Bato Falls, each group had to identify the different species of
fauna and flora they would see along the way. We did realize that we don’t know
that much of the Philippine fauna and flora. Perhaps, it’s because we just take
them for granted.
Bugtong Bato Falls is a three-level falls which is
about 1.5 km from Calawag Mountain Resort. And it can only be reached on foot. Climbing
from one level to another is quite challenging that only the brave would dare
The afternoon was left free.
The staff went back to Iloilo on May 25. On their way,
they passed through the Tibiao Museum where the biggest pearls of the world are
to be found. Then, they also visited the Garin Farm. In spite of the ‘foul
odor’ from poultries, it seems to be a popular destination for tourists and nature
lovers alike. They also visited some churches built during the Spanish colonial
time. And finally, in the evening, except for some who stayed behind and who
opted to take a plane, they took a boat back to Cebu.
There were challenges, but all in all, the midyear
assessment and teambuilding was successful.
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.