June 8, 2023

Forest Foundation Meets with People’s Organizations in Quirino to Conduct a Project Development Workshop 

Forest Foundation Philippines continues its Project Development Workshops in support of its Results Framework 2023-2027. This time, meeting with People’s Organizations (POs) in Quirino to work hand-in-hand in the conceptualization of community-based forest conservation projects in Northern Sierra Madre.

Titled ‘Rooting for the Future: Project Development Workshop for Forest Foundation Philippines’ Results Framework 2023-2027’, the event is a series of workshops aimed to attract new and local proponents from the Foundation’s focal landscapes, Sierra Madre, Palawan, Samar and Leyte, and Mindanao, and ensure that project proposals are consistent with the Foundation’s goals.

The 2-day workshop, conducted in partnership with Community Forestry Foundation Quirino Inc. (CFFQI), grantee, gathered POs from different municipalities in Quirino to craft project proposals that address their community’s needs, and at the same time complement local government plans and the target outcomes of the Foundation.

Representatives from LGU Maddela, DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO)- Quirino, and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Quirino were also invited to share the current management plans and policies of the government regarding the Quirino Protected Landscape and provide insights to POs as they build their project concepts.

Leaders and representatives from the Agta Tribal Organization, Anak Inter-Cultural Association, Don Mariano Perez Farmers Consumers Cooperative, Ifugao Village Upland Farmers Association, Ilongot Livelihood Association, Kadikitan Association for Community Development, Nun–Ohohaan Economic Development Association, Quirino Farmers Multi-Purpose Coop,  and Wasid Ilongot Tribe Association attended the workshop.

All participating organizations were able to present their initial proposals, which will undergo further development and enhancement with the assistance of CFFQI. Potential projects include livelihood interventions to prevent expansion of agricultural areas to strict protection zones, conduct of dialogues with mandated agencies to resolve disputes with ancestral domains, and ecotourism initiatives to promote the planting and utilization of Philippine native trees.

A Project Development Workshop will also be held in the Calamianes Group of Islands before the upcoming deadline of submission of full project proposals on June 20, 2023.