In Palawan, poverty is ubiquitous and unsustainable coastal and land practices are rampant (cyanide fishing, illegal logging) resulting in rapid degradation of unique biodiversity. The Ecotour guides from Busuanga know that their livelihoods depend on protecting the environment instead of thoughtlessly taking away from it. They plan to use citizen media to promote their island as ecotourism hotspot and garner support for conservation action.
The project involves forming a group of marginalised IP children and youth and training them to promote and preserve their native culture. The project will facilitate the production of online content that will be shared to a broader audience using citizen media tools. The project will also contribute to the scaling up of the initiative with the women (mothers) thereby further strengthening its impact and maximising resources for optimum results.
The project's main thrust is to enable the Bangamoro youth in mounting a website where all their development projects and citizen-led initiatives could be documented, monitored, and seen by the Filipino people and donor agencies. A media production & citizen journalism training will held involving at least 100 Bangsamoro youth, along with a social accountability course to enable them to monitor key development projects in the Bangsamoro region.
FOSTER will help propagate songs and tales on environmental challenges in Mindanao and on how people cope and respond to them. Initially, it will create a “music album” of original songs produced in a prior CEC songwriting workshop. We will hold a workshop with local artists and environmental advocates to polish the songs for recording, and on audio-video recording & editing, creating their own online video channel, and uploading videos to them.
The Ambassadors of Change is mobilizing young people to raise awareness on people with disabilities towards a community that cares for all. The school will use as a strategic venue to start the all out campaign on removing all forms of barriers facing people with disabilities. Outcome of the activities will put in blog, disseminate in emails and social media for wider audiences.