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.