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JVOFI Newsletter Nov-Feb12

JVOFI Newsletter Nov-Feb12

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Saving the Benguet Watersheds for Water 
For the last seven months, the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. (JVOFI) went full swing in implementing the European Union
funded project “Saving the Benguet Watersheds for Water”
, which started on August 8, 2011 and was formally launched lastOctober 18, 2011 at the Benguet Provincial Capitol.The project aims to demonstrate how devolution of forest management from the DENR to LGUs could take place in the framework of existing legislation (RA7160, DENR-DILG Joint Memorandum Circulars 98-01 & 2003-01 and DENR DAO 30). One water system per project site will also be constructed to establish link between forest protection and sustained water supply. The intentionis to make local stakeholders activ
e in protecting their forests or watersheds as sources of water. The total project cost is €434,000,of which 85%, or €368,90
0 (equivalent to approximately P22.13M) will be funded by the European Union and the remaining 15%of the project cost will be the contribution of Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. and the Peace and Equity Foundation.The NCIP conducted validation in the six demonstration sites of the project complying with the provisions of the IndigenousPeoples Rights Act. As a result, Ambassador, Tublay; Banangan, Sablan; Poblacion, Bokod; Loo, Buguias; Poblacion, Atok; andSagpat, Kibungan willingly gave their resolution of consent to the project.The Project Implementation Team, spearheaded by the Benguet PLGU & the DENR, are currently installing monuments todelineate the boundaries in the communal forests and watersheds using survey results approved by the stakeholders. Furthermore, project partners, BSU & DENR, are also undertaking a biodiversity assessment in the communal forests of Poblacion, Atok andAmbassador, Tublay. This will help name, classify and determine if there are endemic and endangered species of flora and faunawithin the communal forests. The same assessment in the forests of Sagpat, Kibungan; Banangan, Sablan; Loo, Buguias; andPoblacion Bokod are scheduled to be conducted by April 2012. The results shall be used for the forest management plans whichwill include appropriate conservation and sustainable development strategies to preserve biodiversity.
The resource inventory profiling which includes identification & counting of trees within the project sites will also start this March2012. Core groups per project site were organized composed of representatives from the LGU, DENR, and ProvincialEnvironment and Natural Resource Office (ENRO) & community leaders.To ensure local structures are in place to manage the communal forests, the Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Councils(MENRCs) are being formed & strengthened. In Sablan, Tublay & Kibungan, the MENRCs were newly re-organized and orientedon the devolved forest management functions.On the other hand, preparations of water system engineering designs have been completed for communal watersystems in the six(6) sites. Community Water Associations are being trained to eventually manage these watersystems and help protect watersheds toensure sustainable water supply. This major component of the project will tangibly demonstrate the benefits of watershed protection to local communities.To further promote forest protection, poster-slogan contests among schoolchildren in the communities have been conducted. Thisallowed the community members, especially the youth, to express their thoughts and feelings on the importance of forest protection. Winning outputs from the contest will be used as designs for project signages.
(by: Hazel Golocan)
Project Funded by:
 European Union
Implemented by:
 Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. (JVOFI)
In Partnership with:
 Benguet Provincial Government Unit (PLGU) DENR DILG NCIP  Benguet Sate University(BSU)Cordillera Network of  Development NGOs & POs (CORDNET)
Organic Farms in Benguet, to offer Eco-Tourism Package
As part of this project of JVOFI, funded by Philippine-Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP), eight (8) organic farmswere identified in Benguet Province ready for Eco-Tourism. The farms offer different tour packages that suit the interests of the people visiting the area. The Lily of the Valley, one of the eight farms, located in Ampasit, Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet, offershome-stay packages. Other organic farms, like the Kerobee Organic Farm in Sto. Tomas, Tuba, Benguet, offers training programson honeybee production and on organic technology.This project of JVOFI, together with LGUs and Media Partners, is eco-organic tourism with successful organic farms demonstratingthe positive impacts on both the community and the environment. It shall provide farm families with part-time jobs to reduceurbanization and offer opportunities to local people. This project shall also educate the people (tourists) on the environmentalcontribution of organic farming and eating healthy food. The desired outcome would be benefits such as additional income andlocal employment while making the farms popular thus educating and convincing more farmers to shift to organic farming.
The eight farm owners were showcased in JVOFI's booth in the recently held Session Road in Bloom during the Panagbenga as partof the Foundation's campaign in promoting eco-organic tourism.
 Replicating LaTop’s Success Through Capacity Building and Eco
-Tourism Project 
The official tri-annual newsletter of Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc.

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