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Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. Newsletter Jun-Jul 2009

Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. Newsletter Jun-Jul 2009

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BAUANG, La Union- A sustainabilityplanning workshop was held for the 86
beneciaries of the Urban Partnershipsfor Sustainable Upliment, Renewal,Governance and Empowerment(UPSURGE) project was held last June
2-3, 2009 at the Oasis Hotel resort.
The acvity aimed to fully guide theFisherman’s Village Associaon on
Sustainability Planning Workshop
Held for FV Beneficiaries
their future acons and acvies andto assess the status of the associaon
and prepare plan to ensure the long-
term sustainability of a project.
Henry L. Caluya and Anna Maria
Gonzales former project manager of the UPSURGE project and PHILSSArepresentave respecvely, servedas the facilitators for the two day
sustainability planning workshop.The workshop enabled the
parcipants idenfy milestones achievedduring the project term and, issuesand concerns that may inuence theachievement of their vision and goals.The Fisherman’s Village isunder the barangay Poro with a totalpopulaon of 5,718 and composed of 1,221 households. It is a big communitywith a total land area of 276.30hectares. Residents in Fisherman’sVillage came from the crical zones of the three barangays of Ilocanos Sur,Ilocanos Norte and Tawi-Tawi Poro.The acvity aimed forthe involvement of all residentsin the Fisherman’s Village andother stakeholders from resourceassessment, to planning, to projectimplementaon and evaluaonthereby inculcang a strong sense
of ownership and responsibility.They were assisted in
strengthening their organizaon and informulang and establishing policiesand systems that will guide themtowards the development of theirorganizaon and their communitybeyond PHILSSA/World Bank funding.The UPSURGE project deals withshelter needs, improving the physical andenvironmental condions, improvingsocial well being and enhancingeconomic opportunies of urban poor.
Henry L. Caluya (center) instructs partner families on how to make a sustainability plan. The event was held at Oasis hotel las June 2-3, 2009.
5th Golf For a CauseKicks off on October 17
The 5th Golf for a Cause Tournament of Jaime V.Ongpin in partnership with Texas Instruments (Phils.), Inc. isset to tee o on October 17, 2009 at the Baguio Country Club.The acvity aims to raise funds for developmentprojects in Baguio and its surrounding areas. Last yearthe 4th JVOFI Golf for a Cause generated P616,800.It aracted 113 golfers from all over the Philippines.The funds generated from the tournament were usedto assist the livelihood acvies of Women in Baguio Cityand La Trinidad. The women are engaged in vending, carving
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Memoriam(1933 -2009)
Corazon C. Aquino
LaTOP Conducts OrganicAwareness Workshop
ATOK, Benguet- 49 farmers aendedthe Organic Awareness seminarorganized by LaTOP Organic Producerslast June 25, 2009 at the Farmer’s
Training Center in Atok, Benguet. The
event was supported by the LocalGovernment Unit, Philippines AustraliaCommunity Assistance Program-Australian Agency for InternaonalDevelopment (PACAP-AusAID) and theJaime V. Ongpin Foundaon, Inc. (JVOFI).The event aimed to rallyfarmers towards ‘responsible farming’,through shiing from convenonalfarming to organic farming.Key Speaker Je Laruan,LaTOP member, explained thatthere are four main dierencesbetween organic and convenonalfarming. These include dierencesin the soil, crops, health and market.Through convenonal farming, the
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 Jeff Laruan lecturing fellow farmers about organic farming during theorganic awareness workshop held at Atok, Benguet.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -an awarenessorientaon on organic vegetables andadvantages of organic vegetables andfruits for the Parents of DREAM Foundaon
was held last May, 2009 at the Lily of the
Valley Organic Farm, Ampassit Puguis.Jeerson Laruan made a brief background of how LaTOP grew as asuccessful cooperave at its 4th yearof operaon. One of these was theirstrict pracce of organic processessuch as the use of organic material forcomposng, and regular monitor andinspecon to check on the pracces of the farmer-members of the associaon.The objecve of the acvitywas to arouse farmers and consumersto patronize organic products for beerhealth. It was also emphasized theimportance of passion and interest when
DREAMParentsJoin Organic
praccing organic farming because itencompasses paence and perseveranceto be able to advocate it to other people.
DREAM parents together with Jerey Laruan (member-farmer of LaTOP MPC) explores the organic farm of the Lily of the Valley. Here they learn the benets of using organic produce as well as on how to become anorganic praconer .
soil is damaged due to the use of synthec inseccides and ferlizers.In organic farming, however, the soilis nourished and helpful microbesare not killed due to the ulizaonof natural farming methods.The crops in convenonalfarming may be larger and appear cleanof blemishes but in reality, these areharmful to the health because it hasbeen subjected to harmful chemicals.Organic produce, on the other hand,are not dangerous and are more helpfulin improving our health because onlynatural inputs and somemes no inputswere used at all in their producon, henceorganic produce have more nutrionalcontent and are safer for consumers.In the market, the prot in organicfarming is higher because minimalinputs are used in their producon.Because convenonal farming ulizesmore synthec inputs such as ferlizer,pescides and other chemicalsand prices are aected by marketforces, the prot is less and errac.In addion, Felix Tan, memberof LaTOP, stressed that organic farmingulizes the concept of “balanceof ecology,” wherein pests are noteliminated by chemical treatmentbut are controlled by their own
natural predators. He noted that
the use of botanical inseccides
would be their last resort if there
would be an infestaon in their farm.For educaonal tours, interestedpares may contact Pat Acosta and Je Laruan of the LaTOP Organic ProduceCooperave through cell numbers09179258499 and 09216032650.Tree planng acvies wereconducted at the idened treeplantaon sites in San Juan, Ilocos Surand Sudipen, La Union. It was aendedby the members of the associaons. Atotal of 1,200 seedlings were iniallyplanted in San Juan, Ilocos Sur, 800seedlings in San Emilio, Ilocos Sur while
600 seedlings in Sudipen, La Union. A
tree planng acvity was done everyweek in order to meet the goal of planng 12,500 seedlings for everyarea. The acvity wa parcipated byDENR, PMPMI, ULPI and JVOFI stas.With a framework thataddresses the social, the economicand the environmental pillars of sustainable development, theproject was enrolled as PMPMI’scontribuon to the aainment of theMillenium Development Goals (MDG).The MDG signed by 189member-states of the United Naons(UN), including the Philippines, coversseven (7) goals to achieve unl 2015.Annual accomplishments shall bereported to the Philippines Businessfor Social Progress (PBSP), a foundaonwhich represents the private sectorsinvolved in meeng these goals.The project helps achieveMDGs Goal 1 by eradicang extreme
hunger and poverty in the target areas
through the following: making cheapfuelwood accessible thereby reducingthe cost to farmers and increasingsaving or net incomes. Higher netincomes translate to savings that canenable farmers to address their families’needs and improve their standard of living; the project provides an avenuefor farmers to earn addional incomefrom communal projects of coops/POs such as selling of excess fuelwoodand crops that may be grown inbetween the trees in the plantaons.As for the aainment of Goal 7in ensuring environmental sustainability,the project teaches farmers sustainableharvesng of fuelwood; restore orimprove forest cover; address oodingand siltaon due to deforestaon andrecharge water sources in the target sites.
Conduct Tree Planng
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The Special Project unit of the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundaon joins the four dierent fuelwood associaons inLa Union and Ilocos Sur to meet their minimum goal of planng 12,000 seedlings for every selected sites.

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