Together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Local Government Units (LGUs) and Peoples Organizations (POs), Hineleban Foundation aims to rehabilitate highly degraded forests in priority mountain ranges (Kitanglad and Kalatungan in Bukidnon and Wao, then Bumbaran in Lanao del Sur). The project directly supports the President’s ‘National Greening Program’ (NGP) of planting 1.5B trees in, and around, 1.5M hectares of public land over a span of 6 years. It’s aim is to replicate the best possible practices for rainforestation, proven at the forest demonstration sites of HFI in Kalugmanan, Bukidnon. As part of the first phase of implementation of the PEARL, in Bukidnon, the 362 hectare-pilot sites of rainforestation in the province of Bukidnon include: Alas-as, Licoan in Sumilao, Bagalangit, Kalugmanan in Manolo Fortich; and Lilingayon in the City of Valencia.
In Lanao del Sur, another 692 hectare-pilot sites include the Municipalities of Wao and Bumbaran. The two provinces and Hineleban expect to scale up the pilots to larger sites for rainforestation through additional support from the Government as well as external aid agencies and the private sector in the future.