First Annual Report for Lanao del Sur

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This is the First Annual Report in the implementation of the Enhanced National Greening Program: Mindanao Rainforestation Initiative (ENGP:MRI) in the Province of Lanao del Sur. The ENGP:MRI is in support of the Philippine Government’s National Greening Program (NGP). A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between and among various stakeholders, namely: Regional Government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RG-ARMM), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Office, DENR-ARMM, Municipalities of Bumbaran and Wao, Peoples’ Organizations (Banga Watershed Farmers Development Cooperative and Francfort Cooperative Water System and Services, Inc.), and Hineleban Foundation Inc. (HFI). The ENGP: MRI will be implemented for three years, from August 2013 to July 2015.

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AFD Officials Visit the ENGP Plantation in Bagalangit and Hineleban’s Model Farm

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The French Development Agency (AFD) representatives, Mr. Christophe Blanchot and Ms. Leoni Claeyman, visit the Enhanced National Greening Plantation in Bagalangit on November 9, 2014. The Hineleban Foundation Inc. Team, headed by the Chairman Emeritus, Mr. John P. Perrine, joined the AFD representatives in the field visit.

The 20-hectare Calliandra plantation was planted by the members of the People’s Organization (the Mt. Kitanglad Volunteers Association Kalugmanan Chapter) in July 2013. The PO President, Mr. Radil Tanlayon, and Sitio Bagalangit Leader, Datu Alber, accompanied the group visitation.

The AFD and Hineleban Team also visited Hineleban’s model farm in Lot 410 in Kalugmanan, Manolo Fortich. The model farm is an 18-hectare plantation of Carribean Pine and Calliandra, which has been standing for more than two decades.

Calliandra is a nitrogen-fixing nurse crop, and the only known species that controls the growth of cogon grass. Calliandra was initially planted prior to the Carribean pine to eliminate the possibility of forest fires.

Today, there are thousands upon thousands of Calliandra wildlings underneath the Carribean Pine plantation. Presented here are photographs of the field visits at the above mentioned plantations.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2199″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” css=”.vc_custom_1417485191650{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Hineleban’s President, Mr. Edgar L. Bullecer (left) leads the team in climbing up the mountain.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2201″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” css=”.vc_custom_1417485220254{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Mr. John P. Perrine, in cream poloshirt) explains to the AFD officials the story of the model farm, while other members of the team enjoy the scenery.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

AFD and Hineleban Officials Meet the Seven Bukidnon Indigenous Tribes in Songko

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On November 7, 2014, the French Development Agency’s (AFD) representatives traveled to Songko, Lantapan to conduct a preliminary reconnaissance for the upcoming project, ‘Enhancing Governance of Integrated Ecosystems through Reforestation and Livelihood Development in Mindanao’ (ENGINE – Refo). AFD’s Country Director, Mr. Christophe Blanchot, together with AFD’s Technical Staff, Ms. Leoni Claeyman, met with all seven tribes of Bukidnon’s leaders at the Talaandig Tribe’s conference hall.

Datu Makapukaw Adolino Saway opened with warm, welcoming remarks to the participants, followed by an introduction of the AFD representatives and program rationale by Dr. Urooj Malik. Mr. Christophe Blanchot exhibited the twin objectives and timeline of AFD’s ENGINE-Refo project to the forum, namely: sustainable ecosystems and inclusive livelihood, ensuring the leaders of an IP community-driven and professionally operated venture. He included details of what the AFD could bring in to benefit all communities, and a realistic timeline of activities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2428″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1421036696231{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Datu Makapukaw Adolino Saway gives opening and welcome remarks

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Dr. Urooj S. Malik (center) presenting the objectives of the meeting and introducing the newly appointed AFD Country Director Mr. Christophe Blanchot and AFD program officer, Ms. Leoni Claeyman.

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Hineleban’s President, Mr. Edgar L. Bullecer (center, standing) gives his short message and translates the presentation of Mr. Christophe.

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Datus and Baes of the Seven Indigenous Tribes of Bukidnon happily discussing the upcoming AFD Project.

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Hineleban Presents at the ‘Payments for Environmental Services’ Forum at Malacanang

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Office of the Presidential Advisor for Environmental Protection (OPAEP) together with Relief International-Enterprise Works Worldwide Philippines (RI-EWWP), conducted a National Forum of “Emerging Champions in the Promotion of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES)” on November 13, 2014 at Malacanang Palace, Manila.

Experts, project implementers, and practitioners from various sectors in the industry gathered to share their own experiences, opinions, and ideas to better implement the PES as a stable and sustainable funding mechanism in the Philippines. A main goal of the Panel of Discussants was to have a common understanding amongst participants on the general concept of PES, and relevant policy and options for scaling up. Among the honored speakers were Dr. Urooj s. Malik, Chairman and CEO of Hineleban Foundation Inc. as a discussant and panel speaker, and Mr. Ed Bullecer, Director of External Relations of the Unifrutti Group of Companies (UGC).

The Forum opened with a welcome address by the former Senator Heherson Alvarez, Commissioner on the Climate Change Commission. The Senator emphasized the vital need for considering carbon sequestration in the design of PES programs. This was followed by a very informative overview of the state of forests in the Philippines by Mr. Raoul T. Geollegue of RI-EWWP. Mr. Geollgue also presented various PES schemes being practiced in other parts of the world notably in Costa Rica. When turn came to Mr. Ed Bullecer, he set forth on the Unifrutti PES experience, highlighting the ‘Sacred Customary Compact’ with the seven indigenous tribes of Bukidnon. He exhibited the importance of the Compact, and it’s instrumental usage in their PES operations.

Dr. Urooj Malik of Hineleban began the panel discussion by raising a few interesting questions, forging a steady path amongst participants as then presented a few issues and options on structuring a fund for PES.. He introduced key terms, and displayed factual statistics on the state of our rainforests, the degree of hunger in the Philippines, and the poverty incidences in Mindanao to help frame the discussions at the day long event.

Dr. Malik, supported by Mr. Bullecer, expounded on the way Hineleban is pursuing collaboration with stakeholders through a process of ‘Transformational Partnerships”. He explained how Hineleban’s role is to guide private sector initiatives for livelihood by facilitating trusted partnerships, linking the private sector to the various indigenous communities located in Mindanao. He gave the successful example of coffee as a model for which Hineleban facilitated processing right through the entire value chain, illustrating how livelihood programs for the communities can complement the rainforestation. PES is clearly needed for providing sustainable financing and for further expansion of projects and programs..

After many participants presented their knowledge and professional experience, the Forum came to a closing ceremony with Dr. Neric Acosta and affiliated partners. He ended the topic on a heartwarming note, and saying “Economy is just a subsidiary of ecology. Ecology is the real wealth.”[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2204″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1417485604516{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Dr. urooj s. Malik as Panel Discussant at the PES Forum, Malacanang Palace, Manila

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Dr. Neric Acosta, Secretary/Special Assitant at the OPAEP during the closing ceremony

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Mr. Ed Bullecer giving his presentation to the Forum

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Datu Rio of Talaandig Tribe of Bukidnon giving his remarks and gratitude to all who participated and organizers of the Forum.

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ENGP: MRI eyes to scale-up and expand in Wao, Lanao del Sur

Mr. Alongan Curo of MPDC Bumbaran  suggests the inclusion of Bumbaran in the proposed expansion

Mr. Alongan Curo of MPDC Bumbaran
suggests the inclusion of Bumbaran in the proposed expansion

The Technical Working Committee (TWC) chaired by Dr. Urooj S. Malik, the Chairman and CEO of Hineleban Foundation Inc., has engaged in a deliberate and constructive discussion on the status, activities and accomplishments of the foregoing Enhanced National Greening Program- Mindanao Rainforestation Initiative (ENGP: MRI) during its Third TWC Meeting last February 26, 2014 at the Sankanan Farm Conference Room, Sankanan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

The ENGP: MRI focuses on the rehabilitation of highly degraded forests in priority mountain ranges of Bukidnon and Lanao del Sur. It aims to percolate best practices on rainforestation through intensive planting of calliandra as nurse crop, then carribean pine and indigenous species as permanent tree species, as adopted in the Hineleban model farm in Sankanan.

The ENGP: MRI Project Manager, Dr. Norma V. Llemit, presented the status and accomplishments of the project which garnered popular support by the recipient communities. A total of 265 hectares in Wao and Bumbaran have been planted with calliandra as nurse crop.

During the meeting, Dr. Llemit apprised the body on the proposed scaling up of ENGP: MRI in Wao, Lanao del Sur. Dr. Urooj S. Malik enunciated that Hineleban is also seeking for efficient methodologies and approaches to plunge livelihood opportunities like coffee production in the communities. The team seers to come-up with good scaling-up proposal which upholds holistic interventions for reforestation and livelihood in the locus of project implementation.

HFI Farm Manager Mr. Niko Binayao  facilitates the interactive farm visit.

Hineleban Farm Manager Mr. Niko Binayao
facilitates the interactive farm visit.

Assistant Secretary Alindatu K. Pagayao of DENR-ARMM expressed support and affirmation on the proposal for expansion together with the key officials of the DENR in regional, provincial and municipal levels during the said meeting.

The ENGP: MRI is an integrating and converging force among the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- ARMM, Local Government Units (LGUs) and the People’s Organization (PO) towards a more focused and unified interventions for the envisioned green renaissance in Mindanao. (Emmilou R. Gonzaga- Social Marketing and Advocacy Specialist)

Hineleban Foundation Incorporated (HFI) was formed in 2006 as a non-profit, non-stock organisation whose main advocacy is to reforest the high mountain ranges of Mindanao. To accomplish this, HFI partnered with the Indigenous People who live within the buffer zones of these mountains. Providing them with Family Food Security and sustainable disposable livelihoods through the model of Transformational Business Partnerships. Thus, restoring their role as “Custodians of the Rainforest”.