Conserving Sites & Habitats

Community-Based Forest Restoration & Sustainable Livelihood in Mangatarem

Community-Based Forest Restoration and Sustainable Livelihood Project in Mangatarem, Pangasinan (from old website)

Project duration: April 2012 to April 2013
Donor: Keidanren Nature for Conservation Foundation (KNCF) Project

The objective of the program is to support the forest restoration efforts of the forest dependent communities and improve their rural livelihood system.

2013 Updates:

  • Partner People Organizations (POs), KAMAPAKA and NAGMACAPAK, conducted blanket brushing, firebreak establishments, and regular foot patrolling during the summer season to secure the areas from forest fires as part of the maintenance and monitoring of the 11-hectare restored forest area.
  • KAMAPAKA exceeded the replanting target of five hectares at its restoration site, to improve the performance in survival rate. For NAGMACAPAK site, April monitoring showed good survival rate at 90.35%.
  • Seven POs created their own women committees with the functions and responsibilities formulated and added into the organizational structure.
  • Trainings on Organizational and Financial Management and Advocacy and Networking, Women’s Health, Nutrition and Sanitation, and Integrated Farming System Technology (IFST) conducted and participated by the PO federation.
  • PO review and assessment of the 3-year Strategic Plan and one year Action Plan for 2013 facilitated.
  • Vermi composting reorientation conducted resulting to implementation of vermin composting and Bio Intensive Gardening (BIG) at the household level. Prior to the re-orientation, para-technicians were reactivated to provide technical assistance to farmers. Currently, there are 59 PO members adopting vermi composting and 63 who are maintaining household BIG across the seven covered barangays (Cabaluyan 2nd, Cacaoieten, Calomboyan Sur, Catarataraan, Lawak Langka, Malabobo and Pacalat).
  • Haribon generated the following support for PO and women initiatives: (1) resource persons from the MHO for the women’s training; (2) resource persons, medical personnel and BLGU support in the conduct of community health orientations with medical mission in three barangays; (3) shredding machine from DA for vermin composting activities of women; and (4) assorted vegetable seeds from MAO for planting in individual BIGs.
  • The Bantay Gubat organization conducted regular meetings as part of administering their day-to-day operations, review of budget, deputation, identification of equipment and supplies needed for patrolling, recruitment of new members, securing LGU recognition/accreditation and identification. Forest fire prevention and fire fighting equipments acquired thru Phase 1 Keidanren Project, and the cameras and t-shirt uniforms identified in Phase 2, were turned over to Bantay Gubat.
  • Training for Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEO) administered to members of Bantay Gubat.
  • Sourcing of support fund for Bantay Gubat from Mangatarem LGU facilitated. The Sangguniang Bayan allocated fund amounting to P50, 000 for patrolling allowance, and honorarium.

2012 Updates:

  • Regular maintenance observed for the 11-hectare forest restoration site, which include brushing, fire brake establishment, foot patrolling and monitoring.
  • Enhancement of skills on rainforestation technology among POs conducted through coaching sessions after every monitoring activity by Haribon foresters.
  • Refresher course on vermi composting and re-orientation on Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change carried out to member beneficiaries from seven (7) People’s Organizations (PO). This training was in preparation for expansion and replication of vermi composting projects to individual PO members.
  • Half a kilo of earthworms (African night crawler) distributed to 60 selected PO beneficiaries (10 per PO) for the establishment of vermi composting projects.
  • Firefighting and Fire Prevention Training conducted to thirty-eight (38) Bantay Gubat members and PO representatives from seven barangays.
  • Barangay and Municipal local government units commitment for funding support generated to about Php183, 950 for Bantay Gubat operations, processing of the registration requirements for deputation, patrolling, honoraria, seedling propagation and vermi composting projects.
  • Sangguniang Bayan of Mangatarem passed Resolution Number 39-2012 recognizing the thirty (30) Bantay Gubat volunteers to intensify forest patrol and protection activities in Mangatarem forests.
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