At the 1st Quarter Board of Trustees meeting, PTFCF approved eight project proposals following the 2015 Call for Proposals issued by the Foundation in October of last year.
Projects that received favorable evaluation by PTFCF’s Board members were to be implemented by the following proponents: Jay Edneil Olivar (research grant); Cebu Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc.; Centre for Sustainability (Southsea Exclusive Philippines, Inc.); Diliman Science Research Foundation, Inc.; University of the Philippines Los Baños Foundation, Inc.; Palawan Katutubo Mission – Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa, Inc.; Silliman University-Center for Tropical Conservation Studies (SU-CENTROP); and Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas Foundation, Inc.
These project proposals were found to satisfy the criteria set by the Foundation for supporting conservation action, such as: conservation value and manageability of proposed project site; direct impact on forest conservation or on the identified area; sustainability of action; consistency/coherence of objectives, methods and outcome; stakeholder engagement including linkage with mandated institutions and organization; cost effectiveness; and past performance of previous similar experience.
Majority of these projects were for key biodiversity areas and conservation sites with maximum funding support of Php 2 million.
The Board likewise approved two multi-year proposals from the Congregation of the Augustinian Missionaries of the Philippines (CAMP) and Organization of Indigenous Peoples for Action in Palawan, Inc. (OIPAP); and Tri-People Concern for Peace, Progress and Development of Mindanao (TRICOM), respectively.
For the 2015 Call for Proposals, a total of 117 proposals were received, out of which 12 have been considered for full proposal development, 10 for project development grant (PDG) and one for nursery support. Ten full-blown proposals have been endorsed for BOT approval.