CRS promotes solidarity

Barangay development planning has been this meaningful when Catholic Relief Services’ solidarity projects have been decided through the participation of representatives of various sectors coming from the Barangay Local Government unit (BLGU), non-government organizations, women, elderly, youth and Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

The solidarity projects are part of the Barangay Development Planning process which is a major component of the Peace Governance for Transformation in Mindanao (PGTM) project. CRS provides minimal fund support to leverage more funds from other sources such as the municipal local government unit (MLGU), Governor’s office, Congressional funds, national agencies programs and projects.  

Pamaas, the partner organization of CRS, uses peace and conflict mapping (PCM) tools to facilitate data analysis and generate information the participants themselves made. Through the PCM, the barangay knows their present condition both positively and negatively as they draw some lessons from their experiences in the past to be able to move forward. The PCM results are input to the planning process that lists down their priorities and actions to address them.

The BLGUs expressed no better satisfaction when nine hundred eighty-seven (987) households benefit from the solidarity projects implemented in 3 barangays- Gubatan, Magkaalam and Kisandal all in Magpet, Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines. A public toilet was constructed in Barangay Gubatan, while in both Barangays Magkaalam and Kisandal a water system was installed in each barangay.  Barangay Gubatan has a total population of 1,875, Barangay Magkaalam and Barangay Kisandal has 1,214 and 1,221 total populations, respectively.  24% of the total population are mostly Manobos (IPs) who benefit from the solidarity project.

A public toilet was constructed in Barangay Gubatan, while in both Barangays Magkaalam and Kisandal a water system was installed in each barangay.  Barangay Gubatan has a total population of 1,875, Barangay Magkaalam and Barangay Kisandal has 1,214 and 1,221 total populations, respectively.  24% of the total population are mostly Manobos (IPs) who benefit from the solidarity project.

The people in Barangay Gubatan prioritized the construction of public toilet to address sanitation, health, and cleanliness of the barangay over the other equally major concerns. Every time public gathering happens, the people ease their discomfort elsewhere within the premises of the barangay hall which caused inconvenience and disturbance to others. Meanwhile, the constituents of Barangay Magkaalam and Barangay Kisandal opted to install potable water system as their priority solidarity projects.

Through these level 2 water system, people fetch water in a tap stand constructed in the most accessible place to the people.  To most mothers and women in the community, this is a big relief from their usual preoccupation to walk several kilometers away to access their need for water.

 

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