Operation Compassion launches food program for Pablo victims-A A +A
Thursday, April 4, 2013
BP OPERATION Compassion Int'l. Inc. (OC), a non-government organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and licensed to operate by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), has continued to strengthen its assistance to the victims of typhoon Pablo through the implementation of its food security program in New Bataan, Compostela Valley.
Together with the Department of Agriculture (DA), the local government units of New Bataan and the Province of Compostela Valley, the Independent Baptist Church of the Philippines (IBCP) and a NCR-based congregation, Victory Christian Fellowship, OC will be using the same program used by Gawad Kalinga and conceptualized by Dr. Aidz Adalla of the UP College of Agriculture.
"The program aims to provide the families with the ability to eradicate hunger by growing vegetables in their backyard all year round using a sequence of planting that does not deplete the soil. The program also encourages organic farming and values-formation and is just the pre-requisite for the second stage of the program, which is a livelihood project for the groups involving small-scale farming," explained Ciel Habito, chair of BP Operation Compassion Int'l.
Operation Compassion has started implementing the program in four temporary shelters. These are the IBCP Compound with 20 families, the DSWD Temporary Shelter site with 72 families, the Brgy. Andap "A" site with 72 sets of families and the Barangay Andap "B" site with 65 families belonging to the Mandaya indigenous people group.
To date, those in the IBCP and DSWD shelters have already cleared their communal gardening sites and each of the families involved now have their own plots measuring one-meter by 10-meters.
The shelter sites in brgy. Andap are yet to be cleared due to the rocky ground. Farm tools and seeds provided by the DA, OC and the New Bataan Mayor's office will be distributed.
Among the victims of Typhoon Pablo in 2012, OC has chosen the municipality of New Bataan for its holistic community development program. Moreover, figures provided by the office of the Mayor of New Bataan reveal that there were 2,260 shelters totally damaged by the typhoon in the area and 6,013 shelters partially damaged.
Operation Compassion is committed in establishing progressive and empowered families and communities. The organization partners with communities and other groups in extending emergency relief, holistic community development and protection of women and children in marginalized and vulnerable sectors of society.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 04, 2013.