Small Grant Facility

The Small Grant Facility Program is MODE’s modest initiative of giving back by providing support to innovative projects and programs of small organizations and networks along priority themes. By providing initial investments we hope that these organizations and networks can create opportunities and wealth in their households and help towards building sustainable and resilient local economies.

One of the projects supported by MODE was the Nueva Ecija Women Leaders Coalition (NEWLAC) and Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK)’s Native Pig Production and Marketing in Palayan and Munoz, Nueva Ecija.

MODE also provided support to those affected by various typhoons especially the farmers in Central Luzon.


Project Development

Through the years, MODE has undertaken or supported various project development initiatives to help build sustainable and resilient local economies.

Notable of these projects were the feasibility studies on rural banking (which led to the establishment of the New Rural Bank of San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija and the Women’s rural Bank in Rosario, Batangas), the formation of the Sentro ha Pagpauswag ha Panginabuhi (SPPI or Center for Local Economy Development) in Samar Island, Eastern Visayas, and the establishment of the Women’s Institute for Sustainable Economic Action (WISEACT) that promotes gender mainstreaming and empowerment, among others.

The most recent initiative is the Dingalan project development to help the Dumagats improve their socio-economic situation.


Research, Advocacy & Networking

MODE has been conducting researches and produced papers on strategic concerns such as:

  • Food security
  • Agrarian reform
  • Agribusiness and trade
  • Poverty
  • Women’s Issues
  • Official development aid (ODA)
  • Rural finance

MODE undertakes advocacy at many levels, from lobbying national and local governments and regional institutions, to working directly with civil society actors.

MODE has been actively participating in various networks (local, regional and international) as well as in the Department of Agriculture’s committees and task forces such as the National Council for Agricultural and Fisheries – Committees on Cereals, International Trade; Task Force WTO on Agriculture (TF-WAR) to advocate its positions on strategic concerns such as food security, agrarian reform, international trade, official development aid, among others.


Special Projects

MODE in partnership with other organizations or networks co-implements common projects and programs.

An example of special projects undertaken was the project entitled Promoting Resiliency and Climate-informed livelihoods in Yolanda Affected Areas through the Climate-resiliency Field School Program (September 2014 – December 2016). The Rice Watch & Action Network (R1) in partnership with MODE implemented the project.

Typhoon Haiyan, otherwise known as Yolanda devastated the Philippines in November 8, 2013. The cyclone caused so much destruction in the Visayas, particularly in Samar and Leyte, killing at least 6,190 and injuring 28,626 while around 1,785 are still missing. The impact was widespread, affecting a total of 3,424,593 families or around 16,070,181 persons in 44 provinces, covering Regions IV-A, IV-B, V,VI, VII, VIII, X, XI and CARAGA. More than 1 million suffered housing damages—around half were totally damaged while the other half sustained partial damages. Livelihoods were affected with around P18.4 billion worth of agriculture crops and commodities lost and P18.3 billion worth of infrastructure damaged.

Before the typhoon, Leyte and Samar are already highly vulnerable with a significant people barely meeting minimum basic food needs, much less meeting poverty threshold levels. Many of those affected by the typhoon live along the coast, majority of them are poor fishing families considered to be the poorest and economically vulnerable in Philippine society.

The Project’s General Objective was to strengthen 21 Yolanda-affected barangays/communities and 7 LGUs’ understanding of the value of integrating DRR-CCA in the community rebuilding and resiliency plan.