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LGU agro and refo sustainability plan

We often hear of the words “masgi” and “makigad” or “kegad” from our ancestors. These words signify independence or being able to stand alone. It is a part of the life cycle of Indigenous peoples (IP). Masgi is readily understood in relation to how chicks are separated from the mother hen. It is the stage when the chicks can independently search for their own chicks.


In human philosophy, a man is considered “nas-gi” or “kegad” if he is truly and duly prepared, or if he has a stable work which can suffice his daily needs.  


We can relate the words “masgi,” “kegad” or “makigad” to sustainability which we often  utter during project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. At the DA-CHARMP2, sustainability is being reiterated especially on this stage wherein the Project is expected to end and the Local Government Unit (LGU) will take the key of responsibility. We now call this stage as CHARMP2 phase out and LGU phase in.


The agroforestry and reforestation sub-projects of the CHARMP2 are now expected to be turned over to LGUs.


To measure the capacity of LGUs of ensuring sustainability of the projects, the Project through its CWCFMA component conducted an LGU sustainability workshop / write shop and enhancement of 2014 sustainability plans.  The main objective of the activity is to prepare the LGUs in their quest of sustaining the established Reforestation and Agro-forestry projects.


On September 1-4, 2015, the LGUs from the five provinces were assembled at Palaisdaan Resort and Hotel, Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya, to formulate and  enhance their sustainability plans  in support to the agroforestry and reforestation sub-projects of the Project. Participating Provincial LGUs were the provinces of Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province.



The Province of Abra has  formulated their sustainability plan document, entitled “Abra Green Movement.” Their sustainability plan will start from  2015 to 2020. For the year 2015, the Provincial local government of Abra has allotted and downloaded two million pesos for the sustainability of agroforestry and reforestation sub-projects which they downloaded to the Abra Federation of Agroforestry and Reforestation (AFAR), a federation of agroforestry and reforestation peoples’ organizations being assisted by DA-CHARMP2. The downloaded fund will be utilized for seedling production and plantation maintenance.



The province of Benguet has proposed 2.5 million for various  watershed activities in relation to  agroforestry and reforestation for 2015 and 2016 respectively and named their sustainability plan as “Benguet Provincial Watershed Investment Plan.”




The Province of Ifugao, on the other hand, has proposed PhP 1, 234,000.00 for 2016 to 2020

which will be for organizational strengthening, seedling production and maintenance  of plantations. They named their sustainability plan as “Ifugao Provincial Indigenous Microwatershed Sustainability Project.”



For the province of Kalinga the proposed sustainability plan as “Kalinga provincial Watershed Management Program, have an allotted budget of 2.5 million for 2015 which is intended to fund the provincial nursery and seedling production  catering to the eight municipalities of Kalinga.



The Mountain Province sustainability plan entitled “Provincial Reforestation and Agroforestry Management Program in Mountain Province” had a proposed budget amounting to PhP 6,650,000.00 for CY 2015 and 2016 to be provided by the PLGU.


The proposed fund will be utilized for seedling production, institutional development, monitoring, and information education campaign (IEC).   


The proposed sustainability plans will guide the PLGU in sustaining the agroforestry and reforestation sub-projects and replicating the good and best lessons learned during the implementation of DA- CHARMP2.


“We now call this stage as CHARMP2 phase out and LGU phase in.”


Moreover, the formulated sustainability plans is a tool to empower the LGUs in sustaining the sub-projects.  


The roles of LGUs in the sustainability of agroforestry and reforestation sub-projects were defined in the “Green Covenant” where they affixed their signatures and vowed to support the subprojects from project planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and maintenance.


Kalinga PLGU Environment and Natural Resource Officer, Dominador Tumbali stated “masapol nga supurtaran mi dagidiay naimula ti reforestation plantations ta isu ti sinapataan mi idiay green covenant” (we must support the reforestation plantations because we took oath in the green covenant).


In furtherance of the “Green Covenant,” the PLGU of Kalinga  has allotted a fund to improve the  provincial nursery and produce seedlings which will be distributed to individuals and organizations who are willing to conduct agroforestry and reforestation activities.  


In the Province of Abra, PLGU ENRO Cris Albolote, explained that their strategy on sustainability is involving the peoples organizations since they are considered as the social fence against destruction. They federated the agroforestry and reforestation POs in the province to implement the fund given by the Provincial Government.


Mr. Albolote explained that involving the peoples’ organizations to plan their projects is a strategy of preparing the POs to become independent.


PLGU-ENRO of Benguet, Mr. Julius Kollin emphasized that it is expected that CHARMP2 will soon exit and LGUs will take the responsibility of sustaining what was turned over to them. He was reminded of the introductory statement in the covenant which states ”We prayerfully request in this endeavour the guidance of god and of the spirits of our respected ancestors,” which means that we are taking a “sapata” (pledge) in the name of “God” and the spirits of our ancestros (“anitos”). Thus we need to comply with the green covenant. He added “Inayan nan  mabotot” as  expected divine  punishment of not complying with the covenant or “sapata.”//

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