Social Enterprise with A Twist!

Looking for ideas to boost your social enterprise?

Before we go down to the nitty-gritty of this article, I would like you to know that this post is based on my travel to Bangkok, Thailand.

While networking with other researchers, I was also interested in knowing the people and customs in Thailand.

Fortunately, I had this experience in an expo.

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Craft for Change: A social enterprise expo in Bangkok. Thailand

As a social scientist and environmental planner, I am interested in discovering social innovations.

It is inspiring to see people making a change in the community.

When I was in Thailand, I was able to witness an exhibit about a social enterprise making a social impact.

Watch this video to learn what is social enterprise.

The social enterprise creates an impact on the beneficiaries and also to the environment.

This is nice to know because many of the things today are harmful to our environment.

What I learned from the exhibit is that they feature original handmade products.

When I say handmade, its means handmade!

They do not use any machines in making the products. Notice the photo below.

social enterprise handmade product

 

Yes, it can be tedious but this is social entrepreneurship with a twist.

Unlike with many social enterprises, they utilize people to craft their products with the use of just hands.

These products used materials which are environment-friendly.

Not only that they have a purpose of creating it. The proceeds help community organization to raise funds and help their members.

This is the essence of the social enterprise.

Below is a sample product I bought to support the cause of social entrepreneurs.

social enterprise for cause
With the seller of handmade products dedicated for the oldies.

 

The beneficiaries of the organization are the old people.

While helping people, they also help the environment.

Such an inspiring move.

If all only many organization are like this, then we would have to live a sustainable life.

What do you think about this social enterprise?

Share your comments below.

Assessment of Water User Fee For Improved Water Supply

Researchers from NwSSU conducts a survey of the possibility of coming up with a water user fee.

Its purpose is to improve the water supply in the Calbayog City.

This is possible through the protection of the Calbayog Pan-as Hayiban Protected Landscape (CPHPL).

The premise was there is occasional insufficient water supply in the city. According to the local residents, there is a low water supply early in the morning. If you are in an elevated area, water seldom is unavailable during peak hours from 5:30 am to 7 am.

Also, previous researchers show unsustainable farming practices like slash and burn farming in CPHPL.

Slash and burn and other land-use practices affect water supply.

Thus, conducting a survey for the protection of watershed areas is necessary. To do this it needs an approach called payment for the ecosystem or environmental services.

So, the team asked the lowland water users if they are willing to pay for sustainable water supply. Likewise, if farmers are willing to shift their farming practices to a sustainable one.

After six months, the team finished the valuation study in Calbayog City. This was through the funding of the DENR Region 8 and with the help of provincial ENR in Catbalogan.

The team conducted a random survey of 700 households from lowland water users. Meanwhile, about 300 upland farmers living in the watershed protected area.

For the lowland water users, there are only 412 who responded to the interview. Others were busy and they are not present in their houses during the field survey.

From the results, there are only a few people who knew about the main source of the raw water which is the CPHPL.

Some perceived that raw water is from Ton-ok falls.

Over half (56.3%) of the respondents perceived that it is from the water district.

A little over half (51.8%) of the lowland water users have an alternative water source.

These are from water vendors, deep wells, and a little 13 % are using rainwater harvesting facility.

The real question in the study is, “ are you willing to pay for an extra amount for the protection of the CPHPL?”

Only 46.6 % are willing to pay for this. 53.4% are not willing to pay.

One reason was that they cannot afford to pay any extra amount for what they are currently paying. A majority (81.9%) did not feel the effect of insufficient water supply.

Here is a summary of the willingness to pay vis-a-vis their awareness about the CPHPL. This tells us that if they are aware of the watershed, they are willing to pay for the protection.

water user fee for watershed protection

 

 

For upland farmers, there were 350 farmer respondents out of 2, 820 households (as of 2014 , CPHPL Manual).

The study shows that majority of them were willing to accept compensation for land use change. Their willingness to accept is due to shifting cultivation and slash and burn.

But, there are few lowland water users who are willing to pay for the watershed protection. Meanwhile, the majority of farmers are willing to accept this compensation. Thus, in this case, the possibility of payment for ecosystem services is not workable.

Yet, with the governments’ funds, watershed protection is still a good thing to pursue. But, this would also entail other water users will share the cost of protection (e.g. NIA, Electric Cooperatives and Water Districts).

Even so, the cost or value of watershed protection is as follows.

Please see table below.

 

These values are the people’s perception of the value of watershed. It appears that lowland water users have low perceived value over the upland water users.

This is because upland farmers got their daily living in watershed protected areas. But, lowland water users were not able to link watershed provisioning services (e. g. water) of CPHPL to themselves.

As such, there should be an environmental awareness campaign about the watershed.  Failure to do so will decrease the willingness to pay over not willing to pay for ecosystem services.

How about you?

Are you willing to pay for watershed protection for improved water supply?

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SAD Free Community: A fight against smoking, alcohol and drugs

Are you a victim of smoking, alcohol, and drugs in your community?

Do you want to live a healthy lifestyle?

Do you have a family member, relative suffering from the effects of smoking, alcoholism and drug abuse?

This is your chance to be part of our advocacy in the future.

For the first time in the City of Calbayog, a group of health advocates encourages people to a SAD free community.

According to the lead campaign organizer, this is a historic event because no other group has been doing this in the city.

 

Its been a while since I have not participated in a cause-oriented event. This time I just joined a Walk for a Cause organized by Adventist Hospital Calbayog. The advocacy is to have a SAD free community.

Despite the bad weather, there are still people with an unwavering faith who joined the activity. It was participated by young, old and children alike who share a common goal to a SAD Free Community.

What is SAD Free Community?

S is for Smoking

We all know that smoking kills! So, smoking is one of the habits that should be eliminated in the lifestyle of a person.

There are several health effects that a person may acquire from smoking. For example, coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times,  stroke by 2 to 4 times, of men developing lung cancer by 25 times.

Smoking Can Damage Every Part of the Body.
Learn more about smoking effects here.

A is for Alcohol

Alcohol has many effects on our body. I don’t need to name it here one by one. Just read the 23 effects of alcohol in our body here.

Or learn the various effects of alcohol to your body by looking to

an infographic from the team at Addiction Blog

Adverse effects of alcohol (INFOGRAPHIC)Adverse effects of alcohol (INFOGRAPHIC)
D is for Drugs

Dangerous drugs are a no-no. But why are still many people are addicted to it? It not just causes mental health problems but also relationship problems.

Why SAD free community?

Many are struggling to quit smoking, and others have suffered from alcohol and drug abuse. The Adventist Hospital Calbayog being a prime promoter of good health through God’s healing hands encourages people to stop these unhealthful habits.

The AHC brings good news to the people through walking 7 kilometers from the hospital and around the city to spread the deadly effects of SAD to the people and making a change. It does not matter if it rains or shines.

As long as there are people willing to accept the invitation to eliminate SAD in their life, it’s already an accomplished mission.

Information about SAD FREE community effect is given through printouts and pamphlets.

Look even at a very young age, this child participates in the walk for a cause for a SAD free community wearing a raincoat.

 

How to participate in the SAD free community advocacy?

  1.  Simply visit their facebook page.
  2. Promote SAD free lifestyle.
  3. Join the Walk for a Cause for SAD Free Community

It’s that simple.

Join our SAD free community outreach program.

A message from the campaign organizer.

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3 John 1:2,NIV

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Vaccination Crisis: The Truth About Vaccine and Why You Should Avoid it.

Vaccination Crisis Foretold!

vaccine vials
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Wait!

Are we really having a vaccination crisis here?

Pardon me, and don’t get me wrong with this article.

It is my intention to write this article to share with you about an old warning.

Sorry to scare you.

By the way, this is not just about reminding you of the issues we faced today, but also a review of a book that I read.

The reason for giving this book review is to open our mind and judge by ourselves if it is really a fulfillment of prophecy or a mere conspiracy.

Why?

Because there are isolated cases in our hometown that young children and even the senior citizens died after having immunized of pneumonia. Of course, there are other reasons for their death, and not just about the vaccines.

(This information is based on word of mouth in our town which I have heard from my mother and sister).

Could this be the beginning of vaccination crisis?

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Recently, reports in TV spread the news about Dengvaxia where many children were affected and hospitalized because of the vaccine. In the news, the Garin and Sanofi representatives were sued for the damages that was caused by Dengvaxia over to the suspected death of a child.

To quote;

The Public Attorney’s Office said it sued Garin and Sanofi representatives for damages after its own forensic examination found that a 10-year-old child, who had no history of dengue, died within a week of receiving the vaccine. ABS-CBN News

There were more than 830,000 children that were immunized with Dengvaxia as part of the government’s dengue immunization program. GMA News

How sad.

I cannot keep silent about these issues now especially that I have read about “The Vaccination Crisis.

Many critics, government officials, and experts are saying not to scare people about it.

Well, I say, it’s better to know something than nothing!

In the Bible, it says,

my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6, NIV

With this pressing issue, let me just say about a book which is very important to read.

The Vaccination Crisis

vaccination crisis ferrelVaccination Crisis was written by Vance Ferrel and published by Harvestimes Books in 2004. You can download a copy from Amazon or buy it in there publishing store.

Of course, every one has its own opinion. You can therefore read it for yourself and decide whether if it is true or not.

Well, everything is personal, but don’t take this personal. I gave a review to whatever type of book that I feel like its worth sharing.

So, here is my honest review of Vaccination Crisis.

First, the book author shares facts which I presumed is based on his own research. It is hard to cite and mention names and organization that causes this big health problems in our society.

And do you know that these multinational organizations are helping in one way or another to improve the lives of the people are the ones mainstreaming the mass vaccine immunization?

It’s ironic!

In this book, there are stunning evidences about vaccination crisis and the author manages to collate all the details from these important sources.

For me, if we try to accuse a person of doing something wrong (e.g. stealing,) we should have evidences, facts, etc. And this book has laid out all its evidences why should we avoid vaccination.

What could be the impact of vaccination crisis in our lives and to our loved ones?

boy vaccinated
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In my opinion, vaccination can be considered to what other people may call it “depopulation theory” if there such a theory.

Well, I don’t believe it.

However, the author mentions many types of vaccines that are dangerous to humans. Chapter 1 was a good start to teach us about the danger of smallpox vaccine and why vaccination is dangerous.

To quote how dangerous smallpox vaccine is.

If you scratch where the fresh vaccine pox is and put it into your eye, you can transfer smallpox to the eye. And if some of the fluid from it touches another person, he may contract the disease. If you get “progressive vaccinia,” your immune system is compromised; the virus continues to grow, and is often the cause of death.

The good thing about this book is that it also contains information the signs and symptoms of smallpox and its possible natural remedy.

Other vaccines that are mentioned in the book includes anthrax, childhood vaccines like measles, tetanus, polio, mumps, influenza, and german measles.

Why vaccines are dangerous?

vaccinia virus
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The author also mentioned the origin of vaccines and what really makes it dangerous.

This makes me decide not to be vaccinated.

Why?

Here is the reason I got from the book.

 

 

 

According to a November 1969 National Health Federation report, a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) disclosed that people who have been vaccinated for measles have a 14 times greater chance of contracting the disease than those who were not vaccinated. A 1985 study by the U.S. government noted that 80% of “non-preventable” cases of measles occurred in people who had been vaccinated (20th Immunization Conference Proceedings, May 6-9, 1985, p. 21).

Now, you decide!

A personal testimony.

My mother asked and permitted local health workers to immunized her with pneumonia. After that she already had an occurrence of pneumonia but prior vaccination she never experienced such disease.

One of our neighbor also had the same experience. Worse is that, others really died after vaccination.

This is the same story with the quote above which I will reiterate here:

The Public Attorney’s Office said it sued Garin and Sanofi representatives for damages after its own forensic examination found that a 10-year-old child, who had no history of dengue, died within a week of receiving the vaccine. ABS-CBN News

In the book, despite the claim of World Health Organization (WHO) that proper diet is the best way cure and avoid to deadly and infectious diseases, still they are intending to promote mass immunization campaigns.

What on earth did I just say?

Anyway.

So, please read the book Vaccination Crisis to learn more.

The author is cautious about giving his personal advice why should we avoid vaccines in these latter days. There are case studies and stories in the book that will blow your mind.

Sorry for the term, but I like to call it that way.

After reading the book, I immediately told my parents and siblings not to take part in the mass immunization campaign our local village administered by local health workers.

Now, going back.

The Philippine Vaccination Crisis

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The Philippines had just been stirred because of Dengvaxia.

Are these things a mere coincidence of the book Vaccination Crisis?

Although, its not the same vaccines that is found in the book, but it is perfectly clear to me that if ever there is a campaign for immunization of whatsoever, I dare not to be a part of it.

For me, I would agree to the author that we need to change our lifestyle.

Its time to go back to the original diet that our Creator has given us.

Its true. We cannot avoid illnesses today, but I still believe that prevention is better than cure.

So, instead of vaccination, why not prevention?

Read and download this book Stay Green, Stay Healthy now for free!

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The Sustainable Farm: The Drought-Resilient Farm Book Review

Struggling how to make a drought-resilient farm?

Let’s face it!

We are faced with ever changing climate especially drought. The only option we have is to be resilient.

If you are a farmer like us, then probably we share the same problem – how to make a drought-resilient farm.

While browsing the net, I came across with this helpful book which I will share to you.

Let me introduce to you

The Drought-Resilient Farm

Drought-resilient farm by Dale StrickenThe book was written by Dale Strickler with about 200 pages and fully illustrated. The author begins the book with a touch of personal experience as a farmer. Its a book that teaches how to manage farm under a condition where there is minimal water. Its a science-based book explained in lay mans term that ordinary people can understand the science of managing water and soil.

Each method on how to make a drought-resilient farm is complemented with an image. There are also long-term experiments how tillage affects plant available water holding capacity.

Actually, I love how each of the scientific terms being explained in a fashionable way that even those non-technical person will understand.

Lots of helpful tips to run your farm without worrying about drought.

Truly, a resilient farmer after reading this book.

Any individual will understand it. I am not an agriculture major but really I got interested in it after reading the book. It appears to me that agriculture is not that very technical as the author manages to explain it in the book.

Each chapter ends with a chapter summary which to me is an ideal format for any literature book.

There are many things that you will learn in the Drought -Resilient Farm book like:

  • Soil management;
  • How to keep water in the soil longer;
  • How Tillage affect rainwater shortage;
  • Improving water holding capacity of the soil profile;
  • How Organic Matter Affects Soil water-holding capacity;
  • How a cropping system affects water capacity based on soil type and plant.

and many more.

Of course when we say drought-resilient farm, it is not just about plants but also animals.

The author also shared valuable information how to provide water for your livestock. I was amazed at how easy to make a fence in a pond to provide access to your livestock for drinking.

Also how to make move water using only gravity. This is perfect in our farm is sloping and we have a pond. Don’t worry it is very easy to do. You will not get lost because it includes instructions on how to do it with pictures above.

Oppss… I am not done yet with the drought-resilient farm book review.

In the book, you will also learn how you can provide forage during emergencies especially in drought. So, this book is not just about water per se which I thought at first is dedicated to water management. But actually how to become resilient in your farm when drought strikes. When drought comes you need not only to manage water but also other areas in your farm such as forage.

Its a complete book of resiliency.

A must-read for anyone who want to be drought-resilient farm.

In conclusion, the author encourages the reader especially the farmer to take actions before and during the next drought occur through a checklist of activities.

With this, you will be guided easily as to what needs to be done.

There are many things to say about this book, but I suggest that you buy and read it yourself.

You can get the book at Amazon for $23.78 only. Its worth the price.