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EDSP communities give P.5 million for comdev projects
Twenty-two communities in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Philippines [EDSP] have “granted back” various amounts totaling P539,823.50 to be used for other development projects of the Episcopal Church. Such grant-back was made under the ECP’s policy of “receivers to givers”, which intends to enable recipients of development grants to become grant givers and share their blessings with others. The 22 EDSP communities, which were previously the beneficiaries of various projects ranging from animal dispersal to post-harvest facilities and other livelihood activities, are: Obial, Kauran, Datu Wasay, Tanok, Lenogboyen, Dapulan, Mambucal, Pangawan, Dolao, Bagumbayan, Daguma, Sangoy, Bukakroon, Ganasi, Magon, Pangi, San Miguel, Hillside, Kebolongkoy, Sangay, Tuburan and Bato-bato which are located in various provinces in Mindanao under the mission jurisdiction of EDSP when it was yet undivided. The amounts represent shares in income of post-harvest facilities and livelihood projects as well as succeeding-line offspring of dispersed animals.
Under the above-stated policy, the ECP Development Program is not only a recipient of develop grants from various foreign partners but is now also a grantor of development funds to communities. The funds that it is granting, such as those from EDSP communities above, come from previous project beneficiaries who wish to share the blessings they received from their respective projects. This scheme seeks to stop the perpetuation of the grant mindset that has long pervaded Episcopal communities. It seeks to correct the system of resource flow in the ECP development program which often involved large grants that have, in effect, made people assume the role of perpetual receivers. External grants that continue to flow in the program are now managed in a way that aims to demolish the unhelpful grant mindset and thus further the positive worldviews that support, rather than weaken, community development. This is also in line with the asset-based community development [ABCD] approach that the ECP has adopted in its development planning.
Of the total amount from EDSP communities, P500,000 was given last month to Holy Faith Church in Cainta, Rizal to support the livelihood activities of women knitters in the community. Initially, the said women expected that this amount will be given as grant as had been the practice in previous ECP projects but when they realized that it came from communities in Mindanao, they later appreciated the “receivers to givers” program and vowed to grow the amount so they can also, in the future, support projects of other communities. Likewise, they committed to share with the local congregation what they expect to gain from the project.
Previous project holders and beneficiaries in other dioceses have similarly commenced granting back to the Development Program.