RCE Cebu - 2018

Empowerment and Water Project
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Empowerment and Water Project
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Cebu
Contributing organization(s) : 
Cebu Uniting for Sustainable Water (CUSW), Danglag Galaxy Water System Association, and Water and Life NGO
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Socorro Atega
Organizational Affiliation: 
Anita Perez Ebasita
Organizational Affiliation: 
Danglag Galaxy Water System Association
Format of project: 
Language of project: 
Date of submission:
Friday, September 14, 2018
Water and Relocation policies
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Water and Relocation policies
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Water and Relocation policies
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Geographical & Education Information
Cebu City, Mandaue City and Consolacion, Cebu Province
Address of focal point institution for project: 
RCE-CEBU Secretariat – University of the Philippines Cebu Rm. 250 Arts and Sciences Bldg. Gorordo Ave., Lahug, Cebu City, 6000 Philippines
Target Audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
The communities covered are classified as relocation areas, the residents had been required to leave their previous residence due either to unauthorized stay or disaster. Access to water was a major challenge for the relocated communities. Danglag community is on a hilly area in the municipality of Consolacion while the Mandaue community is within an urban poor setting, within Cebu Province.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
The communities chosen are relocation areas, hence, there are the challenges of poverty SDG1), health( SDG3), water and sanitation (SDG 6), gender empowerment (SDG 5) and SDG 17, of partnerships, local and global. How they are able to organize to slowly meet these challenges, especially in the case of water access and supply, through gender empowerment and/or alliances, will be highlighted in this presentation.
April, 2017 to September, 2018
1) To analyze how relocated residents cope with their SD challenges in their new residence, 2) to study the forms taken by whom to meet the challenges, 3) to extract lessons that can be documented and shared with other relocatees and relocated communities in the future and for SDG advocacy.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
Data collection through multiple methodologies- quantitative and qualitative ( field survey, Focus Group Discussions, key informants, field visits to the communities, literature review) has been done and is being completed. Regular dialogues with key groups and individuals in the communities and among their partners are also being undertaken. Partners and residents of these communities have also been invited to RCE-Cebu events on ESD and SDGs to allow them to know and understand other related initiatives related to SDGs in other parts of Cebu.
Initial results for Danglag community show how empowered women can work towards land ownership and water access for poor residents. The land ownership process took years to succeed. With the help of a business company, local and national NGOs, the residents are now owners of their lot and homes. The water challenge took the form of moving away from private contractor’s expensive and poor water supply to building a community water cooperative. In the Mandaue community, the initial research findings show the important role of partnerships, global ( a foreign NGO) linking with national and local NGOs and government units and agencies to supply water to the residents. The data collection for this second community is still to be completed.
Lessons learned: 
To be shared when the research is completed
Key messages: 
This is a presentation about how partnerships and the empowerment of vulnerable people, women, poor community residents- are key factors to meet SDG challenges like poverty, gender equality, water access, among others.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
RCE partners have various main issues – gender, water, sustainable and resilient communities, poverty, hunger and other issues. The research findings will have policy implications as well to guide not only RCE partners but those in government as well, locally and globally related to ESD and SDGs.
Acknowledgement goes to the Center for Sustainable Development Studies (CESDES) of Toyo University in Japan for support.


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Image icon cebuphoto1.jpg (42.67 KB) Danglag Community
Image icon cebuphoto2.jpg (54.97 KB) Water and Life Water and Sanitation Projects, Mandaue City
Image icon cebuphoto3.jpg (60.64 KB) Handwashing Facility in Daycare Center III, Mandaue
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Disaster Risk Reduction 
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level