Delegates of Kolping Philippines Actively Participate in the Workshop on Development Cooperation Held in Lima, Peru

The presence of many delegates coming from different Kolping Associations around the world did not hindered the active participation of Kolping Philippines Chairperson of the Board Elmer C. Registrado and Executive Director Aristotle N. Pitapit in the recent Workshop on Development Cooperation held in Casa de Convivencias Juan Pablo II, Balneario, Sta. Rosa, Lima, Peru on September 21-23, 2017.

Mr. Registrado is a presenter of a group workshop on the need to address the different levels of intervention such as micro, meso and macro and how to achieve success in these areas. His group was composed of representatives coming from different Kolping Associations.

Also, Mr. Pitapit is a presenter of the workshop group represented by the delegates from Serbia, Poland, South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda and India. His workshop group tacked the kind or kinds of project that hinder or foster the growth of membership. Mr. Martin Rǜber, the Kolping International Coordinator for Asia and Brazil facilitated the workshop discussions.

Meanwhile, Rev. Msgr. Nono Sañado, HP is an active participant in the Spanish-speaking delegates. His knowledge of the language made him the sole Asian delegate in the group.

The main theme of such workshop focuses “from beneficiaries towards committed volunteers – shaping society and church through Kolping Associations”.

Kolping International General Secretary, Dr. Markus Demele tackled before the delegates the main theme of the workshop. Mr. Peter Schwab, Kolping International Coordinator for Latin America plus Benin, Cameroon and Togo talked about building up Kolping Society through or through development projects. University professor, Dr. Gerhard Kruip discussed about the call and mission of a faith-based social association – comments from a theological and socio-scientific perspective.

Kolping International Education and Campaigns Coordinator Sigfrid Stapel facilitated the said 3-day workshop.

KSPI Staff Undertakes the Basics of Community Organizing

Eager to revitalize the formation of Kolping Families in the parishes, KSPI staff have undergone Basic Training on Community Organizing on August 30-31, 2017 held in Rock Garden Resort, Carolina, Naga City, Camarines Sur.

The topics include the definition of community organizing based from the experience of known NGOs in the Philippines, its basic values, objectives, goals and principles, steps and approaches and the role of a community organizer.

The resource speaker, Executive Director Aris N. Pitapit, shown before the participants two (2) short video presentation for community organizing analysis. Then, a reflection-session was followed. Staff stated their individual responses in the strengthening of KFs, empowerment for local governance engagement and sustainability.

Such training is part of the enhancement of staff management capabilities, expanding resource development and mobilization for institutional stability and sustainability. A total of eight (8) staff trainings are expected to be conducted before the end of this year with the executive director as the main resource speaker and facilitator.

KSPI Elected as the New Chair of CamsurNet

KSPI is elected as the new Chair of the Camarines Sur CSO’s Network for Development (CamsurNet) on August 26, 2017 held at Kolping Board Room, Kolping Complex, Haring, Canaman, Camarines Sur.

The new set of officers were elected during the 6th General Assembly of the network. They will serve from August 26, 2017 until August 25, 2020. Among elected CSOs are the following;

Chair               –           Kolping Society Philippines, Inc. (KSPI)

Vice Chair       –          Caritas Caceres

Secretary         –          Alternative Network of Bicolano Women (ANBICOL WOMEN)

Treasurer         –          Bicol Federation of Dairy Cooperatives (BFDC)

Auditor             –          Magarao People’s Council

Trustee            –           Interaktiv Philippines

Trustee            –           Naga College Foundation (NCF)

Trustee            –           Network for Sustainable Livelihood Catalyst (NSLC)

Trustee            –           Canaman People’s Council

CamsurNet is a provincial network of Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) in the province of Camarines Sur actively advocating for good governance and sustainable development. It has 17 members of various organizations such as NGOs, Peoples Council, Peoples Organizations, academe and cooperatives.

The officers of the network are elected by organizations through representation of its heads or duly authorized representatives. KSPI is being represented by Executive Director Aris N. Pitapit.

Hence, it is a big task for KSPI to lead the network in sustaining its gains and partnering for change in good governance toward sustainability.

KSPI is the New Prexy of ABSNET Camarines Sur Cluster for Change

Kolping Society Philippines is being elected as the new Chair of the Area-Based Standard Network (ABSNET) Camarines Sur Cluster during the latter Quarterly Meeting on July 4, 2017 held at JLo Big Heart Foundation, Inc., San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur.

KSPI is being represented by Executive Director Aristotle N. Pitapit. The new set of officers who will serve from July 4, 2017 to July 4, 2020 are the following, to wit;

Chair                            –           Kolping Society Philippines

Vice Chair                   –          JLo Big Heart Foundation

Secretary                     –           Louise de Marillac Foundation

Sector Representatives:

Children                               –     Bicol Development and Learning Center Foundation

Youth                                    –     Kolping Society Philippines

Family and Community   –    Coalition for Bicol Development

Women                                –     Hablon Dawani Integrated Services for Girls/Women in Crisis

PWD                                     –     Vincentian Missionaries Social Development Foundation

Senior Citizens                   –     Missionaries of the Poor

LGU Rep.                             –     Naga City Social Welfare and Development Office

The ABSNET is composed of all registered, accredited Social Welfare and Development agencies organized to strengthen cooperation and coordination among area-based intermediaries and in the process, ensure quality implementation of Social Welfare and Development constituencies and clientele.

As one of its functions, the DSWD registers, licenses and accredits individuals, agencies and organizations engaged in social welfare and development services, sets standards and monitors the empowerment and compliance to these standards. It seeks to respond to the evolving needs of the target sector by setting up and enforcing SWD standards toward quality implementation and continuing provision of technical assistance and resource augmentation to members of the civil society.

KSPI is elected unanimously by the members present during the meeting. It is a big challenge for KSPI to lead the seventy-eight (78) DSWD listed member CSOs, NGOs, POs, foundations, religious organizations and learning centers in the province of Camarines Sur.


Trustees and Staff Jointly Meet the Challenges of NGO Governance Training in Caramoan, Camarines Sur

KSPI staff and the members of the Board of Trustees were undergone NGO Governance 101 and Program Operations Training on June 22-24, 2017 in Residencia de Salvacion, Paniman, Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

The said trainings tacked the Vision, Mission and Goals of the KSPI in relation with the Board Governance.  Also, the functions of the Board of Trustees and the executive director are discussed. Other topics include Financial Management and Administration and Partnering and Networking.

On the second day, Training on Program Operations was conducted. It deals on the planning and development of projects or programs, implementation, monitoring of the progress of the project implementation and the evaluation of the results including its impact.

Live interaction and discussions were observed. For one or two who have been already undergone such trainings, it was a matter of re-energizing their enthusiasm to serve the people continuously. The rest said it was challenging and keep them informed of the basics of NGO governance and promised to do more in spreading the ideals and aspirations of Blessed Adolph Kolping.

The executive director facilitated the said trainings. The staff of the Kolping Microfinance, Inc. (KMFI) also joined in the said activities.

These trainings are part of enhancing the capacities of the member of the Board of Trustees and the staff to live truly in the spirit of its founder and serve the people in the communities. More so, to replicate such in the Kolping families for sustainability and be more pro-active members of the Church and the Society.

KSPI Receives its Registration and License to Operate from the DSWD Regional Field Office 5

After  eleven (11) years, KSPI received its renewal of Registration and License to Operate from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Field Office 5. The awarding was held during the Area-Based Standards Network (ABSNET) – Camarines Sur Cluster meeting on April 28, 2017 in KSPI, Haring, Canaman, Camarines Sur.

The Registration and License to Operate is being awarded by Ms. Nilsa Paulinita P. Matamorosa, Social Welfare Assistant IV and Ms. Eden C. Flores, Project Development Officer, both of the Standards Unit, DSWD Field Office No. 5.

Such registration and license make the social services of the KSPI legitimate and compliant to the regulatory requirements of the DSWD.

According to Ms. Flores, there are three levels of application, these are; Level I – Registration, Level II – Registration and License to Operate and Level III – Accreditation. KSPI together with the Coalition for Bicol Development (CBD) are being endorsed by the Standards Unit of the DSWD Regional Field Office 5 for Level III application. The Standards Bureau of the DSWD National Office conducts final assessment of the applicants. The Standards Unit will conduct pre-assessment before its endorsement to the Standards Bureau. The final assessment of the aforementioned entities is being scheduled on the 4th week of June, 2017.

Kolping Families in the Philippines affected by the Typhoon Nina, receives financial assistance from Diocese of Osnabruck, Germany

Three hundred forty one (341) family victims of Typhoon Nina were granted financial assistance from Kolping Diocese of Osnabruck-KSPI partner Diocese in Germany thru the International Kolping Society. This was made possible under the leadership of Mr. Andre Rolfes, Coordinator of Osnabruck. Fundraising campaigns were conducted by the members of Kolping Osnabruck to raise PHP 486,782 to support the repair of the damaged houses caused by the Typhoon Nina that hit the Bicol Region last December 2016.

Awarding of Financial Assistance was held last April 27, 2017 at Kolping Office, Haring, Canaman, Camarines Sur in the occasion of the Kolping monthly Mass in honor of Blessed Adolph Kolping, founder of the Kolping Society. It was a concelebrated Mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Fidel Mamerto Bagayaua, Board Member together with the Kolping Praeses Rev. Fr. Rey Daet from St. Michael the Archangel KF, San Miguel Island Albay; Rev. Fr. Paul Tirao from St. Anthony Padua KF, Siruma and  Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Mojica from St. Peter Baptist, Ocampo.

Among the recipients were from the Kolping Families of St. Michael the Archangel, Tabaco City;  Holy Family, Panal, Tabaco City; St. Nicholas Tolentino, Estancia, Malinao, Albay; Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cagararay Island Albay; St. John Baptist, Bato, Catanduanes.; Immaculate Concepcion, Palta, Virac, Catanduanes; St. Michael the Archangel, San Miguel, Catanduanes; St. Pius X, San Andres, Catanduanes; St. Josemaria Escriva, Obo San Miguel, Catanduanes; St. Dominic of Guzman, Nabua, St. Francis of Assisi, Buhi; Holy Cross, Nabua; Nuestra Sen. De Katipanan, Nabua; St. Peter the Apostle, Bagacay, Tinambac; St. Anthony of Padua, Siruma; St. Bernard Abbot, Ocampo;  St. Peter Baptist, Ocampo; Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Canaman and St. Anthony of Padua, Camaligan, Camarines Sur.

An appeal  to the beneficiaries was made by Mr. Elmer Registrado, Chairperson of the KSPI Board of Trustees that since they were given aid during this difficult time, more is expected of them to be of help as well to others in need. In that way, the Kolping spirit lives on.

IKS Comptroller Helene Gielen Visits KSPI, the First in Asia

Knowing the stories and the people behind the numbers, IKS Comptroller Helene Gielen visited KSPI on April 19-23, 2017. Such visit focused in the management of BMZ Fund by the KSPI, its programs in formation and capacity building, technical vocational and microfinance.

Ms. Gielen introduced the BMZ Fund to the new Executive Director. She checked thoroughly the records on file, the management of such fund and resolved issues and concerns by the Administrative and Finance Unit of the KSPI including its micro-finance arm, the KMFI.

In the ground, she visited the St. Francis of Assisi KF in San Francisco, Naga City, St Claire KF in Tigaon, Camarines Sur and Saints Phillip and James KF in Lagonoy, Camarines Sur. These areas have different livelihood projects and programs. St. Francis of Assisi has candle making project while St. Claire KF has bakery project. Sts. Phillip and James KF has different kinds of livelihood projects ranging from small retail store, native industry, buying and selling of agricultural products, backyard piggery and native delicacies processing.

All of these Kolping Families have undergone series of formation sessions and trainings. Other livelihood projects are the result of the technical vocational skills training intervention. The last day of the visit was wrapped-up in an exit conference at the Parish Office of St. Anthony of Padua, Iriga City with the National Praeses Rev. Msgr. Nono Saṅado, HP and the rest of the KSPI staff and members of the Board of Trustees.

BOT Passes Eighteen Resolutions in its 2nd Regular Meeting

Indeed, trustees are working. On March 11, 2017, the KSPI Board of Trustees had passed eighteen (18) resolutions in their 2nd regular meeting. These resolutions generally focused on institutional good governance, human resource development and financial management and responsibility.

On institutional good governance, the Board approved three previous minutes of one regular meeting and two special meetings, security concerns, assets management, maintenance of laboratories and facilities, possible extension of technical vocational program to other areas and the increase of food allowance during training.

Resolutions on human resource development are the granting of scholarship slot for the staff and the trustees per year, increase in the rate of the trainers fee, confirming the appointment of one staff in the Formation and Capacity Building Program, creation of positions in the Fr. Adolph Kolping Farm and the changing of position of the Bamboo Farm Caretaker into Livestock Technician.

Financial Management and responsibility focused on the payment of membership dues in the IKS and the dues of the KSPI to the Bicol Micro Finance Council Incorporated (BMCI).

Special resolution called for the KSPI representation in the coming international conventions, meetings and workshop by the IKS in Lima, Peru.

Of these eighteen (18) resolutions, eleven (11) are proposed unanimously. The rest are sponsored by Trustees Ninfa Zonia Saballegue, Eleanor S. Almarez and Onofre V. Haber.