Integrated Community Development Program

This program aims to improve the quality of life of poor communities through effective and efficiently managed livelihoods and income development activities, improvement of skills and capacity including disaster risk preparedness, natural resource management, improved access to education and better health services.

ICDP in Carmarines Norte

About the program

The Integrated Community Development Program aims to empower and improve the quality of life for families in marginalised communities through better access to clean water and basic health and sanitation services, education, skills development, income development and disaster preparedness.

Dinia (right) from Project Compassion 2017 with a SPACFI staff member

Building better farming and fishing skills for these families is a key component of the program. The program provides training, education and awareness on environment protection practices and promotion of eco-friendly measures and practices for sustainable agricultural development.

In 2015/2016 period, a total of 1584 square metres of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) trial farm were established by four partner families. The adoption of SRI farming technology has increased production of paddy to 198.25 sacks per 2.35 hectares that adopted the method. The SRI method also has reduced expenses in input costs by 23%.

The program has a particular focus on empowering women to take leadership on income generation within their families. The project also focuses on child protection and increasing awareness on the importance of children’s education, health and nutrition.

For example, 450 people including 245 children, have so far received education on gender and children’s right. This led to enhanced awareness on child rights and improved parental responsibility among parents towards their children.

Program details

  • Issues: Food security; Sustainable livelihoods and agriculture; Water and sanitation; Disaster risk reduction
  • Partner Agency: Socio Pastoral Action Center Foundation Inc (SPACFI)
  • Funding in 2017/18 financial year: AU $110,000
  • Geographic location: 3 municipalities in the Camarines Norte: Capalonga, Jose Panganiban and Sta Elena..
  • When established: 2009
  • This program is supported by Australian Aid through Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

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