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Dacalan way of reforestation



eforestation is one of the on-going project implementation of Barangay Dacalan, Tanudan, Kalinga. In partnership with the Cordillera Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP) and the Provincial Local Government of Kalinga, the Sub-project commenced and released funds on the first quarter of 2012.


Through the leadership of Dacaran Peoples Association for Development (DPAD) the project was successfully implemented. Officers and members attended training conducted by CHARMP-2.  DPAD was organized by the Community Mobilization Officer (CMO) of CHARMP-2. All sectors of the community were involved in the propagation of forest tree seedlings as well as planting at the reforestation site. The barangay officials and council of elders were also supportive. They allowed high school students to work during weekend and vacation for them to earn for their daily needs.


It was identified by the community during the Participatory Project Investment Plan (PPIP) that there is a need to reforest the denuded areas of the barangay. It was one of their priority because some of the spring as source of irrigation and potable water were dried up. It is also a dream of the community to supplement “Mount Binaratan” a declared National Park as a tourist destination.


According to the validating team headed by Forester Regan Codmos of Project Support Office, the implementation is well done by the community. This can be replicated to other coverage barangay.  He informed the community that because of their excellent performance, they are qualified to avail of the reforestation expansion.


Fifty hectares were planted with assorted g-melina, mahogany and benguet pine tree seedlings.  Fire lines was installed along the perimeter of the reforestation site to prevent burning. DPAD will take charge on the maintenance and replacement of seedling mortality until they are fully grown. After project completion and turn over, community will protect the area thru the indigenous way of forest management.//AGUINALDO B. SICNAWA, CMO

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