Every project needs to end and project implementers need to ensure that all stakeholders are satisfied with what they have done and to deliver what they have promised. After one year of implementation, project implementers of the PARTNER-BOND (Pro-active Response towards Nurturing Environmental Relations: A Barangay Outreach Project based on Community Needs and Demands) Project conducted their last field visit in Talim island on January 21-23, 2015. The team was led by the activity leader, Ms. Vienna O. Austria together with Ms. Marla V. Cambay (co-activity leader) and Ms. Theresa M. Valencia (project staff).

 

The group first convened their project cooperators at the barangay hall of Brgy. Ginoong Sanay, Talim Island, Binangonan, Rizal at around 8:15 PM of January 21, 2015. Sixteen cooperators from the 2 POs (Samahang Mangingisda ng Barangay Pinagdilawan and Barangay Ginoong Sanay) were present.

During the meeting, Ms. Vienna O. Austria got some project updates from the cooperators and made a recall of project activities done since the start of the project. These included activities such as the conduct of reconnaissance surveys, dialogues, leveling-off/orientation meetings, conduct of the Training Needs Survey/Assessment, conduct of the Training-workshop cum hands-on demonstration on bamboo production on May 28-29, 2014, setting up of their mini nurseries, cross-visit cum field trip to the Los Baños Experiment Station (LBES), Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) and Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) on October 3, 2014, and monthly meetings and monitoring of project activities. Likewise, a review of the action plans prepared and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) executed between the 2 POs and the project implementers were undertaken. As such, the group agreed to continue other activities stated in the action plans and promised to sustain what the project has started. Afterwhich, project implementers administered a one-page questionnaire as regards the feedbacks from the cooperators on project implementation.

On the second day, January 22, 2015 the team conducted site visits of the mini nurseries established by the cooperators - whether by PO, group or individual. Some of the nurseries are still intact with seedlings as these are awaiting to reach the 6-month stage before they will be outplanted in the field. Other cooperators have already outplanted their bamboo seedlings in their farm areas while others have made replanting of the seedlings because of the destruction brought about by typhoon "Glenda" and the stray animals roaming around the nursery areas.

Farmer cooperators were very grateful to the project and its implementers. The technology on bamboo production which they learned through the undertaking will accordingly assist them in their bamboo industry. "Hindi naming kayo makakalimutan hang buhay napakalaki po ng naitulong nyo sa amin", said Mr. Alberto Biteranta, PO President of Brgy. Pinagdilawan.

Bamboo is a source of livelihood of most of the residents in Barangays Pinagdilawan and Ginoong Sanay. They are utilized as bamboo sticks for banana cue, barbeque, fishball and the like. They are also processed into bamboo furnitures, chicken cages, and fish cages/pens. Vienna O. Austria, UFERD