BACOLOD CITY, July 27 — The Tambara Forest Settlers Association (TFSA) in Talisay City, Negros Occidental recently received an assistance of P30,000 from the Negros Occidental provincial government through the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) Upland Reforestation-Swap Livelihood Project.
Luisa Tutor, provincial environment management specialist and upland farmers coordinator, said the project aims to help the community strengthen its coping mechanism against climate change.
Tutor said that since 2014, eight Integrated Social Forestry (ISF) associations have already become recipients of the program assistance.
These associations are located near the three major river watersheds of the province to protect them and combat climate change especially its possible adverse effects.
"Under the project, a recipient community should plant 3,000 seedlings of endemic species of trees in one year with 20 percent mortality rate in return of the given assistance," Tutor added.
TFSA member Rey Malan said the livelihood assistance is really a big help to the group's sari-sari store, and goat buy and sell businesses.
With the assistance, the association will buy an additional carabao to start another livelihood project.
TFSA is composed of more than 30 members who are certificate of stewardship contract holders, covering about 30 hectares of land area in Talisay City. They were able to plant around 10,000 trees already since 2006. (PNA)