11 November 2020, Bgy. Magsaysay, Siniloan, Laguna – Sierra Madre Mountain Range. ON Semiconductor Phils. Inc. – Carmona Site (OSPI – Carmona) generously sponsored the planting of 700* native Philippine agroforestry tree species carried out by the community-based forest guards at the over 9,000 hectare Laguna Quezon Land Grants, FEED’s first and longest Living Legacy partner protected planting site.
*100 White Lauan, 300 Malaruhat, 100 Balobo and 200 Bani
OSPI – Carmona became a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Patron of Education & the Environment of FEED, with 38 of their employees attending the “Sustainability Talks” held by FEED’s Director of Partnerships, Anne-Marie Mananquil Bakker, last October 29th, 2020. An additional part of their PHP96,908 contribution will fund a FEED scholar carrying out studies in the sustainability sciences (in this case, forestry/natural resources management), targeting research on the carbon sequestration capability of the 700 trees.
The reforestation support is an immediate and lasting incentive to the following Bantay Gubat who manage multiple nurseries, site preparations, plantings, species collection and propagation, GPS capture, monitoring and maintenance:
- Forester Reynaldo E. Lorida
- Mr. Renato Q. Dagumboy
- Mr. Teotimo B. Argete
- Mr. Lauro G. Rizaldo
- Mr. Deraño G. Alawas
- Mr. Armando L. Atip
- Mr. Senando C. Velina
- Ms. Maria Salipot
- Ms. Shirley Matin-ao
- Mr. Alvin S. Buquid
- Mr. Brendy C. Moralla
- Mr. Teofilo Breganza
- Mr. Samson Masaya
- Mr. Reden Lalu
The average number of trees per hectare (in agroforestry and/or industrial plantations) ranges from under 500 to over 2,000 depending on species and site. In this instance, with spacing of 1 square meter between each Philippine indigenous tree, according to Forester Rey Lorida, field supervisor of the Laguna Quezon Land Grant, this tropical tree plantation can sequester an average of 10 tons of carbon per hectare per year.
“Tropical forests have a valuable role in relation to climate change, being a source and sink of carbon…Carbon density ranges widely from less than 5 t/ha to more than 200 t/ha in the following order: old growth forests > secondary forest > mossy forest > mangrove forest > pine forest > tree plantation > agroforestry farm > brushlands > grasslands. Carbon sequestration ranges from less than 1 t/ha/yr in natural forests to more than 15 t/ha/yr in some tree plantations. Land-use change and forestry make an important contribution in the national emissions and sinks. It is estimated that Philippine forest lands are a net sink of greenhouse gasses (GHG) absorbing 107 Mt CO2 equivalent in 1998, about equal to the total Philippine GHG emissions.” (Source: Lasco, R.D. & Pulhin. F.B. (2013). Philippine Forest Ecosystems and Climate Change: Carbon stocks, Rate of Sequestration and the Kyoto Protocol, Annals of Tropical Research 25(2): 37-51)
May the Forest Be With You ON Semiconductor Philippines!
Congratulations to OSPI – Carmona volunteers, now CSR Patrons of Education and the Environment! May your support also inspire others to continue these efforts.
On behalf of the forest guardians, thank you ON Semiconductor for your outstanding support especially during this challenging Covid-19 pandemic, a critical moment in our history that compounds the seemingly insurmountable hurdles the world faces with climate change. OSPI – Carmona’s CSR contribution provides the much needed livelihood the forest guards need to ensure full survival of species planted, and which enables them to expand their own fruit and vegetable gardens for their own sustenance, as part of the master plan development of the LQLG.
Photo Gallery – ON Semiconductor Community-Based Tree-Planting, 10 November 2020 @ Laguna Quezon Land Grant protected forest site
Video of Actual Tree Planting of ON Semiconductor’s 700 Native Philippine Forest Trees
GPS Coordinates of On Semi Planting Site, Sierra Madres
Use any GPS (Global Positioning System) software / applications to input the latitude and longitude coordinates to be able to remotely see the location of your trees planted. Some examples include:
- Stn 1. 14 29’20.04”N
- Stn 2. 14 29’20.28”N
- Stn 3. 14 29’20.54”N
- Stn 4. 14 29’20.40.”N
About the Sierra Madre Mountain Range – Longest in the Philippines
The Sierra Madre a 540 km (340 mi) is the longest mountain range in the Philippines. Through the north–south direction from Santa Ana in the province of Cagayan to the north and Quezon province to the south, the mountains form the eastern backbone of Luzon Island, the largest island of the archipelago. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east. The Pacific coast of Luzon along the Sierra Madre is less developed as the lofty and continuous mountains form a bold and almost inaccessible shore, exposed to the full force of the northeast monsoon and the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Some of communities east of the mountain range and along the coast are so remote they are only accessible by plane or boat.
The Sierra Madres is home to native Philippine dipterocarp trees of the Hopea and Shorea family, orchids such as Dendrobium aclinia, the leguminous tree, Milletia longipes and a member of the citrus family, Swinglea glutinosa.
The forests are home to endemic lizard species such as the monitor lizard – Varanus bitatawa (common name: Butikaw), which the Aeta and Ilongot indigenous peoples use as a food source. The monitor lizard is one of the three frugivorous lizards in the Varanidae family along with V. olivaceus and V. mabitang. All of the three frugivorous lizards are found only in the Philippines.
Endemic mammals in Sierra Madre are the Sierra Madre shrew mouse and Sierra Madre forest mouse.
Non-Endemic Flora Species
Narra, the national tree of the Philippines, Almaciga, and Kamagong can be found in the Sierra Madre range.
Non-Endemic Fauna Species
Isabela oriole, Philippine Eagle, and Philippine Crocodile are critically endangered species that can be found in fragmented locations.
It is important to note that lower portions of the Sierra Madre mountains still experience frequent and sporadic habitat damage and other forest-losses (flora and fauna) due to anthropogenic activities, such as logging and charcoal-making, often funded by outside “investors”.
Some outside informal settlers living at the lower portions of the slopes generally are supported by work in these logging and charcoal-making activities without permits. Some portions of the forest cover are already secondary growth forests, i.e. forests or woodland areas which have re-grown after a timber harvest, until a long enough period has passed so that the effects of the disturbance are no longer evident; whereas primary forests refers to untouched, pristine forest that exists in their original condition. It is estimated that forest degradation of at least 1,400 hectares per year is caused by illegal tree-cutting, slash and burn farming, fuel-wood collection, illegal hunting, and residential expansion – which if tackled sustainably and with the community can be averted, minimized and even optimized towards healthy and productive, sustainable social forestry practices. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Madre_(Philippines))
Long term survival is as critical as tree-planting is to sustainable reforestation programs, which is why all FEED plantings aim to achieve and have so far sustained survival rates of at least 85 percent of all species planted, making sure they thrive for future generations too.
The Laguna-Quezon Land Grant covers a 6,765-hectare property acquired by the UPLB by virtue of Republic Act 3608 of 1930, forming the larger part adjacent to the Laguna Land Grant in Paete, Laguna. Reforestation and biodiversity conservation remain the core focus of both land grants 90 years after its establishment, since majority of the remaining forest cover of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range is home to a last bastion for many species that have become endangered in other parts of the country.
Social forestry (SF) can be a part of a sustainable forest management (SFM) strategy to achieve environmental, economic and social objectives. “SF and SFM can be compatible because both recognize the importance of community participation in achieving sustainable use of forest resources. However, there is a gap in translating the SF concept to activities within the SFM approach and a lack of continuity. To strengthen the role of local communities in SFM through SF, there is a need for a platform enabling open discussion among relevant stakeholders, increasing awareness about the benefits of SF and securing adequate funding to conduct SF activities.” (Source: https://www.cifor.org/knowledge/publication/7647)
These are the holistic approaches FEED and partners adopt as a science-based, proven method towards enhancing community participation in all planting programs, whether from ridge to reef, up to and including nursery and forest establishment, protection, maintenance, (GPS) monitoring and reporting to ensure at least 85% survival of all species planted, as well as community empowerment in the conservation of our natural resources.
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