About

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ECOWEB Inc. is a recipient of Gawad Kalasag award from the Regional DRRM Council of Regional X and National DRRM Council, including a P100,000 cash last Dec 7, 2016 at Grand Caprice, Cagayan de Oro City. The organization was also adjudged as Best Civil Society in Region X and placed third at the national level.

 

ECOWEB started in 2006  to address four inter-linking challenges: poverty, strained social relations, degraded environment and poor governance. This concerns are integrated and understood from the lens of Human-Ecosystem Development Framework that is cognizant of the correlations of local, national, international and global issues.

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Vision, Mission and Goals

EcoWEB envisions “a peaceful and progressive society living in a safe environment,” and aims to realize this by fulfilling its mission of  “building partnerships, empowering communities” thru four (4) major identified goals and programs:

 

  1.   Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Action (DRR-CA)
  2.   Peace Action for Community Empowerment (PEACE)
  3.   Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction
  4.   Human Rights Action and Good Governance (HRaGG)

Programs and Services

EcoWEB has four (4) major programs which are being implemented in an integrated manner at the community level.  These are:

  1. Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Action (DRR-CA)

EcoWEB works to localize response on climate change adaptation to address the increasing vulnerability of communities due to natural and human-made hazards. This program promotes Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) and watershed and ecosystems-based approach in addressing hazards and/or vulnerabilities of communities, and in initiating climate change adaptation or mitigation. It works to mainstream DRR, particularly in land use, local development planning, and the community-based biodiversity conservation and sustainable natural resources management with local government partners. It also capacitates community and local structures to establish early warning systems and disaster preparedness.

  1. Peace Action for Community Empowerment (PEACE)

EcoWEB advocates peace thru creative strategies e.g.  Cinema for Peace, Historical Journey, and others.

At the grassroots level, our peace actions focus on transforming resource-based conflicts and raising people’s awareness. The program also advocates for mainstreaming peace-building and conflict transformation concepts in local government development planning and programming.

  1. Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction

EcoWEB promotes sustainable management of natural resources such as oil, forest, water, and minerals, among others, to ensure sustainability of livelihood communities. It promotes food productivity enhancements using sustainable agriculture technologies. It develops community social enterprises using value-chain approach. Projects are implemented with sensitive integration of environmentalism, gender, and peacebuilding.

  1. Human Rights Action and Good Governance (HRaGG)

EcoWEB upholds the rights to development and security of indigenous people (IP) and internally displaced people (IDP). It advocates on participatory, transparent and accountable governance.

The program supports IPs right to claim their ancestral domain and its sustainable development and management. It also works for the humanitarian services for IDPs for their recovery and rehabilitation e.g. restore access to portable water, shelter and livelihoods. It bridges marginalized communities, like IPs, IDPs, and other basic sectors to local special bodies to mainstream major policy advocacies for peace, DRR, gender and poverty reduction in local and national government planning and development processes.

Focus Group and Area of Operation

EcoWEB’s programs and projects are focused with marginalized and vulnerable communities to natural and human-induced hazards.  It particularly works with traditional structures of the Indigenous People (IP) and community-based organizations in conflict-affected communities of Moro, Visayans and IPs, women, farmers and youth.

Area of operation covers the provinces of Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental and Zamboanga del Sur in the North-Western Mindanao region of the Philippines.

Donors, Partners and Networks

EcoWEB partners with local, national and international groups and institutions. It also taps the support of individuals to help support its operation.

International partners and donors include the Catholic Agency for Overseas development (CAFOD), GIZ, Mennonite Central Committee, and others through partnership with agencies like the Act for Peace Programme of the Philippine Government, which is also supported by the UNDP and EU.

EcoWEB also partners with the local government units in its areas of operation; national government agencies through its local offices; and other civil society organizations e.g. NGOs, faith-based or religious organizations, and academic institutions.

EcoWEB is a member of local and  national networks such as the Philippines Social Enterprise Network (PhilSEN), Philippine Federation for Environmental Concerns (PFEC), Safer Homes Coalition, among others. EcoWEB is also an active member of the Beyond 2015 campaign that advocates for an inclusive and sustainable post-2015 development framework.