To rehabilitate 302 hectares of upland plantation in Barangay Digkilaan, Manticao, Misamis Oriental, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region X, San Miguel Corporation Global Power (SMCGP) Philippines Power Foundation, Inc. and Barangay Digkilaan Upland Farmers Association, Inc. (BDUFA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on November 25, 2020 at the DENR Region X, Cagayan de Oro City.

The MOA was signed by DENR Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable and People’s Organization of Barangay Digkilaan Upland Farmers Association, Inc. (PO BDUFA) President Lenie R. Ybañez. Witnessing the signing of MOA are DENR Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Aldrich S. Resma, Executive Director of SMCGP Foundation, Inc. Cynthia V. Pantonal, and OIC-CENR Officer of CENRO Initao Conrado M. Mahinay, Jr.

The covered period of the MOA starts from CY 2021 to 2027, and shall be undertaken for the benefit of the local communities within the Municipality of Manticao, Misamis Oriental.
The SMCGP Foundation signified its intention and willingness to contribute to the greening efforts of the DENR through SMCGP Foundation’s Ridge to Reef Conservation Program. The SMCGP Foundation shall turnover the project to DENR X after the term of this MOA and will provide funds to support in the mobilization of community for the implementation of the Project in the upland plantation.

Under the MOA, the DENR shall provide the necessary technical assistance to support the activities in nursery operation, seedling production, plantation establishment, and maintenance and protection and assist SMCGP Foundation in monitoring, supervision and conduct of ground validation on the progress of the development of the project areas to ensure that it is done in accordance with the plans and specifications of the Work and Financial Plan. The BDUFA, Inc. shall rehabilitate the Upland Plantation covering 302 hectares in Brgy. Digkilaan, Manticao, Misamis Oriental, submit monthly progress reports to SMCGP Foundation and DENR, and ensure and comply with the target of at least eighty five percent (85%) survival rate of the established plantation. (RPAO # 11-298-2020) #TayoAngKalikasan