The Issue: Cogon Grass  “Imperata Cyclindrica” - Conquering cogon prior to reforestation.
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The Issue: Cogon Grass “Imperata Cyclindrica” - Conquering cogon prior to reforestation.


After decades of logging, cogon has taken over the Philippine landscape. It’s heavily interlocked root system strangles any tree seedling being planted in its vicinity, making it extremely difficult to reforest.

The Solution: “Calliandra Calothyrsus” - Hineleban Reforestation Methodology. Conquering cogon while regenerating the soil.
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The Solution: “Calliandra Calothyrsus” - Hineleban Reforestation Methodology. Conquering cogon while regenerating the soil.


Before any tree is planted, the land is cleared of weeds, particularly cogon and talahib, as these aggressive grasses can deprive newly planted trees of sunlight, nutrients, and space to grow. Calliandra is planted in cogonal areas as a fast growing tree species to conquer the acidic grass and fertilise the soil. Meanwhile, the Hineleban Foundation and the community work together on the following:

  1. Respecting the signed Sacred Customary Compact
  2. Working with the values upheld by the 5 Pillars of the Indigenous People
  3. Participatory Community Impact Assessment (PCIA)
  4. Securing the tribe’s Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC)
  5. Participating in Rituals of the Indigenous People
Family Food Security Program (FFSP)
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Family Food Security Program (FFSP)


“Hunglus” is a traditional way Indigenous People farm as a tribe. The Datu distributes the harvest equally among his tribe. 

Sustainable Disposable Income Crop (SDIC)
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Sustainable Disposable Income Crop (SDIC)


Transformational Business Partnerships (TBP)
“Transforming Lives, landscapes and the way we do business”.
Soil and elevation are considered for the families to plant with taro, arabica coffee, giant bamboo, adlai, cacao or abaca.
Indigenous farmers use their land and labor as their capital into the venture and are calculated in profit sharing for the communities from the added value products sold to the market.
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Result: Thriving Indigenous Communities living in their regenerated ancestral lands, forests restored, wildlife protected, watersheds intact. 
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Result: Thriving Indigenous Communities living in their regenerated ancestral lands, forests restored, wildlife protected, watersheds intact. 


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High Up in the Mountains of Bukidnon