Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00

"Bayanihan," an experience of solidarity and mutual care in the Philippines



MADRID, Spain.
NGO InteRed invites you to view a documentary that was presented at the Cervantes Institute in Madrid and in Mindanao  (Philippines) about the rural development work done by this NGO and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) for over four years.

A version of the film has been released previously.  However, the current version has been expanded with new testimonials, including the one by Vicente Selles, Coordinator of the Technical Cooperation Office in the Philippines.
Through this cooperation we have achieved an ambitious rural development work that has lasted more than four years.  The work focused on the comprehensive and sustainable development of rural communities in Bicol and Caraga (two of the most impoverished regions of the Philippines, who live on fishing and farming rice, corn, and coconuts).

Four areas of our work:

  • Within the agricultural area and in order to promote the economy and business we have formed and trained people for agricultural food production, livestock, and fisheries development.  This has benefited farming people and fishermen who have improved their production practices (orchards, pig and poultry farms). We also have advised and supported them financially in the production, processing and marketing of products.
    Special attention has been given to women working in collaboration in order to strengthen the productive and social structure. Farming and fishing activities are divided by gender in the allocation of tasks. While fishing is considered a male activity, the sale and processing of fish are responsibilities of women.  This poses difficulties in the season when there is no fishing or crops. Women sought training to process agricultural products and fish so that they may be able to sell them out of season.
  • In the area of education we have contributed to improving the quality of education through teacher training, and by improving educational conditions in primary, secondary, and vocational training infrastructures (classrooms, textbooks, and other educational materials).  We have also improved the development of educational policies by working with local authorities to promote the right of access to education.
  • We have contributed to the reduction of risk in case of natural disasters by creating committees that are responsible for early warning in case of typhoons, earthquakes, and floods.  These committees will also manage evacuations, emergency response, and rescue operations (food distribution, and materials to create shelter and rebuild housing)
  • In the area of health services, we have aided in the construction of centers, in the equipping of community pharmacies that have allowed the access of rural communities to health services.  Also the training of staff and attention to basic health care and nutrition have helped to improve the health of the people.

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