Lower Sierra Madre grantees hold first hub conference

SGP grantees from the Lower Sierra Madre recently participated in the Lower Sierra Madre Hub Annual Conference held at the Central Luzon State University, Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija, from 7-9 September. The Conference was organized by Tanggol Kalikasan (TK), the SGP hub for Lower Sierra Madre.

More than 50 participants attended the event which aimed to provide a venue for sharing of experiences and lessons learned by project beneficiaries and selected civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Lower Sierra Madre (LSM) hub.

Atty. Rodolfo Ferdinand N. Quicho, Jr., GEF SGP5 Country Programme Manager, welcomed the participants to the conference, while Atty. Maria Generosa T. Mislang, TK Legal Services Program Director, presented the Rationale and Objectives of the hub conference.

The first and second days of the hub conference were for the sharing of experiences from grantees from LSM, which include the following organizations, agencies and universities: Daluhay Inc., Tribal Center for Development (TCD), Tanim Kalikasan (TnK), Tanggol Kalikasan Inc., City ENRO of Tayabas, Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society Inc. (SSMESI), Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance (SSMNA), UP Los Banos Foundation Inc. (UPLBFI), and Southern Luzon State University-IEG Program.

Other activities also included a workshop on Policy and Advocacy Research Agenda (TK); validation of IEC Needs Assessment Results and Agreements on Priority IEC Materials (TK); presentation on the Project Management Cycle (Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement or PRRM), and Community-based Sustainable Tourism (Palawan Conservation Corps).

Atty. Maria Generosa T. Mislang facilitated the LSM Hub planning workshop. Learning-by-Seeing activities were held on the third day of the conference in CLSU, including: research center, mushroom production site, organic farming), small ruminants/poultry), aquaphonics/hydroponics, aquaculture), PCC Genepool and the PCC Dairy Outlet.

Specifically, the conference aimed to convene the LSM hub participants to: (1) share project updates (outputs and outcomes), success factors, challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations; (2) validate policy and IEC needs studies; (3) orient participants on the project M&E framework; (4) plan hub activities; and (5) demonstrate successful biodiversity-related community project/s through a learning trip.

Participants to the Lower Sierra Madre hub conference

A member of an indigenous tribe in Aurora present their ancestral land map.

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