Misamis Oriental

Misamis Oriental's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year:

The Misamis Oriental community is located on the northern coast of the island of Mindanao. The area is generally rugged and punctuated by mountain ranges, coastal plains, rivers, and valleys. The climate is relatively dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year. It is located outside the typhoon belt but has experienced tidal waves and flash floods over the years.

The community is characterized as being both agricultural and industrial. Of its land area, close to 60% is devoted to agriculture. Rice, corn, coconut, vegetables, fruits, beef, pigs, poultry, and eggs are its primary products. Highly valued commercial crops such as pineapple are being grown and exported to other countries.
Child Protection
  • 22 children received guidance on their spiritual journey to discover, understand and grow their relationship with God
  • 872 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • This community has a disaster risk reduction plan in place to help all be prepared in the case of a natural disaster
  • 1,631 young people learned about sexual and reproductive health, including how to prevent and manage HIV and STIs
  • 14 malnourished have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 48 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 1,014 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 166 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 28 people received farm animals from other community members as part of a livestock pass-on program
  • 4,186 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans

Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Increase students participation in school activities by equipping parents with the knowledge and skills to support their children's education.
  • Improve children's access to quality educational facilities and learning materials and equipment.
  • Provide teachers with access to skills trainings and seminars so that they can provide students with a higher quality of instruction.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Educate families about illness indicators and when to seek medical attention and treatment. Improve maternal and child health care education.
  • Educate community members of all ages on the prevention of HIV and AIDS, and equip them to care for those affected the illness.

In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Teach mothers about proper child feeding practices and micronutrient intake.
  • Reduce malnutrition among children under the age of five through counselling for pregnant women about health nutrition practices and proper feeding.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Misamis Oriental can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Increase household income from fishery and agriculture.
  • Improve community members access to employment in other sectors and alternative income-generating activities.
  • Promote environmental restoration, protection, and conservation among farmers and fishermen to stabilize their income generation.
  • Improve families ability to save through community-based savings and credit establishments.

Explore Misamis Oriental

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Misamis Oriental

Parents in Misamis Oriental are heavily preoccupied with survival, and cannot always provide for their children's educational needs, whether in terms of finances or motivation. Children often perform poorly in school and are often pressured into dropping out to work instead and help supplement family income. Some work part-time even during their elementary school years.

Establishing a foundation in early childhood education has also proved a challenge. Despite province-wide public day care centres in place, academic programs and teaching methods are not standardized. Educational facilities are often lacking and teachers are not properly trained to ensure children's preparation for elementary school.

Additionally, local schools struggle to provide students with a supportive learning environment. They lack necessary government resources and suffer from large class sizes, congested curriculum, outdated and inflexible teaching methods, poorly trained teachers, and lack of proper facilities and equipment.

Health Care
Health conditions among children and infants are generally poor in Misamis Oriental. This is exacerbated by a lack of proper maternal care. Many pregnant women give birth in their homes because they lack access to health facilities with pre and postnatal services.

Malnutrition is a significant cause of death among infants and children in the Misamis Oriental community. It is often caused by limited knowledge about the food and nutrition, as well as the means to implement improved nutritional practices. Parents lack education about how to feed their children, as do health care providers. Additionally, families often lack sufficient income to buy nutritious foods.

Water and Sanitation
Diarrhea is a common and dangerous waterborne disease among children and infants in Misamis Oriental. This is because many households still get their water from questionable sources. Despite the presence of water systems in the area, some families are unable to access these services. Water systems have been commercialized by the government, which in turn has made them less accessible to poorer households.

Economic Development
Families in the Misamis Oriental community struggle with poverty. Over half the labour force is engaged in farming and fishing, which are not stable income sources. Depleted marine resources, caused by improper household and industrial waste disposal, complicate the worsening conditions for fishermen.

Low soil fertility and the high cost of farming materials and equipment are resulting in low crop yields. Middlemen and large crop buyers also victimize farmers, as they dictate the prices of agricultural products, which usually do not benefit individual farmers.

There is a lack of alternative income-generating activities for community members. The recent closure of more than a thousand establishments that provided jobs to local people has resulted in the mass unemployment of unskilled workers.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Misamis Oriental,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.