Salesforce provides 10 free CRM accounts for ASSIST

29 04 2011

Leading on-demand Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution vendor Salesforce provided ASSIST with 10 free user accounts. The one-year grant was activated last August 2010, and the license may be renewed.

Developed by a company with over 900,000 subscribers as of April 2008, the CRM is an ideal tool for touching base with constituents, donors, partners and associates, tracking history and progress, and reporting. Truly, CRM facilitates effective and systematic process management – an important benefit for an NGO that handles projects all over Asia and some parts of Africa.#


ASSIST receives software grant from Microsoft

29 04 2011

ASSIST is a proud recipient of $69,839 worth of Microsoft software for its EQUIPBPO (Enhanced QUality and Information security Program for Businesses and Professionals in the Outsourcing sector) project. Under this partnership, ASSIST obtained free licenses for tools to aid in various aspects of project management – from data gathering, communicating and collaborating with partners, to monitoring and reporting.

The grant is part of Microsoft Unlimited Potential, through which the IT industry giant provides technology tools, training and resources to help transform peoples’ lives and communities.”#

UNEP-GREEN/AIST Responsible Production and Risk Management Workshop features ASSIST Knowledge Product

25 04 2011

ASSIST’s Responsible Production Learners and Trainers Companion, was featured in the Responsible Production and Risk Management Workshop held by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in cooperation with the GREEN (Institute for Geo-Resources and Environment) and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) last March 24 to 25, 2011 in Siam City Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.

Above: Screenshots of UNEP-ASSIST Responsible Production Toolkit

ASSIST Group Managing Director Sreenivas Narayanan presented the benefits of utilizing the knowledge product to support training, awareness raising and communication. Also known as the RP Companion, the tool is an interactive software-based training and communication package that can be used by presenters, trainers and trainees to raise awareness to the benefits of the approach and to guide RP users through some of the most important tools in the RP Toolkit.

The RP Companion also contains multimedia resources such as videos and presentations on chemical risk management and other interactive tools developed by UNEP, ASSIST, BIPRO and AccountAbility.

UNEP-GREEN/AIST’s workshop also featured presentations on new tools for industrial risk management such as AIST’s Geo-Environmental Risk Assessment System (GERAS), risk assessment of ozone and climate friendly technologies, and  the incorporation of responsible production in the development agenda of local communities.

Advocacy against VAWC heightens on USE RA 9262’s 2nd year

12 04 2011

Participants from Luzon and Visayas at the Apo View Hotel, Davao City

To strengthen the campaign to end Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) through the USE RA 9262 project, the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and the Women’s Crisis Center (WCC) organized focused group discussion (FGD) and round table discussion (RTD) last February 16 to 18, 2011 and March 23 to 25, 2011.

Non-government organizations and social workers participated in the FGD on the first day and representatives of government institutions belonging to the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Trafficking and Violence Against Women and Their Children (RIACAT-VAWC) joined in for the Duty Bearers’ RTD on the subsequent days. Held at the Sulo Riviera Hotel in Quezon City and Apo View Hotel in Davao City,  the events gathered participants from Luzon, and Visayas and Mindanao (Vis-Min), respectively.

RIACAT-VAWC comprises different government agencies concerned with the implementation of the Anti-VAWC law, including the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Philippine National Police.

The discussions sought to identify the gaps in the implementation of the “Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 (R.A. 9262).” Participants tackled the common problems experienced by victims in accessing their rights, such as the difficulty in obtaining protection orders from the barangay offices or the court. Protection orders are supposed to provide immediate help to victims of violence by preventing the perpetrators from hurting them again.

WCC Executive Director Theresa Balayon explained that these gaps between the promises of R.A. 9262 and the experiences of survivors underscore the importance of a close collaboration among service providers, duty bearers and survivors.

In addition, they discussed how the stakeholders can strengthen their institutions’ response and programs toward the elimination of VAWC, with reference to the Gap Assessment Report consolidated by ASSIST and WCC from the period of 2005 to the present.

Ms. Theresa Balayon, Executive Officer of WCC, reiterated that for the government and for the Fiipino people to walk the straight path, there must be a radical change in the society’s normative views of gender roles, leaning toward more sensitivity and gender balance.

USE R.A.9262 or Undertaking Survivors’ Experiences (in accessing) R.A. 9262, a two-year research, capacity-building, and networking project, is funded by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) of the European Commission.

Representatives from different NGOs and government institutions at the Sulo Riviera Hotel, Quezon City.

“The program is currently in its second year and all these consultations with various stakeholders regarding the gaps in the implementation of the law are carefully being facilitated by WCC and ASSIST because we want something fruitful to come out of it, a strong network of gender sensitive non-State and State actors who are bent on eliminating VAWC,” shared by Ms. Sheena Opulencia, USE R.A. 9262 Project Manager.

The organizers also emphasized that violence takes on many forms – physical, psychological and economic, making it imperative for duty bearers to find ways to respond in a holistic manner. To promote awareness on these, as well as other issues concerning the Anti-VAWC campaign,  ASSIST and WCC promised to hold small group discussions in the communities.

Opulencia also reminded the participants that for the project to succeed, it needs the full support and cooperation of everyone, as more activities for the final year of project implementation are well underway. #