Alaga LAHAT, Inc.
A SEC registered, non-stock, non-profit, faith-based organization established in 2006 and is engaged in achieving full ecological and spiritual wellness through the promotion of sustainable lifestyles
Involved in Environmental Education and Eco-spirituality through the promotion of a particular and unique concept "Inner and Outer Ecology"
Led by a Board of Trustees comprised on respected members of civil society such as the academe, business, NGOS, science, media, arts and the religious
A Christ-Centered Earth community embodying just and life affirming relationships between people, and people and nature.
1. To articulate and develop a faith-based spirituality that integrates "Inner and Outer Ecology" through an informative, formative and transformative process of change;
2. To facilitate community led, self-replicating initiatives to achieve an ecological paradigm shift;
3. To promote and facilitate practices by individuals and communities that lead to sustainable ecological lifestyles.
To initiate a spiritual and apostolic project, through a five-year plan (2014-2019) that envisions to be a stewardship model of "actual and sanctifying" grace, that results in an authentic, experienced based holistic balance of spiritual, environmental, human, economic and social performances (SA dimensions) within and beyond the home and school, in a harmonious process of integration within the teachings of the church, the Diocese of San Jose, its comissions and apostolates
In its initial phase, the plan for the site would include but not limited to the following:
1. Identification of activities and concerned areas, social mapping and Asset-based community information
2. Site characterization or gathering of:
a. bio-physical information (soil/water/topography)
b. flora and fauna inventory
c. GPS base map, contour map
3. Consolidation of information (including former plans and historical developments from the Diocese ) in relation to site development
4. Identification and convening of stakeholders and partners
5. Orientation and a process-based Strategic Planning Workshop with the stakeholders and partners (output: 5-year Development Master plan)
6. Packaging of Master plan, including contracts, agreements and other pertinent documents
7. Implementation ( monitoring, evaluation & operational amendments in the plan if necessary )
EXPECTED OUTPUT: DOMUS MARIAE: A HOME AND A SCHOOL OF COMMUNION
Establishment of a Home of Mary “DOMUS MARIAE” Apostolate and Ecological Sanctuary*** for and with the Diocese of San Jose with an Alaga L.A.H.A.T. Farm School within the site, wherein spiritual, cultural and educational benefits can be derived by both pilgrims and visitors.
*** To maintain the integrity of this Sanctuary, it shall be managed and operated in accordance with a Sustainability Plan to be proposed by Alaga L.A.H.A.T. and in mutual agreement with the Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija
RATIONALE: The Domus Mariae apostolate and farm school development is anchored on the Seven Principles/Dimensions of Sustainable Agriculture Development framework which is the interplay of ecological soundness, economic viability, social equity/justice, cultural sensitivity, appropriate technology, w/holistic science and development of human potentials. The uniqueness in the application of the principles in this context of Sustainable Agriculture Farm and Farm laboratories are the ecofunctional intensification of the farm and in-depth association and reconciliation to the Church’s mandate of Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation. Hence, the interconnectivity of the various components of farm laboratories is the expression of Cocreating with The LIFE of Creation in light of the teaching of the Church in unity with the Diocese of San Jose, its vision, mission, various commissions and other apostolates.
Based on the Sustainable Agriculture Framework: Within 2014-2019 developmentally and beyond, the Domus Mariae Apostolate’s five-year project initiative is expected to bring about:
1. Increased awareness and enlightenment of parishes and local basic ecclesial communitiesof the Diocese about their role in the sustainable management of the forest, farms, rivers and micro watershed area and society in the light of the teachings of the Church;
2. Concrete informative, formative and transformative processes of reconciliation to cultivate eucharistic communities that espouse peace, justice and integrity of creation.
3. Knowledge and Skill sharing to increase and sustain farm production and income in the long-term; strengthen capability in adopting sustainable upland farming systems and technologies
4. Conservation and safeguarding of vanishing and important natural species as wildlings from the remaining forest cover in the area and in the the surrounding vicinities to address global warming & climate change
Increased forest cover through community tree planting activities and through other interventions
Spiritually empowered and compassionate young generation and restoration of the health and wellbeing of a just and morally co-formative community; ( through schools and other learning institutions)
To provide models that can be replicated in similar over exploited upland/mountain areas
"Sustainable Development is a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own." (as defined by the UNDP)