CREDITS A Punto 14’s production with the collaboration and technical support of Paz y Desarrollo, SSOFHDEV (Surigao del Sur Organization for Human Development, Inc.) and PHILDDRA (Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas), financed by the AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation) within the framework of the Cooperation Agreement 07-C01-034: “Strengthening the productive sectors in the rural areas and improving sexual and reproductive health in Philippines”. The contents of this publication are the responsibility of Paz y Desarrollo, and not necessarily reflect the opinion of AECID.
We would like to give a very special thank you to Lita Trajano, Carmen A. Quimpan, Eutiquio Coray, Teresita Pantilo, Cresciencia Logroño and their families for letting us not only into their homes but also into their lives.
Lurraine Baybay Villacorta, Project Manager, MDG-F1656 Climate Change Adaptation Project, International Labour Organization.
Salvador Dumanor, current Chairman of the New Maug Farmers Association (NEMFA).
Federico Flores, farmer in New Maug.
Danny Dismar, Manager of the AZARBEMCO Cooperative.
Bonifacio Galdiano, Chairperson of AZARBEMCO.
Jose Garson Jr. II,Chairperson of the Para-Technicians AZPETIA.
Bonifacio G. Ondona, Municipal Mayor of Cagwait.
Ricky O. Antallan, Azpetia Barangay Captain.
Thanks to all the members of the cooperative Azarbemco for their daily efforts and total commitment towards sustainable change.
Thanks to Paz y Desarrollo staff in the Philippines.
Thanks to Modesto Marchante, Maite Benito, Mark Bentley and Adrienne Smith who let us use their voices and walked in the shoes of our protagonists.
Thanks to JJavier Fernández for making his technical equipment, his knowledge and his patience available to us.
Thanks to Paula Lis for the translation of the texts.
Thanks to everyone who made this project possible.
I'M CHANGING The ‘I’m changing’ project emerged from the interest of Punto14 and the NGO Paz y Desarrollo (PyD) in showing the survival and adaptation strategies that the population in Mindanao is implementing in order to deal with the latest changes in the climate. From 2007, Paz y Desarrollo, together with the local organizations Philddra, Soffdev and Aquinas, are working in a development cooperation program in 19 barangays located in the islands of Mindanao and Bicol. This program, financed by the AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation), focuses its efforts in three lines of work:
Supporting the civil society so as to strengthen the processes of collective empowerment, especially among those most vulnerable. So far, 18 cooperatives, called POs, have been created and reactivated. They have been trained in different subjects, such as Marketing, Funds Administration, etc., with the purpose of them becoming self-sustainable organizations. Several POs will put into effect positive actions that will allow women to be on equal terms as men in decision-making situations, such as the cooperatives’ Board of Directors.
Strengthening the productive development through the technical support to the farmers who partake in the POs. Training in sustainable agriculture has been provided, and farmers have been taught how to produce organic pesticides and herbicides, as they have lower costs and are more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Besides, production has been diversified, implementing new products which allow them to improve their dietary habits as well as make them more competitive in the markets. Enhancing their crops production by integrating new equipment and machinery has had a positive repercussion towards the creation of more competitive cooperative systems. Women, who account for 40-60% of the agricultural labor force, have taken part in all the training processes, both the ones dedicated to sustainable agriculture and the ones dedicated to the usage of machinery and production equipment.
Improving maternal and child health. High maternal and child mortality rates have become a priority for the 5 municipalities this program is focused in. In order to fight against these high rates, awareness-raising campaigns and training targeted at the healthcare workers who work in the barangays, traditional midwives, and Healthcare units from the local governments have been put into action.