2022 Annual Report
For Forest Foundation Philippines, 2022 was a year of transition, learning from its own experiences with the conclusion of the Results Framework 2017-2021, and setting its direction for the future. While in the process of learning, it has restarted its on-the-ground forest conservation work, gaining pace as the world recovers from the pandemic.
Grant Program: Project Highlights
Empowering Communities toward Self-governance
Reaping the fruits of the Foundation’s earlier project with the Community Forest Foundation Quirino, Inc. (CFFQI) on empowering People’s Organizations to govern their respective Community- Based Forestry Management areas and ancestral domains, four out of the eight are now independently managing their own projects to restore degraded
Leveraging Private Sector Support for the Conservation of Forests
The Foundation continued to support Philippine Parks and Biodiversity’s project to rewild Mt. Balagbag through the addition of two more years to empower communities and forest rangers. In partnership with EcoExploration, the ‘Be a Forest Ranger for A Day’ campaign or #BFFTrek was opened for anyone to participate in a learning visit to the project site.
This paved the way for more partnerships, including the donation of tools and equipment, to support the forest patrolling activities of forest guards by Co Ban Kiat Hardware, as well as the provision of food and supplies, such as sleeping bags and first aid kits, to forest rangers by Keyword Studios.
Opening Spaces for Communities in National Planning Processes
In line with its commitment to inclusive and participatory policy planning, the Foundation worked with the DENR and Yakap Kalikasan Tungo sa Kaunlaran to facilitate island-based, multi-sectoral consultation processes to craft the CBFM Strategic Plan 2023-2032.
Expanding Knowledge and Innovation with Institutional Partners
Forest Foundation continued building partnerships with local and international organizations to further expand its knowledge base and apply innovative approaches in its grantmaking and conservation work.
- Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC)
This partnership with the Thailand-based NGO is in support of the second phase of the Explore Project (2022-2027), where the Foundation will provide grants to Philippine-based researchers to support capacity building and learning exchanges on forest landscape governance across Southeast Asia.
- Association for Asian Studies (AAS)
Forest Foundation will provide grants from 2022-2026 in partnership with the international NGO to enhance the research capabilities of scholars and universities in the Philippines in cultivating the humanities and social elements of forest conservation.
- National Power Corporation (NPC)
The partnership with the government-owned corporation will provide technical assistance and grants to community organizations in formulating, preparing, and implementing forest conservation and restoration projects within the watersheds of the NPC’s jurisdiction.
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines
The UNDP, through its Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) Project, identified a mobile gaming application as a finance solution to generate resources to support the Philippine Biodiversity Strategic Plan (PBSAP). The Foundation was tapped as a CSO/ NGO partner tasked to oversee the revenue generation and management of the game application for a year.
Inspiring Future Conservationists through Kwentong Kalikasan
The Foundation, together with its grantee, Association of Young Environmental Journalists, launched its video series titled Kwentong Kalikasan (Stories of the Environment), which aims to promote the works of conservationists and emerging forest advocates, and inspire more people to engage in forest conservation. Watch the videos here.
Forest Bathing Program and Nature Trail
The Foundation worked with the World of Outbound to develop a Forest Bathing Program and Nature Trail at the Ayala Land Carbon Forest in Alaminos, Laguna that will highlight the importance and health benefits of forests.
Starting Them Young with #EarthRangersPH
In partnership with Rags2Riches, its grantee, the Foundation published the Earth Rangers Handbook, which features information and activities related to the protection and conservation of the environment. Download the free worksheet here.
Administration of the Fund
Consistent with the TFCA 2 Agreement, the Foundation organizes the Board of Trustees’ meeting to discuss grantmaking concerns and review proposals. The BOT met five times in 2022 and approved 40 grants.
The BOT also had new developments in the past year.
- New representatives from the Philippine and American governments joined the BOT: Mr. Lorenzo New from the US Embassy; Mr. Thomas Kaluzny from USAID Philippines; and Dr. Benjamin Diokno from the DOF.
- Ms. Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga left her position as the Treasurer of the BOT and Trustee, representing the civil society sector, due to her appointment as Secretary of the DENR. As such, she now serves as the Vice Chairperson of the BOT.
- Ms. Francisco-Tolentino replaced Ms. Yulo-Loyzaga, and now serves as both the Secretary and Treasurer of the BOT.
- Another representative from the civil society also joined the BOT. Ms. Tanya Hotchkiss, the new trustee, also serves as the interim Chairperson of the Finance Committee.
No. of proposals received
No. of proposals approved
Total approved funding for grants
Total disbursed funding for grants
Total counterpart match
Total matching funds as % of approved grants
Amount spent on indirect costs
Interest & capital gained on
Fund balance at the end of the year