The seminar is part of the SDC capacity building program implemented in collaboration with SDC's partners, HOST-NGO and Virlanie Foundation. Following an assessment phase, several tools have been designed to be used at the center in order to reinforce the team motivation: 'appreciation board', 'Employee of the Month award' and 'community plan'. The objective of the day was to introduce a positive culture within the SDC and to give the opportunity to each staff to express himself/herself.
Overall this seminar was a success and it highlighted the necessity to conduct such sessions in order to motivate and commit the staff members. Team spirit is indeed one of the most important values to be promoted to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of our support in development projects.
West Negros University has a National Service Training Program in Literacy Development. As part of this program, they ran six Saturday tutoring lessons with the children of the SDC. We were happy to have 22 Teacher Education students help our residents. The children were divided into two groups, those enrolled in ALS and the younger children not enrolled in ALS. The ALS students focused on activities to supplement the ALS curriculum. The other children worked on functional literacy skills that varied according to the children’s wide-ranging abilities and academic experience.
It was very exciting to see this program not only as a welcome addition to our growing education program at the SDC, but also as a support to the building culture of learning at the SDC. The children are very eager to learn and to progress academically, and turnout at the optional tutoring sessions is always above 90%. Even after the tutors left the sessions, several of the children would keep working together to practice and teach one another skills.
Panaad sa Negros features Bacolod City’s famous MassKara Festival, La Carlota City’s rhythmic Pasalamat, San Carlos City’s multi-awarded Pintaflores, Kabankalan City’s Sinulog, Bago City’s Babaylan, Escalante City’s Manlambus, Mambukal’s Mudpack Festival, La Castellana’s Bailes de Luces, San Enrique’s Bulang-Bulang, Salvador Benedicto’s Kali-Kaliha, among many others.
This festival started in 1993 as a thanksgiving celebration and a fulfilment of a promise and vow to the Divine Providence in exchange for good life. Held every third week of April, it has been awarded the Best Tourism Event (provincial level) by the Department of Tourism and the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines.
This year’s theme is Panaad @20: Celebrating Negros as the Philippines’ Leader in Organic Agriculture.
In 2012, Bacolod City selected the construction site dedicated for the Youth Home, located in the Vista Alegre-Granada district. The ground breaking ceremony was held last August by the city representatives with the participation of partners and members of local communities.
The assessment and planning of the Youth Home project has been conducted by city officers along with Virlanie-Bacolod volunteers. This initial phase enabled to specify how the children in conflict with the law will be cared for at the rehabilitation center. Maximum capacity has been agreed to 100 children and the construction plan will integrate the development of renewable energies.
The project has been divided into three main phases: the first one will start very soon with the construction of the first dormittory, a well, a windmill, a water tank, a septic tank and solar panels. The city allocated a budget of PHP 4 Million (Euros 75,000). The public call for bids has been opened in February and the construction is to start in March.
Through the social and professional rehabilitation services, to be provided to young people suffering from critical social issues, the city is sending a strong message of hope to the most disadvantaged communities. The local authorities are willing to dedicate actual and relevant measures in order to assist the communities facing problems often caused by a fast economic development of middle-range to big cities. Bacolod City indeed attracts many migrants from the most remote areas of the province of Negros Occidental.
The Youth Home project will only be achieved if all the members of the local community are involved, i.e. the civil society along with public and private actors, and thanks to the significant support of international organizations and donors. HOST-NGO is currently looking for partners willing to support this project with financial, material or human resources, or also willing to share technical knowledge and skills. For further information, do not hesitate to contact HOST-NGO by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the website (www.host-ngo.org).
Support program for vulnerable children and families in Bacolod City
The objective is to design and implement a development program supporting the disadvantaged members of the community of Bacolod City, Philippines. This approach is based on the observation of best practices identified in various projects implemented in Southeast Asia and in the rest of the world. The program aims at providing rehabilitation opportunities to isolated children and families in order to facilitate their successful integration into the local community. This includes dealing with social inclusion, socioeconomic development, public health, sustainable production and consumption, as well as green technologies.