The official tri-annual newsletter of Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc.

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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 last October 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 intention is to make local stakeholders active in protecting their forests or watersheds as sources of water. The total project cost is €434,000, of which 85%, or €368,900 (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 Indigenous Peoples Rights Act. As a result, Ambassador, Tublay; Banangan, Sablan; Poblacion, Bokod; Loo, Buguias; Poblacion, Atok; and Sagpat, 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 to delineate 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 and Ambassador, Tublay. This will help name, classify and determine if there are endemic and endangered species of flora and fauna within the communal forests. The same assessment in the forests of Sagpat, Kibungan; Banangan, Sablan; Loo, Buguias; and Poblacion Bokod are scheduled to be conducted by April 2012. The results shall be used for the forest management plans which will 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 March 2012. Core groups per project site were organized composed of representatives from the LGU, DENR, and Provincial Environment 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 oriented on 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 to ensure 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. This allowed 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)

▪ Replicating LaTop’s Success Through Capacity Building and Eco -Tourism Project
Organic Farms in Benguet, to offer Eco-Tourism Packages As part of this project of JVOFI, funded by Philippine-Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP), eight (8) organic farms were 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, offers home-stay packages. Other organic farms, like the Kerobee Organic Farm in Sto. Tomas, Tuba, Benguet, offers training programs on honeybee production and on organic technology. This project of JVOFI, together with LGUs and Media Partners, is eco-organic tourism with successful organic farms demonstrating the positive impacts on both the community and the environment. It shall provide farm families with part-time jobs to reduce urbanization and offer opportunities to local people. This project shall also educate the people (tourists) on the environmental contribution of organic farming and eating healthy food. The desired outcome would be benefits such as additional income and local 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 part of the Foundation's campaign in promoting eco-organic tourism.

▪ Enterprise Development: Microfinance Project
Since its launching in 2001, the Microfinance project of Enterprise Development Unit of Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. already helped thousands of enterprising poor women, its target sector, in Baguio City and Benguet. From its initially 2 covered areas –Baguio City and La Trinidad, the project now extended its assistance in Atok, Bokod, Itogon, Tuba, Tublay and Sablan, Benguet. Through small loans, the project aims to promote economic growth, reduce poverty, support human development and improve the status of its clients to help them achieve financial stability. The project provides door step banking to encourage women to save. Using the Bangladesh’s Association for Social Advancement (ASA) methodology, more and more small businesses of enterprising women are financed. As of March 2012, the project already achieved the following: Total Clients Total Outreach (since 2001) Total no. of clients Borrowers Loan Guarantee (clients’ savings) Loan Portfolio Repayment Rate: Portfolio-at-Risk (PAR) PAR Amount Baguio City 5,631 1,127 879 4,220,915 7,596,399 99.83% 6.65% 505,474 La Trinidad 3,462 896 653 3,573,141 5,978,095 99.65% 9.05% 541,190 Total 9,093 2,023 1,532 7,794,056 13,573,494 99.76% 7.71% 1,046,664

▪ Provision of Pesticide Storage to Tobacco Farmers in Region 1 and Occidental Mindoro
Tobacco farmers use pesticides and other materials that are dangerous to their health and to the people around them if not properly stored. They can be poisoned; the environment can become polluted and damaged. With this, precautionary actions are necessary to avoid any devastating effects. About two thousand seven hundred one (2,701) tobacco farmers in La Union, Ilocos Sur and Occidental Mindoro were provided CPA storage by PMFTC Inc., through JVOFI, in compliance with the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). This project aims to encourage farmers to comply with GAP which includes proper handling and storage of pesticides and other hazardous farm materials. All 2,701 farmer beneficiaries underwent trainings and orientations on the importance of storing and safekeeping pesticides and other farm materials.

▪ Provision of Solar Barn to PMFTC Farmers in the Ilocos Region
Starting 2011, PMFTC provided 10 Solar Barns to selected PMFTC tobacco farmers in La Union and Ilocos Region in partnership with JVOFI. The barn utilizes 40%-50% reduction in fuel wood consumption which helped farmers lower their production cost hence they were able to generate savings ranging from Php720-Php900 per curing from their fuel wood consumption. Each farmer beneficiary identified his contractor to ensure that the program of work will be followed based on set schedules. Farmer recipients also provided their counterpart of free labor during the construction. Other materials not included in the design and budget was provided by the farmers to ensure sturdiness of their own barns.
Provision of CPA Storage to 2,701 PMFTC tobacco farmers.

During the construction of solar barns, regular monitoring of the project was conducted to assess the accomplishments of the construction and address whatever issues or concerns raised by the farmer beneficiaries. As of March 2012, the solar barns were 100% completed and turned-over to the farmer beneficiaries for their curing. All of the ten (10) farmer recipients started using their barns for their curing in March to April of the same year. The following were the ten (10) beneficiaries selected by PMFTC Inc. Farmer Beneficiaries 1. Nelson Montero 2. Emilio Dapeg 3. Joselito Gines 4. Florencio De Peralta 5. Mariano Habon 6. Antonio Lacaden 7. Dominador Orallo 8. Luzviminda Balbin 9. Bartolome Octavo 10. Armando Lopez Location Pacang, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur Daligan, Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur Casilagan Sur, Banayoyo, Ilocos Sur Tablac, Candon, Ilocos Sur Palali, Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur Turod, Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur Butubot Norte, Balaoan, La Union Lusong Sur, Bangar, La Union Bulbulala, Balaoan, La Union Patpata Centro, Balaoan, La Union

Provision of Solar Barn to 10 PMFTC tobacco farmers.

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