TOUCHING GROUND IN DINGALAN

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MODE is part of a network of like-minded institutions whose common mission is to help build local economies. Partner institutions include the New Rural Bank of San Leonardo, the ECOCENTRAL, and the K5 Multipurpose Cooperative. MODE was tasked to act as coordinator of the initial spade work to pave the way for the development initiatives of the consortium in Dingalan.

 

One important initial move of the consortium is to appoint a project officer who can do the liason work needed for the activities of the consortium. One of the first tasks is networking among grassroots organizations, especially Dumagat communities. Another important task is the consortium's link to the government.

 

 

Dialog with the Local Government

 

Led by NRBSL Chairperson Andres Panganiban, consortium represen-tatives met Mayor Sherwin Taay, Dingalan's young and energetic leader on December 5, 2016. During this meeting, the consortium clarified and attempted to unite with the mayor, his staff and some municipal leaders, on the general concept of local economy development and what each group hopes to contribute in the chosen town of Dingalan.

 

NRBSL as a rural bank had already started and intends to intensify its financial services in Dingalan. A specific area suggested was in financing low cost housing among the people of Dingalan. The bank is also capable of financing important socio-economic projects that can contribute to the economic growth of Dingalan.

 

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ABOUT MODE

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MODE stands for MANAGEMENT and ORGANI-ZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT for EMPOWERMENT. Incorporated on April 27, 1992 under Philippine laws as non-stock, non-profit organization, MODE is established as an independent resource institute primarily engaged in the management of change and development. MODE particularly addresses the growing demands for assistance of other development agencies and peoples’ organizations in their socio-economic endeavors.

The founders of MODE share origins in peasant education and organizing, agrarian reform, and rural development work. Most have had ex-periences in working within or in association with the social action apostolate or rural development mission of the Christian churches. They also share common skills in research and policy ad-vocacy; education and training, communication work, rural organizing, coalition building and project development and con-sultancy.

MODE is primarily accountable to its Board of Trustees. It is also accountable to its inter-national and local partners, the NGO community at large and the peoples’ organizations in gen-eral, especially towards sustaining the tract record of diligence, determination, service and commitment to the poor and marginalized that guides and motivates most development workers in the Philippines.

VISION

MODE envisions progressive local and national economies that carry out the principles of class and gender equity, ecological and financial sus-tainability, people’s empowerment and respect for human rights.

MISSION

MODE is an independent resource and development institution that serves the rural sector in the management of change and development, is committed to facilitate the advancement of a comprehensive strategy and to contribute to the building of vibrant local economies and social systems in the rural sector that serve the goals of poverty eradication, equity and sustainability.

As a facilitator in the process of social change, MODE together with other progressive NGOs in the Philippines, shares the restlessness and thirst for justice, peace and equality in our country and our world. MODE therefore will strive to continue its track record as generator of cutting-edge and provocative ideas in the field of social change.

MODE is defined however, not only by its programs and strategies or its so-called “products”. Its critical engagement with social realities and its commitment to the change process includes its readiness and flexibility to “CHANGE ITSELF” and adapt to new situations and events when necessary. This it does by summing up its experiences and lessons in development work and sharing these lessons with the development community, as part of its strategy of mainstreaming and integration.

 



HEALTHY OPTIONS: ECOLOGICALLY RAISING NATIVE PIGS

 

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Lechon (slowly roasted pig) is a well-loved Filipino cuisine, usually served during special occasions like birthdays and festivals.

 

The Pambansang Kongresong Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK) and the Nueva Ecija Women Leaders Coalition (NEWLAC) envisioned a business venture centered on ecologically growing native pigs.

 

Members of PKKK-NEWLAC see the production of native pigs as a viable alternative for those who want to get involved in swine-raising but, cannot cope with the high price of commercial feeds and those who do not have enough capital for the pig’s housing, feeding and maintenance since this can be raised without the use of chemical inputs and, as a breed, has high economic potential for those who are engaged in organic swine production. Nueva Ecjia, a rice- and vegetable-producing area, has locally-produced agricultural products that can be used as ingredients in formulating their own feeds, vitamins and other food supplements for their stocks.

 

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