A simple school changes IP’s views in life!

school (Day care Center) was set up,  and the basic grade one started last June 2009  at Sitio Biao, Barangay Napnapon Palimbang , an IP village,  through Pasali support  and coordination of  Biao community and local government unit. This had a huge impact on Manobo Indigenous People (IPs). Its not just  sign of community development but also a change on  individual views in life.

The Manobo IP’s were hesitant to believe  Pasali because of their past experiences. They have been used by people and organizations for own benefit, without bringing any real change to the IP community. They thought that Pasali was just one of them. Until a community day care center was set-up . According to Vilma Bonifacio (one of few IP with high school degree and first teacher trained through Pasali support) said:  “when the school was built, their constituents was awakened that Pasali was really serious in helping them.” And now they are very supportive on Pasali’s programs.

According to Mr. Duma Bonifacio known as “Kumander Double 2” a sitio Biao leader, since Manobo IP’s in Biao had no permanent address  after they harvest their crops they transfer to another area. The school was became their landmark. Instead of finding another area to plant crops they cultivate on the same land again.

Having school in their village made them  realized the importance of education.The parents became interested and eager to send their children at school. It also gave them a chance to get together. That brought unity. They initiate new things to improve  their school. Like on school activities and in making additional school rooms.  Each of them contributed in cash and in kind to make it possible.

In my first visit to Sitio Biao with Pasali staff last March. It amazed me how Manobo IP’s changed views in life after the set-up of school, before they are not interested going to school and afraid to interact with the lowland people. Especially when the children performed their part on their program. Imagine a Manobo child who doesn’t speak before when around other people, now singing, delivering short speech and theater. It made us proud of them! THANK YOU is the words you hear from their mouth, and see in their eyes.

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May 28, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Open book test

Answer to some questions:

1. P.A.S.A.L.I stands for Philippine Association of Sea-based workers for Savings, Loans and Initiatives. An organization founded by a group of Filipino seafarers living in Netherland with members coming from Muslim and Christian background. The savings mobilization concept is for the members to use in case of emergencies and loans to avail in time when financial capital is needed for business opportunities.

Through organizing fund raising activities the MUKRISVA- a micro credit association was established and setting up of OPDG- support small fishing activities that extended to credit loans for farmers. With the idea of bringing at home not only the earnings but also the skills and technology acquired abroad. OPDG  continue its operations as Pasali Philippines Foundation Inc.

The migrants itself is the strength of the organization. The technical know-how of its member took a big role in realization of their projects/investments. The fact that migrants contribute to the growth of the country’s economy and known for non political partiality made a positive image that could bring them more opportunities.

2. The technical center is the heart of PASALI because it is the base and carries other program units. It can stand alone even in the absence of other program units. Develop technical Innovations, provide jobs and train youths to enhance their capabilities, repair and maintain the farm equipment are the main role of technical center in the organization. Aside from this, the technical center is the program unit that generates income and operates self-reliant.

3. TRI-PEOPLE groups are the Moro Muslims, Indigenous People, and Christian settlers. Pasali believed that it is important to have Tri-people in the organization because they want to prove that this three group of people can be unite and work together without conflict. And Pasali also want to implement their projects that benefit the Moro, IP’s and Christians.

May 26, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Questions/Remarks on field

1. There are 33 farmers trained for SRI system of Farming.

     Do this all farmers practice SRI? If not why?

 2. There is monitoring team/ farmers technicians to monitor the development of each farmer’s farm on their SRI practice.

     What  are the common problems they encountered that have an effect on the results of the farmer’s production?

 3. The farmers wanted to expand their practice on SRI from ¼ hectare trial farm to 1 hectare and more.

    What should be the finance system that Pasali will do? Does Pasali will support the whole cost of inputs on each farm?

May 26, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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