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GAWAD SIBOL PROGRAM
GAWAD SIBOL PROGRAM
(ADOPT-A-WATERSHED PROGRAM I, II & III)
- Summary of Information
Phase I: 2006-2011
Phase II: 2012-2015
Phase III: 2015-2018
Rehabilitation of denuded watersheds nationwide:
Phase I: 14 hectares
Phase II: 40 hectares
Phase III: 60 hectares
- Reforest and protect denuded watersheds in nationwide.
- Increase biodiversity (plants, animals and insects) in the planted areas.
- Contribute to the National Greening Program (NGP) of the DENR.
- 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.
- Plant fruit-bearing trees, instead of the usual hardwood variety which will provide upland dwellers with an additional source of livelihood.
- Help mitigate the impact of global warming and climate change, and minimize floods during typhoons in the covered areas.
- Fostered volunteerism among LANDBANK employees and their families.
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)
- 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:
NO. OF SEEDLINGS
NO. OF VOLUNTEERS
Nov. 16, 2012
San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan
Jan. 17, 2013
Polomolok, South Cotabato
Feb. 23, 2013
May 18, 2013
Aug. 6, 2013
Aug. 10, 2013
Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental
T O T A L
Hereunder is the combined output of the Adopt-A-Watershed Program and the 50k@50th anniversary tree planting project for 2013:
NO. OF SEEDLINGS
(to plant 20-25 seedlings each)
Polomolok, South Cotabato*
San Mateo, Rizal
Palayan City, N.E.
Malasag, Cagayan de Oro
Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental*
T O T A L
* Under the Adopt-A-Watershed Program
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Families and friends of LANDBANK employees were invited/encouraged to participate, fostering volunteerism and camaraderie.
- The reporting procedure on the accomplishments of the program (e.g. number of seedlings and volunteers) was improved in Phase II.
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.