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Barangay orientation on Agro and Refo Management conducted in Pappa, Sablan

refo and agro orientation

Sablan, Benguet- The first barangay orientation on the implementation of agroforestry and reforestation projects for the next two years under the CHARMP2 Scale Up was conducted at Barangay Pappa here, September 6, 2017.
Barangay Pappa is one of the 18 new barangay beneficiaries covered under the Scale Up Project which is composed of around 129 households. Residents mainly source their income from farming.
The barangay orientation on Agroforestry and Watershed Management (AWM) aims to discuss and review the stakeholders’ roles and functions, the program objectives, activities and other essential concerns regarding the conduct of the Scale-Up Project specifically the AWM component.
The AWM component of the project generally aims to promote rehabilitation of watersheds in Cordillera; provide opportunities to indigenous communities to improve their socio-economic well-being; and support the local government unit in the promotion of agroforestry on slope areas.
In April this year, the Project facilitated the organization of Pappa Indigenous Agroforestry Farmers Association (PIAFA) which is composed of 30 members. They were registered under DOLE around two months after they were organized but is still being encouraged by the Project to pursue registration under SEC as it is most recommended for the conduct of the Project.
During their previous meetings, the organization selected rambutan as their commodity for the agroforestry project. They were able to locate around 18 hectares for plantation area which is equally distributed to the members. The agroforestry project requires at least 15 hectares but accordingly, the 18 hectares proposed by the PO was accommodated as other barangays were not able to complete the 15 ha minimum.
All members of the PO are required to undergo on a six-month farmer field school before they will be implementing their agroforestry project on rambutan. This is to fully capacitate the PO. Agricultural technicians from the MLGU will serve as the trainers with the support of the Project staff. Moreover, the PO will be having their Comprehensive Site Development Training on October 24-25, 2017.
AWM Component Coordinator JR Balag-ey A. Claver emphasized that this Project takes on a binding agreement through the Covenant that should ensure sustainability of the project even as it ends after two years. The covenant states that the project is owned by the PO; thus, they must properly manage and sustain it.
In 2005, Barangay Pappa has been a recipient of the Community-Based Forest Management Agreement under the Department of Environment and Natural Resource where they were able to plant around 3000 mahogany seedlings in an area of 24 hectares. Some members of the Aduyon Organization that implemented this project are also now active members of the newly organized PIAFA. With Sablan being dubbed as the fruit basket of Benguet, members of PIAFA are hoping for an improved livelihood as they take part on this Project.
Barangay orientations for the other barangays of the region are set to be undertaken in the coming days and weeks.//CBO


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