9 projects up for Ahon Bayan funds
by Degs Duron
Davao City (4 October) -- At least nine projects from non-government organizations, local government units, people's organizations and national agencies will be presented to funding donors today through the Ahon Bayan Resource Forum at Grand Men Seng Hotel.
Ahon Bayan Champion for Mindanao Hon. Councilor Leonardo R. Avila said the resource forum seeks to generate the commitment and support of local resource partners to support projects endorsed through the Ahon Bayan Program.
Organizations seeking project funds include Jireh Mission Foundation, Reach out Center-Good Shepherd Sisters, DSWD Home for the Aged, Council for the Welfare of Children, Panabo City Social Welfare & Development Office, DSWD XI KALAHI-CIDSS Water System Improvement, Maragusan Federation of Pag-asa Youth Association, Kamalayan Development Foundation, Inc., Kasilak Development Foundation Inc., and the Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children.
Avila said Ahon Bayan Program (ABP) is a resource generation strategy of the DSWD which was started by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 1998 when she was DSWD Secretary and Philippine Vice President.
It hopes to respond to the augmentation needs of DSWD partners through matching of feasible and sustainable social welfare and development projects with available development assistance or resources of both local and foreign donors, Avila added.
In Davao Region alone, ABP has generated some P5,563,325.00 between 2001 and 2006, funding projects such as Facility for Welfare and Livelihood, Boystown Center Facility, Rehab Center for Youth, Home for the Homeless and Disadvantaged Children, Upland Integrated Indigenous Agriculture, and Nata de Coco Production.
DSWD XI Ahon Bayan focal person Nestor Estampa said they have invited Resource Partners and among those who have committed to consider today's proposals are Anflocor, Davao Light and Power Corporation, Del Monte Fresh Produce (Phils.) Inc., Doņa Luisa R. Lorenzo Community Dev't. Foundation, Inc., Dizon Farms, and Tesoro's Printing Press. Foreign donors like Japan Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects, Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, and Philippine Australia Community Assistance Programme have also funded projects in other regions.
Estampa bared the various project proposals up for review today, which are Skills Training for Youth, Alternative Learning System for Abused Girls and Women, Upgrading of Medical Facilities of Home for the Aged, Augmentation Budget for Angel Barachael Home for Boys, Pig Dispersal, Alternative Learning System for Out-of-School-Youth in Nabunturan, School In A Box, Documentation of Good Practices on Children and DSWD Sing for Me Project. (DSWD/PIA XI) [top]