The Philippine Center for Civic Education and Democracy has been implementing projects in the province of Bohol since 2009. The first project undertaken in the City of Tagbilaran was “Promoting Democratic Values in the Barangays of Tagbilaran” to capacitate Lupon Tagapamayapa members on the Barangay Justice System, Secondary High School teachers to incorporate civic education in the curriculum and project citizen. Building on its successful projects with the City of Tagbilaran, a variety of other programs were implemented in Bohol.
One program is the BARANGAY RULE OF LAW (BRLS), a program that seeks to promote democratic processes in the barangays by training the Lupong Tagapamayapa (Peace Council) and other barangay officials in maintaining peace and harmony in the community. Another program implemented was PROJECT CITIZEN, an international program for the increasing the democratic participation, political efficacy, and civic engagement levels of the youth and the CIVIC EDUCATION TRAINING SEMINAR (CETS), a program designed to provide teachers and other civic educators with updated, improved, and integrated materials and pedagogy. The municipality of Alburquerque also became a recipient of these programs from 2012-2014 under the project: Promoting Democratic Values in the Barangays of Alburquerque”.
After the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol in October 2013, PCCED implemented the “Ayuda Humanitaria para Filipinas” and assisted affected communities in shelter construction and repair to 414 households, construction of temporary classrooms, construction and repair of day care centers and health centers , distributed food packs to households, held feeding programs to elderly and school children, distributed garden tools and planting materials including lumber trees and provision of livelihood to fisherfolks. The project covered the municipalities of Antequera and Loon and ran from December 2013-October 2015.
After the earthquake that hit #Bohol in October 2013, PCCED has been helping the Boholanos as they bravely pick up the pieces and rebuild their communities. With support from our friends from Spain @zabalketa, Agencia Vasca, Cáritas Gipuzkoa, Muskiz Udala, Ayuntamiento de Irun and Getxo as well as local partners Municipalities of Loon and Antequera, Bohol — we have provided shelter, emergency food provision, education, livelihood, infrastructure and nutrition support to the people of Loon and Antequera. Our work is guided by the belief that rebuilding their lives must go hand in hand with rebuilding civic communities.
PCCED is also implementing “Promoting participatory and resilient communities in disaster risk reduction and management in the barangays of Loon and Antequera”. This 7-month project (November 2015-May 2016) will train and guide Barangay officials and vulnerable sectors to come up with Barangay risk reduction management plans for 2016-2020.
PCCED also held the Barangay Rule of Law Seminar in the Municipality of Bilar covering 19 barangays. It was participated by the PUnong Barangays, Barangay Secretaries and members of the Lupon Tagapamayapa. The 2-day seminar covered the sessions on the Law on Katarungang Pambarangay, Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Barangay of as Schools of Citizenship.