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Ab-abbuyog as an indigenous tool for development

 

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t was during the height of implementation of reforestation projects and agro-forestry when I was formally hired as a Community Mobilization Officer (CMO) of the CHARM2 Project assigned in my barangay.

 

It was assumed that various activities on social preparation had been accomplished by the IAT, the contracted non-government organization (NGO) partner of the Project to implement the CHARM2 Program in the community in the past years.

 

My first move was introducing myself as the newly hired Community Mobilization Officer(CMO) and at the same time, conduct courtesy call to barangay council, elders and PO officers .After my first move, I decided to conduct a transect walk until I reached the established nursey filled with grown pine tree seedlings. With no hesitation, I counted it by plot and I summed the potted pine tree seedlings to approximately reach 130,000 and is ready for plantation.

 

On my way home, I was wondering why the PO and farmer beneficiaries do not have the initiative to start planting. On the other side of my mind, I was praising the accomplishment of the PO officers for having potted such number of seedlings even without the fund yet.

I visited Mr. Johnny Salabao, the People’s Organization (PO) chairman, at his home and we agreed to hold a focus group discussion with the key leaders of the barangay official and PO officers to strategize and plan the schedule for the planting of the seedlings. In this activity, majority suggested that the Ab-abbuyog system is the most effective way to implement the project.

 

Ab-abbuyog is similar to bayanihan system which involves cooperation and sympathy among friends, household neighbors and immediate family members. This is an exchange of free labor among the group to attain a certain purpose. This is especially applied to farmer individual who cannot afford to hire laborers to do field work for them.

 

This traditional system was proven effective and cost efficient thus,it has greatly contributed to the fast implementation of the CHARM2 project, particularly under component 2 .Because of this practice, Tulgao East nursery establishment was reported( by the Reforestation Committee during their RefoCom staff meeting)as one of the best performing barangay that garnered a rating of 95% among the pilot barangays covered by CHARM2 in the province of Kalinga.

 

Moreover, the four thousand seedlings left were planted by the graduating pupils of Tulgao East Elementary School and faculty members, together with the Parents Teachers Association and barangay officials in this locality.//Ruben Ganagan

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