Reports: FSLF Updates March 2008

Reports: FSLF Updates March 2008

FSLF gave 10 bags of groceries on Dec, 22, 2007 as Christmas gifts to the 10 families who recently moved from their dwelling along Sampaloc Lake to the Gawad Kalinga (GK) Unityville I. This was at a cost of P300/bag. In addition, new FSLF members Bobby and Kathy Chan also donated loaves of bread to all GK residents. FSLF is requesting for a conference with GK local officials to explore alternatives to the sluggish housing construction problems. FSLF is looking at the idea of possibly revisiting the exclusivity agreement for building homes between GK and the LGU at the GK Unityville site. FSLF will recommend that beneficiaries will be allowed to build their own homes on their assigned lots (within a set guidelines, yet to be established). FSLF contributed P1,000 to GK daycare fieldtrip to Avalon Zoo. FSLF members participated in a Tanggol Kalikasan (TK)-led summit. TK invited stakeholders and had a consensus-building meeting at Siesta Residencia de Arago. The summit participants identified problems and possible actions There are already plans to build a boardwalk along Sampaloc Lake by the LGU without the knowledge of LLDA officials. FSLF will schedule a meeting with all the concerned citizens to look into lakes issues. This may include a briefing on Cong. Ivy Arago’s proposed Congressional bill to remove the seven lakes from under LLDA’s authority. Dr. Rodel Lasco* has agreed to served as member-consutant for FSLF efforts to protect our lakes. * Dr. Rodel D. Lasco, 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awardee as one of the coordinating lead authors of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...
Report: FSLF Youth and Kids Report 2007

Report: FSLF Youth and Kids Report 2007

Children’s Science Interactive Workshop: FSLF Kids participated in the CSIW Iloilo (Oct 2006) and CSIW Pangasinan (Oct 2007) and came home with several medals. Eleven children joined the 2006 CSIW on Physics and twenty-three participated in the 2007 CSIW on Chemistry. One of our FSLF Kids placed third over-all in the Science Quiz Bee (Edward Macasadia) The FSLF Youth participated in the M2K camp held at the Malabanban Watershed in December 2006. The FSLF Kids and Youth held the annual Mini Eco-Camp (April 2007). The FSLF Youth conducted a survival camp at Bukid Garden (June 2007). Conducted a 7 lakes eco-tour to familiarize children with the seven lakes (Sept 2007) Set up Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the Mini Park. Maintained and cleaned the park. (Aug 2007) The FSLF Youth and Kids were chosen to the Philippine launch of the song “WE RISE”, the UNICEF signature song on water and the environment written by Fil-Am Gemma Bulos. The song was performed at the DENR building during the celebration of World Water Day at the Philippine Water Summit (March 25, 2007). Three FSLF Youth groups submitted projects to the Volvo Adventure competition (December 2006). All projects were recycling projects, which the children wanted to undertake for the community. The FSLF Youth participated in two CLEAR camps in October 2006 and September 2007. The youth members joined students and out-of-school youth in the Kilos Kabataan para sa Kalikasan in San Pablo City and the follow-up camp in Los Banos. The FSLF Youth are coordinating a water testing project with CLEAR and DOST. The FSLF Youth are also negotiating funding...
Report: FSLF Year-End Report 2007

Report: FSLF Year-End Report 2007

1. We had several meetings with LLDA through 2006-2007, two of which were attended by LLDA GM Ynares – one at his Pasig office and the other here in San Pablo. Discussed were: Orders for the demolition of illegal structures and reduction of fishcages; The demolition was carried earlier this year. Inclusion of FSLF as a member of the River Council; This remains unresolved. Associate membership to the Living Lakes Association; Still waiting on the CLEAR tripartite to endorse it to the Association. LLDA says there is no objection from any of the tripartite members. Presence of LLDA representatives in San Pablo City at least twice a week; They said they would do this, but at the last meeting they said they do not have enough personnel. Deputization of FSLF to monitor and report illegal activities; No action on this. Reevaluation of the Zonal Development Masterplan for Sampaloc Lake. Guidelines for the mini parks were for approval by LGU (engineering) with final approval by LLDA. Arrangement of floating fishcages are still under evaluation. We suggested that they be numbered for monitoring and control. Proposal was taken but not action yet. 2. We were also invited to join an LLDA meeting in Tagaytay at which various issues pertaining to the lakes were discussed.  At the same meeting we applied to become a member of the River Councils, but this remains unresolved (Aug 2006) 3. Also joined the Laguna de Bay Environmental Action Planning (LEAP) for the 7 lakes and watershed in Calauan, Laguna (Aug 2007) 3. Participated in Tanggol Kalikasan workshop on consensus building. (Nov 2007) 4. Met with LGU...