SIBAT and Global Giving Act As Covid-19 Reaches the Cordilleras

SIBAT and Global Giving, a crowdfunding platform and long time partner of SIBAT distributed the second batch of 250 embroidered facemasks vitamins and alcohol to the elderly, women and children coming from five barangays in Abra and Kalinga. This is definitely not enough but is just a fraction of the supply needed to help ward off the infections and preventing it from spreading to other barangays and communities. It is hoped this could at least augment government supply for the communities.

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Indigenous Communities Trained for MHP Operation and Maintenance

Sixty (60) select indigenous men and women representing 10 barangays in Abra went through an intensive two-day Microhydro Operations and Maintenance Training conducted by SIBAT last March 25-26 in Tubo Abra. The trainees were chosen by their respective communities based on their interest and willingness to do the job. Those who commit for the training should have no plan of leaving the community in the next two years. This is to equip local partners with at least the basic technical know how in operating and maintaining their michrohydro systems to lessen downtimes and breakdowns.

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APFSD8 : Appropriate Technology Choice for Alternative Development of Asian Countries – Toward A Sustainable Post-Pandemic Society

In this event, in order to accelerate action and transformation for the attainment of SDGs, “A Comprehensive Framework on Appropriate Technology Choice for Sustainable Development” will be proposed, along with concrete examples of appropriate technology choice based on practices in Indonesia and the Philippines. The framework can lead to the sustainable and resilient post-pandemic society, where basic needs such as water, foods and electricity are supplied locally and self-sufficiently, participatory small to medium scale local industries are developed, and local people associate and exchange widely and inter-locally.

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