Category Archive: Ecological Enhancement

TEACHING MINDS, BUILDING WISDOM

The Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation Inc. continues to provide opportunities to strengthen practical skills needed for the project’s sustainability. On December 13, 2016, training on the operation and maintenance of the Amburayan River Project Website was conducted. Facilitated by the Linkage Web developer, this was participated by the JVOFI project staff, DENR-EMB (MIS Section) of …

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MAKING TREES COUNT – Monitoring of Trees Planted

November’s  main  activity was the quarterly monitoring of trees planted  in  the  different  areas  of  the Upper  and  Lower  Amburayan  River Basin.  The  activity  covered  the seedlings  planted  last  June  to September  2016  where  a  total  of 13,250  assorted  fruit  bearing  and forest  seedlings  were  planted  in  9.4 hectares.    Calliandra,  fire  tree  and coffee  were  …

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PLANTING THE RIGHT KNOWLEDGE – Training for Sustainability

Knowledge comes in with understanding, realization and awareness. These three combined with proper training and experience leads to excellence. Last October 26-28, 2016, two simultaneous trainings on Nursery Management and Seedlings Propagation were conducted by the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. These took place in La Trinidad, Benguet for the Upper Amburayan River team and …

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GREENS FOR A BETTER FUTURE Strengthened partnership on reforestation

  Save. Enhance. Enrich. Three words that maintain a strong intention, make a big impact and create a massive change. This thought comes in with planting with a purpose—planting for a better future. The ongoing Amburayan River project continues to bring another call to increase the greens within the watershed and the riparian zones at …

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INFORMING COMMUNITIES, INSPIRING CHANGE

Information, Education and Communication (IEC) is a major component of the Amburayan River project. In line with this, meetings and consultations have been made from the barangay level to the provincial level to promote river protection and inform communities and partners of the importance of river management. This has resulted in the engagement of various …

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LAKE BUHI AND THE AMBURAYAN RIVER An Exchange of Indigenous Best Practices

It has been observed that the healthiest ecosystems are in places where indigenous peoples flourish. Their culture, religion and practices are respectful of nature and all that it brings. However, it is also true that indigenous communities are especially vulnerable to the demands of the modern world. This was a primary consideration of the local …

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Participatory Governance for the Protection of the Amburayan River

Representatives from local government units (LGUs), National Government Agencies (NGAs), and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), together with other community members, gathered for the Public Hearing of the Proposed Lower Amburayan River System Water Quality Management Area held last June 17, 2016 at Estrella Del Mar, Brgy. Vical, Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur. The Public Hearing served …

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FIGHTING FIRE WITH KNOWLEDGE: Communities Learn Basic Fire Suppression and Prevention

Perceptions towards fire and its use and occurrence vary greatly. For farmers who need arable land, fire is a tool for conversion. Government units and ecologists have identified vast areas of forest land and aim for biodiversity preservation to which fire is an ominous threat. It is these varying perspectives and priorities which make multi-stakeholder …

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MEASURING THE AMBURAYAN RIVER: Communities gathering information for the river’s protection

We are often told that water is life, but no one knows this more than communities who live tied to the current and flow of the bodies of water near their home. Communities, farms, families and lives are built around water, settlements are made where there are springs and rivers nearby. When a river dries …

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BANI and TALTAL households to benefit from AESPF watersystem project

  With the aim to improve the quality of life of communities through an improved and sustained community based water system, a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a Level II water supply system for barangays Bani and Taltal in Masinloc, Zambales was conducted on May 17, 2016. The Lauis River will serve as …

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