During its first and second quarterly meetings for 2021, Forest Foundation Philippines’ new set of Board of Trustees’ (BOT) approved over PHP 26M in medium and large grants to protect, conserve, and sustainably manage the country’s most critical forest landscapes, which include Sierra Madre, Palawan, Samar and Leyte, and Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.
The approved medium and large grants are listed below:
- Alliance of Bacman Farmers Association’s Manito Community-based Mangrove Forest Ecotourism and Conservation Project
- Calamianes Resilience Network’s Increasing Capacity of Calamianes Watershed Towards Resilience – Phase 1 Project
- Diinsider Philippines’ Bantay Bukid Documentary Film
- Institute for the Development of Educational and Ecological Alternatives’ Strengthening Community Position and Stakeholders Support in Victoria Anepahan Mountain Range Project
- Institute of Social Order’s Strengthening Mangrove Management in Siruma, Camarines Sur Project
- Palamigan Co.’s Provision of Micro-Ice Plant as an Alternative Livelihood for COVID-affected Community-based Enterprises Project
- UPLB Foundation’s Metallophyte Flora of the Philippines Project
The BOT also approved three proposals under the Dr. Perry S. Ong Fellowship Program during its first quarterly meeting:
- Ralph John Emerson J. Molino’s Going BEEyond the Honeycomb: LC-MS-Guided Metabolite Fingerprinting, Quality Monitoring, and Functionalization of Philippine Forest Honey and Propolis Products Project
- Russel Evan Venturina’s Hidden Frogs, Lizards, and Snakes: Unravelling Cryptic Diversities in Philippine Herpetofauna Project
- Gian Carlo de Jesus’ Pag-akyat sa Bundok Makiling: The Role of Forests in Earth and Humanity’s Healing Project
The Dr. Perry S. Ong Fellowship Program recognizes and supports individuals that promote, advance, and enhance the protection and conservation of Philippine forests and forest biodiversity through research, community work, advocacy, arts, and teaching.
In 2017, the Forest Foundation launched its 5-Year Grant Program. The overall, long-term goal of the Program is the protection and sustainable management of Philippine forests and its biodiversity. Since its launching, the Foundation has approved 299 grants, in small, medium and large amounts, totalling around PHP 664 M.
Established in 2002 under the Tropical Forest Conservation Agreement signed by the governments of the United States of America and the Philippines, Forest Foundation Philippines is a non-profit organization that provides grants to organizations that empower the people to protect the forests.