Last March 17, Friday, JVOFI Board of Trustees visited our projects sites at Lubo, Kibungan; Cuba, Kapangan and microfinance clients from Shilan, La Trinidad.

FIRST STOP. LUBO KIBUNGAN. After about an hour of driving through the winding road going to Lubo, Kibungan, we were met by the hospitality of Brgy. Lubo, they served homemade cake and coffee, and over these goodies they talked about the reforestation of the Brgy., Lubo after the site was abandoned by a mining company. Kagawad Santiago of Lubo, Kibungan extended his gratitude to JVOFI. In 2014, JVOFI, started planting trees and helped us with the reforestation, we thank JVOFI for their support”

SECOND STOP. CUBA, KAPANGAN. The BOT together with officials from with representatives from LGU-Kapangan and Benguet PENRO (Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office) and PPDO (Provincial Planning and Development Office) had lunch at Cuba, Kapangan. They served shrimp and fish that they got from the Amburayan River.

Kapangan, Benguet is one of the 15 municipalities that is part of the Phil-am Funded project, Protecting and Defending the Amburayan River Basin and Watershed through Good Governance & Active People’s Participation.

After lunch, we proceeded to the second floor of their multi-purpose hall and everyone took turns in giving their talk about Kapangan, the Amburayan River and the reforestation of Lubo, Kibungan.

THE WOMEN OF SHILAN LA TRINIDAD. And last on the agenda was visiting a Microfinance women’s group at Shilan, La Trinidad. Through the loans they get from JVOFI they are able to fund their organic farms and create cooperative within their community.

Mr Salvosa, Chairman of the JVOFI, BOT said that as a result of their visit they were able to see and hear about their activities and their biggest problem which is how they can avail of a more affordable greenhouse for organic farming.