5th RIPESS International Meeting of SSE

The 5th RIPESS (Reseau Intercontinental de Promotion de l’Economie Sociale Solidaire) International Meeting of Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) was conducted from October 15-18, 2013 at the University of the Philippines Diliman. The conference was attended by 700 participants from all over the world. Aside from Filipino delegates, the participants came from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The four-day conference includes discussions on the state of SSE in the continents, Self-Organized Activities (SOA), thematic workshops, and presentation of statements of commitment and action plans. A solidarity market, wherein products of different cooperatives and informal workers can be bought, was set up at the CSWCD grounds.

The UP-CSWCD is one of the partner organizations for the conference. The SOA with the themes “Exploring SSE as a Pathway to Inclusive Development”; “The Potential of SSE for Disaster Recovery”; and “Social Enterprises and Community Development” was organized by the College. Faculty members as well as students and CSWCD fieldwork partners served as speakers for the SOA.
RIPESS traces its roots to the early 1990s during which local and regional SSE movements began to forge global connections to support and promote community-based economic projects as key elements of alternative social organization. To provide an enduring platform for exchange and updates of SSE concepts and practices, SSE practitioners and advocates established the International Meeting of SSE once every four years (source: 5th RIPESS International Meeting of SSE program).
The main organizers of the meeting were the RIPESS or Intercontinental Network on the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy, Asian Solidarity Economy Council and Charles Leopald Mayer Foundation with support from Armadillo Holdings Incorporated, Quezon City Council, Light TV and the University of the Philippines.

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Research Forum on DRRM and Migration

Three studies were presented – (1) Local and Indigenous Knowledge on Disaster Risk Reduction in Small Island and Coastal Communities by Dr. Emmanuel M. Luna; (2) Review on Ketsana Rehabilitation Program by Prof. Lenore Polotan- Dela Cruz; and (3)Migration Situation in Six Barangays in Lemery, Batangas by Prof. Mary Lou L. Alcid.

In her Opening Remarks, Dean Rosalinda Pineda-Ofreneo underscored the importance of research and how research when put into practice, can affect the lives of many.

In the first presentation, the video production noted Local and Indigenous Knowledge (LINK) on Disaster Risk Reduction with their scientific explanation. According to Dr. Luna, LINK is sustainable in small size communities because of the population size. LINK also reflects the culture and identity of a particular indigenous group. But, there some of the threats to LINK.  As mentioned, these include: new technology and advancement; migration; and, urbanization.

On the other hand, the second presentation tackled the Ketsana Rehabilitation Program. It focused on Constructivist Evaluation as a process of inquiry in the study. It involved a p

The third presentation focused on labor migration. They used the “world café” as a process of inquiry that takes about 20-30 minutes per cluster with 12-15 participants. The area is Lemery, Batangas- a first-class community, where there is a significant number of remittance centers present and overseas employment is very common among residents. Among the major reasons for overseas employment is the decline of agriculture over the years. The Philippine economy has become economically unstable making majority of local jobs financially unviable for many families. Families would then work overseas than invest locally.rocess of negotiation, consensual and competing claims, needs and interests and used dialogue and conversation as key processes. The following factors were seen as key factors for Disaster Preparedness; safety and security; confidence building; capacity development; political engagement; livelihood security; and women participation and empowerment.

An open forum followed the presentations.  Then, a synthesis was made by Dr. Leocito Gabo who emphasized the importance of preparedness and stability both in the aspect of disaster risk reduction and migration. The closing remarks was delivered by the REDO Director, Prof. Jocelyn Caragay, pressing the importance of these types of forum as venue for knowledge sharing and production among faculty, students and staff.

The research forum is a continuing series of discussions spearheaded by the Research and Extension for Development Office (REDO).  Ms. Josefina M. Rolle served as overall coordinator and moderator of Research Forum no. 4.