What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?
"Batarisan" is a term used in a peasant community in Bulacan province referring to a collective work unit. This was one of the concepts taught to us by the local peasant organization that served as host to us in the environmental advocacy youth camp with the theme of sustainable agriculture that CPU attended last October of 2009. It was a community that was a beneficiary of the government's land reform program, but whose titles continued to be contested by the Aranetas, the local landlords.
CPU members and volunteers, who participated in order to have a clearer picture of why it was necessary for technologists to support other sectoral advocacies (such as the web development for peasant organizations in CPU's network), were inspired by the struggle of the peasants to assert their right to land. They not only were united in the campaign for land reform, but were also united in making the upland territory productive with rice and vegetable crops.
CPU nurtured the idea of having a more proactive and community-based effort to help in advancing the Filipino peasants' right to land and socio-economic welfare. Ranging from developing a simple and locally appropriate farm-to-market information system to the mainstreaming of ICTs and New Media in peasant/agricultural campaigns, CPU officially began Project Batarisan in its announcement of the project at an Envicore environmental cadres course training this 2010.
Tell us about the social innovator—the person—behind this idea.
While the entire concept of Project Batarisan was from the collective brainstorming of the CPU national secretariat, New Media Coordinator and Research Officer Leon Dulce formulated the entire project package. A graduate from the Quezon City Science High School and visual communications major from the University of the Philippines - Diliman (UPD) College of Fine Arts, Mr. Dulce was a student activist and computer enthusiast, qualities that made him a nice fit to CPU's principle of advancing ICT for the People.
As a member of the UPD-based progressive science & technology student organization Agham Youth, Mr. Dulce actively participated in its campaigns and projects, such as the organizing of the Youth & Students Opposed to the Bataan Nuclear Powerplant Revival (STOP BNPP Revival) network, and the 350.org climate action campaigns. He was exposed to community-based advocacies in his work with Agham Youth, such as the aforementioned Environmental Youth Advocacy camp.
Mr. Dulce now serves as the coordinator of CPU's New Media team, responsible for its social network and website operations, as well as one of its researchers and Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) advocacy officers. He is active in involving CPU in different environmental and grassroots-based concerns: he is the head coordinator of Project Greenbot Philippines, CPU's green technology and environmental advocacy desk, and of Project Batarisan.
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