ENHANCING COMMUNITY INVESTMENT ON TREES AND ENVIRONMENT (ECITE) I & II-YEAR 3

The two (2) ECITE Projects had been completed in August 2008.  These projects had been initiated as part of the reforestation initiatives along the Buffer Zone communities of the Mount Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL). The ECITE I covers the two (2) municipalities, namely: Polomolok in South Cotabato and Malungon in Sarangani Province.  ECITE II, on the other hand, has the same duration and components with ECITE I, though this project is implemented in two (2) municipalities of South Cotabato, namely Tupi and Tampakan.  This project focuses its interventions along Multiple Use Zones, Buffer Zones and private areas near the MMPL.

For the year 2008, both projects have established a total of 136 hectares of Agro-forestry and reforested a total of 115 hectares benefiting a total of 165 project participants.  Further, it has dispersed a total of 155 goats to 109 qualified farmers.

In the overall, the two (2) ECITE Projects has facilitated the establishment of a total of 393.2 hectares of Agro-forestry and 320 hectares of Reforestation areas along the Buffer and Multiple Use zones of the MMPL in the past three (3) years.   In the overall, the project has covered a total of five (5) barangays in three (3) municipalities in the provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani.  As an investment of local communities, the ECITE Project is seen as an expansion of supply for raw materials for food processing and wood requirements which are outside of the protected area. Further, similar with other investments, planted trees may soon be harvested by the owner-planters as part of their benefits.

Below is the list of the consolidated accomplishments of the two (2) ECITE Projects since it started in the year 2005:

3-year ECITE I & II Targets Year 1

(2006)

Year II

(2007)

Year III

(2008)

TOTAL
Agro-Forestry (in hectares) 310 137.2 120 136 393.2
Reforestation (in hectares) 310 100 105 115 320
Hedgerows (in hectares) 300 115 102 100 317
Goat Incentive (heads) 264 81 140 155 376
Project Participants 310 111 148 165 424
         

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MAASIM INTEGRATED AREA DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

As part of the overall development framework formulated under the Maasim Integrated Area Development Program, Mahintana provides technical assistance to Dole Philippines, Inc. and Polo SN Multi-Purpose Cooperative in complying with various provisions set forth in the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) issued by the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau EMB) in support of the Pineapple Growership program in Maasim.

Consistent with the provisions of the ECC and with that of the Maasim Integrated Area Development Program, the project has facilitated establishment of two (2) community nurseries and planting of at least 435 hills of bamboos along the Kamanga River System, as part of the “Adopt-A-River” Program.  It has also facilitated the planting of a total of 3,500 hills of forest trees, planted along the barangay roads of Sitio Lamlangil.  Further, the project was instrumental in convening various local stakeholders (Barangay LGU of Amsipit, Lamlangil Upland Community Farmers Association, Dole Philippines, Polo Samahang Nayon MPC and Mahintana) to plant a total of 1,200 hills of assorted forest trees, as part of rehabilitating the 2.2 hectares watershed in Sitio Baltukan in Barangay Amsipit.  The project has also provided 438 hills of assorted fruit trees to 27 project participants.

Day careOn the other hand, the foundation has also facilitated the establishment of a Daycare Center in Sitio Lamlangil, Barangay Amsipit in partnership with the World Vision, SPECTRUM and Habitat-Gen. Santos City.  A Water System, funded by the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) through the SPECTRUM and with counterpart from Dolefil, was also recently completed in the same area benefiting at least 125 households, most of which are from Blaan tribe.  Along with this, the project has also organized the Lamlangil Upland Community Farmers Association who shall take charge of managing the said water system project. Officers and members of this association have undergoneMaasim-Day care2 training-workshops on simple bookkeeping, project management and facility maintenance.  Finally, Mahintana was also tapped by the USAID-Phil. Business for Social Progress (PBSP) for the implementation of the malariaTBLINC Program in five (5) pilot barangays in Maasim; and by the Global Fund for the Malaria Control Program, Provincial Health Office, SPECTRUM and its members for “Malaria-Free Maasim”.  Further, the foundation has also been active in the promotion of other health care services in the municipality such as the conduct of Reconstructive Surgery and Wheelchair Turn-over in partnership with Dole Philippines, Inc., Florida Medical Mission and the Wheelchair Foundation.

Municipality of Maasim is one of the fast-growing municipalities in the province of Sarangani and consistently belongs to the bottom four (4) in almost all poverty indicators (PEF Poverty Index, 2004).    The Maasim Integrated Area Development (MIAD) Program intends to mainstream the different development interventions in the area undertaken by various stakeholders.  As such, the MIAD Program shall facilitate the “convergence” of resources, partnerships and technical assistance within the municipality of Maasim.

Reciprocating Action: Chairs-for-Trees

Chairs-trees The “Chairs for Trees” is a partnership scheme designed to strengthen partnership with various stakeholders of the community, at the same time, improve the environmental condition and sustain the resource base for future armchairs requirements.  Started in 2001, the “Chairs for Trees” has reached its “one millionth” tree, planted last November 22, 2007 at Surallah, South Cotabato.

For this year, the project has distributed a total of 3,302 armchairs, 938 kiddie chairs, 253 kiddie tables and 105 pews to a total of 53 institutions spread along the entire SOCSARGEN Area.  In the over all, the project has distributed a total of 30,662 armchairs, 8,370 kiddie chairs, 1,940 kiddie tables and 4,645 pews and planted a total of 1,202,447 hills of forest trees in the SOCSARGEN Area since 2003.

Mahintana implements the Community Development (ComDev) Projects of Dole Philippines, Inc. such as the “Chairs Chair-treefor Trees” Project since 2003, which is part of the company’s expression of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the SOCSARGEN Area.  The ComDev Project includes the “Books for Trees”, “Tools for Trees”, “Chairs for Trees” and “Pews for Trees”.  Provision of kiddie chairs and tables are also included as part of the “Chairs for Trees” Project.

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