GAWAD SIBOL PROGRAM

GAWAD SIBOL PROGRAM

(ADOPT-A-WATERSHED PROGRAM I, II & III)

  1. Summary of Information

PROFILE

DESCRIPTION

Implementation Period

Phase I: 2006-2011

Phase II: 2012-2015

Phase III: 2015-2018

Impact Areas

Rehabilitation of denuded watersheds nationwide:

Phase I: 14 hectares

  • Angat-Ipo River in Bulacan (4 has.)
  • Bago River in Negros Occidental (2 has.)
  • Binahaan River in Leyte (2 has.)
  • Lasang River in Davao del Norte (2 has.)
  • Magat River in Nueva Vizcaya (2 has.)
  • Silway River in South Cotabato (2 has.)

Phase II: 40 hectares

  • Bugallon, Pangasinan (10 has.)
  • San Jose del Monte, Bulacan (10 has.)
  • Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental (5 has.)
  • Sapang Dako Watershed, Cebu City (5 has.)
  • Paquibato, Davao City (5 has.)
  • Olympog, General Santos City (5 has)

Phase III: 60 hectares

  • La Union (5 has.)
  • Isabela (5 has.)
  • Nueva Ecija (5 has.)
  • Batangas City (5 has.)
  • Albay (5 has.)
  • Iloilo (5 has.)
  • Cebu (5 has.)
  • Tacloban (5 has.)
  • Zamboanga Sibugay (5 has.)
  • Lanao del Sur (3 has.)
  • Davao del Norte (3 has.)
  • South Cotabato (3 has.)
  • Metro Manila (6 has.)

Program Partners

  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
  • Various Peoples’ Organizations (POs) nationwide (different partner PO per site)
  1. Objectives
  1. Reforest and protect denuded watersheds in nationwide.
  2. Increase biodiversity (plants, animals and insects) in the planted areas.
  3. Contribute to the National Greening Program (NGP) of the DENR.
  4. Enter into a tri-partite partnership with the DENR and local community groups (indigenous people and peoples’ organizations) to ensure success and continuity of the program.
  5. Plant fruit-bearing trees, instead of the usual hardwood variety which will provide upland dwellers with an additional source of livelihood.
  6. Help mitigate the impact of global warming and climate change, and minimize floods during typhoons in the covered areas.
  7. Fostered volunteerism among LANDBANK employees and their families.

 

  1. Relevance

In the 1900s, the Philippines had 21 million hectares of old-growth forests covering 70 percent of the land area. Today, we barely have 5 million hectares or only about 20 percent of the country’s original forest cover, making the Philippines the only country in Southeast Asia with the thinnest forest cover.

To help address this social issue, LANDBANK entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in August 2006, for the “Adopt-A-Watershed Program” covering 14 hectares of denuded forestlands in six (6) pilot areas nationwide.

    

The MOA expired in December 2010. A Terminal Report was submitted by the DENR in November 2011 which noted the success of the project. The same Report recommended that the project be expanded as part of the National Greening Program (NGP) of the Aquino administration.

Thus, LANDBANK and DENR renewed its partnership in 2012 for a three-year “Adopt-A-Watershed Program II” (2012-2015) that will rehabilitate a total of 40 hectares of denuded forests in six (6) sites nationwide (2 sites for each of the three major islands in the country: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao)

  1. Results and Impact

In 2013, the program continued to progress in its second year. However, in celebration of LANDBANK’s 50th anniversary, a special tree-planting project, dubbed “50k@50th: 50,000 trees for LANDBANK’s 50th Anniversary,” was conceived.

50k@50th, which complemented the Bank’s existing Adopt-A-Watershed Program, mobilized LANDBANK volunteers and their families in planting 50,000 seedlings in selected watersheds all over the country from January 17 until August 10, 2013.

The DENR provided seedlings free of charge, together with the preparation of the planting site.

Like the Adopt-A-Watershed Program (Phases I & II), the tree planting is LANDBANK’s contribution to the NGP of President Aquino, which is a massive forest rehabilitation program nationwide.

In the second year of the implementation of the program, the following are the results:

DATES

AREAS

NO. OF  SEEDLINGS

HECTARES PLANTED

NO. OF VOLUNTEERS

Nov. 16, 2012

San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan

5,000

10

250

Jan. 17, 2013

Polomolok, South Cotabato

2,500

5

100

Feb. 23, 2013

Davao City

2,500

5

100

May 18, 2013

Bugallon, Pangasinan

5,000

10

150

Aug. 6, 2013

Cebu City

5,000

5

200

Aug. 10, 2013

Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental

2,500

5

100

 

T O T A L

22,500

40 has.

900

 

Hereunder is the combined output of the Adopt-A-Watershed Program and the 50k@50th anniversary tree planting project for 2013:

DATES

AREAS

NO. OF  SEEDLINGS

VOLUNTEERS

(to plant 20-25 seedlings each)

Jan. 17

Polomolok, South Cotabato*

2,500

100

Feb. 23

Davao City*

2,500

100

May 18

Bugallon, Pangasinan*

5,000

150

June 29

Cebu City

5,000

208

July 6

Maragondon, Cavite

3,000

150

San Mateo, Rizal

3,000

200

July 13

Palayan City, N.E.

5,000

200

General Santos

3,000

150

July 20

Legaspi City

3,000

150

Kalayaan, Laguna

5,000

200

Davao City

3,000

150

July 27

Malasag, Cagayan de Oro

3,000

150

Aug. 3

Tagaytay, City

100

(culminating event/ceremonial)

75

Aug. 6

Cebu City*

5,000

200

Aug. 10

Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental*

2,500

100

 

T O T A L

50,600

2,283

 

* Under the Adopt-A-Watershed Program

  1. Innovations
    1. Adopt-A-Watershed Program Phase 2 is an improvement from Phase 1 since it is now a tripartite agreement among LANDBANK, DENR and the respective Peoples’ Organization (PO) currently residing in the area.
    2. Involving the POs in the area ensures that the seedlings are taken care of (e.g. weeding, fertilizer application) in the planted sites, ensuring a higher rate of survival. The POs also receive some token amount as incentive for their efforts.
    3. During Phase 1 of the Program (2005-2010), hardwood tree species were planted in the watersheds. For Phase 2, fruit-bearing trees were introduced so that the upland dwellers/communities may benefit from the fruits of the trees.
    4. Families and friends of LANDBANK employees were invited/encouraged to participate, fostering volunteerism and camaraderie.
    5. The reporting procedure on the accomplishments of the program (e.g. number of seedlings and volunteers) was improved in Phase II.
  2. Awards

The Adopt-A-Watershed Program is one of the Bank’s programs cited as “Outstanding Development Projects” by the Association of Development Financing Institution in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) under the Corporate Social Responsibility category of the ADFIAP Awards 2014.