2nd Brown Bag Session
THE ROUNDTABLE CONFERENCE ON WOMEN IN HISTORY, HISTORY OF WOMEN
Last June 27, 2015, I attended a Roundtable Conference on Women in History, History of Women organized by the International Visitory Leadership Program-Philippines (ICLP-Phils.), Inc., Women in Development Foundation (WID), Inc., and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) at the Sulu Hotel. During our brown bag session, I was able to discuss my learnings and experiences from the conference.
The purpose of the said gathering was for national women leaders to craft a framework for locating and writing women in history. Women leaders specializing in the areas of linguistic and theater, arts and culture, history and women representatives from the government were present and were able to impart their knowledge and wisdom in writing a theoretical framework and discussing women’s record in Philippine history. The group was also able to discuss pertinent contemporary issues, particularly the women’s role in the West Philippine Sea conflict and having an independent foreign policy. Former Sen. Leticia Ramos-Shahani led the discussion, calling for a response from the Filipino women.
Seldom do we hear about women in Philippine history and oftentimes, even in contemporary society, we are relegated to the sidelines in socio-political issues. The conference reminded us that if we would only look for them, women are in history as warriors, political leaders, diplomats, and spiritual leaders. Women in history were respected and were functional members of society. In line with the school’s mission and vision, and the main thrust of the Social Sciences department, we would like to impart on our students that they are the modern-day Babaylans. The Scholastican Scions are the scions of the Babaylans and scions of Filipino women in history. Scions who are stewards of history and social justice.
By: Ms. Faye G. Rafael
Deforestation is a result of interconnected, complex socio-economic and political issues in our country such as poverty, landlessness, population growth, and elite control. Scientists at Visayas State University in Baybay City, Leyte and the German Agency for International Cooperation proposed a sustainable solution – a farming method called rainforestation. It was developed based on a hypothesis that farming would be more sustainable when the kind of forest trees to be planted would be closer to the original species composition of the local rainforest. It is a community-based reforestation strategy that uses native species for forest restoration. The strategy has evolved to include other land management objectives such as watershed restoration, wildlife habitat restoration, and landslide area rehabilitation.
Considering its approach to community development that is participatory in nature, rainforestation method of farming has changed the sociocultural-economic, political and ecological conditions of local communities like Cienda-San Vicente Farmers Association (CSVFA), the first people’s organization in the Philippines to implement rainforestation. CSVFA President (1992-1994), Agustino Valenzona lucidly confirms this – “rainforestation was our only hope to bring back the rainforest. It also gave us a reason to protect and conserve our remaining forest, not only for the trees and animals living there, but for us and the future generation. Now, we breathe fresh air, drink clean water, sow fertile soils, have stable source of income, the wildlife has returned, and our community is much stronger.’’
By Dr. Rhoda Tayag