HLAF concludes the last stretch of training for SIMULA project, commends mentors for the accomplishments of the BCPCs in four pilot regions



BAGUIO CITY, Benguet – A total of 43 participants and mentors from Itogon, Benguet and San Miguel Bulacan gathered for the Community Organizing and Volunteerism and Emergency Response Training held this March 12-14, 2019 at Pine Breeze Cottages, Baguio City.

The said training is the last stretch for the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) Functionality Training as the Module 7 and 8 of the SIMULA project.

Habang nagiging functional ang inyong BCPCs, tulungan din natin ang ibang councils para maging functional sila (para sa bata).” Atty. Rommel Alim Abitria, HLAF’s Executive Director, said during the first day of the training as he encouraged the participants to continue learning about skills benefiting children.

Representatives from Brgy. Gumatdang, Brgy. Tinondang, Brgy. Ucab, Brgy. Poblacion, Brgy. Tuding, Brgy. Ampucao, Brgy. Dalupirip, Brgy. Virac and Brgy. Loacan from Itogon, Benguet and Brgy. San Agustin, Brgy. Sta. Rita (Bata), Brgy. Camias, and Brgy. San Jose from San Miguel, Bulacan shared the progress in their BCPC before starting the sessions as it is important how they will be able to adapt the learnings for organizing and emergency response components in their programs for children.

Mentors’ Insights

“Nag-strive kami para maging functional ang mga BCPC sa Olongapo and to prepare as well for our entries sa BCPC Congress. As a mentor, I feel responsible sa pagme-mentors ng buong Olongapo City and looking forward na kung saan man kami matalaga na bayan sa San Miguel, alam naming kung paano mag-update sa BCPC Kamustahan” Ms. Rosalie Olongapo, SIMULA mentor from Olongapo City, quoted as she shared their efforts to make the BCPCs in Olongapo City functional.  

Ms. Laurie Pangda, SIMULA mentor from Itogon, shared as well that mentors from Itogon believe that there’s a progress in the BCPCs in the nine pilot barangays and as the BCPC trainings concluded, they are very challenge to start scheduling meetings on their own to gather updates from the BCPCs.  

During the first day of the BCPC training, discussions about Emergency response took place such as: Basic Concept in Child Protection in Emergency, Salient Features of RA 10821, Juvenile Justice in Emergency Response, Child Protection of the Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Action and Addressing Youth offending in times of emergency and disaster discussed by Atty. Rommel Alim Abitria, HLAF’s Executive Director.

The Framework of Community Organizing, Skills, Attitude and Values of a Good Community Organizer, Process of Community Organizing, Framework of Volunteerism, Skills, Attitude and Values of a Volunteer, Benefits of Volunteerism, The Effects of Emergency to Children and to their families, How to respond using Case Management and Community Organizing and Volunteerism were also discussed by Ms. Ma. Lourdes Rosal Aurelio, RSW, Ms. Claudette Almadin, RSW, and Ms. Carmelita Torrefiel.

Emergency Response

'There should be a comprehensive program for children as it serves as a strategic framework to protect children and new mothers from violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation in disasters and other emergency situation.' Atty. Abitria explained as an introduction to his discussion about the Basic Concept in Child Protection in Emergency.



Effective Community Organizing

Ms. Ma. Lourdes Rosal Aurelio, RSW, SIMULA mentor, stated during her discussion that community organizing is essential to be adapted by the members of the barangay and that they should consider components such as society, people, organization and conscientization and signifies social responsibility.

Perspective from HLAF’s Community Organizer for 6 years

“(Na-observe ko na) mas interestado na sila ngayon sa training and maganda na i-practice nila yung mga natutunan sa barangay. (Napansin ko din) na nagpursige sila na mahabol yung mga outputs sa mga training.” Ms. Carmelita Torrefiel, HLAF’s Community Organiser, in her observation regarding the improvement of the BCPCs based from the very first training until the last training.

Ms. Torrefiel advised the participants and quoted “Huwag (sila) magsawa na mag aral patungkol kung paano pakitunguhan at bigyan ng proteksyon ang mga bata.”

The two other areas for SIMULA project, Tacloban City, Leyte and Daet, Camarines Norte, finished the 7th and 8th modules last February 18-22 as they conducted a joined training held at Tacloban City. HLAF together with SIMULA mentors also visited the BCPCs of the pilot barangays at Tacloban City and Daet last March 4-5 and March 5-6 respectively.

HLAF is scheduled to visit the barangays of San Miguel, Bulacan this March 20-21, 2019 and barangays of Itogon, Benguet this March 25-27, 2019.