The long wait is over! Agribida is now back after almost half a year of not operating as a project under AIESEC Davao.
The team agribida is now very excited to give another fruitful experience for another batches of EPs this summer 2016. The experience of our exchange participants is our outmost concerns that is why this summer, the project is offering two cycles. You heard it right, two additional cycles which are Cycle 9 and Cycle 10.
The two new cycle will start on different dates. For cycle 9, it will begin on late June while cycle 10 on late July to give way to other countries who’s availability does not coincide with the project timeline.
This year, agribida will be working with two different communities-Bible Community and Baranggay Mintal in Davao City.
“We would like to try new communities for Agribida and as well as for other projects so that it can cater a large number of people” according to Kate Dublin, Vice President for Projects.
The project will be expecting a total of forty (40) exchange participants coming from different countries to immersed themselves with Project Agribida. This year, the Exchange Participants will focus greatly on their community as the bilateral talks between the Eagle Foundation and AIESEC Davao is still on going.
“We wish for greater success for Agribida as they take another year of memorable experience for our future interns”, Jaymark Fernan former Project Manager said.
It’s a temporary goodbye for Agribida 2016 after the successful implementation of the two last projects coming from Cycle 8.
Two new additional projects have been added to Agribida Projects as they have successfully implemented project vertical gardening and project Road to Future. Project Vertical Gardening got their implementation a week ahead of their timeline. Due to unavailability of their project coach Mr. Jojo Rom, they decided to conduct it on their 5th week. One of the low cost project, with almost zero expenses Project Vertical Gardening bid their goodbyes through a very emotional training.
The project decided to choose three households to conduct their new system of urban gardening as they cannot cater the huge number of households on their community. They have started by ensuring a proper site for gardening, type of lands and responsible household.
After which, they invited the King of Urban Farming to do special trainings for the chosen family. Due to increasing demand, they decided to conduct a community wide training headed by Jojo Rom. He talked about land mixture, organic fertilizers and pesticides and as well as proper caring of urban plants. They ended their project with an emotional group sharing with their chosen family.
On the other hand, project road to future ended their project by constructing a wider and longer roads for Purok 18. For three days, they have constructed almost 200 meters of farm road to market which caters the people living in the site. They also conducted a series of workshop headed by central 911 of the local government of Davao to address the issues of health care on their assigned community.
Sue Han Tan from Malaysia got the leadership award whereas Project Vertical Gardening bagged the Best Project for Cycle 8.
The project ended with an emotional goodbyes. Out of nine (9) exchange participants coming from Egypt, China, Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam a young leader had risen.
For the past 6 cycles, Agribida is awarding Leadership Award/s to young exchange participants who excelled in both team and project management. EPs coming from Indonesia, Germany, Japan, Australia, Pakistan, Czech Republic and Malaysia stand out during their respective cycles.
Another Japanese listed in Agribida Hall of Fame and her name is Risa Masaki. She is the team leader for Project Fighter, currently awarded as the best project during their cycle. It was a big challenge for her as a leader since they’re handling a huge project with big expectation coming from the local government.
On the other Sota Nakamura, Chenwei Yu and Koji Tanabe from Japan and China got the Outstanding Awards during the culmination night.
Here comes another nerve wracking presentation from our dear Exchange participants from Cycle 8. In order for them to proceed with their desired projects they need to surpass the panel board headed by the barangay officials, purok leaders and project board. The EPs must create projects based on their community needs and the result of their surveying.
Two projects are now on hand and needs approval from the local government these are Project Vertical Gardening and as well as Road to Future.
Project Vertical Gardening is an initiative together with Jojo Rom which is dubbed as the king of Urban Container gardening working in ABS-CBN Agri Tayo Dito. They wish each of the households in the city will have foods to serve for their growing family. They decided to conduct a two-week implementation starting with market research until the joint training’s with the community.
Project Road to Future on the other hands continues the project of Project Bright in Purok 18. As the community needs assistance in terms of infrastructures especially in roads to farm market, they need to address this issue by paving another road on the other site. They also decided to give them first aid training as health issues is one of their major problems.
“It is my pleasure to have their projects approved during their presentation. I guess we need to work hard especially during their fundraising activity”, Peach Llanto, Project Manager for Cycle 8 said.
Truly, it is one of the memorable cycles we ever had in our project. After six weeks of sacrifices, challenges, happiness and sadness the two project team for Cycle 7 successfully implemented Project Fighter and Project Reconstruction.
It was a roller coaster ride for both teams as they have to gather sufficient funds for their projects which it’s impossible for them to conduct local sponsorships during their timeline. So they have to think of better ideas to collect almost a hundred thousands of pesos just to ensure that their projects will be implemented before they will leave the country.
Project Fighter aims to give sports facilities to their assigned community to address increasing demand for basketball players and as well as quality talents from Mintal. They aim to raise awareness about socialization and by honing young talents to become future athletes. They ended their project with a Palaro between foreign students and Mintal Youth Basketball Players.
On the other hand, Project Reconstruction headed by Koji Tanabe from Japan also successfully implemented their project in Purok 2. They reconstructed the small chapel which serves almost two hundred (200) residents of the community during holy Eucharist and gatherings. They also repainted the church and bought additional chairs and new guitar for the musician head. The project ended by a ribbon cutting together wit the church and Mintal Officials.
During the culmination night of Agribida, Project Fighter got the best project for cycle 7.
The long wait is over, Kadayawan 2015 is finally here! It is the most important celebration in Davao as this signifies unity among different culture, belief and religion in the country. It is also a celebration for bountiful harvest in the city.
Cycle 7 enjoyed the Kadayawan Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan amidst a very hot weather. They were able to experience the street dancing competition and took a lot of pictures with colorful costumes and traditions from different contender. Together with few cycle 8 interns, they got the chance to roam around the city, eat delicacy and enjoyed the thrill and excitement during that day.
Cycle 6 however, attended the Pamulak sa Kadalanan or the annual Fluvial parade where there are some designed artworks featured along the streets of Davao.
People were looking on them as they were amazed how AIESEC unites young leaders from different countries and do a social impact in Davao. They were interviewed with some local medias and asked about their purpose of visiting the city.
It was truly notable day for our exchange participants for they got to experience one of Philippines’ pride, Kadayawan Festival.
It is one of the best experience ever, I have to get involved with different Davao activities which are very memorable for us, from Chenwei Yu (Agribida Cycle 7)
EPs ended their day with a blast. At night they went for street parties, rage and disco bars to experience nightlife during Kadayawan Festival.
One of the aims of Agribida is to make sure all the Eps will be able to grasp all the business techniques to easily get partnerships, funds and support from the people and establishment in Davao. It is the core part of their project implementation for this will determined whether they will be able to implement the desired projects or their effort will be wasted.
The business training headed by Migi Mercado and Paul Buendicho with the help of other alumni and project board was a success. The training started with a presentation about marketing and selling. Eps were agiven activities such as elevator pitching and few inputs about selling a product. Koji Tanabe and Chenwei Yu both from different teams excelled in the elevator pitching. After the nerve wracking elevator pitching, the board decided to give the Eps the independence to create their own project. For thirty minutes, they need to sell the products to the investors and partners as if they are doing it in a real time situation.
Most of them got stocked in Finance and Services as their proposal is too weak and having poor details. After an hour of selling and presentation, the group of Koji Tanabe and Phat Trinh got the first place followed by Risa Masaki Team and Sota Nakamura Team.
The experience of learning business techniques will surely help our team specially that we need to get our desired amount of money on time, according to Risa Masaki.
The Eps then gave letters to each as a sign of gratitude and had a short meeting for fundraising strategies and scheduling.