T’boli Cooperative Development Project

In support of Dolefil’s expansion of its operations in the Upper Valley Area, the T’boli Cooperative Development (TCD) Project, which is engaged in providing technical assistance to the company’s partner cooperatives, started in October 2003.  In the past five (5) years, the project has been assisting the Organizational Development and Management needs of Tboli Multi-Fruits Growers’ Cooperative (TMFGC) and Laconon 100 Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LMPC) in the barangays of Edwards and Laconon in Tboli, South Cotabato, respectively.

As part of the project’s Organizational Development/ Management, the project has facilitated three (3) batches of Pre-Membership Seminars for 2008.  These seminars, which were participated in by 56 potential coop members were conducted in partnership with LBP-Surallah.  The project has also facilitated effective coordination on technical concerns pertaining to Dolefil’s and the partner coops’ compliance to the requirements stipulated in the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC).  It has further supported the conduct of Quarterly Multi-partite Monitoring Team (MMT) Meetings and facilitated the 2008 Annual Planning Workshop held last November 14-15, 2008 at Gumasa, Sarangani Province.

On the other hand, as part of Environmental Rehabilitation component, the project has facilitated the planting of 2,000 hills of assorted forest trees under the Gully Tree Planting Project, with a survival rate of 85%.  It has also planted 400 hills of bamboos and 2,000 hills of assorted forest trees in support of the Nawan Creek Stabilization Project, at the same time supported the Riparian Zone Revegetation Project along the 1-kilometer stretch of the Allah Riverbank, particularly in Barangay Lower Maculan, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.  These initiatives were undertaken in partnership with the Allah Valley Landscape Development Alliance (AVLDA).  Moreover, two (2) seedling nurseries were also established by the partner cooperatives in support of the seedling requirements of the “Chairs for Trees” Project and other initiatives under the Reciprocating Window. Aside from the above-mentioned technical assistance, the project also provides support to the Pineapple Growership Program through Pre and Post Mapping services.

Armchairs were also provided to qualified institutions as part of the Basic Social Services component.  Further, a Medical Mission and Wheelchair Distribution were also facilitated in the community.  These activities had been realized in partnership with Dole Philippines, Wheelchair Foundation, Local Government Units and the partner coops.

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