Mindanao, marginalized groups’ initiatives top Canada’s small grants program

By on August 26, 2016


MANILA—The Embassy of Canada announced Thursday the recipients of funding for projects under the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

Eight proposals from across the Philippines have been awarded financial grants in the competitive program run by the embassy.

“This year, projects that contribute to peace, security and good governance in Mindanao, and those focusing on promoting gender equality and empowerment of women and other marginalized groups such as indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities (PWDs) were strongly considered,” said Canada’s ambassador to the Philippines Neil Reeder.

“We are very pleased to be able to work with our new partner organizations in the promotion and protection of human rights and other fundamental freedoms especially in Mindanao and to support marginalized groups,” he added.

The following are this year’s recipients of the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives:

Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE) will build capacities of 11 civil society networks and 50 non-governmental and peoples organizations and cooperatives in 5 regions in Mindanao to contribute to peacebuilding and promotion of multiculturalism and mutual respect among various cultures in Mindanao.

Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education will support the hands-on training on leadership and entrepreneurial management skills of indigenous youth in Davao City. These skills and learning process will be set within their cultural reality, background and work experience. A model enterprise on climate change resilient crops (coffee, cacao, and camote) will be set-up to promote sustainable and green economic growth.

Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) will conduct community dialogues and train 200 local grassroots leaders in indigenous and Moro communities in Cotabato, Zamboanga, Davao and Cagayan de Oro cities on human rights and transitional justice principles towards upholding civilian protections and advocating for the peace process.

C3 Philippines, Inc will improve resiliency of four barangays in Busuanga, Palawan in adapting to climate change through protection and restoration of natural defenses such as mangrove ecosystem and vegetation and diversification of sustainable livelihoods.

A2D Project- Research Group for Alternatives to Development, Inc aims to promote participatory gender-responsive budgeting towards building the resilience of selected at-risk coastal communities along the Danajon Double Barrier Reef in Bohol.

Simon of Cyrene Community Rehabilitation and Development Foundation, Inc. will address the lack of accessibility to transportation facilities for Persons with Disabilities in Legazpi City, Daraga, and Camalig in Albay province. This project will provide portable ramps and handrails in public terminals (bus, jeepney, and boat terminals) to give wheelchair users ease in travelling.

Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits (EcoWEB) aims to stop slash and burn farming and timber pouching around the Mt Gabunan forest zone in Lanao del Norte through the expansion of farms for abaca, a traditional crop of the indigenous Higaonon.

Philippine Accessible Deaf Services Inc. aims to intensify education of deaf children and women on advanced child sexual abuse prevention, online safety, and human trafficking to reach more deaf communities, persons with disabilities and stakeholders, especially in hard-to-reach and rural areas in Cebu.

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives is a competitive small grants program that provides direct funding assistance to community groups, non-government organizations, people’s organizations (and, in exceptional cases, international NGOs, and government institutions) for small development projects addressing governance, economic, and other social development issues.