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27
Jan

Dagyaw sa Antique Project (Day 1), An Organizer’s Story

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First posted at IloiloMetropolitanTimes last January 19, 2014
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Pangga Gen/taga-uma@manila

Pangga Gen/taga-uma@manila

The sun shone the whole day of Saturday that January 04. It was a 2 ½-hour jeepney ride from our barangay in Dao to the town of Culasi in Antique. We traveled the coastal road, the Dream Team composed of Dr. Heath Motley of the United Nations Chiropractic Center-Manila (Ermita branch); eldest sister Faith and brother-in-law Mike; youngest sister Pearl Joy, head of the psychosocial support being the trained and experienced one as faculty and MS Psychology student at the Ateneo de Davao University; Jessie Frencillo, PJ’s right hand, a Manila-based ministry servant, who is also a godbrother in the neighboring barangay, and who brought with him godsister Grace, an I.T. graduate of the University of San Agustin, who invited with her Paul, a close relative, ka-barkada, also an experienced volunteer, and another ka-barangay Rene Sibulangcal, a young award-winning photographer in vacation from Manila. From another barangay, Pong Serdeña joined us, a professional photographer and experienced documenter of different relief operations in Antique and Iloilo initiated by private organizations. In San Jose, Aylyn Villojan completed the team. She is also from Dao and a schoolmate, now a successful Manila-based business analyst, who flew in the other day for this commitment – our reunion after a long time beyond Facebook.

We arrived at the poblacion, in the house of my high-school penpal Maida Magsipoc-Basañes, our host and coordinator. Since Yolanda, she had found herself full of donors entrusting her their help, from buying banca to sustaining her own initiative, a feeding program for her high school students at the Northern Antique Vocational School (NAVS). She had shared with us her sadness on their lack of motivation – and shame – after the typhoon destroyed their house and livelihood. Most of her students are from upland barangays and small neighboring islands: the trip to the town for school – a challenge and a feat.

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Pearl Joy briefed the team on ‘Ang Kuwento ng Pagdadala,’ a framework in counseling and therapy developed by Dr. Edwin T. Decenteceo of UP. Tasks were given, we lunched, and off we rode to Barangay Janlagasi, almost 15 minutes away on the ricefields before Mt. Madya-as. We gathered on monoblock chairs, at the shadowed part of the barangay plaza by a roof-blown structure. Behind us, ravaged coconut trees. After a brief orientation and introduction of the team, we danced in the singing of “Maghirupay Kita” and broke into groups for the sharing session. The adults occupied the chapel and the plaza, where on the other side children gathered with paper and art materials to drew their thoughts and feelings.
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Inside the one-room barangay hall, a long-wooden table was provided for the chiropractor. I assisted as translator. It was insightful, how pain and grief could manifest physically. We endure because we lack access to health professionals and services, and so the chiropractor was welcomed with curiosity and fondness. Men and women of different ages lined up with their complaints of body pains from head to feet, which were also their life stories, and hopes. It was instructive, of how mother tongue is indeed effective; translation as context, attention to non-verbal clues and gestures, and compassion.

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Past 4, when the different sharing groups were done, we served arrozcaldo, pancit, and bread. After, a tolda was spread out in the plaza. We brought out the sacks of clothes donated by The Manila Residences Tower in Taft Avenue where I am staying, transported with discount given by the bus conductor and driver of Dimple Star in Pasay terminal, and the libreng ukay-ukay started.
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Brgy. Captain Mariet Barcenal, on megaphone, gave out instructions, and jokes. We watched nearby, pleased in the order of things on the floor, their fun in rummaging for their need and want as our mutual satisfaction.
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We rested with the sunset by the open fields in front of the house of the family of Zurick Sumugat, Maida’s childhood best friend who facilitated things for us in the barangay. The Dream Team exchanged observations and insights (I hope to share these with you in the coming weeks) before bottles of beer and husks of coconut juice. Not for long, the photo and videoke sessions, and we enjoyed the dinner of seafood and farm fresh produce. We glowed with the moon, in both exhaustion and satisfaction, energized by more ideas for the next day on the ride back to the town, the Janlagasi stories we carried with us.
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9
Jan

Dagyaw sa Antique Project: Psychosocial Support + Chiropractic Treatment + Community-Meal & Gift-Giving to Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

Between Malalison Island and Mt. Madya-as in Culasi, Antique, the ricefields. Here are barangays described as interior. One is Janlagasi, named after the alagasi (Leucosyke capitellata)tree. Barangay Captain Mariet Barcenal, 59, a widow, informed us they are the third smallest barangay in town with only more than 200 population, mainly farmers. Relief operation did not reach them. But they too, they insisted, were ravaged by supertyphoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan). A participant said: “Kisra lang nag-abot si Yolanda, pero adlaw-adlaw, daw may Yolanda sa amun sulod-balay”(Yolanda only came once, but everyday, it is as if there’s Yolanda in our house).

We visited them on the afternoon of January 04 for the psychosocial support, chiropractic treatment, community-meal, and gift-giving. We spent the morning of January 05 for more chiropractic treatment and a lecture-seminar on mental health and psychosocial support services for the community leaders.

Here’s an overview of our story with them:

They came and registered…
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Most of them drew about destroyed houses and fallen trees. One drew a spaceship. Another one, an alien.
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Pearl Joy Asenjo, trained and experienced psychosocial facilitator with the Ateneo de Davao University, led our psychosocial support, with the 'Ang Kuwento ng Pagdadala' framework.

Pearl Joy Asenjo, trained and experienced psychosocial facilitator with the Ateneo de Davao University, led our psychosocial support, with the ‘Ang Kuwento ng Pagdadala’ framework.


Jessie Frencillo, an active ministry servant,  our psychosocial co-leader, tucked participants' answers on their coping mechanisms - 'ang tulay' sa 'Ang Kuwento ng Pagdadala.'

Jessie Frencillo, an active ministry servant, our psychosocial co-leader, tucked participants’ answers on their coping mechanisms – ‘ang tulay’ sa ‘Ang Kuwento ng Pagdadala.’


Community-singing opened our engagement.

Community-singing opened our engagement.


Ms. Aylyn Villojan, our townmate from Dao, a successful business analyst, volunteered with us.

Ms. Aylyn Villojan, our townmate from Dao, a successful business analyst, volunteered with us.


Zurick Sumugat, our local host & coordinator, led a community-singing of 'Pusong Bato.'

Zurick Sumugat, our local host & coordinator, led a community-singing of ‘Pusong Bato.’


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Their sharing revealed the following top issues: lost of livelihood & heightened family conflicts; their teen-age sons and daughters, for instance, are no longer motivated to go to school: they now want to work and earn in order to help their family. But there is no job available around for them.
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Inside Janlagasi chapel, we engaged in physical exercise and community-singing – proven effective tools in psychosocial support.
Dr. Heath Motley of the United Nations Chiropractic Center-Manila treated Janlagasi residents in the one-room barangay hall.

Dr. Heath Motley of the United Nations Chiropractic Center-Manila treated Janlagasi residents in the one-room barangay hall.


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Brgy. Captain Mariet Barcenal announced the start of 'Libreng Ukay-Ukay'!  There was no commotion. Only fun.

Brgy. Captain Mariet Barcenal announced the start of ‘Libreng Ukay-Ukay’!
There was no commotion. Only fun.


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They enjoyed the free ‘ukay-ukay.’ Clothing donation from my fellow residents at The Manila Residences Tower 1-Taft Avenue, Manila.

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Poster_Dagyaw sa Antique Project 2014

Many thanks to all of our supporters. Until Phase 2!

For more photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/57514504@N03/

You can also follow this project at http://www.hcdconnect.org/profiles/genevieve