Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Project Mid-Term Assessment to PACAP funded projects in Lake Mainit FOCAS

The Lake Mainit Focal Community Assistance Scheme (FOCAS) Management Committee conducted the Project Mid-Term Assessment to four PACAP funded projects in Mainit, Sison Tubod and Santiago. The purpose of the activity is to evaluate the measure of project attainment vis-à-vis with the project design and milestone activities and to assess the collaboration efforts of the major partner stakeholders of the project. The activity conducted to the Mainit Community Based Resource Management Initiative (Mainit-CBRMI) on July 13 at Mainit, Surigao del Norte; to Sison Upland Resource Management Project (SUREP) on July 18 at Sison, Surigao del Norte; to Enhancing Upland and Lowland Farming Systems and Strengthening Local Organizations (EFASS) on July 19 at Tubod, Surigao del Norte; and to Enhancing and Protecting and Agroforestry Area thru Abaca Fiber Production on July 20 at Santiago, Agusan del Norte.

Courtesy meeting with the LGU especially the newly elected officials; actual field visits to project areas; and focus group discussions with the partner proponent NGOs and direct beneficiaries were the major significant parts of the project assessment.

Associate for Integral Development (AID) Foundation has been implementing the Mainit-CBRMI which has three assisted barangays in Mainit like Tapian, Tagbuyawan and Dayano. Recently, the project has already dispersed livestock like hogs and goats to the beneficiaries. Communal and individual agroforestry farm have been maintained by the assisted beneficiaries.

Likewise the Agroforestry projects of SUREP have been properly maintained by the individual beneficiaries. The Caraga Consortium for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development (CCEPSD) implements the SUREP.

Capability building trainings related to sustainable agriculture and to community planning; production of Nature Farming Technology System organic fertilizers and fermentations; and income generating activities of the beneficiaries are some of the major project interventions of EFASS. The ALTERDEV Services Foundation, Inc. is the project proponent of EFASS.

San Isidro Upland Farmer Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO) has just started implementing the Enhancing and Protecting and Agroforestry Area thru Abaca Fiber Production last March 2007. SIUFMULCO has able to conduct relevant trainings; established abaca nursery; and purchased desktop computer and vehicle truck for the project. (By: Johny S. Natad)

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