Community Literacy and ALS Program Recognition Day

EGIP Foundation celebrated the hard work of the students and teachers who are involved in Mindanawon Literacy Pogram held at Community Learning Center, Sitio Macatabo, Barangay Carmen, Baguio District,Davao City.

Mindanawon is the implementing partner of Rotary Club of Davao and EGIP Foundation for its Literacy Program in the area. The program, which includes the Alternatve Learning System (ALS), Functional Literacy and Community Literacy, is aimed to teach indigenous children, youth and adults basic communication skills using English language and the practical applications of mathematical operations.

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Last September 8, 2017, all determined and diligent students were given a proper recognition to commemorate their hard works. Ms.Perpevina C. Tio (Mindanawon Director), Mr. Joselito Cosep Jr. (Mindanawo Officer) and Jerry May Marteja (Mindanawon Officer), Mr. Medese Canete (ALS Officer In-charge) and Kristine Macado (EGIPF Officer) were present during recognition.

 

Recognition day was not just plainly for the awarding and giving certificates to deserving students, but also a perfect day for the Obu-manuvu graduates to say “thank you” and give honor to their mentors who tirelessly gave their time and effort for the progression of the student’s academic performance.Some students gave an appreciative message while others showcased their talents such as singing and dancing to express their gratitude to their mentors.

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Preparation for the Fifth Year – Forest Protection Project

Last July 17, 2017, community gathering for the preparation of Fifth Year- Forest Protection Project was held at Purok 1, Sitio Macatabo, Barangay Carmen, Baguio District, Davao City. The meeting was mainly participated by the Obu-manuvu forest guards and their families in the community headed by Datu Paulino Landim and Bae Nilda Landim and the project implementers from EGIP Foundation – Kristine Nova P. Macado and Mary Grace Laput and Philippine Eagle Foundation – Joshua Donato and Novem Gerona Pagal.

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Sir Joshua Donato presented the two main topics of the meeting. The following were discussed thoroughly to the community:

1. Thirty (30) forest guards will be supported by EGIP Foundation and PEF for the Re-Launch of Forest Patrolling and Monitoring under the Fifth year- Forest Protection Project this coming August 2017.

PEF and EGIPF agreed to support 30 forest guards to be trained and deputized this coming August 22-23, 2017. All expenses of forest guards which includes uniforms, equipments, insurances, and food for environmental services will be supplied equally by both sides. Meeting1

2. Selection of 28 forest guards to be endorsed at Davao City Hall for their project. Davao City will subsidies forest guards – P4000/month. Prior to the endorsement is the compliance of their requirements (clearances from barangay, police, court and NBI, cedula, certificate of seminar, birth certificate, Photocopy of ID)

Questions raised were focused on the Fifth year- Forest Protection Project i.e., why only 30 forest guards and who will make the selection. Sir Joshua Donato explained that their funder has limited budget only to support 15 forest guards and as a counterpart, EGIP foundation will support 15 forest guards too, a total of 30. Selection of forest guards (for EGIPF-PEF and Davao City Hall) will be made by the community and final names will be presented next meeting.

Regarding thMeeting3e Project of Davao City Hall, forest guards would like to request financial support from EGIP Foundation for the compliance of the requirements.
Overall, the meeting ended with an excitement to resume the project particularly the Obu-Manuvus who always expressed enthusiasm in protecting their number one treasure – the Ancestral Domain.

Obu-Manuvu Macatabo Christmas Party 2016

Christmas is a season of love and giving so the EGIP Foundation in cooperation with MindanaWON celebrated Obu-Manuvu’s Christmas Party last December 18,2016.

IMG_4466Because it’s Sunday, plenty of them were able to attend the celebration.

Food were prepared through the Bayanihan of the tribe. Everyone helped in the preparation starting from cooking the food until arranging the venue.

Kids and kids at heart enjoyed playing fun games during the event. Couples had funny moments playing paper dance. IMG_3326

Talents were showcased such as singing, guitar-playing, dancing and even acting. They were four groups who participated in the talent show. A winner was declared bu everyone had a consolation price.

Then, they started exchanging gifts. How priceless their smiles are! Unwrapping and opening the presents received brought excitement to everyone.

A party won’t be complete without a feast. Salu-salo was prepared and everyone’s stomach was filled with delicious viands and fresh fruits.

The program endedIMG_3304 with a speech from the tribes’ very own leader, Datu Landim. He thanked everyone and highlighted the importance of Christmas – to spread love and care.

The celebration was indeed both meaningful and fun!

 

A day worth celebrating

The Obu-Manuvu Tribe celebrated its “Araw ng Obu-Manuvu” last October 29, 2016. Visitors from the Rotary Club Davao, Baguio District Police Station, Mindanao International Student Association and EGIP Foundation attended the celebration. The program was started by a prayer led by Datu Landim, the tribal leader of Obu-Manuvu in the area. Followed by the singing of the Philippine National Anthem using their native language.

It was a fun-filled celebration where the tribe showcased their traditional dances while wearing their colorful and symbolic tribal attire. Kids about aged 3 to 10 brought smiles to the faces of everyone when they started to tap their feet with every beat showing their dancing potential. It showed how these children were raised in an environment where tradition was preserved. They are also smiling and all in character until the music was put to halt.

A courting dance was also performed showing how traditional men fight to win a woman’s heart. First, the woman danced gracefully showing-off its beauty while the men were watching. Then, the men started to dance around her and brought spears and shield,

109signalling the start of a fight. The woman left the scene when the men started fighting. Then in an instance, one of the men fell to the ground and the other was declared the victor.

Everyone enjoyed the program for it was rich in culture and tradition. Guests were also able to interact when they were asked to dance together with the tribe members. Lastly, the program ended with a lunch feast for everyone to enjoy. Indeed, it is a day worth celebrating!

Launching of the Third Year – Forest Protection and Rehabilitation cum Livelihood Project within Obu-Manuvu Ancestral Domain in Sitio Macatabo, Brgy. Carmen, Davao City

The Obu-Manuvu children perform their tribal “welcome”dance during the launching program (PEF/JLDonato).

The Obu-Manuvu children perform their tribal “welcome”dance during the launching program (PEF/JLDonato).

INTRODUCTION

The Forest Protection and Rehabilitation cum Livelihood Development project with the Indigenous Obu Manuvu of Carmen has been running for nearly three years now. Several milestones have been achieved in terms of forest protection, building local capacities, and enhancing household wellbeing that builds strong commitment from the impoverished Obu-Manuvu community toward conservation goals.

Datu Luis Lambac, Chairman of Obu-Manuvu Tribal Council of Elders and Leaders extend his usual support for the continuation of the project.

Datu Luis Lambac, Chairman of Obu-Manuvu Tribal Council of Elders and Leaders extend his usual support for the continuation of the project.

For the past two years of implementation, the 39 Obu-Manuvu forest guards under the management of Forest Protection and Management Committee (FPMC) were able to install a monitoring scheme- a system that integrates scientific knowledge and how the indigenous forest guards traditionally identified healthy forest and wildlife resources  They also conducted a regular monthly  foot patrols inside their ancestral forest, able to rehabilitate some denuded part of their land and found out some illegal activities such as encroachment, illegal logging, poaching and wildlife hunting of viable species that not just only culturally important to them as part of theirtradition and as food source but also as an indicators of the health of their environment. With the community commitment, passion and drive to protect and rehabilitate their ancestral forests, they also found out that their ancestral forests still contains a promising biodiversity and was recognized as no other community-based project in the country which engage and empower Indigenous forest guards at the scale and extent of forest protection.

From the previous successes, lessons learned and insights gained from previous project implementation, the Euro Generics International Philippines (EGIP) Foundation awarded the third year-phase of the project. This year project will rests on the same foundational assumptions and ultimate goals: that meeting biodiversity conservation and human needs need not to be limited.

 The launching was held last February 20, 2015 and primarily participated by the 39 forest guards and 55 families of indigenous community headed by Datu Paulino Landim, their Tribal Chieftain. Representatives also of the six (6) clans of Obu-Manuvu Tribes were also present. EGIP Foundation, NCIP represented by Mr. Eleazar Once and the barangay council of Carmen also graced the launching program.

This report provides details on the launching of the project.

Bae Nilda Landim extends her gratitude for the continuity of the project and explains the significance of the project to their community.

Bae Nilda Landim extends her gratitude for the continuity of the project and explains the significance of the project to their community.

RESULTS

 Joshua L. Donato, PEF Forest Protection Officer, provide updates on the last year’s achievements and developments, challenges encountered, lessons learned and insight gained as well as presented the activities for the next phase.              In the afternoon, open forum and planning session for the next activities are done.Bae Nilda Landim welcomed all the members of the six (clans) of Obu-Manuvu tribe in Davao City and extended her gratitude to Obu-Manuvu Ancestral Domain Management Office (ADMO), EGIP         , NCIP and PEF for continuing the project into third phase.  She also explained that they invited all the members of their clans so that they will all get acquainted with the existing project in their community and will know and prepare for whatever future plans for development that involved their tribes.  Datu Luis Lambac also shared his excitement and assured their full support for the project and requested the concerned individuals to follow the tribal council protocol and proper coordination is also necessary for every activity.  On the other hand, Mr. Eleazar Onceshowed his confident that they will continue their support in behalf of NCIP XI, of as long as the project will continue to promote and protect the rights and wellbeing of the ICCs/IPs of Brgy. Carmen and the recognition of their ancestral domains as well as their rights as mandated under the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) or RA 8371.   Ms. Erdee Joy Lao, EGIP representative, recognized the support of all concerned partners and agencies for making the third phase possible and shared also her excitement to star another level of the project.  Meanwhile, the Brgy. Council of Brgy. Carmen also expressed their usual support and very thankful for the existence of Obu-Manuvu forest guards who help save their forest and protect the river as part of their watershed management program in their barangay.

Ms. Erdee Joy Lao of EGIP Foundation shares her optimism to bring the project into the next level.

Ms. Erdee Joy Lao of EGIP Foundation shares her optimism to bring the project into the next level.

For this year phase, PEF staffs are responsible for facilitation work by assisting the community in project implementation. Datu Paulino Landim Sr. and Bae Nilda Landim will be the Indigenous Project Managers who will be trained, engaged and capacitated to oversee, supervise and manage day-to-day project activities at no cost as part of building local capacities for project management.  Two promising and young members of the community will also be hired as Indigenous Project Officer to assist the Project Manager with project implementation; one focusing on the environmental management component of the project (i.e. site protection and biodiversity monitoring) while the other will focus on other concerns, such as enterprise development and governance (e.g. Farm development of Karilongan IP farms, Almaciga enterprise and other NTFPs). They are Loreta Lomatag as Indigenous Project Officer for Agriculture/Microenterprise and Jovert Aggas as Indigenous Project Officer for Biodiversity Monitoring and Law Enforcement.   They are selected by the community using a set of a priori criteria or qualifications through a consensus and will be under the supervision of the PEF Project Officer.  They will be trained by PEF on several aspects of project implementation, with the ultimate goal of him/her becoming a full-time project officer in the near future. This year project will also provide new and additional monitoring equipments such as binoculars, raincoats, rubber boots, uniform (vest) and radio set. Aside from monitoring equipments, a desktop computer will also be provided to the community for documents storage and for making communication letters.  They will also receive/renew the life accident insurance granted to them during the first phase.

Another component for this phase is focuses on building governance capacities of the decision-makers and Indigenous project staff.  Activities for this component include (i) active coaching by PEF of the Project Managers and the Indigenous project officers during their conduct of project tasks, (ii) facilitating quarterly community assemblies to enhance understanding and participatory decision-making, and (iii) assistance with other issues or affairs that require the interaction of the community with external partners (e.g. report of illegal logging or land-grabbing activities within the domain to proper authorities and effective lobbying for appropriate actions, meaning concrete actions are taken within the project period).

Post observation of the released Philippine Eagle named "Matatag"

Post observation of the released Philippine Eagle named “Matatag”

Biodiversity research, monitoring and management are another focus of this year’s phase.  This component will focus on two major activities: (i) forest patrols to monitor species and habitats, including illegal activities within the domain and (ii) maintenance of the ancestral domain for cultural/eco-tourism activities. During the last year’s phase, many lessons have been learned both about the status of the biodiversity in the area and the possible areas of modification in the monitoring

Unsettling of traps on Matatag’s present location.

Unsettling of traps on Matatag’s present location.

protocol. One such modification in the protocol is limiting biodiversity monitoring to quarterly efforts rather than monthly as was done in 2014. This will prevent disturbances and minimize the presence of human in the ancestral forests.    Forest patrols will be complemented by the use of conservation drones provided by EGIP Foundation to take video recordings and pin point threat “hotspots” with the domain. These foot patrols will be complemented for effective monitoring

House to house information and education campaign (IEC)

House to house information and education campaign (IEC)

and evaluation using conservation drones.  The rest of the months can be spent by the forest guards doing other things such as actively patrolling ‘hot spots’ of timber poaching and land grabbing within the domain, and maintaining trails, observation posts, mark and prepare trails (soft and hard “loop” trails) and camp sites for the eco-tourism venture . A simultaneous monitoring of a released Philippine Eagle named “Matatag” is also being undertaken by two forest guards at a time that assisted the PEF staff assigned in the area. These forest guards can also safeguard and complement effort to prevent destructive activities within the domain.

This component will also provide resources for the filing of appropriate cases against violators apprehended by forest guards. Such resources include assistance with compiling and documenting evidences, private attorney’s fees, and mobilization funds during hearing of cases, among others. To become legitimate law enforcers and para-legal officers, forest guards will be given authorities as Deputized Environment and Natural Resource Officers (DENROs) with assistance from the DENR. PEF with the Indigenous staff will do a follow-up with the DENR of the deputation of the forest guards. Deputized forest guards will also perform their enforcement duties during regular forest patrols and monitoring

PEF Forest Protection Officer, Joshua Donato presents the activities for 2015.

PEF Forest Protection Officer, Joshua Donato presents the activities for 2015.

Livelihood incentives and innovative conservation financing is another essential components for this phase.  This is in response to the unending dilemma of meeting biodiversity conservation and human needs.  The project will focus on at least two enterprises that have gained a reputation as being biodiversity friendly: (i) Almaciga resin enterprise and (ii) community-based eco- and cultural tourism which will be managed directly by EGIP Foundation. Enterprise development will follow the standard steps of organizing an enterprise research and development group, feasibility study and value chain analyses, skills and enterprise management training and pilot-testing of the enterprise. Furthermore, the project will continue to facilitate farm development in Karilongan.  They are required to produce 10,000 agro forestry seedlings to supplement their income source in the future.   Part also of the design of these enterprises is the voluntary allotment of a certain percentage of the income to a conservation fund that will be used to sustain management activities within conservation sites. Such scheme will be stipulated in Conservation Agreements between the Obu-Manuvucommunity, EGIP and PEF.  One of the possible and viable sources of sustainable conservation funding is the establishment of an Almaciga resin enterprise within the Obu Manuvu ancestral domain.  A formal (yet cost-effective) Feasibility Study (FS) will be undertaken on this year phase.

Capacity building is another component for this project.  In building organizational capacity, Participatory Action Research (PAR) will be employed to address not just only the concrete needs (i.e. building capacity for good governance) of the community but also it is a co-learning activity between the community and project facilitators to further understand the nuances of environmental governance at the Indigenous grassroots level.Basic and necessarytraining will also be provided such as (i) process documentation, (ii) project monitoring and evaluation systems, (iii) basic leadership training, and (iv) cooperative strengthening, among others through a pragmatic, ‘hands-on’ approach to building capacities for organizational governance.

NEXT STEPS/PLANS

Below are the priority activities for first quarter of the project:

  1. Purchase of new and additional monitoring equipments such as binoculars, raincoats, rubber boots, and radio set.
  2. Purchase desktop computer and processing of life accident insurance for indigenous forest guards.
  3. Collect the farm plans from the 55 members of Obu-Manuvu community and identify the agro forestry seedlings to be produce in nursery.
  4. Selections of nursery in Karilongan near the IP farms that will cater/produce 10,000 agro forestry seedlings.
  5. Identify possible areas for monitoring and pin point threat “hotspots” within the ancestral domain forest.
  6. Conduct first quarter forest patrols to monitor species and habitats, including illegal activities within the ancestral domain forest.
  7. Training need analysis for Indigenous project managers and project officers.
  8. Follow-up with the NCIP and DENR of the deputation of the forest guards.
  9. Start a formal (yet cost-effective) Feasibility Studyabout Almaciga resin enterprise within the Obu Manuvu ancestral domain.
  10. File an appropriate case against violators (e.g., .recent illegal logging activities along Panigan River reported by Bae Nilda Landim) apprehended by forest guards.

 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We would like to extend our gratitude to Datu Paulino Landim, to the officers of FPMC, to the 38 forest guards and to the 55 families of Obu-Manuvu community. We are likewise indebted to UnifiedObu Manuvu Tribal Council of Elders/Leaders, Ancestral Domain Management Office (ADMO), NCIP and the Brgy. Council of Brgy. Carmen for their continued support for the project and to EGIP for funding another year of project implementation.PEF Logo

by:

Joshua L. Donato and Jayson C. Ibañez
Philippine Eagle Foundation
Philippine Eagle Center
Malagos, Baguio District, 8000
Davao City
Tel. (082)324-1860
ibanez.jayson@gmail.com

Sustaining Forest Protection after Present EGIP Funded Project Ceases to Exist

Draft notes meeting at Macatabo on Friday 28 March 2014

Topic of meeting: sustaining forest protection after present EGIP funded project ceases to exist

Location: Macatabo, Carmen, Baguio District, Davao City

Participants:

Representation of the community including Datu Lamdin and Mam Nilda
Datu Quimpo Subuan of the Obu Manuvu Council of Elders
PEF Sirs Jayson and Joshua
EGIP: Alec van Dierendonck EGIP Foundation Board member and his girl friend Aiza, Wiebe van Rij, EGIP Foundation Board member and project consultant

Key results of the meeting:

PEF’s Joshua presented a project update, a question and answer session followed and clarifications were provided

Sustaining the project after the present EGIP project is finished:

In the future, part of the income from farm sales will be put aside to pay the forest guards for doing the patrolling as per standard DENR/PEF procedures. The community mentioned that this would be feasible when the IP farms are well developed and outputs sold with sufficient profit. For that the IP farmers need to implement their farm plans with EGIP support which mainly is provision of seedlings as per farm plan and cultivated as much as possible in the community nursery.

It was therefore agreed that each farmer will present a table to PEF showing the type of seedlings as agreed in his/her farm plan; how many were already provided (through PCEEM & PEF); and the balance still to be provided/cultivated

Part of income generated through the community coop will be shared for paying the forest guards

Part of the income from Non-Timber/secondary Forest Products (NTFP) like for example Tree oils such as Almasiga resin, medicinal plants, honey, nuts, seeds, berries, mushrooms, foliage, rattan maybe, will be shared for paying the forest guards

Also income from Eco-tourism to be shared for paying the forest guards
Regarding Eco-tourism facility/business

A SWOT analysis was conducted under the guidance of Sir Jayson (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats). A lot of strengths and opportunities were identified
It was conveyed that EGIP might be interested in supporting/investing in an eco-tourism sustainability project but on some conditions:

i.      There needs to be a designated area and a facility like a lodge where eco-tourists can stay comfortably

ii.      The facility needs to be professionally managed like for example there must be a capable manager, marketing officer and support staff preferably recruited from the community. The initial management would be EGIP’s responsibility until the time the community is capable to take over       the professional management. The project set up would therefore be “Build, Operate, Transfer in due time (BOT)

iii.       To allow EGIP to invest in the facility and manage it temporarily, the land on which the facility is located would have to be leased to EGIP Foundation on agreed terms and conditions with the Macatabo community

iv.      The first step would be to survey the envisaged area (somewhere around the place where LBF Delegation visited, at the Panigan river), which should be accessible/made accessible with a good road so eco-tourists can arrive by vehicle transport

The community brought up establishing a Tribal Village as per the ADSDP of the Obu Manuvu Ancestral Domain with the following information:

i.      They would like to establish the village which means around 55 houses, close to the forest to make monitoring of the forest easier and preferable adjacent to the tourism facility so eco-tourists could also observe the tribal culture, way of living etc. in the Tribal Village.

ii.      It was made clear that the construction of such a Tribal Village is beyond EGIP Foundation or PEF capacity. However EGIP and PEF staff as well as Datu….of the Council of Elders could assist in scouting for financing opportunities through their networks. There are two organisations in     the Philippines that apparently are involved in housing projects for groups like the Indigenous Peoples. They are Kawat Kalinga and Habitat for Humanity. These organisations may be contacted to explore the possibilities for funding the Macatabo Tribal Village

Another idea to establish a PEF managed animal rescue centre nearby the forest that is already protected by the Macatabo forest guards, cropped up. To study the feasibility of such a centre and the possible release of rehabilitated animals/and/or their offspring in the protected forest, at least     the following needs to be done:

i.      Proper research on the existing species in the forest, say through a ethno-biological study which includes existing and ideal populations and determination of gaps.

ii.      In case of a gap the possibility to release rehabilitated animals (and/or their offspring) that have maximum adaptation and survival changes in the protected forest habitat could be considered.

iii.      A rescue centre that also aims at releasing suitable animals into the wild again, could be an additional attraction for eco-tourists so it should be established not be too far from the eco-tourism facility and Tribal Village.

Gawad Kalinga visits Obu-Manuvu Community in Carmen

UPDATE REPORT

Last March 28, 2014, a consultation meeting was held in order to find out how to sustain the forest protection in Obu-Manuvu Ancestral Domain after the present EGIP funded project ceases to exist.  Several issues and topics have been raised during the meeting such as how to generate more income in the community, how to improve their farms and sold their outputs with enough profit, the plan to establish a rescue and rehabilitation center of wildlife species and the eco-tourism business facility. Apparently, all of these plans have been included on the Community Forest Protection and Development Plan (CFPDP) of the Carmen Obu-Manuvu Ancestral Domain. But, during the SWOT Analysis conducted by Mr. Jayson Ibanez, Research and Conservation Director of Philippine Eagle Foundation, it was conveyed that EGIP might be interested in supporting a rescue and rehabilitation center and the eco-tourism sustainability project with some conditions.  They want to have a designated area for the proposed eco-tourism business facility where initial management would be EGIP’s responsibility until such time the community is capable to take over the management.  The set-up would be “Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) “system.

Then, the Obu-Manuvu community brought-up establishing a Tribal Village as part of their CFPDP and the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development Plan Project (ADSDPP). This is also to make their monitoring and foot patrolling on their AD forest easier, continue their daily living while preserving their cultural practices and traditions, and preferable to the plan on establishing an eco-tourism sites.  However, it was made clear to them that the plan to establish the tribal village was beyond the capacity of EGIP and PEF though they could assist in finding financing opportunities through their networks.  Gawad Kalinga and Habitat for Humanity was two of the organisation in the Philippines that involved in housing projects that was planned to be contacted. On May 24, 2014, Mr. Rene Rieta of Gawad Kalinga scheduled a meeting for a proposed tribal village of the community together with the Tribal Chieftain Datu Paulino Landim and Bae Nilda Landim of the Obu-Manuvu community in Carmen and Mr. Jayson Ibanez and Joshua Donato of Philippine Eagle Foundation. Mr Rieta showed interest of the proposed tribal village because according to them this is their first time to involve the tribal community in their mission to end poverty in the Philippines.

Gawad Kalinga (GK), which means to “give care” in Filipino, is officially known as the Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation, a Philippine-based poverty alleviation and nation-building movement. Their goal is to end poverty by providing land for the landless, homes for the homeless and food for the hungry.

On June 14, 2013, Mr. Rene Rieta of Gawad Kalinga visited the Obu-Manuvu Community in Sitio Macatabo, Carmen, Davao City to give orientation to the community about the Gawad Kalinga and its missions.  He also shared his optimism and excitement about the proposed tribal village of the community and how their partners and supporters reacted on the proposed endeavor. He was accompanied by Mr. Jayson Ibanez and Joshua Donato of Philippine Eagle Foundation and Ms. Erdee Joy Lao of EGIP Foundation.   Dr. Ana Lascano, the Veterinarian of Philippine Eagle Foundation was also present during the program for a proposed rescue and rehabilitation center of animals in the area.  A short program was held which was participated by the Obu-Manuvu Community, representative from Unified Obu-Manuvu Tribal Council of Elders, representative from Brgy. Council of Brgy. Carmen, EGIP and PEF. Open forum was also done after the program where the meeting participants asked questions to the guest.  After lunch break, Mr. Rene Rieta and the group together with a selection of forest guards went to the vantage area near the Barangay Carmen where they can see the proposed site of the tribal village.

 After the visit, Mr. Rieta was hopeful that the proposed project will push through and expressed his appreciation for his brand new partnership especially to the Obu-Manuvu community.