LBFPWDs ipinagdiwang ang NDPR Week

Nina Jeanette Ilagan-Talag at Lenie Bonapos

Ipinagdiwang ng Los Baños Federation of Persons with Disabilities (LBFPWD), Inc. ang National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week na may temang “Talento at Paninindigan, Pasaporte sa Kaunlaran” mula ika-4 hanggang ika-8 ng Agosto.

Layunin ng isang linggong pagdiriwang na maipamalas ang kapasidad at kakayanan ng mga mamamayan ng Los Baños na may kapansanan sa pamamagitan ng iba’t-ibang gawain. Ito ay upang maipakita din na sila ay mahalagang parte ng lipunan at may pantay na karapatan. Gayundin, ang gawain ay upang maitaas ang morale ng mga may kapansanan.

Ilan sa isinagawang aktibidades bilang paggunita sa NDPR week ang mga sumusunod:

  • Agosto 4 – Talakayan kasama si Arthur Letim (Region IV-A Head AKAP PINOY) tungkol sa ugnayan ng mga may kapansanan, mga kapitan ng barangay at ng iba’t-ibang social service committees gayundin ang tungkol sa tamang paggamit ng Internal Revenue Allotment.
  • Agosto 5 – Pagdadala sa mga amputee patients sa University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center kung saan pito sa mga pasyente ang nasukatan para sa kanilang prosthetics.
  • Agosto 6 – Pagdaraos ng “Talentadong PWDs” kung saan nagpamalas ng angking talento ng mga may kapansanan sa larangan ng pagkanta at pagsayaw.
  • Agosto 8 – Pagdaraos ng Sports fest kung saan iba’t-ibang palaro ang sinalihan gaya ng wheelchair race, marathon at swimming.

Ang pagsasagawa ng livelihood training partikular sa paggawa ng antibacterial soap na dapat ay isinagawa noong Agosto 7 ay nalipat sa ika-30 ng Agosto, 2014.

Para sa impormasyon at katanungan patungkol sa LBFPWD, maaaring makipag-ugnayan kay Jeanette Ilagan-Talag, kasalukuyang pangulo, sa numeronga 0936-347-1973.  Maaari ding bumisita sa kanilang tanggapan sa PWD Office, Office of Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) na nasa lumang munisipyo ng Los Baños at hanapin si Lorelie Liwanag (0915-584-8844).

Nu Wave Farmer: Timi James Manching

by Jabez Flores

Don’t let your degree define what you have to do in life. Defying all odds and going against conventional wisdom, traditional learning, and standard collegiate expectations; Timi James Manching “transplanted” his introverted computer science skills to the liberating fields of the organic farm – where the birds sing joyfully and the smell of sweet basil becomes one with the wind.

I met Timi in 2011 during the height of Cafe Antonio Sessions. At that time, we were both involved in this tight-knit community of indie musicians based in Los Banos. He was playing violin and singing back-up vocals for the band, Pathway.

A BS Computer Science student at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, 23-year-old Timi revealed to me his interest in organic agriculture while I was enrolled in the first offering of the Organic Agriculture course at the UP Open University. Prior to that conversation, I had no idea that he was interested in growing vegetables and living a sustainable and simple life.

At times we would sit in my porch, have lemongrass tea and talk about his dreams of becoming an urban gardener. In response, I would share my learnings from organic agriculture and permaculture. His eagerness to learn gave me hope for the younger generation. I could sense that he would be a good example to his peers in the campus.

“It’s about systems thinking. That’s what attracted me to farming, specifically permaculture design. Because that’s what we study in computer science, it’s all about systems,” Timi told me while we were making seedling flats out of used pallets and listening to music at Kainos Farm.

At present, Timi actively participates in farming chores with Tara Farms in Bay on Tuesdays; a couple of organic gardens in Los Baños on Wednesdays; and in Kainos Farm on Thursdays and Fridays. He also joined me last June for a Bamboo Training Workshop conducted by Cabiokid Foundation in Laur, Nueva Ecija together with our friends from Transition Community Initiative Philippines and Good Food Community. After that, our group of Nu Wave Farmers, also called The Mulching Matsing, was invited for the Luntiang Lunes segment of Oras na Pilipinas at 702 DZAS.

“Though I’m delayed [in college], at least I discovered during my long stay here what I really want to do with my life. When I graduate, I will work in the farm.”

Now that’s a dream worth pursuing!


Jabez Flores is an organic farmer and permaculture designer for Kainos Farm in Calamba, Laguna. He maintains his own garden in Los Baños called Daang Kalabaw Community Garden. He finished BA Sociology at UP Los Baños in 2007; Certificate in Organic Agriculture at UPOU in 2012; Basic Permaculture Design at Cabiokid Foundation, Nueva Ecija in 2014; and is currently taking up his masters degree in Environment and Natural Resources Management specializing in Upland Resources Management at UPOU. He also teaches Personal Entrepreneurial Development at UPOU. To know more about what Jabez, visit his blog and The Mulching Matsing Facebook Page.

The Mulching Matsing is a column dedicated to encouraging the community members, especially the youth, to engage in organic farming.

Los Baños to hold SyenSaya 2014 in September

by Delfin Laforteza, Public Information Officer, Municipality of Los Baños

The Los Baños Science Community Foundation, Inc. (LBSCFI) steering committee decided to move SyenSaya 2014 from August 6-8 to September 10-12 after assessing the damage of typhoon Glenda last July 15. Moving SyenSaya to a later date will give more time for the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), the host institution, to fully repair some facilities and clear the debris within the venue.

Wonderama, an interactive science learning exhibit, will be held at the Copeland Hall of UPLB during the three-day festival. This exhibit will be participated in by most of the members of LBSCFI. A techno forum on the hydrometeorological profile and disaster preparedness of Los Baños is scheduled on September 11 at the UPLB’s CEC (Continuing Education Center) auditorium.

Los Baños to have austere celebration of Bañamos Festival

by Deflin Laforteza, Public Information Officer, Municipality of Los Baños

Los Baños will celebrate a two-day Bañamos Festival with austere but meaningful activities on September 17 and 20. The Bañamos steering committee headed by Mayor Caesar P. Perez decided to have a very simple celebration due to moral and financial considerations brought about by typhoon Glenda. The celebration will start with a civic parade on the morning of September 17 followed by a program to commemorate the town’s 399th Foundation Day.  The Barangay Night will cap the first day of celebration. Meanwhile, an evening concert will be staged on September 20 which will be followed by a grand revelry.

[PRESS RELEASE] Stakeholders form Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve Advisory Council

by Delfin Laforteza, Public Information Officer, Municipality of Los Baños

In order to effectively manage, conserve and protect Mt. Makiling, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) spearheaded the organization of the Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve Stakeholders Advisory Council (MMFR-SAC) through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The signing ceremony was held at the Nicolas Lansigan Auditorium at the UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources on July 30. It was also highlighted by the unveiling of the 33rd ASEAN Heritage Park Marker.

Mayor Caesar P. Perez (center) signs the MOA together with Chancellor Rex Victor Cruz (left) of UPLB and Mayor Bruno T. Ramos (right) of Bay, Laguna.

The signatories to the agreement include UPLB; provinces of Laguna and Batangas; City of Calamba; municipalities of Los Baños, Bay, and Sto. Tomas; Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Region 4A; Department of Tourism (DOT) – Region 4; DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau; Laguna Lake Development Authority; Laguna Water District; Calamba Water District; Philippine National Police – Region 4A; and Alab Makiling-Farmers Association.

Under this agreement, the 24 stakeholders acknowledge their responsibilities and will initiate more collective efforts to ensure the sustainability of the ecosystem services and protection of Mt. Makiling.

To assist the council in accomplishing their objectives, different committees were created, namely, biodiversity protection and law enforcement; ecotourism; water resources and sustainable use; communication, education and public awareness; resource generation; legal concerns; and research, development and monitoring.

A technical working group was also formed composed of the heads of the following offices: Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME); the Municipal/City Environment and Natural Resources Offices of Los Baños, Bay, Sto. Tomas and Calamba; DENR Region 4A; and DOT Region 4A.  MCME will serve as the secretariat while the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and GIZ of Germany will serve as advisers.

ASEAN dignitaries and officials present the certificate declaring the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve as an ASEAN Heritage Park to Chancellor Rex Victor Cruz of the University of the Philippines Los Baños as representative of all the stakeholders within the vicinity of the mountain.

The stakeholders council was created after a series of meetings initiated by MCME and ACB with the municipalities of Los Baños and Sto. Tomas following the declaration of Mt. Makiling as an ASEAN Heritage Park (AHP).

Mount Makiling’s nomination as an AHP was approved in 2013 during the 14th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment held on September 25 in Surabaya, Indonesia. The mountain became the 33rd ASEAN Heritage Park and the 5th for the Philippines which include Mt. Apo Natural Park, Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park, Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park, and Mt. Malindang Natural Park. It is the first for Luzon and the first managed by an academic institution. The approval of Mt. Makiling’s nomination as an ASEAN Heritage Park was due to its use as a natural laboratory for scientists, and a favorite destination for tourists with its peaks and hot springs as attractions.

Manuel Gerochi, Undersecretary for Planning and Policy of the Department of Environment and Natural   Resources (DENR), who represented Secretary Ramon Paje during the opening ceremonies of the 4th ASEAN Heritage Park Conference, announced the declaration. On October 3, 2013, the certification of declaration was presented by the officials of ACB to the officials of UPLB and the surrounding towns and park managers during a ceremony held in Mt. Makiling Botanical Gardens in Los Baños, Laguna. Also present were officials from DENR. In a statement by ACB Executive Director Roberto V. Oliva, he said that the AHPs are a network of national protected areas of high conservation importance that aims to create greater awareness and appreciation for ASEAN’s rich natural heritage.

The declaration of Mt. Makiling as an AHP and the formation of the MMFR-SAC are welcome developments. Although it is not a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Areas System Law but a forest reserve under the management of UPLB, this title together with the MMFR-SAC MOA will open opportunities for more local and international support.

Nalalapit na ang Kasalang Bayan 2014!

SA MGA NAGNANAIS NA MAKASAL NANG LIBRE AT NAIS MAKIBAHAGI SA OKASYONG ITO, MANGYARI PO LAMANG NA MAKIPAG-UGNAYAN SA OPISINA NG GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICE (GAD) sa 2nd floor New Municipal Building, o tumawag sa (049) 530 2818 local 202 o mag-text kina Bb. Nannet 09993936707 at Bb. Arline 09263619271 bago mag Septembre 30, 2014.Ang proyektong ito ay bahagi ng Kautusan Blg. 2013-2140 na nagtatakda ng pagsasagawa ng Kasalang Bayan tuwing buwan ng Disyembre at Pebrero ng kada taon. Ito ay pinagtibay noong Hulyo 29, 2013.


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