i ended by typing 'Thus,...' to keep my thought hanging on the chapter while taking a break to blog. i am now writing the chapter on the Kaantabay program. a continuing chapter started way back July in the icy cold clime of perth that time. i went on to write for several reasons. first, after reaching the exhaustion point for household interviews. second, to commit to my promise to jane to hand over a chapter while here in the philippines. third, to help me think. because one effective way to engage your brain cells is to tinker with it, with your hands. to work with facts, find connections and gaps.
in this way, one finds an informed way forward. informed in such a way that i am able to hold on to new or additional questions in probing further the urban poor organizations and local institutions involved in Kaantabay.
like last night, i was able to identify an error in one book article on Naga City's urban poor. there it was cited that Panganiban is a barangay. i readily took that fact as a fact in the thesis proposal submitted last Dec 2009. until in the process of reviewing city statistics, i discovered that Panganiban is not a barangay at all here in naga. Panganiban is an avenue, a long stretch of road connecting the central business districts to its outskirts in Del Rosario to Pili. but still, in which barangay does Panganiban belong? Lerma? Triangulo? Concepcion Pequeña? just by this book error alone, i've found a point of clarification, albeit small, for the resumption of fieldwork next year.
another is my 'discovery' of our urban poor's collectivity or mobilization as a collective even before Robredo came to power; its collective initiatives harnessed, in my view, by the new democratic spaces opened by President Cory Aquino's rise to power in 1986, three years before Robredo became naga city's mayor.
so see? i didn't have a sense of this collective movement just two days ago. but now i have because i'm working on the data. i'm writing.