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The Official Magazine of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations

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Any org, kahit saan sa Pinas with at least 15 youth members (15-30 years old). Ang hanap namin ay orgs with innovative, exemplary, or inspiring project, na continuing or completed in 2014.

how can your org join?

Simple lang. Just download form or fill out an entry form at on or before 30 September 2014.

what’s in it for you?

Php 50,000 cash grant for the 10 winning orgs* and a trophy sculpted by Toym De Leon Lima!

*Qualified organizations will compete in the Area Finals or their respective regions (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and NCR) for a chance to win the cash grants and special prizes at the National Finals.

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constructively. They have mobilized communities and resources against disaster and hunger, for the environment and education; and they have maximized their available, innate skills and talents to find sustainable solutions without the traditional, “it can’t be done” attitude. The Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations is all about finding, recognizing, and rewarding youth organizations that create their own spark so that others may also bask in the same light. With the TAYO program, we can prove that Filipino youth groups can change lives and turn the world around, because where others see only problems and despair, they see a call for action. What started out as a program to recognize and reward exemplary youth groups has spun off into an independent foundation in the year 2004. The TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit organization which aims to promote the convergence of stakeholders and policies for effective national and local governance. The Foundation facilitates dialogues and discussions among key government and private sector leaders on current issues and concerns of the youth. In 2012, the TAYO Summer Youth Camp was launched with 100 selected youth leaders from all over the country. Camp sessions discussed how the youth’s talents and interests contribute in nation-building. The annual TAYO Search is now dubbed as “the Philippine’s premier award for youth organizations.”


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A proud product of the University of the Philippines, sculptor Toym De Leon Imao is a highly regarded artist whose works have graced national monuments and parks, and which have been hailed as contributions of great historic and cultural significance. For the TAYO Trophy, Imao took inspiration from the bayanihan spirit of the Filipino, as shown by the front relief of a group working hand in hand and sharing strength to attain its goals. Imao pays tribute to the collective efforts of a Filipino team, the artist portrays a lone individual harnessing a sail - capturing the spirit of active citizenry charting the path of the nation.




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Editors Rollie Fabi Georgina Nava Regina Reburiano John Hernan Bolipata James de Vera Writer Kevin Ansel Dy Photographers Ariel Penaredondo John Paramio John Hernan Bolipata Saira Ferrer Rey Mondez TAYO 11 Groups DeSIGN Phillip Alpajora • Katrina Garcia Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Awards Foundation, Inc. President: Jessica Marie “Aika” G. Robredo Chairman: Jose Sixto “Dingdong” G Dantes III Co-Chairman: Rollie C. Fabi TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. Office 2602-C East Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1605 Pasig City 1605


ur gathering reflects the true essence of the recognition we hand out today. If we were to take the first letter of each word from the name of the award, we get TAYO, which means “us” in the Filipino language. This tells us that positive and meaningful change, as we see today, is the product of solidarity and communal responsibility of pulling together to help each other face the challenges that confront us. This award is also a celebration of the creative and productive spirit of our youth, and of their determination to actively contribute in nationbuilding. Bagay na bagay ang pangalang TAYO Awards para sa pagdiriwang ng tagumpay ng mga kabataang imbes na mag-selfie, although the President also does selfie with some people, imbes na mag selfie maghapon ay ibinuhos ang kanilang oras, talento, at pagod sa paggawa ng mga proyektong mapapakinabangan ng kanilang mga komunidad. Our presence here is a positive proof that all of us--TAYONG lahat po, bata man o hindi na masyadong bata--can cast our stake in building a more environmentally-sound society, and ensuring that victims of violence, those who experience poverty, and those who are affected by disaster, are given the wherewithal to hope again. The latest statistics of the National Youth Commission indicate that there are almost 30 million Filipino youth -- 30 million individuals who, as Jose Rizal would say, carry the hope of our land on their shoulders. That hope is the wellspring and rationale of our ample and tangible investment in your growth and development, as seen in the various programs and initiatives of the government. Just this Monday , I went to Carmona, Cavite for the Ceremonial Turnover of the 66,813th classroom that our administration has built. This symbolizes the final closure of resource gaps in teachers, classrooms, and textbooks, which we inherited from previous administrations, and which many thought would be impossible to address. Another important example is the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program under the DSWD, which provides cash assistance to indigent families on the condition that pregnant mothers get checkups, children are dewormed and get vaccines, and those of school age attend classes. This program, to date, has helped close to four million Filipino households, providing the indigent youth a real chance to learn skills, apply these in their professions, and break the cycle of poverty where they are mired in. We also have the Abot-Alam Project for our Out-of-School Youth, which aims to deliver education in a way that meets unique circumstances. These are only some of the steps our administration is pursuing, which were made possible because the Filipino people came together to establish meaningful change.

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I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the National Youth Commission, the TAYO Awards Foundation, the office of my ‘KUYA’ Bam Aquino, and the individuals and organizations who contributed to the success of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Awarding Ceremonies this year. We had all borne witness to the unproductive trend of seeking out errors and disregarding positive contributions; it is only right that today, you are here to pay tribute to those who went against the trend of negativity and pessimism, and have instead turned their attention to actually helping their countrymen. It is only right to recognize and spread the news of the hard work of these organizations we award today--organizations that serve as examples and inspire the Filipino youth. To all the organizations we have recognized today, I congratulate you, it is indeed admirable that you all made the decision to help your country early on and this is also good, because many of our country’s problems require a long memory and extensive analysis of those who wish to solve them. Since you have started early, you are already positioning yourselves as a new generation of professionals and public servants who hold a deep understanding of the needs of your communities. This is perhaps what Rizal meant when he said, “The youth is the hope of our motherland.” Kung tutuusin, bata pa rin siya nang bigkasin niya ang mga katagang iyan. Bata pa lang ay nakita na niya ang kahalagahan ng maagang pagsisimula ng paglilingkod sa minamahal nating Pilipinas. Though today, we are celebrating our successes, we must not forget that the fight is not over. Perhaps in serving your communities, you have already seen that bringing about lasting change is not as quick as sending a tweet or posting on Instagram. As you have seen this, so too have you seen what people working together towards a single goal can achieve. Hindi ba sa love life, sinasabi natin, tayo na. Tapos na ang ikaw, tapos na ang ako.Tayo na. Ganoon rin sa paglilingkod. Kapag hindi na lamang sariling interes ang iniisip, mas marami ang kayang gawin, mas malayo ang nararating. Thank you, and again, my congratulations to everyone!


id you know that in a recently released study called the World Giving Index, the Philippines ranked fourth worldwide in terms of volunteering time? According to the study, “43 percent of Filipinos engaged in some form of volunteering” at some point in their lives. Imagine that. In a nation of over 95 million people, over 40 million of us have given our time and our energy to help causes in need. That is the spirit that we hope to nurture in and through the annual Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards. Over the past 11 years, the TAYO Awards Foundation and our many partners and friends have sought to recognize and celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and changemaking that lives in the hearts of many young Filipinos. In the process, we have discovered the work of over 2,000 youth organizations from all over the Philippines who have challenged, stretched, risked, and risen above numerous challenges to solve problems in their communities. This year, we are proud to recognize 20 more organizations that emerged as this year’s TAYO Awards winners and finalists. These are the faces of young Filipinos who are making an impact and making meaningful change happen in the Philippines—not in the future, but right here, right now. Their work shows us that, we, your seniors, have NO EXCUSE to fail. We can—and MUST—get things done. We only hope that there will be more Filipinos like our TAYO awardees in years to come. We also hope that YOU, our dear friends, can inspire more Filipinos to keep sharing, pushing, and building a better Philippines. After all, it is only through our collective effort that we can really build a country that we can all be proud of. Thank you for supporting another year of TAYO. Mabuhay ang kabataang Pilipino!

BAM AQUINO Senator, Republic of the Philippines

BENIGNO SIMEON AQUINO III President, Republic of the Philippines





11 will always have a special place in our hearts. They have learned from us as we have learned from them.This generation knows how to make use of time and technology to reach communities--something new and quite fascinating to us who have been here a while.

BY PERCI CENDAñA Commissioner, National Youth Commission

It is hard to forget groups such as Tulong Sa Kapwa Kapatid for their dedication to education initiatives, or Team BUNDOL Mountaineers, the Coke Barkada Awardee this year, for their advocacy of tourism and environmental protection.


ne month ago, Coca-Cola Philippines representatives stood in the Heroes Hall of the Malacañang Palacein a room filled with youth groups that build the nation through an unwavering commitment to the people and communities they serve. I was asked to deliver a speech that would inspire the finalists and winners of TAYO but it was I who left the venue inspired. So, to start, let me quote one of the winners, Carla Cucueco: “Admittedly, our generation breathes social media. The youth has been criticized for being too focused on the self rather than for others, coining the term, the me-generation. However, I disagree with this statement. Rather, I believe that it is through social media that one begins to understand the concept of a shared world, or the idea that our lives are interconnected in one way or another. Ours is a generation that selfies with the community to tell their stories to others. Ours is a generation that writes project updates in 140 characters or less to encourage the people to join in our efforts and ours is a generation that awaits notifications from new partners and members.” And she adds: “I refuse to call this generation a me-generation but indulge me in changing it, as proven by the youth in this room today, in calling it a we-generation, or rather, a TAYO-generation, because ours is a generation that innovates and finds solutions for the welfare of this shared world, for the welfare of our country, the Philippines.” It was not the first time that we handed specially sculpted trophies to deserving TAYO finalists and winners. Having copresented these awards with the TAYO Foundation for the past nine years, it is easy to assume that the experience can become a bit less inspiring. That assumption would be wrong. Carla made a good case of presenting the ideals of the TAYOgeneration. They like selfies but they are not selfish, and they share their passion, energy, and intelligence for the well-being of others, their communities. The journey that Coca-Cola shares with kids of TAYO has gone on for a long stretch, but every single year, they find ways to move us all with what they do for others. While Coca-Cola has seen different organizations over the course of time,TAYO


At Coca-Cola, we have always believed that no one can ever be too young to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people and communities-and for the very same reason we, as a company, are pioneering key sustainability programs that focus on well-being, women, water-stewardship, and youth empowerment for over 100 years. Our Nutrijuice program, done in partnership with FNRIDOST and the Department of Education, has provided orange flavored drinks fortified with iron, zinc, lysine, Vitamins and C to over 242,0000 school children ages 6 to 12 since inception. We commit to enabling economic empowerment for women entrepreneurs across the company’s value chain through our 5by20 STAR Program in partnership with TESDA. The Little Red Schoolhouse program has improved education for children residing in impoverished areas across the countryand this 2014, through the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, we have committed to build at least 21 classrooms in the Visayas region. Through the Coke Barkadahan Grant, we realize and acknowledge the idealism and energy of the Filipino youth, and we want to harness it to help make them active participants in nation building. Much like our Coke Barkada Award in TAYO, we have given cash grants to 20 college organizations who are aligned with the Coca-Cola global sustainability framework. We will continue to share Happiness and to find innovative programs that will create shared value for our business and communities we proudly serve. After another great year for TAYO, we are very grateful and proud to see the same commitment in youth organizations that dedicate themselves to sustainable and meaningful causes. As a Company, we hope to continually partner with the youth, as we are doing now with Team Bundol, to further its cause and impact more people. Our hope is for every group to continue touching lives and sharing happiness. Truly it has been an honor to hear these youth speak and see them at work.

GUILLERMO APONTE President and General Manager of the Coca-Cola Export Corporation

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arents often say this when they are upset with their children or when teachers are scolding their students. Perhaps, this is also how the older generation sees the youth of today. There are hints of frustration, dismay and even regret. This is understandable because of the fast changing social contexts and that historical cycle of the old not fully understanding the young and vice-versa. But really, the youth are pasaway. They have always been. Celebrating Pasaway Pasaway richly captures that kind of stubbornness and defiance associated with being young. It is usually the young who refuses to accept things as they are while the older generation tends to be more complacent and accepting of their lot in life. The youth, in their refusal to accept the

state of things leads them to imagine a different reality, a better one. This also propels them to think of ways to make things better. History tells us that this tendency of the youth to defy the status quo has led to so many dramatic changes. Rizal and Bonifacio were pasaway for imagining an independent and free nation. Those who flocked to Edsa in 1986 were pasaway because for them the state of of the country under the dictatorship is unacceptable and deplorable. The organizations of TAYO 11 are quintessential pasaway. When the status quo is desperation, the pasaway brings hope. When a community has given up on their problems, they find new solutions. When people stopped dreaming, they give inspiration. 9

“Pasaway kayo!” When a community has given up on their problems, they find new solutions. When people stopped dreaming, they give inspiration.


t was Saturday afternoon and our team has scheduled a shoot and interview in the Makati area. Our initial thought is that our interview would be late because it was far from her place and the traffic that day was just bad. But half an hour before her time bloc, our interviewee arrived with infectious smile and positive aura. She was chipper despite the fact that she was a little under the weather. She is Jessica Marie ‘Aika’ Robredo, our new TAYO President. She is the daughter of the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo and Cong. Leni Robredo. Having grown up with a father who is the mayor of Naga City, it was surprising to meet someone like her—she didn’t possess the uppity attitude, she had no demands for camera angles and lighting, she wore no makeup, and she was candid with all her answers, a rare find for her kind.

Golden Harvest Time and again, this generation was judged as inferior by the generations before them.Young people of today are often seen as individualistic, materialistic, indifferent and apathetic. TAYO 11 presents not just 10 but more than 200 arguments against this assertion. Their works debunk the numerous unfavorable assumptions about what many call the “selfie” generation. The golden harvest that is TAYO 11 started with the submission of entries in July 2013. A screening panel evaluated the entries before they were submitted for validation. The projects were then validated through visits to the various project sites and interviews with organization members and their beneficiaries. The area finals for Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR were held in October 2013. The organizations presented their projects to a panel composed of respected personalities from government, civil society, TAYO alumni and the business sector. The panel, after interviewing each organization, selected the 5 area finals winners who will proceed to nationals. The judges’ deliberations were always very animated as it was extremely difficult to select the top 5 given the quality of the entries. It was a very eventful year, the Mindanao area finals took place a week after the Zamboanga crisis. One of the finalists from Zamboanga almost did not make it to Davao City, the site of the area judging because of roadblocks and cancellation of flights. After the 20 national finalists were selected, the national judging and awarding ceremonies were scheduled in December 2013 in Manila. Then Yolanda happened.


We asked her 10 questions in the hopes of introducing her to the TAYO network. Get to know our new TAYO President, Aika. Q: What is a regular day for Aika Robredo? Nowadays, I wake up and go to work at 7:30 in the morning. My work right now is the kind of work that gives me no control with my time, so anything can happen on any day. On a good day, I go home at 6:00; on a busy day, it can extend to late hours depending on the volume of work that I have to do. Everything else, I do on the weekends but my weekdays are basically: work, work, work. Q: With a work schedule like yours, you still find time to work with different NGOs and socio-civic work. What makes you driven and inspired to all

For Cool Endings The national judging eventually took place in February 2014 for first time in the Senate. The organizations presented their work in a hall where Senate hearings on anomalies and allegations of corruption were usually held. Even space has been redefined. On that one fine day in February what resonated in the halls of the Senate were stories of hope, passion, service and rising above one’s self. The entries in TAYO 11 have one common thread—young people finding solutions to the problems of their peers and communities. Some problems were bigger and even older than them. Some were so complicated, it’s difficult to find where to begin. And some were already given up on by their communities. The solutions they found and worked on were “cool.” For the young, cool is a superlative. It is not just about being fashionable, it is about being current, relevant and appropriate. And their projects were all that. The youth organizations of TAYO 11 in being pasaway and challenging the status quo were changing the narratives of their communities. They were and still are working for a happy ending, a better life for their beneficiaries. And along the way, they were also changing their personal narratives as they were learning life’s important lessons. In this, they have the best teacher—experience. TAYO 11 is the story of young people standing up to the challenges of their time, responding the best way they can, cool and pasaway.


I heard of the projects for TAYO 11, I was really impressed because it’s a proof that there are bright ideas from the youth. The challenge now for them is to ensure that their projects would be sustainable even long after TAYO. Q: How do you see yourself leading the TAYO initiatives from this point onwards? I’ve been reading a lot about TAYO and I’m trying to immerse myself with what already exists. At this point, I would like to consult first with Sen. Bam and other TAYO stakeholders so I get a more comprehensive picture on how and which direction we would like TAYO to go to. Q: What do you see yourself doing 5 years from now? Probably still doing the same thing? Although long term, not necessarily 5 years cause I think 5 years is too soon. Maybe I would go into development work as a full-time job and do all these extras on the side but on a much bigger scale.

these things on top of doing your regular day-job? I think when you have been so used to doing a lot of things such as helping out with NGO work, it’s something that I look forward to. It becomes a breather from the rigor of everyday work. Right after college, my focus was really just work but then on weekends, you realize na parang kulang. And being busy is no excuse not to be involved because there are people who are busier than you, more stressed with their jobs than you, and yet they still do so much. Q: What was your childhood like given that you grew up in a political setting? Growing up, my dad being a mayor, I was just a typical kid whose dad is a doctor, or a lawyer. It was an occupation, it just so happened that my dad’s work was as mayor of Naga City. Back then with our dad, he makes it to a point to make us feel that everything is normal: we wake up in the morning; we have breakfast, and we leave the house together. When we come in the evening, he always tries to have dinner with us. So growing up, I didn’t feel like we’re living with a mayor who happens to be our dad; it was more like, living with a dad who happens to be a mayor. Q: Your father, the late Sec. Robredo, was one of the most inspiring leaders of our country. Has he ever influenced you to take the path you are now taking? He never dictated us on what to do. But he would always ask, mahusay ka ba sa ginagawa mo? In grade school and high school, we would have tests and afterwards, he would ask if we got perfect scores, how many mistakes, and what’s the highest score. It’s a series of questions that helped us realize that we have to always push ourselves. After college, I joined the private sector because I think I needed to learn how to work within particular company structures and sets of rules. It was a good training; there are certain disciplines in the private 12

sector that are very valuable. When my dad was appointed as Secretary of DILG, he asked me to be his chief of staff but I gave a flat-out no for an answer. I wouldn’t want other people to read into my dad having me as his chief of staff because even early on, I already said that while my dad is in government, I wouldn’t work for the government. It was a conscious effort to have a separate identity from my dad.

*** May she be an inspiration to the youth groups of TAYO in the same way she was inspired by her father, and to borrow her words on her winning essay when she was 15, our new TAYO President believes that “no deed is too small nor too big if it makes other people’s burden lighter and their lives better; that greatness of spirit can be achieved not through wealth, power or popularity, but by living your life with quiet dignity and by becoming a man for others. By his example, I have been truly inspired to dare to make a difference, break ground, stand up for my own convictions and serve others selflessly and with integrity in whatever field I will find myself in.” We are all excited to see Aika leading the TAYO Awards Foundation. With her at the helm of TAYO, we are assured that TAYO is in good hands.

Q: What is your message to the Filipino Youth? First: It doesn’t matter how many people have you helped, because as a young person, being able to help even just 1 person is already a big thing. Second: Know your strengths because you can best contribute if you are apply your strengths into whatever it is that you are doing. And finally, ALWAYS do things with other people, with a team or a group, because only when we work with others are we able to see things that we fail to see when we work alone; it’s usually best kung magtutulungan.

Q: Back when you were in college, what were some of your youth orgs and what were the things you did while you were a member? I joined an organization, Management Engineering Association. We started a summer school for Grade 6 students in partnership with Pathways to Higher Education. Then when I was a graduating student, social entrepreneurship was introduced in Ateneo so we organized an international forum on social enterprise. Q: What made you accept the TAYO Presidency? It was something that’s difficult to say no to. Although it was initially intimidating on my part because Sen. Bam—who have accomplished so much—held the TAYO presidency for so long. But then again, thinking of what the youth groups are doing, I feel like those were the same things I was doing in college. Despite my age, I think I have something to add in the sense that I have gained knowledge and experience which I can share. Q: What were your thoughts when you first met the TAYO representatives? Honestly, their projects are intimidating. The challenge now for the youth is to think of new ways to existing problems because things are changing fast. What was creative 5 years ago may no longer be considered as creative now. So when








ast September, One Million Lights, in cooperation with the Industrial Engineering Club and the College of Business Administration, launched the project Shine Bright. The project generally had two main goals which are to inform the locals, our target beneficiaries, of a clean and affordable form of solar powered energy and provide a proper avenue to attain it. With funding from the TAYO Awards Foundation sixty solar powered units were distributed in Camp Explore in the Province of Rizal. The lights were given to nearby communities including Kalawit who have yet to be connected to the power grid due to financial position or general accessibility. Meanwhile, the IE Club facilitated other activities including a feeding program and assisting the locals to become more familiar with the solar powered units. With the help of two local residents in the community, One Million Lights was able to set up a communal fund. The general idea of this fund was that each month, the beneficiaries of the project would give the local partner a portion of the money they saved from not using kerosene.

From the 100 bamboo seedlings we planted, our group together with the Sangguniang Barangay, is now putting up 2 bamboo nurseries as we are now able to crop at least 3 more seedlings per bamboo tree every 2 months.This will also help provide livelihood to 3 more families and for the Sangguniang Barangay as well.

This money is then collected and used for any repairs for the units. If the beneficiaries have contributed a certain amount, the money would be remitted to OML in exchange for a second solar powered unit. Using this sustainable model, beneficiaries are able to make short-term and small savings in order to make a long term investment ensuring that the household is constantly lighted up by a clean, safe, and affordable form of light. The project was well received by the community. Even after a sudden and strong shower of rain, local beneficiaries still walked several kilometres down the mountain to accept their lights directly from the team and thank them personally. By the end of the program as the sun began to set, they got to walk home using their first solar powered light.



ngat Kabataan’s journey for cleaner waterways continues beyond TAYO 10. It grew into more than just an environmental advocacy to a project that helps the community thrive through businesses that can now be generated from the clean creek. Using the Php 50,000.00 grant we have received from TAYO, we are now starting to run 3 social enterprises that do not just feed families but also raise awareness on the positive outcomes a cleaner creek may provide. Our 2 vegetable gardens alongside the creek are now helping 6 families earn extra income by selling fresh vegetables in our community. We decided to do this after learning that our Bokashi Balls may serve as fertilizers, too. These bokashi balls, on the other hand, are also a big hit! We are now selling them to LGUs with creek rehabilitation initiatives so that they may learn and adopt the technology, too. These balls of change are now a source of extra income for 10 more families (and counting!) alongside the creek.

We see these things as beginnings. Our dream is that eventually, more families may benefit from these enterprises and that more minds would see the value of cleaner waterways. As we expand our project to more areas in Taytay, Bulacan, Zambales and soon in countries in South East Asia:Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia, our paradigms are changed. We see the value of collaboration more than competition. We now see the importance of working WITH the people residing near the creek by winning not just their minds, but their hearts, too. We now look at protecting our rivers and creeks as a way of life—as the new norm and the new ordinary. Maningning’s just one of the hundreds or thousands of dying creek in the country, but for us it is a symbol of possibilities and a symbol of change-- a proof that the youth can spark change in our community. We look at the creek with so much hope and optimism, that within our lifetime we’ll be able to fully rehabilitate our waterways for our children to swim on and for everyone to catch fishes at, as it create a community that does not just clean creeks, but works together for the common good. 15




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LIBERTAD, MISAMIS ORIENTAL ALEY-NM’s mission has always been to empower the youth through entrepreneurship, enlist their talents to contribute to social development initiatives, and help them attain gainful employment to empower them to pursue their dreams. -----Renowned Agricultural Scientist Romulo G. Davide once said, “There is no such thing as barren soil, only barren minds”. Perhaps this is what the Association of Locally Empowered Youth-Northern Mindanao (ALEY-NM) had in mind when they planned to introduce organic farming to urban slum communities. ALEY-NM noted that out of school youths in these urban slums lack employment opportunities, and often resort to crime. Urban slum families have no access to vegetables, since they are relatively expensive and difficult to acquire, and as a result people living in urban slums are deficient in micro-nutrients such as Vitamin A, iron and iodine.


to social development initiatives, and help them attain gainful employment to allow them to pursue their dreams. The organization began in 2007 when Belgian youth volunteer Tine Mayeur and other local youth leaders lived and worked in the barrios of Libertad, Initao and Manticao in Misamis Oriental. Inspired by their experience and efforts, the youth leaders established the Association of Locally Empowered YouthNorthern Mindanao, whose reach has spread to Zamboanga del Norte and, recently Ormoc city in Leyte. Since then, ALEY-NM has sought to achieve these goals through organic farming and the promotion of ecological sanitation practices, and have often relied on their ingenuity and resourcefulness to help address the problems that impoverished communities face. In the past, this included the innovation of ecological sanitation (EcoSan) Toilets, which allowed them to collect human manure and urine, then later incorporating it into vermi-compost and other household wastes to create fertilizer. Instead of paying over P2,000 for every sack of urea, rural communities were able to generate their own fertilizer they can use in in organic vegetable gardening.

Immediately, ALEY-NM thought to address the problem by establishing a sustainable organic vegetable farm for each community. Since vegetables have shorter cycles, grow faster, are inexpensive and require little space to grow, an organic vegetable farm can address the problem of food security and nutrition, while simultaneously providing livelihood options for the unemployed. But when they told the urban slum communities in Dapitan and Dipolog what they planned to establish an organic vegetable farm in the community, they were laughed at. “How can an organic farm be established where there’s little space, and most of the land is cemented over?” the community wondered.

But their present project “Disadvantaged Urban Youth Entrepreneurship, Organic Vegetable Production, Food Processing and Marketing Project”, was different. Jed Christian Sayre, founder of ALEY-NM, envisioned the project to be a network of organic vegetable growers who produced both for their own home consumption and for the market. Though ALEY-NM have worked with both rural and urban communities in the past, it was the first time they were going to introduce an approach applied to a rural setting to an urban one— a challenge that required not only past innovative farming practices, but innovative business methods and social organization approaches as well.

ALEY-NM’s mission has always been to empower the youth through entrepreneurship, enlist their talents to contribute

ALEY-NM was able to address the challenges unique to an urban organic farm by utilizing past and already existing

innovative farming practices. To make up for the lack of space, for example, ALEY-NM created hanging gardens and introduced the communities to hydroponics, which they made from recycled containers like tires and plastic bags. They also collected human waste with the exception of PET bottles and aluminum cans. They installed EcoSan, one of their previous projects, in the community to collect human and household waste to create fertilizer. And lastly, ALEY-NM even taught the community how to create organic pesticides from everyday household items. ALEY-NM was also able to empower their beneficiary communities through innovative business practices. To reduce their dependency on seed companies, ALEY-NM produces their own open-pollinated seeds, ensuring continuous supply for their growers. And rather than a haphazard distribution that disregards needs and capabilities, the seeds are first germinated and distributed as seedlings on a per need basis. Urban youth were taught basic food processing and marketing to their neighborhood public market. ALEY-NM, in partnership with the Technical Skills Development Authority, also conducted a “Vegetable based Youth-Led Enterprise Training” in June 2012. 30 youths who were already selling vegetable-based food from their production were educated on a vegetable-based menu for the public market, and were given different possible recipes from the vegetables they already produced. Out of the 30 participants, 8 were given a micro-finance loan of 1,000 pesos to process their vegetables. Lastly, ALEY-NM was able to guarantee the sustainability and empowerment of the project by allowing the beneficiaries themselves to determine the direction of their efforts. AlEY-NM organized vegetable growers into a network of neighborhood clusters and trained them in organizationbuilding and development, so that they exchange best

practices, develop partnerships, and lobby for causes together. Though growers have the option to keep the vegetables for their own consumption, most participated in the marketing and selling of the vegetables and can benefit directly from the opportunities these partnerships provide. By teaching youth in urban slum communities not only how to grow organic vegetables, but also how to market them and run their own organization, ALEY-NM truly achieved its mission of empowering local youth. As of early 2014, ALEY-NM was able to assist 300 youth beneficiaries in Dipolog and Dapitan, and recently added growers in Ormoc, Leyte to their network. In the future, ALEY-NM plans to increase the scope of the project, enlisting more youth from urban slum communities and training them in the growing and marketing of organic vegetables and vegetable-based products. They also plan to continue strengthening their capacity-building efforts through more in-depth training of the youth in technical, financial and managerial skills. ALEY-NM also plans to incorporate more innovation into its project by introducing the use of mobile phones—to monitor vegetable prices in real time and improve sales and pricing—and internet research—to gain more information about cost-effective and sustainable agronomic practices. ALEY-NM shows through this and other projects that there truly is no such thing as barren soil.






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ORMOC CITY Out of the 37 the participants of Langoy para sa Kaluwasan, there were no casualties during Typhoon Yolanda. ------The city of Ormoc, Leyte was one of the most devastated by Typhoon Yolanda. Ormoc is no stranger to tragedy. In 1991, a flash flood took the lives of 8,000 people. But what spurred Hayag Youth Organization to action was a smaller accident. In October 2011, the youth group organized a mangrove planting with US Peace Corps volunteers. On the way back to shore, one of the boats capsized, though the water was shallow and participants suffered from only minor injuries. Nevertheless, while the participants suffered only minor injuries because the water was shallow, Hayag and the Peace Corps Volunteers observed that none of the participants knew how to swim, the boats didn’t have enough life-jackets, and water-safety and disaster preparedness skills weren’t taught to them in school. These skills are vital for all, especially in the Philippines, since many Filipinos rely on the ocean for food and livelihood, and travel by boat. However, in this archipelago of over 7,000 islands, very few Filipinos know how to swim. Reasons for this include fear of the water and storms, unclean water, and socioeconomic barriers to formal swimming lessons. Translated from Cebuano, this project title means “Swim for Safety,” but the word kaluwasan also hints at freedom and 20



liberty, showing how this project has enabled the community to view the ocean as a source of opportunity, rather than as a danger. Swimming skills are also important to those who do not live on the coast, but rather in flood-prone areas or areas with fishponds or rivers.

Ormoc City RESCUE Team provided Basic First Aid and CPR training. The Ormoc City Coast Guard served as lifeguards and rescue personnel during the Open Water Safety Training. United States Peace Corps Volunteers joined the trainings to serve as support staff and lifeguards.

After a year-and-a-half of discussions with the community and various organizations, the Hayag Youth Organization established ‘Langoy para sa Kaluwasan’, a Swim Camp, Disaster Preparedness Training, and Open Water Safety Training in Summer 2013 for children and youth from impoverished communities in Ormoc City.

It took a year and a half of community dialogue and work with community organizations before the ‘Langoy Para Sa Kaluwasan’ project was organized. But this allowed the project to develop holistically, with full support from the community, and enthusiastic commitment from the participants.

52 children and youth participated in the 3-day swim camp and disaster management training. 37 children and youth, most of whom had joined the camp, participated in the follow up 1-day open water safety training. These participants ranged from ten to 24 years of age, and hailed from ten of the poorest barangays in Ormoc, most of which are coastal fisher-folk communities. Each benefited from the various trainings as they were taught how to swim, what to do before, during, and after a disaster, and how to safely engage in open water as a swimmer, fisher, or passenger on a boat. Post event monitoring and evaluation shows that every single participant significantly improved his/her swimming skills. Hayag coordinated with different organizations according to their expertise. The students and instructors from the Institute of Human Kinetics at Visayas State University taught the participants how to swim and execute water safety and rescue techniques.The Ormoc City Disaster Risk Management Office provided training on disaster preparedness, and the

Hayag Youth Organization, in partnership with Hayag Family Development Center, working with ChildFund International, hosted a Swim Camp, Disaster Preparedness Training, and Open Water Safety Training in Summer of 2013 for indigent children and youth in Ormoc City. The participants, especially the youth leaders, are now able to serve as front-liners in their community on these issues, and to build their leadership skills. They also benefited from engagement with positive role models from Visayas State University, the Ormoc City Disaster Risk Management Office, the Ormoc City RESCUE Team, the Coast Guard, and US Peace Corps Volunteers.

camp next summer, with new participants, and utilizing the same community networks. Participants from this year’s camp will act as trainers as well, and pass down the knowledge and skills they have acquired. The valuable and solid partnerships that were formed with VSU, the Disaster Risk Management Council, the RESCUE Team, and the Coast Guard will continue, both for this program and for additional initiatives. These organizations, along with the Ormoc City Department of Interior and Local Government will support this program via technical and financial support. The participants of this program were able to gain valuable micro and macro skills as they learned how to swim, how to act before/during/ after disasters, and how to be safe in open water, which they are currently spreading to their peers, family members, and communities. An estimate of indirect beneficiaries reaches 300+ people. They are replicating the swimming lessons as well to other members of HYO; the advanced swimmers are able to teach new participants so that skills are passed down from the initial trainings. The sustainability of this program is already ensured, and the impact of the program is clearly visible in this community.

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CEBU CITY “The problem isn’t that the deaf can’t hear, it’s that the hearing world doesn’t listen.” - JP Maunes, Founder and Executive Director of Gualandi Volunteer Service Providers, Inc.

In 2011, Cherame Gitgano, a 17 year old girl, was brutally gangraped and murdered by four men in Lapu-Lapu City. Cherame is only one of the many recent victims of physical and sexual abuse towards the Deaf.

In a recent nationwide survey by The Philippine Deaf Resource Center, up to 70% of deaf children have either been raped or molested; another conducted in 2005 reveals that one out of three Deaf women surveyed in Manila and Cebu have been raped; still another conducted in 2002 shows that 72% of the women surveyed had been abused or battered, and most by their own fathers.

When the death of Cherame Gitgano was reported on TV Patrol Central Visayas, JP was the sign language interpreter. Because they saw the news report about the first case on TV Patrol Central Visayas, the deaf community rallied outside of the local police station. They were able to understand because there was someone who interpreted the news in sign language: John Paul Maunes, or JP.

If anything, what is more pervasive than the incidence of physical and sexual abuse towards the Deaf is the huge gap between them and those who can hear that permeates throughout all levels of society, which effectively renders their cries for help and clamors for justice silent. The most apparent is the language barrier between the Deaf and the hearing, which leads to the inaccurate and ineffective filing of such cases in the police. “The problem isn’t that the deaf can’t hear, it’s that the hearing world doesn’t listen.” says JP Maunes, Founder and Executive Director of Gualandi Volunteer Service Providers, Inc. And this refusal to listen manifests in different forms, each also explains why there is little awareness about the high incidence of Deaf-child abuse. JP relates how, whenever a Deaf person would file for a case at the police station, policemen are unable to file it accurately and effectively because they aren’t trained in sign language. But perhaps more damaging is the insensitivity towards the Deaf. Sometimes they are simply told, “That’s okay, you’re deaf anyway.” Strangely enough, the main reason why 22

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2011 was a decisive year for GVSP. JP was teaching medical surgical nursing when GVSP needed someone to go full time. Ultimately, JP decided to quit his nursing career in order to work full time with GVSP. The program (translation for news) by GVSP was actually started several years ago, but due to the lack of funding, had been weaving in and out of consistency. In 2009, GVSP was able to continue their partnership with ABS-CBN, signing over TV Patrol Central Visayas up to 2010 through the Canadian Initiative Development Agency. A partnership with the local media, like just the one mentioned, is the first project of such a kind ever launched in the country. They would often get invitations to interpret in the Pink Room, an agency in Cebu that caters to rape cases. As time went on, JP noticed that there were many cases of rape and physical abuse towards the Deaf. But it was only when JP read the literature and other studies about Deaf abuse that he realized just how pervasive the problem was.





But the number one barrier why the deaf child does not file a case is the family itself, not the communication barrier. First, because of poverty, and second because of the attitude towards sexual abuse—the family members don’t believe them: “Are you sure, maybe you’re just making it up.” And also usually because the ones who abuse them are neighbors or even family members. And yet part of the reason why cases of Deaf-child sexual abuse are rendered silent is that people are simply uncomfortable speaking about it. And most of these perpetrators are able to get away with it. Why did they get away? First, because when they filed the case, no one could interpret for them. Second, because the social workers or the police aren’t ready to handle their case, because either they don’t understand the language, or sometimes the sensitivity towards the deaf, and engaging with a deaf person. “That’s okay, you’re deaf anyway” When JP was in high school, he was diagnosed with a brain condition caused by an accident when he was still a child, and was forbidden by his doctor from physical activities like basketball and swimming. Since JP was an active kid, he was depressed for a while, and thought of himself as disabled, until his school principal invited him to take sign language classes. It was there that JP met Peter Paul, a neighbor of his who was Deaf. Peter Paul and JP would spend a lot of time together, Peter Paul inviting him to the Mass for the Deaf every Sunday. Eventually, JP realized that “that here was this guy, who had a permanent disability and he’s happy, whereas I only had a temporary disability and was depressed. That’s when I got over it.” After a while he’d bring his friends to my house, and tell me to volunteer, interpret. And for me, sign language was just something I enjoyed learning. After a while, I noticed there were more and more deaf people who would visit my house.

“I realized that we also have to represent them, us volunteers, take care of them, their identity, and the issues that the deaf face. So we started GVSP because we wanted to teach people and empower people to be more inclusive, understand more about the deaf person, and their language. We chose Gualandi in honor of the support the Gualandi mission, they offered them space and technical support.” The Break the Silence Project is a five-year project that aims to establish a sustainable deaf-child sexual abuse prevention and program by increasing awareness, equipping social service providers, and empowering the deaf community. “In our part, it isn’t sustainable if we just target the deaf children. We can’t give all the responsibility to the child, but to the people surrounding the child. Because if we develop protective behavior surrounding deaf children, we can produce a safer environment for them, an environment wherein agencies and service providers are able to accommodate to their needs, particularly in reporting.” So GVSP teach the parents, the children and the service providers about sign language, deaf culture, and sensitivity towards the deaf.

One day, when JP visited the deaf community center in Cebu, he realized that there were barely any interpreters, and that there was a huge gap between the hearing and the deaf. After visiting the community center several more times, JP was able to gather some volunteers, and he became friends with some of the deaf. 23


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PAYATAS, QUEZON CITY “You want them to go beyond what poverty has forced them to believe, and believe that they can do it, because they can! But then, when nobody believes that they can, when nobody supports the belief that they can, then why will they? So that’s the biggest change that you want to inflict: that it’s possible. That you can do something.” Carla Cucueco, Internals Vice President of Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid. It’s often said that education is the key to escaping poverty, and it’s just as often overlooked that poverty is what keeps most Filipinos from getting a good education. The cost of school materials, even uniforms, is often prohibitive enough for students from impoverished communities, in addition to the significant gap in quality of education both in public and private schools. But the hindrances to education caused by poverty go beyond money. Students from impoverished communities must struggle against a culture of defeatism that considers finishing school the exception rather than the rule, and poverty an immutable fact of life. To the members of Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid, the fundamental change required is to challenge this defeatism, and restore in these students a sense of hope and possibility. “You want them to go beyond what poverty has forced them to believe, and believe that they can do it, because they can! But then, when nobody believes that they can, when nobody supports the belief that they can, then why will they? So that’s the biggest change that you want to inflict: that it’s possible. That you can do something.” says Carla Cucueco, Internals Vice President of Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid. 24

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often lend their facilities for Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid’s use. Throughout its ten years of existence, Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid has also tapped different schools, universities, an student organizations in Metro Manila, like the Pangarap Foundation, Saint Vincent De Paul, and La Salle Green Hills and Saint Pedro Poveda College.

Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid began in 2003, when High School students from Poveda, La Salle Greenhills and Assumption first visited Payatas. After learning of the challenges these students faced in getting an education, they decided to spend their weekends volunteering in Payatas as academic tutors. Eventually, what began as a spontaneous altruism became an active commitment.

YAPAK (Yaman ang Pag-aralin ang Kabataan) is Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid’s scholarship arm that focuses on raising educational funds through sponsorships for the chosen students from Kapatid. At present, YAPAK is sponsoring the education of 24 students—five in elementary, 14 in high school and five in college, and has already produced two college graduates. YAPAK Scholars are also invited in leadership formation training and other social involvement activities. YAPAK scholars are then encouraged to participate in the various volunteerism efforts of the organization. Recently, they even participated in relief efforts for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Driven by the conviction that even teenagers could make a difference, the founders decided to create an avenue where the youth can share their knowledge and give guidance to their fellow youth, much in the same way an older brother or sister would—and Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid was established.

And this is where Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid truly shines: as a platform that not only guides promising students in their growth, but also provides an opportunity for “graduates” of the program to pay it forward and themselves become tutors and role models for other students.

Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid is composed of two main programs: Kapatid and YAPAK. Kapatid is Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid’s educational arm, which focuses on the twice-monthly Saturday tutorial sessions and organizing activities for students. Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid’s volunteers spend Saturday sessions getting to know their students, teaching them, and guiding and motivating them to finish their education. Tutors are assigned to their students for at least one semester to monitor progress and allow the tutors to build a relationship with their students. The organization also works closely with the students’ families and the rest of the community, such as the Barangay Office in Payatas B, the Lupang Pangako Parish in Payatas, and the Payatas Multi-Purpose Cooperative, who

From 2003-2013, Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid has worked with over 1,500 children from the Payatas community, and has enlisted more than 300 student volunteers to dedicate their time and effort. What these figures can’t measure, however, is the impact that simply believing in someone and being there for them can have on a young student. “It’s fulfilling to know that Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid gave them the opportunity to dream again, to dream beyond their situation”, says Carla.

of the program now acting as the organization’s advisers. As more and more students graduate from the program, Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid will slowly shift responsibilities to them as leaders of their respective communities. In the future,Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid plans bring its programs to more communities, and to shift its role from providing academic tutorials to a more holistic mentorship program. In 2013, they formalized their programs’ application process, monitoring, retention policies, session formats, and annual extra-curricular activities to ensure the program’s consistency, improving their lesson by formalizing their tutoring and mentoring programs and standardizing their curriculum, which includes a standardized Catechism and Values Formation Program. By 2015, Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid intends to establish a funding model that could best sustain its efforts and plans for expansion. Already they are exploring various donation channels, from traditional sponsorships to crowd-funding, and are devoting more resources to promotions and communications.

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CULION, PALAWAN Among the many tourist destinations in the Philippines, the popularity of the beaches of Coron, Palawan is perhaps second only to Boracay. Famed for its pristineness, Coron is also one of the most popular diving destinations in the world, welcoming diving enthusiasts both in the Philippines and around the world. But a few kilometers from Coron is an island that most people haven’t heard of, whose name is often uttered by its own inhabitants in hushed whispers, bowed heads. The island of Culion is actually in closer proximity to some of the popular spots normally included in a Coron Travel package, and has beaches that may even be more pristine. But the magnificence of its beaches is the result of an enforced isolation: for over a hundred years because Culion was once home to the world’s largest leper colony. In the time of the American Commonwealth, isolating lepers from the rest of the population was the only known solution to preventing it from spreading, and it was decided that Culion would be turned into a leper colony and isolated from the rest of the country. But with the advent of more modern medicine, leprosy has effectively been eradicated from Culion, leading the World Health Organization to declare the island leprosy free in 2006. But while the disease has been effectively eradicated from the island, the stigma and isolation that the disease brought has not. Even nearby islands are hesitant to trade and engage in business with the inhabitants of Culion because of the misconception that they are lepers. And so Culion, though officially becoming a municipality in 1992, has struggled as a developing community. Even the locals themselves are ashamed to say they are from Culion. And this has been the story of Culion until very recently: a 26

secluded paradise, home to an excluded populace—the very same painful isolation that kept Culion pristine. “If Palawan is the Philippines’ last frontier, then Culion is Palawan’s last frontier”, says Jun Tibi, co-founder of Kawil Tours. As the only full-fledged tour-operator in Culion, Kawil Tours, offers a travel package that differs from the ones offered by popular vacation destinations like Boracay or even nearby Coron. Kawil Tours sells “meaningful journeys” that give travelers a chance to not only to commune with the natural beauty of Culion, but also with its people, and to learn about the story of the island and its inhabitants. Their trademark activity is the Culion Historical Walk, where the locals of Culion—2nd or 3rd generation descendants of the original leper colony— act as tour guides and bring travelers around the town proper to learn about the island’s History, hence their tagline: Visit Isla Culion, where a meaningful journey awaits. And it was indeed a meaningful journey to Culion that led Jun Tibi and company to establish Kawil Tours, and like all great journeys it began from a sense of aimlessness. After graduating with a degree in Management-Honors from Ateneo de Naga University, Jun Tibi whiled away for several months before settling for a job in a Business and IT Consultancy firm in Makati. Jun, who had always been passionate about entrepreneurship, was beginning to feel unhappy at this job when his college Economics professor, Fr. Xavier “Javy” Alpasa, S.J., invited Jun to visit him in Culion. Fr. Javy, only recently ordained and reassigned to Culion’s Jesuit-run school, was looking for people to help run the local businesses that would act as its financial support. So Jun took Fr. Javy up on the offer and first set foot in Culion in September 2009, spending time with him and some of the local youths. Upon his return to Manila, Fr. Javy would badger him into working in Culion. “Pag balik ko, ginugulo na niya ako… The usual panggugulo ng mga Heswita: ‘You know if you work here, you’ll be helping a lot of people.Yung mga nakainuman nating mga kabataan—matutulungan mo sila.’ “And at the time I had so many personal issues…I was soul searching, basically…So ngayon isip-isip ako. What I did was I took a bus…I rode a bus from Boni to Monumento, Monumento

Jun worked with several of the local business in Culion, among them Hotel Maya—where he would meet his three other cofounders: Guido Sarreal, a fresh graduate from Ateneo de Manila University assigned to Culion for the Jesuit Volunteer Program, and Renlee Cubelo and Elee Mar Bulotano, both Culion locals. While Jun was working on the Hotel Maya Project, Fr. Javy told him something that struck him: “He told me ‘Alam mo, you’re like a dried leaf: sumasabay sa hangin, pero konting init lang, liliyab.’ I realized na hindi na ako yung person who went to Culion for all these issues.” Eventually, Guido’s volunteer engagement ended in September 2010, and Fr. Javy Alpasa was also reassigned. Jun moved back to Makati. “We couldn’t stay there forever. Part of the empowerment process was leaving the tasks to them, kasi otherwise we’d be spoon-feeding them.”

locals, Kawil Tours is also an opportunity for them to run their own business and improve their entrepreneurial skills. Tour operations also provide opportunities for other locals, mostly students and out-of-school youth, to work with the group as tour guides and providers of other services.

But in the months after they left Culion, Jun and Guido kept in touch with Renlee and Elee. Both were trained tour guides, and Renlee was a licensed Dive Master. Jun would remember the natural beauty coupled with an almost mystically serene mood he found in Culion. “Culion has this very strange but good atmosphere. My only explanation is that it was isolated for over a hundred years thus the local people are longing for visitors. Their hospitality is so genuine. So we already have all the ingredients there to sell Culion.” Eventually all four agreed that Culion’s natural beauty and unique history could give it the edge that would make it a marketable tourist destination, and they established Kawil Tours in 2011.

But what truly makes Kawil Tours a vehicle of empowerment is the opportunity it provides Culion’s locals to tell their own history, to take back control of their own stories. By educating tourists about the history of the island, Kawil Tours not only helps the people of Culion to rectify its bad image and be accepted by its neighbors, it also aids the locals in their own journey for self-acceptance. “It’s a very sad story, but for us it’s a sad story that needs to be properly conveyed, so that people will appreciate, understand and just embrace Culion. So hopefully, they themselves, they become willing to let go of the stigma, they’re willing to accept their history, because eventually what it means is accepting your entire existence.”

In its first year, Kawil Tours only had three visitors, all of which were family and friends of the co-founders “We started to think to ourselves, ‘maybe this is a false hope’,” Jun says. But things started to pick up in the second year, and Culion as a potential tourist destination began to spread by word-of-mouth.

And it’s a meaningful journey more and more people want to be a part of. In January 2014, Kawil Tours had 29 inquiries— almost thrice the monthly number of inquiries they would get in the past years. It’s a sign that Kawil Tours’ journey as a social enterprise is only beginning, and to Jun Tibi, it’s a sign that it’s time the locals of Culion themselves take the lead. “I’ve been managing it for two years, and I think it’s the right time for them to start managing it, too, so that the people of Culion will see that it’s not me. Because some of the locals still think that Kawil Tours is mine. Yung mga propeta hindi na-aappreciate ang sarili nilang lugar”, he jokes.

Kawil Tours was envisioned as a way to address the multifaceted development issues facing Culion, and as a vehicle to empower the locals to face these challenges themselves. Kawil Tours has already sold travel packages worth 580,000php since it began, and since local establishments in Culion provide accommodations, food and other services to Kawil Tours and its customers, 75% of this has directly benefited Culion’s local economy. More importantly, since half of the owners are Culion






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TANAY, RIZAL “We engaged all sectors of our community: from the children, their parents , their teachers , the local government, and even the Armed Forces themselves—showing them the techniques and fundamentals of Disaster-Preparedness .”Roxanne Hernandez, member Tanay Mountaineers “It was September 26, 2009” narrates Roxanne Hernandez, “a lot of people died in our municipality, infrastructure was beyond repair all because of Typhoon Ketsana (locally known as Ondoy).” Tanay Mountaineers, the organization she represents, was one of the first to witness the destruction brought about by the relentless storm that wiped most of the city of Marikina off the world map for a whole day. Disaster-preparedness was rarely an issue that was openly talked about prior to Ondoy. Proof of this is that both the people and the government barely had any resources to respond to the devastated areas when the storm came. Rescue boats, equipment and skills were all showed to be lacking as media was on a hot pursuit for affected areas. There was chaos in an attempt to mobilize rescue operations as the rescuers themselves were blind-sided by what seemed to be just-another-storm in the Philippines’ rainy season. It was a time when the citizens themselves had to use their personal Jet Skis, boats and improvised rafts to save themselves, and others. Some had to use their own strength to swim, save lives, and die in doing so. Stories of heroism of simple people were acknowledged long after the disaster—most of them unsung on media.


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Tanay Mountaineers, an organization which started 14 years ago from Engineer Inofre’s group of friends, was one of these unsung heroes as they aided in the search and rescue operations right after Ondoy. They assisted in the retrieval of the deceased, and the relief operations that followed. It was during this endeavor that they realized that Tanay was very vulnerable as they saw that not one of the barangays then had any clue as to how to react to such a catastrophe. It came to their surprise as it is widely known that the Philippines is one of the countries along the pacific ring of fire, natural calamities like typhoons and earthquakes are a normal occurrence. After the years of its inception, the organization engaged with the programs of other NGO’s like Plan Philippines, OXFAM and Red Cross. “Aside from mountaineering, the idea that “why not do some environmental creativities?” was created and this lead to the creation of the different departments of our organization” explains Roxanne. Though Tanay Mountaineer’s Search and Rescue Department was officially registered in 2011, they were already being called to respond to accidents and other incidents years before as they are the only group in Tanay knowledgeable in Search and Rescue. The main difference after its registration is that the focus was redirected from response to preparedness. With Ondoy as the biggest wake-up call in Tanay’s recent history, Tanay Mountaineers embarked on a mission to educate people how to mitigate risks from disasters. “We opened the minds and made our community aware of how they ought to act in these instances,” Roxanne says “we engaged all sectors of our community: from the children, their parents, their teachers, the local government, and even the Armed Forces themselves—showing them the techniques and fundamentals of Disaster-Preparedness.” Their trainings

included Standard First Aid, Disaster Management Training, Climate Change Adaptation, Rope Rescue Techniques, Water Search and Rescue and Rubber Boat Operation. Atop of this, they provided Basic Rescue Equipment like spineboards, splints and bandages to each of the 20 barangays in Tanay. Though many organizations have attempted to empower their communities through Disaster Preparedness programs, the pitfall for most is the cooperation of the community itself. “The secret to ensuring cooperation from all levels of the community is simple: commitment.” Says Roxanne. Tanay Mountaineers members are so committed to empowering their community and ensuring compliance from everyone that they go through all lengths to convince them—even showing video clips of previous disasters and their dire consequences, to show even the most stubborn what could happen should they choose not to cooperate. Although they have 234 members, they admit that they cannot respond to all 20 barangays in the event that another unfortunate event occurs. Through their perseverance, they have established a system in every barangay which allows for them to act independently. Tanay Mountaineers trained these barangays to proactively prepare, especially when the national weather station has advised that their area will be affected. They evacuate when needed, and have with them the basic tools for survival.

that the volunteers of Tanay Mountaineers had achieved what many say to be impossible. Looking forward, Tanay Mountaineers looks to modernize their equipment, and environmental technology know-how and to better prepare their beneficiaries and respond to the unforeseen when needed. As funding is a major hurdle, they hope to slowly get the resources to procure their own ambulance, personal GPS equipment and other technologies that would make them work more efficiently for their community. They seek to empower other communities outside of Tanay, and to share its expertise in conducting and sustain disaster preparedness programs. The organization has already been able to share its capabilities to nearby provinces like Laguna, Quezon, Ifugao, and Surigao Del Norte, and looks to establish similar systems to other provinces that might need it.

Four years after Ondoy, the accumulated trainings and awareness campaigns would be put to a test when the southwest monsoon, locally named Habagat, threatened to pour tremendous amounts of rainfall in its duration. “When Habagat came, our communities were ready,” says Roxanne. “In fact, we suffered no casualties when it came.” This is solid evidence






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Tagum City, Davao del Norte A new trend has taken hold of elementary and high school students of Tagum City. During their recess period, you can see them lining up for a booth with what little money they can spare, some even just a peso. But they aren’t lined up to spend their money on the latest snack craze, they’re not even lined up to spend. In Tagum City, youths ranging from seventeen to as young as seven years old are lined up to deposit their savings to Tagum City Youth Laboratory Cooperatives roving tellers. Each carrying their own deposit slips (which they themselves fill out) and handing over their own passbooks for the rover to take note of their deposit for the day. TC Youth Lab Cooperative was originally envisioned by the Tagum Cooperative as a cooperative run by and exclusively for minors, with three simple goals in mind: to promote financial literacy, encourage the habit of saving and gather more members among the youth. When Tagum City Youth Laboratory established its first branch in Tagum City National High School in 2009, it had 48 members and a total accumulated savings of P8,815. Today, TC Youth Lab boasts 1,487 members with a total of 1.8 million pesos in savings. They also established another branch in Magugpo Pilot Imelda Elementary School, and plans to open a third branch soon. And at 3% per annum, TC Youth Lab’s interest rates are thrice that of commercial banks. But to Reven Bryan Dela Peña, Chairperson of TC Youth Lab, the true impact of TC Youth Lab goes beyond the monetary, and can be found in its differences from commercial banks. Unlike in banks, where parents often manage the saving


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accounts of their children, Elementary and High School members of TC Youth Lab are taught how to manage their own accounts and passbooks — one for their savings account and another for their share capital deposits — and fill out their own deposit slips. In other words, TC Youth Lab Cooperative is able to promote financial literacy by simply making banking transactions more accessible to the youth. Accessible also in a more literal sense, since the tellers themselves are brought to the schools to encourage the children to save. Another thing that sets TC Youth Lab apart from commercial banks is their participative member base and their sense of community. TC Youth lab holds regular General Assemblies, presenting financial reports of the Cooperative’s performance. TC Youth Lab’s youth leaders also organize “Summer Saya” annually, where members can join summer activities like painting and drawing, and attend seminars on gender equality and leadership. And no deposit is considered too small for the TC Youth Lab Cooperative. The cost of becoming a member is cheap at P150, to encourage membership among elementary and high school students. P20 is allotted for the membership fee, P30 for the initial savings deposit and P100 as a deposit for the cooperative’s share capital. And if interested applicants still find this prohibitive, they can opt to pay the minimum P50 and gradually pay off the P100 share capital deposit. TC Youth Lab is able to gather more future members of Tagum Cooperative. Once members of TC Youth Lab Cooperative turn 18, their accounts are automatically transferred to the mother cooperative. TC Youth Lab also serves as a training ground for its future leaders to manage and operate the

mother cooperative, and prepare them for membership. It’s also the youth themselves, with guidance from the mother cooperative, who run the TC Youth Lab and its classroom-toclassroom marketing and financial literacy campaigns. In fact, marketing TC Youth Lab hasn’t been difficult at all, since the children themselves invite others to join the Youth Cooperative and encourage them to save. Bryan shared a story of Frederick Katayas, an elementary student who sells his neighbor’s vegetables to get by. When a roving teller saw Frederick selling vegetables, the teller told Bryan about Frederick. Bryan in turn met and invited Frederick to become a member of TC Youth Lab. He would deposit what he earns in his TC Youth Lab Savings account, and was so happy seeing his small savings accumulate interest that he invited his brother, who sells pan de sal to join the Cooperative as well. “They’re saving for their future self ”, Bryan says, “and one is never too young nor too poor to save.”

to see how a seemingly insignificant daily practice can have a large impact on the future; and also, to see that financial selfempowerment can simultaneously lead to the empowerment of others. In TC Youth Lab, money indicates not what can be bought, but the collective aspirations of the youth.

But what do they do with all the capital they’ve accumulated? Characteristically, TC Youth Lab has already thought ahead. As they expand and open new branches in other elementary and secondary schools in Tagum City, TC Youth Lab also plans to grow their share capital by putting up small businesses, like supplying ID slings to the schools where they have branches. TC Youth Lab’s young leaders are encouraged to take an active role in these ventures, molding them to become not only financially equipped leaders, but entrepreneurs as well. Perhaps more than even the financial literacy and the habit of saving that TC Youth Lab Cooperative inculcates, TC Youth lab is able to empower the youth by encouraging them to take the long view of things—to start small but dream big, and





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ITED ARCHITECTS OF THE PHILIPPINES STUDENT AUXILIARY FOUNDATION UNIVERSITY CHAPTER Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental “Architecture is not just all about beautifying homes, it can also be about bringing and giving life back to the community. How? By providing a sustainable structures that can suppor t their needs, lifestyles and activities.” - Von Jovi Biala ---------The government budget allocation in the education sector has been increasing as seen in the past years. Yet, the daunting problems that besieged this sector is worsening. Lack of textbooks, shortage of teachers and absence of classrooms are still the same problems need to be solved by the Department of Education (DepEd). With this, it is hardly any wonder why many of our youth don’t see any bright prospects for their future. Having seen the condition of the education sector in their community, the United Architects of the Philippines-Student Auxiliary decided to give back and help. They initiated the program “Estudio Damgo- Architecture of Dreams”. It is considered the first student- led “design- build” studio in the Philippines. Each year, a particular barangay or community is chosen for the project, and fourth and fifth year Foundation University architecture students can choose to fulfill their requirements by leading and overseeing the design and construction of a building for that community. The program gives the students the chance to apply what they’ve learned in their studies, while the community gains an environmentally sustainable building that’s responsive to their needs and sensitive of their local identity.


The idea came from Von Jovi Biala, a member of the organization. He was on his final year as an Architecture student in the Foundation University Dumaguete in 2012. Finding the requirements for a thesis too academic and eager to apply what he learned, Von Jovi proposed to his adviser that he build an actual building for a community. From then on, the organization in cooperation with Foundation University has been helping communities. For their first project, the organization chose the education sector as their target beneficiary. They chose to build a day care center in a small barangay of Malaunay in Valencia, Negros Oriental. They decided to entirely build a new Dungga Day Care Center in Barangay Malaunay because the old day care center had walls made up of tarpaulins and a flooring full of mud. The old condition of the day care center hinders the children of their chance to study. Because out of the 40 qualified pre-school children in Barangay Malaunay, only 15 can be accommodated in its temporary day-care center. They are the children of farmers, carpenters and construction workers, most of whom never had the opportunity to attend pre-school themselves, but are eager that their children might have that opportunity. The parents had the opportunity to let their children have the chance of education with the project of the United Architects of the Philippines-Student Auxiliary. The community itself is involved in almost all of phases of the building process, from the conceptualization of the design of the building and even the construction phase. While the architecture students

of Foundation University are in charge of organizing the meetings, fund raisers, and even sourcing and orderingESTUDIO of the DAMGO "ARCHITECTURE OF DREAMS" UNITED ARCHITECTS OF THE PHILIPPINES STUDENT AUXILIARY FOUNDATION UNIVERSITY CHAPTER building materials.


SITY CHAP For the intended 48 sq. m. structure, the organization chose DREAMS"both from N UNIVER OF volunteers E and R Philippine Bamboo C Foundation Inc. U UNDATIO T C FO E Y T I AR H LI "AR bamboo as the primary material. According to Von, the ENT AUXI DAMGO and NES STUD IO university Barangay Malaunay who contributed mostly ESTUDthe E PHILIPPI community loved the aesthetic design of the project. But there ECTS OF TH IT CH AR UNITED to lessen the labor costs. were some concerns raised from members of the Barangay council about the durability of bamboo versus concrete. “This The construction of the Dungga Day Care Center opened is where our education provides a service, as we are able opportunities for the Children of Barangay Malaunay. From the to assure them that with proper treatment and construction, fifteen students who enrolled in 2012, the number increased bamboo buildings can last 80+ years. Promoting local to fifty in 2013. The children now have a place they can call materials and the idea that design can reflect local identity is their own. A place where they begin their journey, a place a key aspect of our work with Malaunay.” where they can pursue their dreams. This has been the goal of the program. As how Von puts it, “we build dreams, we make ESTUDIO DAMGO "ARCHITECTURE OF DREAMS" The construction of the building did not come in handy for our communities’ dreams come true”. OF THE PHILIPPINES STUDENT AUXILIARY FOUNDATION UNIVERSITY CHAPTER the UNITED members ARCHITECTS of the organization. They had to be resourceful to make their project come to fruition. They organized a As Estudio Damgo continues to construct more buildings for benefit concert, started an online donation campaign solely different communities in the future, it builds something that for the project, met with potential donors and set a meeting ESTUDIO DAMGO "ARCHITECTURE OF DREAMS" transcends any one of these particular structures: it builds a with stakeholders. The proceeds gathered were used to ARCHITECTS OFcommunity THE PHILIPPINES STUDENT AUXILIARY FOUNDATION UNIVERSITY CHAPTER cultureUNITED of collaboration, involvement, and social buy materials, food and transportation. For the success of and cultural relevance that is the ideal of nation building. their project, members also asked assistance from different institutions. They coordinated with Foundation University for transportation, food supply, construction materials, skilled workers and laborers and construction trainings and orientation of volunteers. They also asked help from the Local Government Unit of Valencia for faster issuance of permits and other needed documents for the construction. The project could also not have been successful if not with the help of the Department of Education in Valencia, trainers from






ways h t a P USC CEBU CITY Bridging the Gap is a whole year free program of USC Pathways, where it begins every summer. Last year, incoming 3rd year and 4th year public high school students were invited to be one of the beneficiaries. Through the program, beneficiaries were given opportunity to be prepared for the coming school year. For four weeks, the program offered diverse tutorials, seminars and workshops all held inside the campus. Beneficiaries were also given access to audio-visual halls; holistic seminars were also conducted for progress assessment. For 9 years now, Bridging the Gap (BTG) has been the centerpiece program of USC Pathways, looking for deserving beneficiary students from public high schools in Cebu. USC Pathways tap incoming fourth year and third year students to prepare them to college life. The program provides seminars, workshops, tutorials, and review sessions. The highlight of the said program happens every month of May for the Summer Program, which opens the start of BTG. Prior to the start of the Summer Program, assigned volunteers go school-to-school to have a formal invitation to students, with the permission from the school principal and a memorandum from the Department of Education Region VII. Last year, interested student-applicants were screened through their submitted requirements and filled-out application forms. With this process, volunteers were able assess the student’s interest and determination to finish the entire course of the program. Successful passers became the program’s beneficiaries for the entire year. BTG Summer Program prepares the beneficiaries for the coming school year, as well as to expose them to college 34

life – letting them experience how to be a typical college student. For four weeks, the program offers diverse tutorials, seminars and workshop all held inside the university. The program provides an avenue for the beneficiaries to develop their social interaction by meeting and mingling with different university students. Aside from this, each beneficiaries also gets the chance to build an intricate web of relationships with students from different schools who are also part of the program. Tutorials with rigorous university-level topics are done to prepare the beneficiaries academically. Schedule of tutorials are based on the real class schedule of a usual college student. Students are also given quizzes and major exams to assess the learning about the topics discussed. BTG Summer Program aims to nurture the beneficiaries’ capabilities to become mature individuals. Thus, the program remains firm in keeping various seminars and workshops, games and other wholesome activities. Plugging in fun and dynamism balances the thorough academic environment. Each year, new development programs are introduced to fuel interest for potential beneficiaries. The summer program runs for 4 weeks, from Monday to Saturday, 8AM-5PM. The volunteers of last year’s program came from a diverse pool of student, many were from the colleges of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Architecture, and Business & Economics. Faculty members of the university also extended their effort to teach the beneficiaries. Some of the beneficiaries before also shared their time and effort as volunteers. In addition, the Alumni volunteers - graduates and professionals, also contributed through tutorials and workshop facilitations. USC-Pathways named the program Bridging the Gap because

they wanted to literally bridge the gap between the high school and college educational levels. It was always the notion that some students cannot continue their studies because of many things – the greatest threat lying in the cost of studying. University tuition fees are skyrocketing with the times and they will always pose a problem for students who want to thoroughly finish their education. Lack of emotional security also poses a threat for underprivileged student in finishing college. Just like ANI or the Alay ni Ignacio Program of Ateneo, the organization came up with the idea to bridge that gap. The only way to patch it was to help these financially-challenged yet deserving students not by personally giving them scholarships but by giving them the tools to get a scholarship – advanced academic knowledge coupled with honed capabilities in order to be ahead. The organization aims to develop financially-challenged yet deserving students not only academically but as well spiritually and emotionally through its range of lectures, classes, workshops and activities specifically tailored to help the students evolve into more intellectual and mature individuals. This way, student beneficiaries will not only be more prepared for future prospects of university education, but will also be more equipped with the skills and abilities necessary to make it far out into the society and the real world.

teachers, including faculty members, [5] New workshop/ activity (i.e. surveying, career orientation, etc.) One of the future plans for BTG is to expand and cater more school beneficiaries. The organization would like to invite more schools to ensure a good and healthy competition among the student-applicants. Through this, students will not take the program for granted. They will exert effort in compiling the necessary requirements as well as maintain a friendly yet competitive relationship with their co-beneficiaries. With the implementation of K-12 curriculum, the group also plans to modify the subjects that will be offered to the students. Given enough budget, the organization also plans to provide the beneficiaries materials, school supplies, and other necessities that will conform to their needs in the duration of the next program.

BTG is implemented continually. Every year, they have new sets of beneficiaries, who will also undergo the same screening process as what the previous beneficiaries had experienced. Previous beneficiaries who want to be part of the program again are also welcome to re-apply. This BTG project this year met some of the set goals, which includes: [1] Health Insurance of beneficiaries (1 year), [2] Number of beneficiary schools participated in the program (from 4 to 5), [3] Number of beneficiary increased (from 26 to 31), [4] More volunteer35






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The Island Garden City of Samal is widely known for its great beaches—Pearl Farm, Paradise, Chemas are some names that come to mind when you speak of the island. What many do not know however is that the island is also home to indigenous people. There are various unexplored places only passable by foot or boat many who dare not risk to go to. An organization from San Pedro College, however, dared to go where almost nobody has gone to before. The Volunteer Service Providers, a relatively young organization, reached out to the local government of Samal to ask where they could be of help. Sitio Pigasaan is one of those places. Sitio Pigasaan is an isolated, remote coastal area in the Island Garden City of Samal which is also an adopted area of the Community Extension of San Pedro College. The area can only be reached by a 30-minute pump boat ride from Barangay Aundanao or through a 5 kilometer walk from Barangay Tagbay Poblacion. The area has no electricity. Seventy three (73%) percent of the population depends on fishing, while other are coconut farmers. The dwindling catch brought about by previous years of illegal and destructive fishing in the area had led the Barangay LGU of Tagbay to call for a project that would address the problem. It was the felt need of the villagers (mostly Indigenous People) that guided VSP to identify the DOMES Project.



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DOMES stands for Developing Ocean’s Man-Made EcoFriendly Shelters (D.O.M.E.S.) The project involved the construction and deployment of man-made dome-shaped (with holes) structures on conducive but decoralized seabed. Concrete has been the preferred material for the domes as it, in time, will allow for the development of various types of corals whether hard or soft and other marine life forms such as algae, sea sponges, anemones, and the like. These are designed to increase the biodiversity; serve as a new source of food as it attracts other species as well; serve as a shelter of fishes especially the smaller ones from predators; serve as a habitat for the fishes to breed and reproduce and eventually boost the fish density. The Volunteer Service Provider (VSP) recognizes this need among the residents of Sitio Pigasaan, Peñaplata, Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS), Davao del Norte, hence the accomplishment of the Project. In its realization, the project deployed man-made artificial domes in a coastal area of Purok Pigasaan, Brgy. Tagbay, Barangay Peñaplata, Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS). The project was initiated by the student volunteers of Volunteer Service Provider (VSP). Employing the Participatory Development (PD) approach, the members of the community were the ones who constructed the 6 concrete domes (2 feet diameter X 2 feet height/ dome). When the domes were finally ready, they were deployed by

the volunteers accompanied by the community leaders. The chosen area where the domes were placed are safeguarded by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tagbay, Tribal Council of Tagbay, Purok Pigasaan officers and residents, and the Pigasaan Alternative Learning System (PALS) officers and members through an approval launching the site as to where the domes will be deployed (Appendix E). The project mobilized 220 student volunteers for the fund raising and 43 student volunteers for the project implementation. Furthermore, there were 5 barangay officials, 1 tribal leader, 8 PALS officers, and 24 resident volunteers that made the project a success. The beneficiaries of the project were the residents of the coastal Purok of Pigasaan, Barangay Tagbay, Peñaplata, Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS) whose livelihood mainly depend from the dwindling marine source brought about by destructive fishing (Muro-ami) and the damaging effects of climate change to the coral reefs. The village has a population of 206 (48 households), 62% of them Indigenous People belonging of the Sama Tribe. By developing a safe and artificial shelter for fish and other marine organisms, they are able to maintain and help protect the marine life that has graced them with a source for livelihood and a home for nature preserve. By developing a sage and artificial shelter for the marine life, DOMES not only supports the ecosystem by encouraging corals to grow whilst housing many fishes but also the concept

of bayanihan. The project engages countless volunteers ranging from students to adults to participate actively. This is done in line with VSP’s aspirations to continue igniting the spirit of service and be able to channel peace into the society. Regardless of the situation, VSP always believe that volunteering for community development is vital if anything is to be accomplished. After four months, tests conducted have implied that there has been a significant increase in the number of fishes per foursquare meters. Furthermore, based on interviews with local fishermen, the project has, in fact, provided the locals with a pleasant and stable source of livelihood. Through continued support, DOME has successfully returned the local’s symbol of hope, life, and existence by allowing them to fish through proper means once again. After all, fishing is and always be their way of life.



sufficient program. This project is an annual 1-day visit, the culmination of monthly ocular inspections and consultations throughout the year, which brings services and programs for the Ayta community. These programs and services aim to address specific deterrents to the development of the resident Aytas of the Katutubo Village.


Mission: Katutubo Village has a different approach in solving development problems. Instead of focusing on a single problem, the members aim to solve as many problems as they can. They invite different students and organizations to be part of their network and utilize each student’s and organization’s specialized skills to help solve the community’s problems. Once a year, Mission: Katutubo Village brings in these different students and organizations into the community as part of its yearly culminating activity.


University of the Philippines- Diliman, Quezon City In 1991, the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo forced the Aytas living along its slopes to relocate to a resettlement area in Porac, Pampanga. For a year, the community struggled in what came to be called “Tent City,” so named because the only lodgings they had, and suffered from lack of proper medical attention that led to several casualties. Later on, the government of Pampanga decided to turn over the land to the Ayta community, composed of 216 families— or 1,021 people—but even 13 years after the eruption of Pinatubo, the community is still plagued by several complex issues. In addition, the community was separated from their farm-land, their only source of livelihood, and relied solely on aid for their sustenance. Mission: Katutubo Village began when Jarryd Bello and his friends, all Community Development majors from U.P. Diliman, visited the community as fieldwork for their curriculum. At first Jarryd was hesitant to become too attached to the community out of fear that it would cloud his judgement until his adviser told him, “Bakit mo pinipigilan ang attachment? That’s part of it.”

The first problem Mission: Katutubo Village addressed was health and hygiene. They partnered with the Pre-Medical Honor’s Society and the Association of Biology Majors. By utilizing its connection with Upsilon Sigma Phi, Mission: Katutubo Village also brought in lawyers to empower the community by educating them about their Indigenous People’s rights and ownership of their ancestral domains. They also partnered with UP CRADLE (Children’s Rights Advocates League) in addressing Education while they tapped UP AGUMAN (the Kapampangan regional organization) to help record and preserve the cultural traditions of the community. What gives coherence to the entire project is the background of the Founders in Community Development, and the way they have forged a relationship with the community itself. Rather than seeing issues like public health and education from a more generalized perspective, Mission: Katutubo Village is able to take a more holistic approach and sees how these issues interweave and addresses them accordingly. In fact, Jarryd relates that to the community, the biggest impact of the project was the relationship itself: “Nag-assess kami. So nag-tanong kami, ‘ano bang natulong ng Mission:Katutubo Village na project?’ Siyempre bilang outsider doing efforts, ang naisip namin nakakatulong kami in terms of medical needs, or training for the youth, or the legal awareness. Ang sagot nila: ‘na posible pala na makipag-interact kami sa mga katulad ninyo.’ Akala namin, kami lang nakakabenefit din kasi nakikilala namin sila pero sila rin nakikita nila na hindi sila nadidiscriminate.” At present, the main issue the Aytas face is their cultural transition as a result of their increased exposure to urban life. Mission: Katutubo Village continues to forge more partnerships with other organizations to help improve the conditions of their partner community, and plans to become a stand-alone, Non-Governmental Organization in the future to help address these problems more effectively.

Jarryd and his friends then decided to put up an initiative that would form a long-standing relationship with this community and assist it in the problems that it faced. Relying on their personal and school networks, applying what they learned from their studies in Community Development, and fueled by a love for the community, Jarryd and his friends established Mission: Katutubo Village, a project under the aegis of Upsilon Sigma Phi, of which Jarryd is a member. The objective of Mission: Katutubo Village is to provide a venue for UP students and organizations to unite and be able to contribute to the rising development of the Aytas of Katutubo Village in Planas, Porac, Pampanga through a self-



Rescue Assistance and Peacekeeping Intelligence Detail (RAPID) Inc. RUGBY BOY PROJECT Cebu City

“Rugby Boys” are often considered a problem in many cities in the Philippines. In Cebu City, the Station 2 police would often arrest Rugby Boys for pickpocketing or harassing other citizens, only to release them the next day because they were minors, and cannot be legally confined. The Rescue Assistance and Peacekeeping Intelligence Detail (RAPID) Inc.’s first encountered the “rugby boys” of Cebu City when Executive Commanding Director Rafael Enriquez, saw a little girl snatch a bag from an old lady. He immediately chased after the girl and brought her to the police station. As part of police procedure, they emptied her pockets and found nothing but a small plastic bag with rubber cement (rugby). The little girl, who they learned was named Kakay, just said “Kuya pampalipas ni sa akong gutom” (Kuya, this lessens my hunger). It was then that Raffy stopped viewing them as a “problem” to be solved and began to learn their stories. He found out that most of the “rugby boys” had no families; either their parents separated or died, or were living in other parts of the country. And those who still had relatives couldn’t be supported by them. Kervin, for example, lived with his grandmother in a small rented hut. He would collect broken bottles to sell so that the two of them could eat. “At least I could have three meals.With them, if you give them a can of sardines, it’s like gold to them. Tipirin pa niya para tumagal ng dalawang araw”, Raffy uttered. Raffy initially endorsed them to DSWD and some orphanage, but after a few days they could be found in the streets again. 40

phi KAPPA MU RAPID Inc. was originally established to respond to emergencies, disasters and search and rescue operations. They were one of the first respondents of the recent Sulpicio Liner maritime accident, and also of the recent earthquakes in Cebu and Typhoon Yolanda. But this was a different kind of emergency, one that went on unnoticed every day in the streets of Cebu. And it was an emergency that Raffy knew they had to respond to. “The Rugby Boy Project” is a project by the Youth Volunteers of RAPID Inc. implemented from 2011 to 2012, wherein the children would stay at the police station to be supervised. Rafael Enriquez lived for a year in the police station to personally supervise them. Every day, they would wake up early to jog and exercise, cook breakfast and so on, and the children were eventually enrolled in Cebu City Central School. The project began with eight children aged 7-11 years old, mostly boys (Kakay was the only girl of the group), but as time went on and the children themselves would tell their friends about the program, it quickly ballooned to 50 kids, some as old as 17 years old. The project was initially funded with money from the volunteer’s own pockets and donations from other kind benefactors, and would go directly to food and school supplies. Although the “Rugby Boy Project” is supposed to be a continuing program for street children, unfortunately, lack of financial support eventually led to the discontinuation of the program. RAPID Inc. plans to continue the project in the near future, until the children finish schooling. In spite of the challenges, Raffy and the rest of RAPID Inc. are hopeful that in the future, these children can truly be re-integrated as members of society.


University of the Philippines- Manila, Manila Though there are many financial assistance programs for medical procedures—from government services to private donations— most of these don’t cover costlier major operations.

foundations, blood from blood banks, charity beds, operating room usage and staff services from the hospital and many more to ensure that those who greatly need help are brought closer to those who are willing to give it.

Project OpeRA is the flagship project of University of the Philippines-Manila’s Phi Kappa Mu, providing financial assistance to pediatric patients who require major operations. Since its inception in 2007, OpeRA has provided assistance to nearly a hundred indigent pediatric surgical patients of the Philippine General Hospital through access to financial support, procurement of surgical needs and post-operative medications and coordination with the doctors and the hospital administration and Operating Room facilities.

Moreover, their follow-ups and checkups are also being taken care of by the Project OpeRA. Project OpeRA is also linked with other Fraternity projects like ETM if the post-operation child needs a wheelchair.

Selected through a thorough screening process in coordination with the Philippine General Hospital’s Medical Social Services, pediatric patients aged 7 and below from all over the nation in need of surgical intervention that possess neither the resources nor the means for such financially taxing procedures are considered eligible beneficiaries of Project OpeRA.

It is also linked with Camp Braveheart, an annual event wherein children who are heart surgery survivors are engaged in a day of fun-filled activities with the goal of raising awareness that their heart conditions are not hindrances in reaching their full potential. Parents were also informed through lectures and talks on how to properly take care of their children. In addition, children in need of surgery under the custody of ABS-CBN’s Bantay Bata 163 are also be eligible to Project OpeRA. The Fraternity has been in partnership with Bantay Bata in providing medical needs of these children.

Upon selection of the patient, Phi Kappa Mu through Project OpeRA provides all pertinent assistance such as financial and logistics support for pre- and post-operative procedures and medications. Through the efforts of the resident student body of the Fraternity, project OpeRA provides financial, logistics, communication and information support to patients and their families to allow them access to resources such as expert doctors providing free services, discounts and charity donations from suppliers, monetary support from donors and


responsible for coordinating with the sponsors and partner health professionals. Before each mission, Medical Missions Inc.-Student Group also coordinates with the local hospitals and other medical professionals in the target location in order to assess the medical needs of the patients, the venue to be converted into a “hospital setting” for the mission, and any equipment that the local partner might lack. A team of medical students, nurses, and doctors, along with the necessary medical equipment and medicines, is then organized and brought into the location according to those needs.


Three years ago, Chris Lagman was at a Christmas party with other Gay Filipino Professionals when one of them pulled Chris aside to talk in private. Chris would recall this same conversation months later, when the relatives informed him that his friend had died from a “mysterious ailment.” In that conversation two years ago, Chris learned his friend was HIV positive. It was the first of many such stories. The following year, several more of Chris’ friends died from HIV related complications. His friends began to ask, “Why is it that suddenly a lot of your friends are passing away?” HIV was never prevalent in the Philippines, but recently the number of new HIV cases being reported has been rising. In May 2013, there were 415 newly reported cases—the highest since the Philippines’ first reported case of HIV in 1984. The latest data from the Department of Health confirms this trend: the number of new cases for 2013 shows a 79% increase of new HIV cases from the same period last year. Nine out of ten of these are men, most under 30, and most contracting HIV from unprotected sex. And this stands in contrast to the dearth of informed discussion in the Philippines on sexuality and health, add to that the stigmas homosexuality and HIV still carry. Chris believes that it is partly the stigma of homosexuality that led to the increase in HIV cases among homosexuals. Because it drives gay sex underground and forces gay men to act in a “stealthy and shadowy way,” the inability of public discussion to acknowledge homosexuality and sexual intercourse actually fuels risky behavior. While the stigma of homosexuality can partly account for the spread of HIV, it’s the stigma of HIV itself that deters people from HIV tests. Even among fellow homosexuals, Chris’ friend could only disclose his HIV status in private. Preventing the spread of HIV, Chris realized, requires more than providing health services, but also changing the attitudes Filipinos have towards homosexuality and HIV. With this in mind, Chris Lagman along with his fellow LGBT professionals started Love Yourself Inc., a non-profit organization 42

that focus on the youth segment of the MSM (men having sex with men) community — the most vulnerable considering their lifestyle and easy access to sex. They focuses their efforts on promoting awareness about HIV, educating the public, and providing testing and counseling services for the MSM community and persons living with HIV. They chose the name “Love Yourself” to indicate their distinctive approach to HIV prevention: rather than using fear-based tactics that reinforce the stigmas, Love Yourself believes that preventing the spread of HIV is best approached with a message of selfawareness and healthy self-love. “When people take care of themselves and love themselves, they will stay away from risky behavior that will expose them to the virus,” Chris says. Love Yourself Inc. promotes this message, its HIV awareness and education campaigns, and other activities through several platforms. In their first year, they were able to reach 3,000 people in peer education this way. More recently, Love Yourself Inc. has used this approach to change prevailing attitudes towards HIV testing. Early last year, Love Yourself launched ‘Project Indulge’ - a marketing campaign using imagery of mostly nude men —to encourage the public to regard HIV testing as part of a regular wellness routine. ‘Project Indulge’ has been hailed by international groups and media as one of the world’s most innovative HIV prevention campaigns. Since it began,The Love Yourself Project has conducted several series of HIV tests—14 free HIV mass tests and 4 private and confidential. To date, 6,136 individuals have been tested—of which 16 percent or 964 individuals tested positive. And in partnership with the Department of Health’s Research Institute of Tropic Medicine (RITM), Love Yourself Inc. took over the RITM clinic in Malate, now “The Love Yourself Hub.” Of the reported cases of HIV in the Philippines in 2012, 30% came from The Love Yourself Hub. But while these numbers attest to the soundness of the Love Yourself approach, the number of new HIV cases continues to rise. In early 2013, The Love Yourself Hub welcomed 1,028 people—a five times as many as the same period the previous year. So to respond to the increasing prevalence of HIV and the increasing demand for their services, Love Yourself Inc. plans to expand its reach. At present, Love Yourself Inc. is raising funds to establish a clinic and community center near Shaw, chosen for its accessibility and in anticipation of the emergent gay districts in Ortigas and Mandaluyong nearby. “Love Yourself ANGLO” is envisioned as a community center, counseling and education space, and HIV clinic — a safe and affirming place for the MSM community. New clinics in Cebu, Angeles, Pampanga and Pasay City are also opening soon.

medical missions, Inc.

General Santos Medical and Surgical Mission University of Santo Tomas, Manila

For most Filipinos, especially those living in rural areas, high quality healthcare remains inaccessible. Though the medical procedures and medicines already exist, the high cost of medical check-ups, drugs, and other medical treatments prevents most Filipinos from seeking medical attention. Other times, the local hospitals are understaffed or ill-equipped to accommodate all who seek medical attention. The Medical Missions, Inc. – Student Group (MMI-SG) is a student organization of University of Santo Tomas (UST) that aims to make quality healthcare accessible to those who need it most by bringing the hospital to them. As its name suggests, the organization conducts medical missions, but executed at a caliber and level of expertise that effectively recreates a hospital setting in each of their chosen communities, and all for free.

Last summer, Medical Missions, Inc.-Student Group partnered with the local government of General Santos and the General Santos Doctors Hospital Foundation to bring a team of over 117 registered doctors and nurses with a priest, medical and nursing students, and other registered paramedical personnel to General Santos City. A local school was provided by the local partners and converted into a hospital, the classrooms turned into wards, the audio-visual room turned into a sterile operating room, and so on. All in all, Medical Missions, Inc. served over 2078 patients in General Santos through free medical and surgical consultations, free surgeries (such as Thyroidectomies, Hernioraphies, Hysterectomies, Cataract Surgies, and many more), and the distribution of free drugs. By recruiting Medical Missions Inc. alumni and doctors of UST Hospital, Medical Missions Inc.Student Group was able to give free consultations (medical, obstetrics and pediatrics), medications, minor surgeries (such as circumcisions, excisions of cysts and benign tumors) and even major surgeries (thyroidectomies and abdominal surgeries, among others), which are rarely done in other medical missions. Medical Missions Inc.-Student Group continues to expand its operations, amassing more equipment and building a more extensive network of professionals and beneficiary communities. In the future, they are also planning to include other allied health professionals like medical technologists and pharmacists to future missions.

Medical Missions Inc. – Student Group is able to do this because of its experience as an organization conducting medical missions, the size of its membership and volunteer base, and its extensive alumni network, many of whom are the country’s leading medical professionals in their field. Medical Missions Inc. – Student Group is the student youth arm of Medical Missions Inc., a non-government organization composed of and run by alumni of the student group established by then UST medical student Anthony Galleta in 1961, with a membership of over 300 medical students from the Faculty of Medicine of Surgery. It is supported by fundraising activities, alumni donations, and sponsorships from private organizations, clubs, unions, or local officials. Medical Missions Inc.-Student Group conducts over ten medical missions annually, with the members and officers 43

life. The community is ensured that the resource they rely on for their livelihood is renewable. Moreover, by filtering the pollutants that come from the surrounding rivers and estuaries, the mangroves save fish and other marine animals from possible pollution, ensuring that the community’s catch is clean. This mangrove buffer zone is also very effective in mitigating the impact of large waves, like those caused by tsunamis or typhoons.

association filipino forestry students of the university of the philippines - los baños BAKAJUAN PROJECT Pagbilao, Quezon

Mangrove reforestation projects are common these days, but the flagship project of the Association Filipino Forestry Students of the University of the Philippines—Los Baños is reimagining what mangrove reforestation can be, and raising it to an entirely different level. The BakaJuan project aims not only to contribute to mangrove reforestation efforts, but also to strengthen public awareness and knowledge about the purpose and benefits of mangroves, and provide an avenue for fisher-folk communities to become involved in the rehabilitation, restoration, and management of mangrove reforested areas and contribute to the effective protection and conservation of mangrove ecosystems. The BakaJuan project—from “Bakawan,” Tagalog for mangrove—begins with the establishment of a mangrove stand on a two hectare coastal area, granted by the Quezon Ecosystems Research and Development Services, in Barangay Pinagbayanan, Pagbilao, Quezon. The mangrove stand is currently being established over a duration of six years, beginning in 2012 until 2017 and, as of July 20, 2013, almost 2,500 mangrove propagules have been planted. In many ways, the BakaJuan Project is beneficial to Barangay Pinagbayanan’s 200 household fishing community because the mangroves will serve as a habitat that’s conducive for the growth and proliferation of fish, shrimp and other marine 44

But the mangrove planting is only the first phase of the BakaJuan project. Once the mangroves are established and their survival ensured, the fisher-folk community will be taught how to manage and sustain it. And the BakaJuan Project will expand by adopting another area. By planting different mangrove species along the coastline, AFFS-UPLB aims to create a biodiversity reserve for mangrove trees, and establish the area as a demonstration and learning laboratory for mangrove education. Potential research projects and studies in the area will be promoted especially to the academic sector. From here, the BakaJuan project will eventually evolve into a livelihood project, a demonstration and learning laboratory for mangrove education, and an eco-tourism destination. Trails and Viewing Decks will be established and used to promote ecotourism activities like boat riding that may provide alternative sources of livelihood for the barangay. In innovation, scope, and impact in various aspects, the Association Filipino Forestry Students of the University of the Philippines—Los Baños invites us to see mangrove reforestation in a new light: not only in their potential benefits to the environment, but also the communities that call this environment home.

Going further up, the group realized there were several isolated communities living on the mountainside. They learned that, though there was a small school and make-shift classrooms, the books allotted for them by the Department of Education never arrived because their school was too remote. They also found out that a tribe of B’laans living along the mountainside regularly engaged in Kaingin that led to the deforestation of the mountainside. Adopting more sustainable practices made little sense, since there were no farm-to-market roads that they could use to transport their produce. Ariel and his friends realized that they had to do more than just climb mountains, mountains that might not be there in a few years’ time.

BUNDol mountaineers ECOTREK

Alabel, Sarangani “Parang di kami masyado pinapansin. They don’t take us seriously. Ang reaction usually parang “who are they? Grupo ng mga tambay, ng mga adik.”- Ariel Lalisan ------“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time” is a guiding motto for responsible trekking often used by mountaineering groups, reminding them to leave the places they hike to as they found it. But a group of mountaineers in Poblacion Alabel, Sarangani is attempting to change this passive role of mountaineers to a more proactive one. BUNDOL Mountaineers, short for “Backpackers United for Defense of Life” evolved from a group of neighborhood friends who loved climbing mountains to an organization that brings together various mountaineering groups to intervene in and raise awareness about the issues of deforestation and the community living in the mountain areas. While a student taking his masters in physics, Ariel Lalisan learned of a group of neighborhood “tambays” who went mountain climbing regularly.They called themselves “Team Bundol Mountaineers,” because one of their friends was often teased as “Bundol,” which means “slow” or “awkward” in Hiligaynon. Some of them were out-of-school youth, the others young fathers, and were seen as good-for-nothings by their local neighborhood. Ariel’s interest in mountaineering, an interest he never had the leisure to pursue before, led him to contact the group and ask if he could join them in their next climb. Ariel’s climb with the group proved to be an eventful one. On their climb to Atnayan Falls, Ariel was already saddened by how bare and denuded the mountainside was when it started to rain, and after 30 minutes began to flood. After crossing to the other side of the falls, a deluge of water came rushing down onto the spot where they were standing seconds before.

Thus, the original EcoTrek was established as a direct response to the environmental degradation and lack of educational materials caused by the isolation of these sitios. Since mountaineers frequently go to remote and neglected places, Ariel and his friends thought that they could bring together several mountaineering groups to bring school supplies and help in reforestation efforts. In the first EcoTrek, more than 100 mountaineers trekked to Atnayan Waterfalls to bring books and school supplies, and planted about 150 seedlings. Even with the help of other mountaineers, Team BUNDOL knew that without the help of the local government, the schools, and the community, their efforts would be in vain. So the second EcoTrek was re-envisioned to have a larger scope, a more sustainable approach, and a deepening of the involvement of the communities, schools and local government. A plant nursery was established in the community near Atnayan Falls, to be maintained by the locals themselves. Team BUNDOL also added a community living near Basyawan Falls to their partner communities. A manifesto was also drafted and circulated to raise awareness about the issues plaguing the distant sitios, and outlined imperatives that everyone must do to protect the environment. Though Team BUNDOL Mountaineers quickly gained a good reputation among other outdoor enthusiast groups, they were still seen by most in their community as a group of tambays. “Parang di kami masyado pinapansin. They don’t take us seriously. Ang reaction usually parang “who are they? Grupo ng mga tambay, ng mga adik.” Ariel uttered.To him and the rest of Team BUNDOL Mountaineers, joining TAYO is an opportunity not only to raise awareness about their advocacies, but also to correct the image that leads to their group being easily dismissed. “Gusto ko ipakita na meron talaga kaming ginagawa. Eto yung mga “tambay” eto ang “mga walang kwentang bata”. Gusto namin i-prove na pwede kami makapagkatiwalaan ng mga tao.” Recognition as a Finalist in this year’s Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations and recipient of the Coke Barkada Award has certainly helped Team BUNDOL correct this misperception. 45

creativity of the youth and channel it towards promoting environmental issues to highlight the importance both of protecting Davao City’s watersheds and biodiversity.

watershed management youth council Inter-Barangay Tugtugan at Rampahan para sa Kalikasan Davao City

Believing that an environmental advocacy can manifest itself in different ways, the Watershed Management Youth Council began working towards ways to increase awareness about local environmental issues among the youth and creating more avenues for their participation. ----------The Watershed Management Youth Council of Davao City has gained a reputation as the protector of Davao City’s natural resources. In 1999, they stumbled upon a banana plantation in Mt. Apo, violating every stipulation in the National Integrated Protected Areas System, a violation that went was largely ignored by the public eye. After partnering with the Local Government and several Non-Government Organizations, the Watershed Management Youth Council successfully petitioned the removal of the plantation in July 2003. Clearly, as the Watershed Management Youth Council shows, the youth can and have played a crucial role in protecting the environment. But they realized that it was not enough for them to educate others about local environmental issuesthey can also empower the youth so that they themselves can educate others. Believing that an environmental advocacy can manifest itself in different ways, the Watershed Management Youth Council began working towards ways to increase awareness about local environmental issues among the youth and creating more avenues for their participation. So in 2013, the Watershed Management Youth Council established the Inter-Barangay Tugtugan at Rampahan para sa Kalikasan 2013, a band competition and fashion show that would harness the


The Inter-Barangay Tugtugan at Rampahan para sa Kalikasan 2013 is composed of two inter-barangay competitions: The “Recyclaband,” a song-writing and battle-of-the-bands competition where participants must create an original composition with an environmental protection theme, and the inter-barangay trash-to-style fashion competition, participants are tasked to create an eagle-inspired outfit. For both competitions, contestants were tasked only to use recycled materials, so the participants in Recyclaband contests had to play their songs using instruments made entirely out of recycled materials, and so too with the outfits for the fashion show. Participants were then tasked to find creative ways to approach recycling. The highlight of the Inter-Barangay Tugtugan at Rampahan para sa Kalikasan was its ability to reach out to the barangay level and turn their participation into concrete action. Winners of each competition were determined by a “Tree Vote” system, wherein the audience casts their vote by donating 15 pesos, the cost of a seedling. Watershed Youth Management Council Members and the winners of the Recyclaband competition will then use these funds for a tree planting program as the culmination of the entire activity. Eco-tours in the Philippine Eagle Center were also coordinated for public schools and youth in barangays to educate them further about the importance of biodiversity and the role of the Philippine Eagles in the ecosystem, and the Recyclaband competition has been replicated in by the Sangguniang Kabataan of some barangays. In the future, the Watershed Management Youth Council is looking to continue this project and are looking to establish other creative approaches that help them pursue their advocacies. They are looking, for example, to create sustainable livelihood projects that can come from recycling in various barangays. By not only drawing attention to local environmental issues, but also enlisting the talents of the youth to do the same, The Watershed Management Youth Council will continue to be Davao City’s environmental conscience.

Ateneo Sarong bangui junior eagles club TARPADYAK

Naga City, Camarines Sur With more tarpaulins to recycle and more padyaks that could use them, The Ateneo Sarong Bangui Junior Eagles Club plans to expand this project to include the padyaks of the remaining barangays in Naga City, and perhaps even the rest of the country. -------Tarpaulins are often used as promotional material for electoral campaigns, events or ads, and are favored because they are durable and relatively inexpensive. Unfortunately, it is for these same reasons that tarpaulins are becoming a problem: after their purpose has been served, they are rarely disposed of properly, and since tarpaulins are non-biodegradable, it could take as long as 500 years for them to naturally decompose. The Ateneo Sarong Bangui Junior Eagles Club of Ateneo de Naga University noticed that these tarpaulins would accumulate all over Naga City especially after election period. While thinking of a way to recycle them, they also noticed that the pedicabs or padyaks, a popular mode of transportation in Naga City, weren’t equipped to handle the extreme heat or rain of tropical weather. Oftentimes, padyak drivers would use sacks or cheap transparent plastic to cover their vehicles and protect their passengers. Immediately, the group realized there was a way to solve both problems, the first a problem of properly disposing a popular promotional material, the other of improving a popular mode of transportation, at once.

of the padyaks, and re-designed with Bikolano themed art to promote local culture. In this way, the tarpaulin’s durability and water-resistant properties can be put to good use again, and the padyak drivers and their passengers are given a means of protection from the sun or the rain. For the project, The Ateneo Sarong Bangui Junior Eagles Club collected used tarpaulins from various organizations, and also studied different ways of designing the tarpaulins to become protective covers for padyaks. The Tarpadyak members also recycled other materials, like steel bars. They collected from junk shops so that the covers could be rolled up and easily stored when not in use. They also tapped the Alternative Class Program of Ateneo de Naga University and Elihidos, a sociallyoriented organization of artists to paint bikolano themed art on the tarpaulins. Tarpadyak was implemented to two pedicab terminals in Naga City. Twenty padyaks, ten from Barangay Sta. Cruz and another ten from Queborac Drive, were the first beneficiaries of Tarpadyak. To promote a sense of ownership, padyak drivers were asked to pay ten pesos for each tarpaulin roll-up cover. And with more tarpaulins to recycle and more padyaks that could use them, The Ateneo Sarong Bangui Junior Eagles Club plans to expand this project to include the padyaks of the remaining barangays in Naga City, and perhaps even the rest of the country.

Tarpadyak is a community involvement project by the Ateneo Sarong Bangui Junior Eagles Club, wherein used tarpaulins are recycled into durable protective covers for pedicabs or padyaks in Naga City. The tarpaulins are cut to fit the shape 47

But where the TuGREENarao brochure truly shines is its children games and recommended family activities. In LAROnungan, children are given games like mazes, crossword puzzles, cryptograms and many others that require the guidance of their parents and elders to answer, thus involving the rest of the household in the environmental awareness campaign. In the Green Calendar section, a monthly calendar outlines everyday household tasks that promote responsibility for the environment, such as scheduling waste disposals, no paper or plastic day, recycling sessions, and so on.



Promoting everyday habits that can reduce our impact on the environment is often a headache for government agencies.Though they issue public advisories and information dissemination campaigns to educate and encourage a behavioral change, these are often ignored by the public. But in Tuguegarao City, the hottest city in the Philippines, and whose temperatures can only rise given the adverse effects of rapid urbanization, illegal logging and deforestation, an organization of Education Majors from St. Paul University of the Philippines are enlisting children to “Take the Lead and Stop the Heat”. Taking inspiration from Jollibee’s Jolly Town fun book, the Mentoring Association of Education Students in Touch for Real Opportunities or MAESTRO Club’s TuGREENarao Family Activity Fun Sheet is a monthly brochure given to third-grade students in 40 public and private elementary schools in Tuguegarao City, directed towards strengthening familial participation in environmental initiatives. But the brochure has become so popular that students would photocopy them and pass them around, and fourth and fifth grade teachers would use them as the basis for their students’ research projects.


“Normal na yung bata hindi sumunod sa matanda. Pero what’s not normal is kapag ang bata na nagsasabi ng tama at hindi gagawin ng matanda,” says John Kit Masigan, President of the MAESTRO Club and its representative to the TAYO Awards. Kit relates how parents would often approach him and say jokingly, “alam mo, nakaka-guilty yang brochure niyo, eh!” The TuGREENarao Family Activity Fun Sheet also dedicates two sections to recognizing the efforts of its readers.The kaLIKHAsan section serves as a recycling page of the fun sheet, where selected eco-artworks and recycling activities are published, with a detailed account of the materials, procedure and pictures of the process in accomplishing the recycling activity. But by far the most popular of all the sections is Bida Pamilya, which selects and features a family among their readers who initiated their own project out of a specific environmental advocacy. The section is composed of pictures of the family in action together with descriptions of their project, and has become so popular among their readership that MAESTRO Club members were often asked who they would feature next. Some families would often become mildly competitive, giving a humorously positive spin on keeping up with the neighbors. All this from a monthly publication that had only been published twice. And due to the large impact the TuGREENarao Family Activity Fun sheet had and the overwhelmingly positive feedback, there’s been a massive demand from the community to continue the project. In the near future, The MAESTRO Club plans to do this and more, by increasing circulation of the TuGREENarao Family Activity Fun sheet and complementing it with an online blog. “When we started this,” Kit says, “we never imagined that a child could lead the whole family, sila yung magturo sa family.” As an organization of Education Majors, the MAESTRO Club has done more than educate the youth, but empowered them to educate their families and their communities.

One explanation for TuGREENarao’s success where others have failed is its ability to make these initiatives accessible and locally relevant through their stories and news items, making environmental awareness something children would want to learn about. In the LiniSTORYa comic strip, for example, environmentally themed humorous conversations and jokes in Ibanag make environmental education not only comprehensible to children, but also fun. In the Balitang Bayan section, readers are updated about the environmental issues Tuguegarao faces, while Take the Lead Stop the Heat Tips section gives readers five tips in catchy lines practical ways to respond to them. 48









of selfies were took in that morning, foreshadowing what would be a very long day for the selfie generation. True enough, as the finalists were brought to Manila Ocean Park to be toured around one of the country’s largest collection of sea animals, the very first thing Mr. Ariel Lalisan of Team Bundol did when he stepped off the coaster was to take a selfie with the park’s map as a backdrop. The others took a photo of him taking a selfie, and followed suit afterwards.

“This has to be the loudest batch I have experienced!” comments Arnold Bautista—a staff of TAYO for almost four years—as the coaster runs home from a long day at the Philippine Senate. The 20 finalists, though tired, still had enough to throw their best jokes, taunts and laughs. 54


t didn’t start out that way though. On February 2, Sunday— the first day of the National Finals week of TAYO 11—as they gathered at the Conference room of Hotel Armada in the city of Manila, they were strangers to each other’s eyes. Labeled only by a tag stuck to their shirts, they were oblivious to what chemistry was in store for them. It began when Tobit Cruz, whose org won in TAYO 10, masterminded a plethora of activities that jumpstarted one of the closest bonds that TAYO has yet witnessed. The second day was merely a continuation of the growing friendship amongst the representatives as they were scheduled to spend their time with TAYO’s primary sponsor: Coca-Cola Philippines. The 20 youthful individuals were brought to the headquarters in Bonifacio Global City to be exposed to the Coca-Cola foundation and be trained by no less than Coke’s Vice President for Public Affairs, Atty. Adel Tamano. Hundreds

“Judgment day!” as they call it, couldn’t come faster as the organizations were now slated to present their stories to a panel of 15 judges in the Philippine Senate. Hearts were pounding hard for the presenters as they faced the panel composed of Senator Bam Aquino, all major Media companies, Sponsors, Foundations and Previous TAYO Winners. As with previous TAYO’s, each organization was given five minutes to present and 10 minutes to answer the judges’ questions. After the long day, they thought they would be having a good night’s rest only to find out that some of them had to attend media appointments as early as 6 a.m. and the rest would start at around 7:30 a.m. Most of the fourth day was spent running around TAYO’s media partners, as the finalists were interviewed by ABS-CBN, GMA News TV, Inquirer, Rappler, and TV 5. The best part however,

was after everyone had done their respective appointments, all of them went to a single room in the hotel to have a small gathering—a sight where one would think they’ve known each other for so long. They were noisy indeed, as three of them had bought various things to give to the entire group, others were busy chattering, the youngest of the group had shaved for the first time, and others busy posting on social media what had happened on that day. It was like family spending time on one random night. And after all that, their next day would be their last day together as the winners would then be named. The fifth day started out early, and busy as the representatives’ guests were hard pressed on coordinating where to meet on the grounds of the Malacanang Palace—the place where the Awarding of the winners of the 11th year of TAYO would be held. Everyone was, of course, very well dressed and eager to know the results which were kept a secret at the end of the third day. Hosts Georgina Nava, Chief of Staff of Senator Aquino, and Gio Tingson, NYC Commissioner led the program and gave the floor to Senator Aquino for his Opening Speech and Secretary Jose Almendras to represent the President and his speech. Giving the awards were the former and the latter, Ms. Aika Robredo as TAYO’s new President, Guillermo Aponte, CEO of Coke Philippines and former Senator Kiko Pangilinan. After the winners had been announced, Carla Cucueco gave her speech in behalf of TAYO 11’s batch entitled “The Selfie Generation” with JP Maunes beside her as a translator for the deaf. After this, the program came to a close, a few hundred selfies and photos were taken before the group went to Casa Roces for lunch. There, TAYO 11 officially ended giving way to TAYO 12. “This is only the beginning” says JP Maunes, as they bid each other farewell.





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urs is a generation that loves to selfie. Ours is a generation that can be written in 140 characters or less. Ours is a generation that looks forward to notifications. Admittedly, our generation breathes social media. The youth has been criticized for being too focused on the self rather than for others, coining the term, the me-generation. However, I disagree with this statement. Rather, I believe that it is through social media that one begins to understand the concept of a shared world, or the idea that our lives are interconnected in one way or another. We all live in one world. We share the same values, culture and sentiments. We share the same resources, space, and wealth. We share the same country, the Philippines. With recent events, the concept of a shared world has been more pronounced. If one person becomes too greedy with money, there will be those who will have less of it. If one person ignorantly throws his trash on the river, there will be those who will be harmed by it. What wrong decisions we choose now, inevitably harms the people around us. In our country, many have made wrong choices and now, many more suffer because of it. We are faced with multiple problems in each sector of society that some people have given up hope in addressing them. However, ours is a generation that was born at a time where these problems already existed. And ours is a generation that refuses to accept it. (READ: #TAYO11: Building the nation one youth organization at a time) In this room, my fellow youth have made great strides in addressing decade-old problems. The idealism that flows in

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: our veins is what drives us to carry out our advocacies. In each of our hearts is the dream of a better Philippines In this shared world, we realize that we can provide the answers to these problems. When faced with the lack of hospitals, we provide medical missions and free operations. With the lack of proper education, we provide assistance and mentorship. In facing discrimination against the marginalized, we provide guidance and aid. With the inadequacy of jobs in the provinces, we provide livelihood workshops. With the depletion of the environment, we harness support from the community. In facing the poor education on disaster preparedness, we organize trainings. In the absence of upholding children’s rights, we show concern and compassion. (See the full TAYO 11 winners here.) Although the past has seen wrong choices made, the present are making right ones. The youth, fully understanding the concept of a shared world, are inflicting positive change. From the wrong choices made by others, we bank on these failures to provide solutions and build this nation. Although easier said than done, the motivation comes from the heart. With efforts like these coming from the youth, then a better Philippines is a dream not too far off from reality. With my fellow finalists as testaments, let me rephrase my opening statement, ours is a generation that selfies with the community to tell their stories to others. Ours is a generation that writes project updates in 140 characters or less to encourage the people to join in our efforts and ours is a generation that awaits notifications from new partners and members. I refuse to call this generation a me-generation but indulge me in changing it, as proven by the youth in this room today, in calling it a we-generation, or rather, a TAYO-generation, because ours is a generation that innovates and finds solutions for the welfare of this shared world, for the welfare of our country, the Philippines. –

Q. Do we have to be an established organization to join TAYO? A. An organization has to be in existence for at least 6 months before it vies for a TAYO award. TAYO has a very flexible view on youth organizations. You don’t have to be a school organization or part of a national organization to join. Even barkadas with established projects that are known in a community can enter the TAYO Awards search. Q. Can I enter my project proposal for the TAYO Awards? A. Project entries for the TAYO Awards should already be implemented or is currently being implemented. The fast rule is this: one of the criteria is Impact. To measure impact, we will need to know the number of beneficiaries and the number of times you implemented the project. If your project doesn’t have beneficiaries yet, or you have not yet implemented the project, we will not be able to gauge its impact. Q. How do I become part of the TAYO organization? A. Though we value your personal interest to be an active partner of TAYO, the secretariat and organizers itself is not an organization. You also have to be part of an organization to submit an entry to the TAYO Search. Q. How do I get the TAYO Entry form? A. You can download the entry form at the TAYO Awards Foundation website ( or at the National Youth Commission website ( We also mail out application forms, posters and magazines to schools and organizations that joined TAYO previously. Several government agencies (Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Social Welfare and Development, etc.) receive our requests for help in disseminating information about TAYO. Q. Where do I send my entry form and requirements? A. We are trying to maintain a paperless operation for our selection process. We are encouraging youth organizations to enter the search instead online and mail other requirements to tayo12entry We hope that you will be able to send your entry form and requirements as attachments in one e-mail only. If it would be more convenient for you to send your application by mail, both the TAYO Awards Foundation and the National Youth Commission have secretariats who can process your entry.


Mail your entries to one of these offices: TAYO AWARDS FOUNDATION 2602-C East Tower Philippine Stock Exchange Center Exchange Road, Ortigas Center Pasig City NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION 4th Floor Bookman Building #373 Quezon Avenue Quezon City Q. What will give our organization an edge in the search? A. We noticed that a lot of youth organizations lack documentation skills to illustrate the strengths of their projects. Most photos will be group shots of ceremonies or members. Our judges will appreciate images of your organization in action of implementing your project. Your project brief also says a lot about the organization and the project. Make every answer to the point, and name actual statistics if you have them. Q. What kind of projects gets recognized at the TAYO Awards? A. Usually, TAYO Award-winning organizations fall into one or a combination of these categories: Sining (Arts); Kalikasan (Environment); Teknolohiya (Technology); Kabuhayan (Livelihood/Entrepreneurship); Edukasyon (Education); Kalusugan (Health); Kaligtasan (Safety/Rescue Services); Pagkalinga (Social Services); Kabutihang-asal (Values); and Kultura (Culture or Traditional Arts). Q. If I already registered online, do I still need to send hard copies? A. No. In TAYO, the less paper the better. If you finished your online registration, we will be in contact with you if your entry is deemed valid, complete, and after it passes through the Area Screening Phase.


TAYO SPECIAL AWARDS 1.) COKE BARKADA AWARD Given to the youth organization that best embodies togetherness while making a positive change in the community. Team BUNDOL Mountaineers Alabel, Sarangani Represented by Ariel C. Lalisan, President

6.) THE ROCK ED ALEXIS TIOSECO CREATIVE TEACHING AWARD Given to the youth organization who have used the arts to enlighten the public about their cause. RAPID, Inc. Cebu City Representated by Rafael T. Enriquez Jr., Executive Commanding Director

••• 2.) PROJECT SMART AWARD Given to the organization who presented initiatives that enabled their beneficiaries to “Live More”.


University of San Carlos-Pathways Mandaue City, Cebu Represented by Kevin S. Colina, Immediate Past President

A non-stock, non-profit organization, which aims to promote the convergence of stakeholders and policies for effective national and local governance. It facilitates dialogues and discussions among government and private sector leaders on current issues and concerns of the youth. TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. maintains active communication and networking with past and current finalists and winners, and all participants in TAYO undertakings. It also engages in post-awarding activities that focus on continued capability-building.

••• 3.) JOLLIBEE BEE-DA AWARD Given to the organization who are Bee-da in their community. MAESTRO Club Tuguegarao City Represented by John Kit S. Masigan, President ••• 4.) THE JESSE ROBREDO YOUTH IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE AWARD Given to the organization that exemplifies youth in partnership with their local government in effecting positive change in their communities. Gualandi Volunteer Service Program, Inc. Cebu City Represented by John Paul E. Maunes, Executive Director ••• 5.) THE ROCK ED HECKY VILLANUEVA AWARD Given to the youth organization that has pushed the cause of environmental protection in the most creative way. Watershed Management Youth Council Davao City Represented by Daniel J. Mediante, Treasurer

TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc.

Office of Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino The youngest senator of the 16th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines is also the former TAYO President from 2006-2013. A multi-awarded youth leader and social entrepreneur before being elected into the Senate, Senator Aquino is also the Philippines’s first social entrepreneur-senator. His office is now co-organizing the yearly search for the most outstanding youth organizations in the Philippines. Sen. Bam has dedicated his entire career to empowering the youth and the poor, helping thousands of Filipinos improve their lives through access to opportunities and crucial support systems. National Youth Commission The National Youth Commission (NYC) is the premier youth policy-making body of the Philippine government. Providing a perspective and enthusiasm akin to the Filipino youth, the NYC represents the interests of the Filipino youth in affairs of government. Apart from this mandate, the NYC aims to celebrate youth volunteerism and best practices sharing and for this reason, it is one of the institutions who have long spearheaded the TAYO search since year one.




acknowledgments ORGANIZERS

TAYO PRESENTOR Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines In November 1986, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines was established in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the bottling of the Coca-Cola in the country.The Foundation’s mission is: “To refresh the communities we touch through programs that provide Filipino youth the opportunity to become self-reliant, creative and productive citizens with the drive to excel.” Coca-Cola’s partnership with TAYO began in 2005 through a special award dubbed as “Coke Barkada”, an award given to the youth organization that best embodies togetherness while making a positive change in the community. Since then, the Foundation’s commitment to youth empowerment grew ever stronger as it continues to support TAYO and its innovations year after year. Other collaborations between TAYO and Coca-Cola Foundation include the Coke Planet Project and the TAYO Leadership Training.

TAYO 11 SEARCH PARTNERS SMART Communications Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is the Philippines’ leading wireless services provider. They believe in the convergence of people and in making a real difference for Filipinos. As a responsible corporate citizen, SMART is committed in strengthening community service initiatives on various fronts. Their approach –- closely involving our partner communities in the implementation of various programs, emphasizing sustainability, tapping partners to help other partners, and integrating programs and projects in the mandates of different business units of the company. Jollibee Jollibee, as the country’s leading fast food chain in the country, credits its rapid growth to its superior menu line-up, creative marketing programs, and efficient manufacturing and logistics facilities.As a corporate citizen, Jollibee is committed to give back to its host communities through meaningful and lasting socio-civic projects.



Philippine Airlines (PAL) began life with a noble mission: to serve as a partner in nation-building. With this in mind, PAL took to the skies on 15 March 1941, using a Beech Model 18 aircraft amid the specter of a global war. It became Asia’s first airline. Since then, PAL deeply involved itself in shaping the course of historic events. With its every takeoff and touchdown, PAL planted the seed of growth. PAL has become one of the most respected airlines around the world with a young and modern fleet of aircraft and a route network that spans 31 foreign cities and 29 domestic points. Lenovo Lenovo is a multi-billion personal technology company serving customers in more than 160 countries, and the world’s third-largest PC vendor. Lenovo’s business is built on customer care, trust & integrity, teamwork, and, innovation & entrepreneurial spirit. As such, Lenovo integrates these core values into every aspect of business and into policies and procedures in areas of quality and safety for products, employee welfare, global supply chain management, ethical corporate behavior, social investments, and environmental affairs. Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation PAGCOR is a hundred percent government-owned and controlled corporation created to regulate, authorize and license all games of chance authorized by law in the Philippines, generate revenues for the Philippine Government’s sociocivic and national development programs, and help promote the Philippine tourism industry.

TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. Rollie Fabi, Chairman *Jose Sixto “Dingdong” G. Dantes III (incoming Chairman) Mike Sicat, Co-Chairman Aika Robredo, President Luigi De Vera, Program Director Grekka Sarmiento, Program Officer John Hernan Bolipata, Program Officer Mary Grace Palpallatoc, Admin & Finance Officer Arnold Bautista, Support Staff Erwin David, Support Staff Ernesto Sunga, Jr., Support Staff National Youth Commission NYC Officials Chairman Leon G. Flores III, CESE Comm. Percival V. Cendaña (TAYO 11 NOC Chairman) Comm. Jose Rafael S. Cruz Comm. Gregorio Ramon A. Tingson Comm. Erwin C. Andaya Comm. Earl P. Saavedra Exec. Director Shierwin H. Taay NYC Staff Marielou Chua Cristabeth Madrigal Maria Regina Reburiano Krishna Belle Meniado Dennis Mendoza Marlo Enriquez Maricor Anne Cauton Eric Ramos Erica Borja Augusto Daquioag Lorenzo Oscar Ebalo Ernest Lucas Julianne Andrada Christian Jay Millena Rosalina Madamba Julivy Sucelle Demecillo Maritess Ramos Marvin Glenn Fernandez Joseph Benjamin Angeles Jonahkriza Aglupus Israel Bulandos Yza Rivero Rebecca Mondejar Anife Dechavez Arlene Prepotente Carmela Cruz Ali Tedding Kevin Sanchez Ann Nicoldette Dinaga Dioscoro Gallardo Danilo Fermin Armando Angeles, Jr.

Rhenelyn Queen Dadulo Raymond Domingo Evanesa Pasamba Julius Gutierrez Nydia Delfin Maria Charito Carag Salma Jayne Tamano Sheridan Gajete Maureen Niar Evangeline Olandag Baibonn Sangid Elsa Magdaleno Ariane Coronel Warlyn Tambio Katrina Cheryl Ruiz Marlon Gabi Ella Soliman Carmela Valenzuela John Dave Villaluz Trence Santiago Desiree Rivera Juvy Banzuela Rovi-ann Rocutan Valerie Vallera Janice De Leon Bernadette Fanco Ryan Floro Ferdie Galope John Carlo Salvador The staff and trainees from the Admin, RYDD, PRMED and SMD Office of Senator Bam Aquino Georgina P. Nava Katherine Purugganan Liza Castaneda Lea dela Cruz Roshelle Ferrancullo Aida Javier Niccolo Atos Saira Ferrer Maritoni Alvarez John Paramio Vina Vargas Rachel Gillego Julie Tancio Ariel Penarendondo Senate Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms Senate Office of the Director for Maintenance and General Services Bureau

TAYO SEARCH Area Screening Luzon Lea D. Casamayor, SM Supermalls Carl Irvine Labitigan, 40th SSEAYP

Mark Roy Boado, R-II Builders Group of Companies Esperanza Recheta, STI Education Services Group, Inc. Gretchen Alaurin, Children International NCR Gabriel “Heart” Diño, Student Council Alliance of the Philippines Christian Jay Millena, NYC Lord Leomer Pomperada, 40th SSEAYP Maria Pamela Tendero, San Beda College Herald Villarca, Barangay Councilor Visayas June Vincent Manuel Gaudan, 858 Mega Properties, Inc. Gibby Gorres, NAPC-Youth Sector Mary Shinn Ramos, Kabataan Liberal Randell Aranza, BPI Asset Management Rio Carl Miguel, National Agribusiness Corporation Mindanao Khasmin Ismael, Health Organization for Mindanao Aradelia Bellen, Anak Mindanao Party List Aliasgar Pangsayan, Institute of Islamic Studies, UP Diliman Validators Luzon Corinna Hope Maranan Marc Gleane C. De Ramos Nydia Paladan-Delfin Jun Angeles Edeline Anne Dondonilla Visayas John Panes Brenfred Romero Rex Villavelez Julie Ann Guiron Leanne Marie Torrato Arleigh Oracion Mindanao Marie Alexis Baldia Jeffrel Hermias April Anne Caspillo Rowell Lumangtad Jan Adrian Bombeo Ryan Jay Ramos Karl Mike Tabingo Claide Kenneth Saludar Lyka Divinagracia 61

NCR Ray Thomas Kabigting Grekka Sarmiento James De Vera Luigi De Vera

Marc Castrodes, PTV 4 Gang Badoy, RockEd Philippines Priscilla Marie Abante, 5th District of Manila Jason Sibug, TAYO 3 alumnus

Area Finals NCR Jose Rafael Cruz, NYC Ting Cabalza, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines Pam De Leon, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines Christopher Lawrence Arnuco, ZCSEZA Tobit Cruz (Teambuilding Facilitator)


Luzon Shierwin Taay, NYC Aileen De Leon, Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines Niña Escaño, SMART Raphael Resuello, Cordilleran Youth Leader Visayas Earl Saavedra, NYC Ronald Cayanong, Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines Nora Navarro, SMART Ainjeliz Dela Torre-Orong, Local Media Frances Nicole Balao, SK Federation Rex Villavelez (Teambuilding Facilitator) Mindanao Jose Rafael Cruz, NYC Joanne Caspillo, Coca-Cola Commercial Unit Steve Lawrence Arquiza, MTRCB Claide Kinneth Saludar (Teambuilding Facilitator) Luzon Area Finals Sponsorships Jason Balag-ey Anthony de Leon Baguio Country Club Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio National Finals Judges Senator Bam Aquino Aika Robredo, TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. Leon Flores III, National Youth Commission Adel Tamano, Coca-Cola Export Stephanie Orlino, Smart Communications Augusto Carpio III, Aboitiz Foundation Chris Morris, Asian Development Bank Jing Castaneda, ABS-CBN Nonong Velasco, Gawad Kalinga Sandra Aguinaldo, GMA News & Public Affairs Cherie Mercado, TV5 Zak Yuson, Rappler 62

Coca-Cola Foundation Cecile Alcantara, President Ma. Christina Cabalza,Youth Programs Manager Pam De Leon, Communications Program Officer SMART Communications Ramon R. Isberto, Public Affairs Group Head, PLDT & Smart Darwin F. Flores, Public Affairs Senior Manager Sally F. Aldaba, Public Affairs Senior Manager Stephanie V. Orlino, Public Affairs Manager Novaleeh C. Concepcion, Public Affairs Manager Michelle L. Bayhonan, Public Affairs Officer Manny San Lorenzo, Public Affairs Officer Elaine Alanguilan, Public Affairs Officer Marissa P. Mercado, Public Affairs Officer Deivid R. Rioferio, Public Affairs Officer May Marquez, Investor Relations Officer Verna Robles, Marketing Events

Philippine Daily Inquirer Philippine Star Manila Bulletin SunStar Bombo Radyo Manila Broadcasting Corporation Jam 88.3 DZBB DZXL – RMN Manila Radyo Singko Radyo Inquirer DZRB Radyo ng Bayan Tricia Aquino

SPECIAL THANKS TO Office of the President, Malacanang, Manila Office of the Executive Secretary Office of the Secretary to the Cabinet Presidential Management Staff Office of Presidential Protocol Internal House Affairs Office Presidential Security Group Mr. Ebe Dancel The Learning Tree Angklung Ensemble Prof. Anna Francisca Castaneda-Lacanilao Ms Tricia F. Castrodes Chowking La Consolacion College, Manila

Jollibee Harvey Ong,Vice President for Marketing Arline B. Adeva, Senior PR Manager Rielle De Jesus Ardent Jasmin Cagsawa, Ardent Senior Accounts Manager Liz Martin, Ardent Accounts Executive PAGCOR Cristino Naguiat, Jr., Chairmand and CEO Jorge Sarmiento, President Ma. Christina Elauria, Corporate Events and Promotions

MEDIA PARTNERS/ CONTACTS Philippine Information Agency (PIA) ABS CBN GMA News Interaksyon Solar News Mornings@ANC Maria Ressa and Voltaire Tupaz, Maria Irene Aserios, 63


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