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scficenter » Agroecology Program

Agroecology Program

Ø community organizing, strengthening and management;

Ø capability and capacity building;

Ø environmental promotion, protection and conservation;

Ø promotion of sustainable agriculture and livelihood projects;

Ø capital build-up and savings formation;

Ø Partnership and linkage building.

SCFI’s Agro-technology programs and projects started with the

Ø B’laan-T’boli Community Building Project,

Ø B’laan-T’boli Agro-technology Project

ü Project beneficiaries were B’laan and T’boli tribal families in the town of T’boli, South Cotabato.

ü Funded by PBSP and USAID.

ü Organized the tribals into associations, provided education and training on sustainable upland agriculture, invested on seeds and seedlings, and livestock, and facilitated issuances of Stewardship Agreements for their ancestral lands.

Through the years, SCFI had implemented a number of Agro-technology, Agro-forestry, and Environmental protection and conservation programs and projects in various parts of South Cotabato:

These are the following:

  1. South Cotabato Farmers’ Development Program
  2. Tribal Agro-technology Project
  3. Tribal Agro-technology Project.
  4. Tantangan Agro-technology Project.
  5. Roxas Mountain Range Agro-technology Project.
  6. Southern Upland Agro-technology Program.
  7. Banga Agro-forestry Project.
  8. Tribal Training and Farm Assistance Program.
  9. Maasim Upland Agro-technology.
  10. Malungon Upland Agro-technology.
  11. Tribal Agro-technology and Community-based Enterprise.
  12. Integrated Agro-reforestation, Conservation, and Management Project.
  13. Mambusong Buffer Zone Management and Development Project.

Implementation of the Agro-technology programs and projects resulted in the

following:

Benefited more than 3,500 B’laan, T’boli, and other upland farmers;

Organized at least 35 farmers associations or cooperatives, including a few rural women organizations;

Developed (contoured, planted with trees, etc.) more than 1,500 hectares of uplands;

Issued 1,700 Certificates of Stewardship (Stewardship Agreements) to temporarily secure tribals’ ancestral domains.

The programs and projects were implemented in: Koronadal, Tantangan, Banga, T’boli, Tupi, Polomolok, Malungon, Maasim, and Gen. Santos.


1. B’LAAN T’BOLI COMMUNITY BUILDING PROJECT

Objectives:

The goal of the programs is to organize at least 4 viable groups with organizational and management skills.

The project funded by PBSP P45,600.00

The project started 1984 and ended December 1985

2. B’LAAN-T’BOLI AGROTECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

Objectives:

To assist upland communities of tribal families to increase their agricultural productivity through promoting an interrelated set of skills related to agriculture.

The program components include assistance to secure land stewardship certificates animal dispersal (goats, chicken, ducks, horses, and carabaos) home gardening agro-forestry (cashew, coffee, cacao, blackpepper and madre de cacao) and cash crops.

Outputs:

An upland development center was established for upland agriculture research, integrated skills training and as base for extension workers.

The project was funded by USAID.

Project Cost: P3,542,176.00

The project started July 1985 and ended July 15, 1988

The foundations’ commitment to the project is 7 years.

3. SOUTH COTABATO FARMERS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Objectives

- Aim to improve farm technology enhancement and agricultural productivity agro-forestry

- Provide credit assistance

- Post –production

Institution building wherein the farmers will be formed into an association or a village coop with the capability to continue providing production assistance to the members and to other farmers in the community and maintain post production facilities

- 400 beneficiaries will benefit from the program

Outputs:

- The program extended financial marketing assistance to at least 21

association.

- 490.5 has. of denuded hilly lands planted with fruits and cash crops.

- 1257 certificate of stewardship issued to member beneficiaries.

- 51 communal nurseries constructed and being maintained by the

Beneficiaries

The project started June 1989 and ended June 1993.

Funded by USAID

Areas covered: 28 barangays (B’laan-T’boli)

Polomolok

Maasim

Banga

Koronadal

Tupi

Tantangan

General Santos City

4. TRIBAL AGROTECHNOLOGY PROJECT

Objectives:

The project is to assist 1200 impoverished upland B’laan nd T’boli tribals to increase self-sufficiency through land tenure, improved land productivity and marketing and to reverse environmental degradation.

Outputs:

- 124 stewardship certificates were distributed to 124 beneficiaries

- Developed and diversified 71. has. with fruit trees

- 15 has. were contoured

- 67 community technicians trained on agro forestry.

- 2 cooperatives in Lunen and 1 cooperative in Atbangan became centers for marketing produce and provide financial assistance to members

- conducted financial management workshop attended by 8 coops

officers

- 9 leaders trained on coop Pre-Membership Seminar

- Lunen Upland Farmers Association was registered with SEC.

.

The project is funded by Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

The project started June 1989 and ended June 1992

5. TANTANGAN AGROTECHNOLOGY PROJECT

Objectives:

The project aims to assist the tribal communities of Tantangan, South Cotabato through land tenure security and provide with work animals to improve their agricultural productivity.

Outputs:

- 5 upland communities were organized with identified leaders having functional work groups with approximately 225 farmer beneficiaries

- Conducted 9 consultative sessions in 5 upland communities.

- A total of 44 ¼ has. was contoured using flemenja, coconut and banana

- Three (3) functional women’s association were organized at sitios Tacub, Laanlahek, and El-Ulit, Tantangan, South Cotabato.

- 44.5 has. of plantation crops planted to various fruits and forest tree species

- 86 certificates of stewardship were awarded by the Forest Management

Bureau (FMB)

The project was funded by PACAP

The project started July 1989 and ended July 1990

6. ROXAS MT. RANGE AGROTECHNOLOGY

Objectives:

Assistance on agriculture and social forestry

Outputs:

- a total of 168.32 has. planted to plantation crops and a total of 20.02 has. were developed with contour barriers.

The project started Jan 1987 and ended December 1989.

The project was a joint undertaking by PBSP, PDAP, Canadian Organization

PHILDHRRA, SCFI - P 499,340.00

Areas covered: 240 families of San Isidro, Carpenter Hill and Sarabia in Kor.

7. SOUTHERN UPLAND AGROTECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

Objectives:

The program aims to assist poor upland tribal families to become self sufficient in basic needs through security of land tenure, and improvement in land productivity and marketing.

The program promotes an interrelated set of skills related to upland agriculture.

Areas covered: 424 families in Datal Salvan, San Jose, Banwalan, T’boli

Kalfungal, Blat and Lamlubong, Maasim, South Cotabato

The project funded by USAID Php 2,050,000.00

The project started July 1988 and ended December 1989.

8. BANGA AGROFORESTRY PROJECT

Objectives:

These agro-forestry projects seek to assist upland farmers belonging to the upland tribal communities of Banga, South Cotabato.

It aims to agro-forest 180 has. of upland areas with fruit trees, forest trees, coffee, and other plant species

The program aims to answer the following problems:

- prevent further environmental destruction, increase in income, availability of planting materials for agro-forestry purposes and marketing and technical assistance

Outputs:

- Developed 169.21 has. planted plantation crops and 38 has. of contour barriers using flemenja, ipil-ipil, coconut and banana.

The project was funded by PACAP.

The project started June 1988 and ended June 1989.

9. TRIBAL TRAINING AND FARM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Objectives:

Focus of the program was to provide an agricultural skills training to (30) selected tribal’s and minimum farm inputs for practicum.

Assist upland tribal groups in T’boli on community organizing, implementing appropriate upland agriculture, develop wider trails, marketing, and acquiring stewardship certificates.

The project was funded by OXFAM, England, 6,085.00

The project started March 3, 1985 and ended March 1986.

Extension of the project started June 1987 and ended May 1988.

10. MAASIM UPLAND AGROTECHNOLOGY

Objectives:

The project aims to answer the following problems of the beneficiaries further environmental destruction, denudation, soil erosion brought about by previous kaingin practices, agricultural inputs and marking assistance.

Outputs:

- four (4) communities were organized with identified leaders having their assigned task

- a total of 1.5 has. as contour barrier using flemenja and bananas

- 75 has. were planted to assorted fruit and forest species

- 59 certificates of stewardship has been awarded to the beneficiaries

The project was funded by PACAP

The project started January 1990 and ended December 1990.

11. MALUNGON UPLAND AGROTECHNOLOGY PROJECT

Objectives:

The project aims to organize fie (5) core groups, increase productivity and

Income.

Outputs:

- at least leaders trained on organization mechanics and project management

- 2 farmer association were organized and activity attended program of SAMATIKU

- Minimal increase in their production

The project was funded by PBSP.

The project started January 1990 and ended December 1990.

12. SOUTHERN UPLAND COMMUNITY BUILDING PROJECT (CO) Phase 11

Objectives:

The year II project shall expand the focus on strengthening the area of organizational mechanics, leadership and effective management of existing organized groups into stable and functional cooperatives.

Outputs:

- a total of 40 has. were develop as contour barrier using grass, kakawati

- 226.6 has. were developed to plantation crops planted to various fruit and forest tree species

- 3 consumers cooperatives were operating at Baragays Salvan, San Jose in T’boli and Kalfungal Blat and Lamlubong in Maasim all in South Cotabato

The project was funded by PBSP

The project started January 1990 and ended December 1990.

13. TRIBAL AGROTECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNITY BASED ENTERPRISE

Objectives:

The purpose of the project is to assist 200 families from five (5) upland

Communities to secure land, conserve, improve production on it and run a community based-enterprise.

The project was funded by the Lutheran World Relief (LWR).

The project started 1991 and ended 1993.

1. INTEGRATED AGRO-REFORESTATION CONSERVATION AND

MANAGEMENT PROJECT

Objectives:

The project aimed to provide credit assistance to the farmer beneficiaries in terms of production (corn and vegetables).

It also provide training/seminars to the potential members and officers of the cooperative which was strengthened and organized by the South Cotabato Foundation, Inc. (SCFI)

.

Agro-reforestation and water system establishment are also among the project component.

Year II Objectives:

Agro-reforestation nursery development and provision of post harvest facilities.

Outputs:

- Donated solar dryer to the cooperative

- Farm inputs like hybrid seeds from the Department of Agriculture was extended to the beneficiaries

- PAF provided are bodega and corn Sheller. This enable the cooperative answer the post harvest perennial problem of the farmer beneficiaries

The project was funded by PACAP.

The project started June 1, 1995 and ended June 15, 1998.

Area Covered: Purok Paghidaet, Brgy. Maibo, Tantangan, South Cotabato

14. MAMBUSONG BUFFER ZONE MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

PROJECT

Objectives:

- Provide production loan assistance

- Reconstruct the existing community water system

- provide trainings and seminars to enhance and equipped knowledge on

Effective farming technologies, livestock management to ensure good

Management of their cooperative.

- Also provide marketing fund to support their marketing activities.

- strengthen the capability of community-based organization as our

Partner in rehabilitation, conservation protection and management of

Buffer zone in the area.

- The project will also provide support for small livelihood, water system

Rehabilitation and skills training for the residents of the community.

Outputs

- conducted training

- Value clarification and re-orientation

- rehabilitated existing water system and constructed secondary reservoir

- 40 members of MSFA trained on agro-forestry production

- completed construction of multi-purpose bunkhouse

- At least15 farmers adopt SALT and established agro-forestry system

- At least 10,000 ills of seedlings raised and propagated

- At least 20 qualified members provided with agri-production loan Assistance

- at least 15 participants trained on livelihood production and

Management practices

- 20 project participants will undergo sensitive training

- Completed documents/requirements for CDA registration - at least 3,000 capital build-up collected/generated

- collected at least 3.00 from each member per month as water system

Service fee

The project was funded by PACAP

The project started March 1997 and ended March 2000.

Almost, simultaneous with the Agro technology projects, SCFI also implemented Development Projects for Coastal Communities and Marine Resources Conservation the Coastal Development and Marine Resources Conservation Projects were implemented in communities along Sarangani Bay. They used to be part of South Cotabato until Sarangani was separated as a Province in March 1992. SCFI’s involvement in Coastal Community Development started with the Malbang Kamanga Fisheries Assistance program in Maasim in 1987. Funded by PACAP, the program provided fishing boats and fishing equipment to improve fishing productivity.

Construct of Fishing Boat

New Motorize Fishing Boat

New Motorized Fishing Boat

In 1987, SCFI was able to generate funding resources from PACAP and implemented the Malbang-Kamanga Fisheries Assistance Program. The program simply aimed at providing initial development assistance to the depressed communities of Malbang and Kamanga in the Municipality of Maasim, (Sarangani Province). Part of this assistance was the provision of training on appropriate fishing technologies and the provision of fishing boats and fishing equipment and implements. Community associations were also organized and provided with the necessary technical assistance to sustain the program.

The one-year PACAP-funded program was succeeded by other similar programs and projects implemented in other coastal communities, namely:

a. The Lagundi Artificial Coral Reefs Project that was implemented in Barangay Lagundi of Kiamba, (Sarangani Province) in 1987. Funded by PBSP, the project accomplished the following: i) organization and formation of fishers’ cooperative and provision of education and training on marine resources rehabilitation, and ii) construction of 24 sinkers and installation of 12 artificial reef modules to serve as sanctuaries and breeding/nesting places of fishes and other marine resources.

b. The Mangrove and Artificial Reef Development Project which aimed to “reforest” with mangroves 30 hectares of coastlines along Barangays Sapu Padidu and Sapu Masla in Malapatan (Sarangani Province), and to replace the damaged natural coral reefs with artificial ones. It was implemented in 1988 to 1990.

Funded by the Mission Administered Fund (MAF) of the Canadian Embassy to the Philippines, the project resulted in i) the planting of mangrove trees to about 30 hectares of coastlines in the project area, ii) the installation of artificial reefs and provision of payaos (floating fish shelters),

and iii) the implementation of income-generating projects that enabled the fishers to increase fish catch by about 50%.

c. The Malapatan Shoreline Development Project which complemented the MAF-funded project was intended to shore up the community organizing and management of the said project. Funded by PBSP, this assistance accomplished the following: i) organization and formation of a group responsible in safeguarding and maintaining the artificial coral reef modules and the planted mangroves, ii) trained community technicians to continue educating and disseminating to the community people the technologies on rehabilitating and conserving marine resources, and iii) expanded the areas planted to mangroves.

d. The Marine Resource Rehabilitation Project which was implemented in the communities of Mangelen and Tampuan in Maasim, (Sarangani Province) in 1988 to 1989. Funded by PACAP, the project accomplished the following: i) organization and formation of the Mangelen Fisherfolks Association to safeguard and maintain the artificial coral reefs installed, and the fishing facilities and equipment provided, ii) installed at least 10 modules of artificial coral reefs, and iii) constructed and provided motorized and manually operated fishing boats. It benefited about 150 families in the project sites.

e. The Glan Artificial Reef Replenishment Project which aimed to respond to the marine ecological destruction and to the socio-economic concerns of the fishing community in the Municipality of Glan (Sarangani Province). The project was implemented in Barangay Kapatan of Glan in 1989 to 1990, and funded by PBSP.

The one-year project resulted in the i) conduct of training on marine resource management and related technologies, and ii) installation (submersion) of at least 50 modules of artificial coral reefs.

f. The Sarangani Coastal Resource Development and Management Project which was financially assisted by the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GAGP) of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and the UNDP-Small Grants Program and implemented in Barangays Kawas and Lago in Alabel, Sarangani Province.

Implemented in 1997 to 1999, the project resulted in the i) organization and formation of Fisherfolks Associations in Barangays Kawas and Lago which were provided with technical assistance and training to increase and improve their capabilities and capacities as community organizations, ii) installation of artificial coral reefs in the area, and iii) provision of material assistance to improve the people’s fishing-based livelihood activities.

The concerns and involvement of SCFI in coastal communities, and the rehabilitation and conservation of the coastal environment and marine resources temporarily halted in about Year 2000. Due to limited resources, SCFI could only focus on the areas of South Cotabato Province. But it is a fact, indeed, that SCFI has left an impressive legacy in the coastal communities of Sarangani as the effects of its involvement are still felt up to this day. This legacy is manifested by the continuing growth and presence of mangroves along the coasts of Malapatan and other municipalities, and the artificial reefs that must have become now the breeding and nesting places of various fishes and other marine resources for their sustained and continuous growth.


Beginning this year 2006, the microfinance expanded program where the microfinance program formerly handled was transferred to the agroecology program.

The expanded program provided production assistance to farmers. Loan component includes cash and organic fertilizers. There are a total of 302 farmers who availed this assistance. Total collectibles is P3,752,841.00 including interest and penalty charges.


 

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