2013 FIELD WORK IN THE PHILIPPINES

KONISHI SEMINAR
2013 FIELD WORK IN THE PHILIPPINES

We have been to the Philippines to do our field work from March 5th to March 10th in 2013. We started the preparation of the project from December 2012. We have summarized our various activities in the Philippines below.

Ⅰ. Visiting Ateneo de Manila University HP: http://admu.edu.ph/
In the Ateneo Univ, we have visited the research institute of protection against disasters (The Manila Observatory HP: http://www.observatory.ph/) and discussed with the Head of the Manila Observatory (Ms. Toni), and other specialists on the disaster management in the Philippines.
Both Japan and Philippines have been suffered from a lot of disasters. We have prepared an presentation to explain Japanese experience of education for protection against disasters to the Philippines people. Also, we discussed about current situation of measures against disasters in the Philippines.

▼ Purpose and preparation for the presentation we gave at the Ateneo University

Purpose: To introduce examples of education of protection against disasters in Japan, and apply the measures against disasters in the Philippines.

Preparation: To complete the presentation, before visiting Manila, we participated in the event of protection against disasters called” Kaeru caravan” held by NPO. We studied about measures against disasters in Japan, and also heard about experience of The Great Hanshin Earthquake from people who had suffered from the earthquake. Based on the knowledge we had got there, we made a presentation about protection against disasters, quiz, and discussion questions.

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We also met with the vice-president of Ateneo University (Office of the Global Relations), and he gave us a tour around the campus and introduced about university and student’s activity.

▼ Discussions and what we learned:
We learned a lot of things through visiting Ateneo University and talking with specialists of protection against disasters. Especially we deeply impressed was

・ the Philippines takes measures against disasters than we thought. Each community have a place of refuge and each city take measures against disasters.
・ the Philippines has skills of protection against disasters, but has not transmitted the skills yet.
・ the Philippines is looking for the organization which spread the knowledge about protection against disasters to citizens.
・ the Philippines can observe the signal of typhoons quickly, but can’t observe cyclones.
・ In the north area of the Philippines, sometimes there are earthquake, but in the south area of the Philippines, the main disaster is flood.
・ The natural disaster is one of the biggest factors which is holding up the economic develop of the Philippines.

Through the things we learned, we thought that Japan has great skills for measures against disasters. However, it won’t be adapted as it is in the Philippines. To hand down it more effectively, we should make it suitable for the Philippines’ life of the people, disasters, and national character.
We would like to examine about the education which in accordance with the Philippines’ real situation, and carry it out next time.

II. Visiting Asian Development Bank(ADB) and the business lunch with the Managing Director General R. Nag

For the details of ADB, please visit, http://www.adb.org/

We had a quick tour inside ADB, and met with some of Prof. Konishi’s former colleagues.

The president of ADB is Japanese-and many Japanese people work at ADB. Former ADB President was Pros. Kuroda, who has recently appointed as the President of the Bank of Japan. We are invited to the lunch from ADB Managing Director General Mr. Rajat M.Nag. We had a great time talking to Mr. Nag, who has extended international experience and knowledge about international cooperation. Mr. Nag was so generous that he listed to us and we could ask many questions.

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III.Supporting Education for Street Children

▼ CHILDHOPE ASIA PHILIPPINES
 http://www.childhope.org.ph/

▼ Program Contents
First, staff of the Childhope Asia gave us a presentation and explained us the situation of street children and how Childhope Asia supports education for street children in the Philippines. After that, we moved to Luneta Park, Manila where street children takes some educational program from NGOs, and we were given about 2 hours class to conduct our educational program to the street children. Ninja is popular Japanese culture in Philippines. We hoped not only improving their physical skills but also making good relations Philippines and Japan through teaching Japanese cultures.

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① Introducing Japanese culture
To let the children know Japanese cultures, we introduced Japanese climate, events and animes using big pictures. Also we did nija show. The children knew nija and they pleased to see our show.

② P.E. Project
We aimed to make children improve their physical skill having fun through the ninja and to ahieve it, we played kankantakeuma, kenkenpa, oonawa(long jumping rope), and breaking the target with syuriken.

③ Dancing
We showed the children Japanese traditional dance ‘’so-ran bushi’’ and danced Philippines’ famous dance ‘’otso otho’’ with them.

For street children, it is the only educational place which Childhope Asia teaches after evening. There is not enough time to educate after evening. We felt that the situations children have to work should be improved. We would like to continue supporting for street children hoping they can be received efficient education as soon as possible.

IV. Supporting the children living in the TONDO DUMPSITE (used to be called Smoky Mountain)

We visited TNK (The name of NGO which supports the children in dumpsite), we prepared some activities in order to improve athletic ability of children through Japanese cultures.

▼ Program contents:
①Cultural Exchange
Introduce Japanese seasons, events and cartoons with pictures.
Perfume Ninja show wearing Ninja costume in order to let children know what Ninja is.
②Physical Education Project
To improve athletic ability of children thorough Japanese culture “Ninja”, we prepare some activities.
③Dancing
Dance Japanese traditional dance “So-ran bushi” and Pilipino traditional dance “Ocho-ocho”.

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▼ What we learned
Along with the economic development of the Philippines, big shopping mall has been built every year in capital city, Manila. However, the situation of smoky mountain does not improve compared to last year. The school in smoky mountain which supported by TNK is filled with smoke and cover with garbage. Also, there are still many children who do not wear shoes, wear duty clothes and most of children are short for their age. There are no visitors and other supporters because the area which supported by TNK is deep and the worst situation in dumpsite.
We heard that Children look forward to our visiting. Then, we are sure that we need to continue supporting children.

V. The summary of Paco Market

A few years ago, there were a lot of rubbish aroud Paco Market area, but the people who were appointed by president have started commercial activities. They hold a lot of entertainment. For example, make recycling goods, dancing and drama for children. These developing activities were picked up by CNN.

(Link of YouTube )

▼ Purpose
To examine the construction of “Paco Market” and near the river. We want to support something from now on.

▼Program Contents
1.Examine the Paco Market
We examined the Paco Market and near the river condition.

2. Examine near the river
We examined near the river of Paco Market. It has been polluted for a long time.

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3. The children who live Paco Market play recorders for us. They are got a narrow education, so they are getting a lot of entertainments at Paco Market. Even if they have a sense of music, there has a condition that shortage of instrments

▼ What we learned

The people who can open Paco Market is lucky man. There are the condition always demand over supply around there. Also, the problem is many people open the shops illegally. There are a lot of children who live in Paco Market, but the children who can go to school is quite a little.
Before the manager starts development of the river in 2007, there was a lot of garbage around there, and people can across the river walking on the garbage. Now, appearance of the river is cleaner than before, but the actual condition is still dirty.
There were the people who remove garbage in the river. They are called “River Warriors”, and living 120 dollars per 1 month. The purpose is clean the river to live fishes.
The manager said there was the different technology between Japan and the Philippines, but we think some Japan technology offer the river.

Throughout our field work, we learned the real situation (poverty) in the Philippines and strongly felt the necesiety of continuing our activity. We are student in the university, but we can tell the true situation to a lot of young students in Japanese school. Also, we can research the needs, collect supplies and send them.
We will be continuing our support through the Bridge for the Children, KGU (url )

We would like to take this opportunity to thank every person who have supported our group in the Philippines.

The office of Prof. Konishi Naomi: http://kg-sps.jp/blogs/konishi/
Konishi seminar HP: http://bridge-kgu.sakura.ne.jp/knack/

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