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The Partnership for Development Assistance in the Philippines Inc (formerly known as Philippine Development Assistance Programme, Inc.), started as a consortium of Filipino and Canadian non-government organizations (NGOs). It was founded in 1986 as a non-stock, non-profit organization, to become an effective instrument in reducing poverty and inequity in the Philippines. PDAP prides itself in having 6 member networks with more than 300 community-based members and partner NGOs. PDAP has distinguished itself in promoting and developing rural enterprises for poverty reduction and as a tool in promoting peace in conflict-affected areas.

News and Events


In the recently-held Board of Trustees Meeting of the Partnership for Development Assistance in the Philippines Inc. (PDAP), Ms. Sandra Camesa, the new official representative of the National Council of Social Development (NCSD), was elected Trustee.  She replaced Dr. Juliet K. Bucoy who completed her term as NCSD representative.  Ms. Camesa was likewise appointed as a member of the Programs and Financial Services Committee.

In the same meeting, Fr. Francis Lucas of the Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC) was elected Chairperson vice Dr. Bucoy.  He was succeeded by Mr. Rafael Lopa of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) as Corporate Secretary.  Mr. Wilfredo Homicillada of the Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA) and Ms. Florinda Lacanlalay of the Assisi Development Foundation remained as PDAP’s Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer, respectively.

The Board of Trustees also created the Resource Mobilization and Investments Committee and the Programs and Financial Services Committee. Ms. Lacanlalay chairs the Resource Mobilization and Investments Committee with Fr. Francis and Mr. Daniel Urquico (Trustee) as members.  The Programs and Financial Services Committee will be chaired by Mr. Homicillada with Mr. Lopa and Ms. Sandra Camesa (Trustee) as members.


CODESPA-Madrid Representatives and new Country Manager Visit SEAWEED Project

Ms. Ines Vasquez and Ms. Beatriz Martin, outgoing and incoming Philippine Operations Head of CODESPA in Madrid, respectively, along with Mr. Angel Gomez, new CODESPA Country Manager for the Philippines, recently visited the SEAWEED Project sites in Lianga and Barobo, Surigao del Sur.  They were joined by PDAP Executive Director Gil T. Salazar and Programs Manager Restie Male. The group held separate focused group discussions with the members of PDAP PO partners, namely; Kaliwatan sa EsCon ng mga Mag-uuma ng Mangingisda Kahugpungan alang sa Kalambuan (KEMMAKK), Kinayan Community Based resource Management People’s Organization (KCBRMPO) and Dapdap Fishermen Organization (DAFO).  They also made an ocular inspection of the seaweed nursery of KEMMAKK.

The CODESPA visit included a workshop attended by the CODESPA and PDAP representatives to craft the project plan of action for the remaining nine (9) months of project implementation.


PDAP elects new Board of Trustees, Officers

In the recently held Annual Membership Meeting (AMM) of the Partnership for Development Assistance in the Philippines Inc. (PDAP), the following were elected to the Board of Trustees:

  • Ms. Juliet Bucoy – National Council for Social Development (NCSD);
  • Mr. Wilfredo Homicillada - Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA);
  • Ms. Florinda Lacanlalay – Assisi Development Foundation, Inc. (ADFI);
  • Mr. Rafael Lopa – Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP);
  • Fr. Francis Lucas – Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC); and
  • Mr. Daniel Urquico - Association of Foundations (AF).

In the Organizational Board Meeting held after the AMM, a new set of PDAP officers were elected namely, Ms. Juliet Bucoy as Chairperson, Mr. Wilfredo Homicillada as Vice Chairperson, Ms. Florinda Lacanlalay as Treasurer, and Fr. Francis Lucas as Secretary.


Siltation affects seaweed farmers in Surigao del Sur

Photos above shows small-scale miners manually extracting gold at the river bank which drains its waters to the bay.

Cropping season for seaweeds in Surigao del Sur was cut short in the first quarter due to soil siltation caused by illegal small-scale mining activities in the coastal barangays of Barobo and Lianga. These small-scale mining activities employ soil flushing wherein miners use water pumps to flush gold from the soil resulting in siltation.  Soil sediments are then carried by waste water to the coastal areas causing growth stagnation and eventual decay of seaweed plants.  In effect, seaweeds production in the area declined.

Seaweed farmers in Surigao del Sur specifically those in Liatimco in the Municipality of Lianga and in some barangays of Barobo were greatly affected.  Based on the assessment made by PDAP and the local government unit, estimated damage reached Php679,000 affecting 78 seaweed farmers from six (6) of the PDAP PO partners. Because of this, farmers stopped planting seaweeds and instead tried other means of livelihood like fish peddling and gold panning as well as to apply as skilled workers.

In response, the PDAP Seaweed Project Technical Working Group (TWG) submitted a resolution/position paper to the local government units (LGUs) of Lianga and Barobo.  It urges the LGUs to immediately stop flushing along the coastal areas or areas that channel waste to the bay and the immediate relocation of the small scale mining operations to areas where waste water could no longer affect Lianga Bay.  The same resolution/position paper was submitted to NEDA on May 22, 2013 and was subsequently endorsed to the Regional Development Council Economic Development Committee (RDC-EDC).

The RDC-EDC technical working group met last June 4, 2013 at the NEDA Conference Hall in Butuan City to discuss and address the issue. The group came up with recommendations which were submitted for consideration in the RDC-EDC Full Council Meeting held last June 20, 2013 at the Provincial Governor’s Office, Provincial Capitol, Tandag City. In the full council meeting, an RDC-EDC resolution was passed enjoining all LGUs and mining companies to adopt filtering technology (i.e. bio-logs to address heavy siltation of rivers and creeks brought about by mining activities).  Also, Provincial Governor Johnny Pimentel informed the committee that a cease and desist order to stop all illegal mining activities has been issued. PO representatives were tasked to monitor its enforcement and provide feedback to the office of the Mayor of Barobo.


PDAP starts pre-deployment of PBSP business advisers for SEAWEED Project

As part of the SEAWEED Project, volunteer business advisers from the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) were pre-deployed last February 20-27, 2013 to conduct site assessment and meet with PDAP partner POs in Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte.  The advisers discussed with the POs the scope and approaches of the business advisory program.  The advisers will be deployed for the next 12 months to provide capacity building through coaching/mentoring to improve the POs organizational and enterprise performance.

The shift in the manner of providing capacity building intervention was a result of the performance capacity index (PCI) assessment last July 2012 and recognition that though the POs are mostly at the start-up stage, they do have different needs.  By engaging the expertise of PBSP in business advising, participating POs will be provided with learning experience which will help in addressing their organizational and enterprise development needs.



PO Partners attend National Seaweed Convention 2012

Seven (7) seaweed farmers representing six (6) Peoples’ Organizations (POs) who are partners of PDAP in its Seaweed Project attended the 2012 National Seaweed Convention at Marco Polo Hotel, Cebu City on November 15-16, 2012.  Organized by the Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines (SIAP), the convention was attended by representatives of government agencies, farmers’ groups, local traders, NGOs, processors and exporters in the country. With the theme “Philippine Seaweed & Carrageenan Industry: Partnership in Global Leadership,” the convention defined the farmers’ vital role in the industry in increasing production, productivity and enhancing quality of raw dried seaweeds (RDS).  It also highlighted the significance of strong market support from the local traders, processors, and exporters.
National Seaweed Convention 2012 Plenary

In the convention, the PDAP PO partners also explored possible marketing tie-ups with processors and exporters by bringing and showing RDS samples from their respective areas.  Cebu-based market executives gave positive responses on the quality of the RDS samples and encouraged the PO partners to consolidate.

PO Partners Visit SEAFDEC and Shemberg Corporation

Last September 10-14, 2012, representatives of the People’s Organizations who are partners of the Seaweed Project had a study visit at the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) in Tigbauan, Iloilo and Shemberg Corporation in Cebu City.

Participants at Igang Mariculture Park , SEAFDEC located in Municipality of Jordan, Guimaras

In the visit at SEAFDEC, various aquaculture technologies were shared by SEAFDEC scientists thus raising the awareness and interests of the seaweeds farmers in the culture of abalone, sea cucumber and fish cages.  This could help in diversifying their sources of income through product diversification by adopting/adapting these aquaculture technologies in their respective communities.  This would help farmers augment their income derived from seaweeds which is highly seasonal. One of the farmers commented during the visit, “Sus nia ra man diay ni.  Daghan mani sa amoa nga pwede man diay maculture galing lang wala pay igo nga teknolohiya unsaon.  Pero dako gyud kini ug ikabatang sa mga mangusuay ug mangingisda.”  (Abalone and sea cucumber are present in our locality though we just ignore them since we do not have the necessary technology to culture them.  But this could be a great help to seaweeds farmers and fishermen.)

Mr. Antonio Yuri Yap during the open forum at Shemberg Conference Room.

From Iloilo, the seaweeds farmers went to Mandaue, Cebu to visit the Shemberg Corporation. In an open forum, Mr. Antonio Yuri Yap, Plant Manager and current Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines (SIAP) Secretary General, pointed out the significance of product consolidation as well as meeting the required quality standards to be able to get premium prices.  Farmers were also allowed to go around the Segregation Section wherein they were able to observe how impurities like stones, sand and plastics are manually segregated from the Raw Dried Seaweeds (RDS) prior to further processing.

A poem dedicated to the participants:

Sa lupa, sa hangin o maging sa dagat man
Ito ang karanasang sadyang di makakalimutan
Ikaw, ako at kahit sino man
‘Wag sanang balewalain ang natutunan
Ibigkas, isigaw at ipalaganap ang kaalaman
At huwag itago para sa ating kapakanan
Para sa ikabubuti ng ating sambayanan

Jose Regulus Ortega
PDAP Program Officer


Two of the four seaweeds dryers were completed and operational, the two others will be completed in October. The dryers were constructed in four barangays- Brgy. Manyayay, Lianga and Brgy. Poblacion, Barobo in Surigao del Sur and Brgy. Montserrat and Brgy. San Carlos, Dapa in Surgiao del Norte.

Left photo shows the 90% completed dryer in Brgy Poblacion, Barobo, Surigao del Sur. Right photo is taken from Brgy Manyayay, Lianga, Surigao del Sur during the lay-outing and installation of posts.

Seaweed farmers today use concrete pavements, basketball courts and roadsides to dry their harvested seaweeds thus making the seaweeds susceptible to impurities such as sand, pebbles and other debris. These foreign particles plus high moisture content result in poor quality that generally lowers the prices. The seaweeds dryers will help ensure better quality of dried seaweeds and therefore higher prices.

Left photo shows the dryer in Brgy San Carlos, Dapa, Surigao del Norte awaiting delivery of additional flooring materials. Right photo is the dryer in Brgy Montserrat, Dapa, Surigao del Norte which is now 50% complete.




Seaweeds Nursery Updates - Surigao del Sur

Seaweeds Nursery Project in Brgy. Rizal, Barobo

Photos above show the on–going construction of the working area in Brgy. Rizal, Barobo, Surigao del Sur.

Seaweeds Nursery Project in Brgy. Liatimco, Lianga

As of May 2, 2012, the working area in Brgy.Liatimco was partially completed. PO partners LIASEMCO and KEMMAKK are responsible for the construction of this area.

Seaweeds Nursery Project in Brgy. Dapdap, Barobo

Photos above show the construction of the working area in Brgy. Dapdap, Barobo, Surigao del Sur. Last May 18, 2012, Chairman Tomas Amora of Kinayan CBRM led the said construction.


Seaweeds Nursery Updates - Surigao del Norte

As of May 18, 2012

Seaweeds Nursery Project in Brgy Montserrat, Dapa

This working area in Brgy Montserrat, Dapa is halfway done with lumber materials still lacking.
The materials are expected to be delivered on the 19th of May, 2012.

Frames for the seaweed nursery had already been set – up by the Montserrat Seaweeds Farmers Assn (MONSEFA); however, cultivar lines are not yet in place. The whole structure is expected to be completed within the month of May 2012, including the partial planting of cultivars.

Seaweeds Nursery Project in Brgy. San Carlos, Dapa

As of the last week of April, the working area in Brgy. San Carlos, Dapa had been partially completed by members of the San Carlos and New Uba Aquamarine Assn (SCNUAA).  The whole facility is expected to be completed within the month of May 2012, including the initial planting of seedlings.

Seaweeds Nursery Project in Sitio Capinggon, Brgy. Maribojoc, San Benito

This photo of the on – going construction of the working area in Sitio Campingganon, Brgy. Maribojoc, San Benito was taken during the 3rd week of April 2012.  As of May 18, it is almost complete, with guard house and flooring already installed.  The frame for the seaweeds nursery is yet to be established on the 21st of May, 2012. Target date of completion for the whole nursery structure is also within this month.


PO Partners Commit in Seaweed Nursery Project

Farmers from the 18 PO Partners have shown their commitment in the seaweed nursery project in Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.  Upon the release of funds from Fundacion CODESPA on the 2nd week of April, farmers started working on the establishment of eight (8) seaweed nurseries in the towns of San Benito, Dapa, Lianga and Barabo.

Members of the San Carlos and New Uba Aquamarine Assn.
with the newly delivered nursery materials

The seaweed nurseries will be established in specifically defined location to ensure year round production of seaweeds. Each nursery will have 5m x 10m working area which will serve as a support structure for farmers especially during planting, tilling and drying. This will also serve as their guard or shed house.  There will also be a minimum of 50m x 80m planting area per nursery which will be jointly managed by the POs themselves.  These nurseries are expected to be completed on the 2nd week of May 2012.