ADB-JFPR Visits BNJ
The delegates of ADB-JFPR with Gina Lopez (ALKFI Chairman), Miko Aliño (BNJ Deputy Manager) and Leah Bautista (BNJ, OIC) during their field visit
It was back in 2011 when the partnership of BayaNiJuan, National Housing Authority, and Asian Development Bank-Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (ADB-JFPR) started.
With the aim to improve the lives of the residents of BNJ who were former dwellers along Manila waterways and families displaced by Ondoy, ADB-JFPR gave a grant of 1.5 million US Dollars, making them one of the major partners.
The grant given to BNJ has four components: Program for Expanding Multisectoral Partnerships (Component A), Community Development and Innovation Program (Component B), Capacity Development of Residents in Community Development and Social Entrepreneurship (Component C), and Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Reporting System (Component D).
In line with these four components are the projects for electrification, potable water supply system, and livelihood opportunities. In electrification of houses, 903 out of 5,896 units have been supplied with electricity while 1,138 have pending applications. Community facilities completely have electricity such as the Livelihood Center and Training center in 2012, the Sagip Kapamilya Community Center in February of 2013 and the SM Wellness Center of the clinic which was supplied in July 2013. The streets of BayaNiJuan are also provided with 48 solar street lights back in July 2013 and 19 more were installed this year.
The water system of the community already has a level 2 of potable water supply where 1,144 out of 5,896 households, currently have access to safe drinking water from rainwater harvesters and shallow wells. In site 1, it will be completed on December this year.
The grant also allowed the residents to borrow loans in order for them to start a small business like a sari-sari store through the Community Innovation Fund in which 462 individuals were able to loan. Bayan Academy which manages the loan component under CIF also introduced the Grassroots Entrepreneurship Management to train the borrowers in improving the operations of businesses in the community.
40 delegates, who are representatives of member countries, visited the community of BayaNiJuan sa Southville 7 as a part of their regular field visit.
According to Joel Mangahas, the Social Sector Specialist of ADB, they are pleased to see how the lives of the residents improved with the core principle of development work, where in organizations have to partner with each other and optimize the comparative advantages of the organizations.
“It is always good to see that our efforts have given a hope and help people get jobs and have decent homes,” shares Joel Mangahas.
The support of ADB-JFPR continues to give the community of BayaNiJuan the ability to move forward and have even better lives.
*Photos: Clockwise, A delegate with the residents of BayaNiJuan, a delegate holding a greeting card made by the residents of BNJ (one of the livelihood opportunities in the community), another delegate who bought a bag made out of beads (also one of the livelihood opportunities in the community), and the delegates checking out the construction water system project)