TABANG BIKOL was set up in the aftermath of the TYPHOON NINA in December 2016 Christmas day. Immediately after it convened, Tabang Bikol carried out its mandate of addressing the shelter need of the disasters survivors by launching a fund raising drive for donation of YERO PAKO (roofing and nails) while pushing the government to provide for funds for emergency shelter assistance. Tabang Yolanda – Samar Leyte was the precursor of Tabang BIkol. After the initial provision of yero pako, TABANG Bikol pursued the path of monitoring, and service provision to help build resilient and sustainable communities by going back to nature and develop agri-based Filipino industries for self-reliance and Sustainable growth like growing natural health plants for disaster mitigation, health and socio-economic projects for self reliance and people centered development.
- To extend welfare and development assistance in coordination with other stakeholders and agencies like government, especially the DSWD and LGUs as well as non-government social welfare and development agencies to victims and Survivors of Supertyphoon Nina in most affected provinces of Bikol Region.
- To help organize People’s organization (Pos) of disaster survivors (PODIS) and raise their capacity to cope and deal with disaster towards people-centered development goals.
- Promote the HEAL (Health, Education and Livelihood) concept of assistance for the displaced families to become resilient and self-reliant communities.
- Help raise awareness for people centered development and train/organize effective PODIS educators and facilitators /implementors for various programs and projects
Tabang Bikol with MOA forged with DSWD agreed to help disaster survivors in terms of helping, monitoring, evaluating and developing the Government Regional Agency’s Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) in the Bikol Region, namely Camarines Sur, Albay and Catanduanes.
For ESA implementation, Tabang Bikol will conduct independent monitoring to help improve social services for social protection through the MOA with the DSWD Region 5 by way of designing a monitoring and assistance mechanism for the equitable allocation and distribution of the ESA and mobilize its volunteers and experts for the monitoring system in areas(Barangays, Municipalities, Provinces) where its services are available in close coordination with DSWD/MSWD, LGU and NGOs/People’s Organization at the local level.
In pursuit of transparent and accountable monitoring, the PODIS (People’s Organization of Disaster Survivors) as organized in the affected barangays shall serve as effective monitors and consequently as catalysts for development in the Barangay.
Tabang Bikol network of volunteer experts to provide people empowerment mechanisms by helping organize and capacitate the People’s Organization for Disasters Survivors (PODIS) whose members are recipients of the DSWD ESA and thus help transform them to become active participants in the various DSWD funded programs that help reduce or alleviate poverty.
It has launched several education-training seminars on organic farming, vegetarian -plant based cooking, leadership skills since its inception in 2016. The first town wide PODIS organizing was done in Canaman, Camarines Sur.
Providing support for marketing of locally produced goods is JaimEliza Inc a homegrown company registered with SEC as a marketing and foods and supply provider to promote local and healthy products produced by the communities and families aspiring to be good entrepreneurs and producers.
Current Board of Directors: Evita Jimenez, Chair; Jorge Palma, Vice Chair; Secretary – Atty Solano, Secretary; Dr Jesse ALbeus;, Treasurer and Santi Cervantes – Auditor. Other members ate: Dra Susan Balingit, Mr Pepe Obias, MS Luz Sebero, Mr Vic Rubio and Mr Jun Ingles.
What is Balikasan?
As agreed in the organizational meeting of Tabang Bikol in January 2017 among its first conveners, BALIKASAN or Balik Sa Kalikasan is an integrated response to problems of natural disaster. Studies show that 65% of the inflicted damage by typhoons is caused by neglect of environment, weak shelter materials and lack of a comprehensive planning for resiliency and sustainability at the community level. Immediate goal is to recover from the loss caused by typhoon Nina and end goal is to work towards sustainable and resilient communities through agriculture-based livelihood for industrialization.
BALIKASAN urges the people to GO BACK to NATURE by nurturing and harnessing the natural sources of healthy food and energy – the land, air and water – and resist destructive elements and activities that harm rather than benefit man and the environment. Ways to go are by going back to organic planting, growing and farming for sustainable, safe and resilient communities. By doing so, we help develop not deplete our natural resources, help reduce or mitigate disaster and create mechanisms towards building the blocks for people centered development like agriculture-based or plant-based industry for every barangay. BALIKASAN is anchored on the premise that the people have greater access to their land and opportunities for support which should be readily available to realize the vast potentials of the agriculture-based industry in the rural areas.
Mechanism and Indicators: PAGHERAS (sharing)
PAGHERAS (Bikol word for SHARE). Pagheras works towards building partnerships and networks to share resources – plants, organic materials like land and livestock, technology, knowledge, expertise, building and start up materials and facilities, etc to evolve an integrated approach to building up resiliency and sustainability of plans, projects and activities as community response to disaster. The people cannot recover and re-build without organizing themselves and forging effective partnerships and networks to reach their goals. Awareness building of Pagheras for BALIKASAN should be integrated and inclusive, participated by children, youth, women and men in the communities with partners and networks working together.
TABANG BIKOL Pagheras with Partners
Taniman Bayan among disaster survivors of Typhoon Nina in pilot areas is TABANG Bikol’s way to share knowledge, resources and networks with the disaster survivors being organized as people’s organizations of disaster survivors (PODIS) to promote BALIKASAN. Part 1 was held last December 2017 with distribution to disaster survivors from 24 barangays of Canaman, Camarines Sur of cacao, kalamansi, papaya, lemongrass plants and seedlings. Part 2 Citronella Taniman Bayan was held last May 29, 2018 with 300,000 citronella tubers given away to families and other organizations for planting and propagation among disaster survivors in the barangays in Canaman, pilot area and 15 other towns in Camarines Sur and Naga City. Citronella is best grown in communities along roadsides, riversides, idle lands and residences to help fend off mosquitoes prevalent in the communities and for resiliency. Pagheras sa Taninam Bayan has been expanded to include other towns in Camarines Sur. Access to high value plants is with the support of the Department of Agriculture region 5. DSWD is providing or sharing resources related to PAGHERAS 1 and 2 with plan to help build livelihood facility from 1 and 2 outputs and social mobilization through Tabang Bikol’s social services committee and education/program initiatives as provided for in their signed MOA.