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Ecotourism proposal (A new community in the Sierra Madre)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 8:52 am    Post subject: Inside Sitio Papatahan Reply with quote

Angel,

Ayon sa ating Mun. Engineer ang sukat o haba ng kalsada mula sa Feeder Road sa may Kasile sa may Paet papuntang Papatahan ay may habang 12.5 kilometers. Ang haba daw ng kasalukuyang sementado ay humigit kumulang ng 9 na kilometro na kaya't ang natitirang hindi pa sementado at kasalukuyang isinasaayos ng Enginering Brigade ng Phil. Army ay halos 3.5 kilometers pa.

Heto ang mga larawang kuha ko sa loob ng Sitio Papatahan noong Marso 30, 2006:




Sample ng mga kabahayan doon although layo layo pa dahil malalaki ang kanilang sakop na lupa o bakuran.


Heto ang kanilang school bldg. Dalawang magkahiwalay na single storey 2 classrooms


Heto ang sample ng loob nung mga classrooms.


Heto yung Kapilya na pinagawa ni Mam Sen Kagahastian, Mother ni Anne Lan K. Candelaria


Heto naman yung itsura nung labas ng Kapilya. Yung kalapit sa bandang likuran ay ang maliit na kindergarten school.


Heto naman ang loob ng kanilang kindergarten school.


Heto naman yung harapan ng Kapilya at makikita sa malayo ang basketball court kalapit ng centralized water system nila.


Malapitang kuha ng centralized water system na proyekto ng Pamahalaang Bayan ng Paete.


Kuha habang merong naglalaro na mga kalalakihan


Ito ang generator mula sa Pamahalaang Bayan para sa kanilang electrification. Ginagamit tuwing ika 6 ng gabi hanggang ika 10 ng gabi. Ambagan sa konsumo ng krudo segun sa gamit na wattage.


Ang mga kalsada sa pinaka sentro at mabahay na lugar ay merong mga harang na kawayan upang di makadaan ang mga hayop tulad ng kalabaw at kabayo.


Mga nakapaskel sa iba't ibang lugar sa Sitio Papatahan.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vice mayor:

This is an enormous service to us. The pictures provide a lot of things that we need to become aware of. Thank you very much.

-Angel
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 9:46 am    Post subject: Parang Masbate... Reply with quote

Hi Vice Mutuk...ganito ang isang maliit na bayan sa Masbate na pinuntahan ko, nakakatuwa...nakakita ako ng puno ng siniguelas, puno ng atieza, at may mga nakabilad silang pusit! Ang daan na aming tinahak (naks, tagalog na malalim Very Happy ) ay tulad nung picture na ipinakita mo sa taas... (hi, paparazziII) Wink baku bako... Crying or Very sad kailangang bumaba ng sasakyan at maglakad!!! Ang masaklap ay ilang beses na raw binigyan ng budget ang road nila, pero laging "nawawala" Crying or Very sad Confused Laughing ang siste mo ay bihis na bihis ako...kasi "ninang" ako sa kasal Laughing guess who is my katuwang? Ang kanilang "mayor" Very Happy Wink another Pareng Mayor, promise nya sa akin sa susunod ko raw na pagdalaw sa kanila, sementado na ang daan!!! (bago siyang nanunungkulan)...ang maganda dito...sa kabila ng kalsada, walking distance ay ang OCEAN!!! Maganda ring magtayo ng JollyBee Idea

Iba ang buhay sa ganitong paligid...baka purbahan ko sa banda banda riyan Wink sabi ni Ka Charlie, wag kang matakot sa bundok natin, ako ang Mayor dun, Cool Laughing Wink

Baka dito matupad ang pangarap ko..."log home"....vice...paki tabi yung mga logs... Wink serious ako...gusto ko talaga ay log home...sige, paparazzi II, dali dalian nyo itong project na ito Idea Wink Very Happy mukhang ito ang susunod kong daigdig!!!

Ok...... eto na ang Balud, Masbate.......click and enjoy...yong nasa huli ay Majayjay na...maganda ang ginawa nila sa waterfalls nila...tingnan nyo, ginawang 3-tier....


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 9:50 am    Post subject: 1st Graduation Ceremony at Sitio Papatahan Reply with quote

Ang mga larawan ay kuha ko noong bumalik ako sa Sitio Papatahan last April 3, 2006 para pagbigyan ang kanilang kahilingan na bumalik ako bilang bisita sa gaganaping kauna-unahang Graduation Ceremony sa nasabing lugar. Sa mga nakaraang mga taon, ang graduates nila ay isinasama at isinasabay sa graduation ceremony ng Quinale Elem. School


Habang bumababa kami sa bukana ng malawak na kapatagan ng Sitio Papatahan


Pinaka stage ng gaganaping Graduation Ceremony.


Graduating Kindergarten class. 8 students sa pangunguna ng kanilang guro Mrs. Lory Lindo Bernardo, isang taal na taga Paete.


Ang 5 estudyante na graduating sa elementary level. Kasama ang mga guro. Sa dulong kaliwa si Macky Abrian Jarapa para sa Gr. I and II, pangalawa mula sa dulong kanan ay si Renato Rivera para sa Gr. 3 and 4 at ang nasa dulong kanan si Noli Mabras para sa Gr. 5 and 6.


Mga magulang at kaibigan habang nagluluto ng pinagsama-samang handa para sa gagawing pagtitipon.


Ang isa pang single storey 2 classrooms kung saan nagtipon tipon ang mga graduates at kanilang mga magulang.[/img]


Ang mga susunod na larawan ay hitsura ngayon ng ginagawang pagsasaayos ng kalsada patungong Papatahan. Kung hindi po ako nagkakamali ay halos nasa kalahati o humigit kumulang sa 2 kilometro na.







Angel,

Susunod kong posting ay yung pagbisita ko (Marso 30, 2006) sa isang livelihood program ng Samahang Magsasaka sa Kabundukan (SAMAKA) sa Sitio Papatahan. Nagtatanim na sila ng gulay na talong. Apat na libong bagong punla na talong na ang kanilang naitatanim bilang pamalit na hanapbuhay sa pag uuling at pamumutol ng punong kahoy.

At yung proyekto ng munisipyo tungkol sa goat raising.

Regards,
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 10:04 am    Post subject: Wow Reply with quote

Great pictures! It looks like it's a paradise up there. Wala bang NPA dun? Gaano katagal po yung papunta doon? By what means? I think if we will do tree planting, it has to be by people living in and around the place. As Angel pointed out, tree planting is not something that we do as a one-off affair. We need to guard the trees so they will grow up to maturity. I read somewhere that really mature trees are the source of the seeds for natural forest growth.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:04 am    Post subject: Land Map Reply with quote

Vice Mayor,

Just wondering if the Philippine Army has a land contour map of the area, especially the area for future development. I would like to see it and probably give my input regarding any future location of drainage system.

Just my thought.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:53 pm    Post subject: We need a good map for Paete Reply with quote

Venn,

The link below if for the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority. Someone in the Philippines can probably contact these guys and ask what you need.

http://www.namria.gov.ph/namr.asp

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony.Basa wrote:

adedios wrote:
Tony:

The upland community project has a component that addresses lanzones. Agroforestry is a delicate issue that Ka Noel and I are seeking advice from agroforestry experts. For this reason, the team of UPLB scientists has been formed. Last week, I was in discussion with a scientist from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown. He was citing some of the problems he has seen in Central and South America with regard to uplands agriculture. Sustainability is a major issue and it begins with studying the soil first. I am not an expert in this field so I am trying to make myself aware of the various important factors that need to be considered. UPLB has studied several species of Lanzones. They are likewise familiar with methods of characterizing soil. One thing that is clear is that it is not just a matter of planting trees.

-Angel


Angel, I think the soil quality is no longer a question. Our forests are tropical and have rich soil due to many factors such as abundant rainfall and the fact that our nation is peppered with dozens of active volcanoes. The sustainability question rests more on people and loggers not cutting the trees faster than the trees can grow to maturity. In the pictures that Vice Mutuk posted showing the logs abandoned by the loggers tell us at least one fact: that the trees that these loggers had been cutting now are young trees unlike those logs that I used to see in Wawa when I was a small kid which were enormous. There are no more old trees to cut. If we are just to plant the trees, we will have to guard our trees. That's the most important part of this sustainability thing. The wholesale loggers are usually not the poor uplands people but those who can afford to transport the logs to where it can be sold or processed.

Another problem that I can think of is forest fires. During the hot season from March to April there is a higher risk of having forest fires when grass and fallen leaves can quickly be kindled. Paetenians are quite familiar with these fires since many of these fires happen on the face of the mountain on the side of Paete. I can say these were all caused by man given that the time they usually happened (save one I can recall when there was aslight drizzle in Paete) there were no thunderstorms. In one particular fire a huge patch of the boondock to the right of the 3 krus (facing from the kabayanan) was burning for most of the night despite the drizzle and in the morning the damage was clearly extensive. Probably these fires were caused by bonfire cinders left unextinguished or even lighted cigarette butts. In short, again we go to public information campaign about putting out fires completely before they leave the area, or totally not starting bonfires at all.

Of course I am not an expert myself. I just hope that they/we consider these things, including not introducing non-native species, along with what the experts already know. That our former forests were rich in native species is good enough reason not to introduce species coming from other places - including non-native wild animals.

cheers!
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Tony, I hope you do not mind me copying the exchange we had to this thread. The "tree planting" idea can indeed be viewed as a project on its own. I do, however, think, that it can only become sustainable with a community backing it so I thought it would be relevant to include this under this thread.

The soil quality will always be a question and it will dictate what agricultural practices would be sustainable. Depending on the crops that are planted as well as the environment, the chemistry of the soil can change dramatically with time. Just the elements of wind and rain could have a substantial effect on soil over time and here, the geometry and pattern of the upland farms can already influence the quality of the soil.

This project in order to have a chance of succeeding does require a lot of input from scientists and this is why the project came forth as a science project. There are several forestry PhDs now working on some of the details of the project. I imagine that when we have more details to work on (for example, the site depends on land donation, this is not yet a "done" deal), other experts will likewise be needed (like geologists and engineers) to map not just the internal features of the project but external issues as well (such as drainage, power, roads, etc.). And I am likewise hoping that once the community is in place, it will begin to attract conservation and agriculture scientists to do further studies on "sustainable upland agriculture" making this project a vibrant one even after its initial construction.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 8:51 am    Post subject: Eco-tourism Sample Reply with quote

adedios wrote:

The soil quality will always be a question and it will dictate what agricultural practices would be sustainable. Depending on the crops that are planted as well as the environment, the chemistry of the soil can change dramatically with time. Just the elements of wind and rain could have a substantial effect on soil over time and here, the geometry and pattern of the upland farms can already influence the quality of the soil.


You are right. I was coming from the tree-planting-point-of-view when I posted that.

I found this story in INQ7.net today.

Inquirer Mindanao : Encounters with wildlife at the park

First posted 04:23am (Mla time) April 09, 2006
By Jennifer L. Ramos
Inquirer

Editor's Note: Published on page A14 of the April 9, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

“BUILD it and they will come.”

The unforgettable line from the movie “Field of Dreams” hit me when I saw the place. Visitors come from the nearby provinces, and even from other areas of Mindanao, such as Davao and Sarangani. The place has also received guests from as far as Luzon.

Since its opening in 2002, the Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP) has catered to around 5 million guests. What keeps them coming?

A project funded by the provincial government, the MOAP is located in Libertad Bajo, Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental. It is just a 15-minute van ride from nearby Ozamiz City.

The park, just a few meters from the highway, is very accessible, even to commuters. Vans and buses from Dapitan, Dipolog and Oroquieta cities drop guests at the park.

Upon paying an entrance fee of P10, the visitor immediately sees the 3-hectare fishpond that provides fresh tilapia to the park’s restaurant. To the right is the wildlife zoo amid a mangrove forest. To get there, one must cross a quaint bridge, made entirely of bamboo, over a brackish creek which also serves as the oyster farm. Young oysters clump on rows of ropes hanging from horizontal bamboo poles.

Hatchery

A meandering board walk in the cool mangrove forest leads to cages of birds, crocodiles, monitor lizards, monkeys, pythons and civet cats. The majority of the animals were donated by residents from nearby cities and provinces.

Most of the birds are endemic to nearby Mount Malindang.

The zoo has a modest collection of animals, but it still attracts busloads of students from the Lanao provinces and Bukidnon.

Across the forest is the hatchery. It houses aquariums of African mudfish, tilapia, freshwater giant shrimps, and other colorful fish. Fingerlings are sold to private enterprises but are given free to accredited cooperatives and people’s organizations. Some are used to seed the province’s marine and freshwater areas.

Karl Immanoel Aoanan, the park manager, said the facility aims to produce a million fingerlings a day for distribution.

To the right of the hatchery are day cottages, suite rooms, family rooms and dormitories nestled among mangrove trees. The suites have furnishings made from indigenous materials but with modern designs.

Dolphin Island

The restaurant is out in the sea, hidden by mangrove trees. A long walk on a bamboo bridge from the hatchery leads to it. Adjacent is the Ramiro Hall, which can seat around 100 persons.

A few steps from the restaurant is a shaded waiting area and wharf for boats bringing guests to the Dolphin Island, so-called because of several pens housing rescued dolphins. The place, which can be reached in 10 minutes, has been designated and accredited by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources as Marine Rescue Refuge.

Bamboo walks surround the dolphin pens. Adults and children alike delight in catching a glimpse of the dolphins, especially during feeding time at 4 p.m.

Janice Salvador, the park’s assistant operations manager, said the pens sheltered four dolphins, which were turned over by fishermen who accidentally caught them in their nets.

Salvador said veterinarians from the Provincial Veterinary’s Office regularly visited the island to give medical attention to the dolphins.

Dolphin Island is just a sandbar visible during low tide. All the structures and facilities spread over the shallow sea are supported by concrete pillars. Its grandstand can seat around 500 people.

In front is a big pen enclosed by nets. Almost the size of an Olympic swimming pool, guests can swim with a marine turtle, snorkel or feed the fish.

The island’s other attractions are several snorkeling and dive sites, the most popular of which is the Takup Point where divers interact with sea turtles and black tip sharks. One can also go kayaking or visit the giant clam farm.

The MOAP is not just another resort. Gov. Loreto Leo Ocampos conceptualized the project, which aimed to increase aquaculture production, protect and rehabilitate the environment, and promote eco-tourism.

The MOAP is one of this year’s Galing Pook awardees for most outstanding program under the category of innovations in local governance.

(The author is the former provincial legal officer of Sarangani. Taking a respite from her law practice, she is now into “therapeutic” writing.)
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a great news article. Thanks, Tony, for sharing.

I just wanted to make sure that people understand what ecotourism is. It is easy to mistake this type of tourism from nature trips or other forms of tourism.

This is from the International Ecotourism Society (TIES):

TIES defines ecotourism as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." This means that those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities should follow the following principles:

Minimize impact
Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect
Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts
Provide direct financial benefits for conservation
Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people
Raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climate
Support international human rights and labor agreements
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A large part of ecotourism is education and one of the strengths of this proposal is the fact that busloads of school children are already visiting Paete. The planned upland community is hoped to provide an excellent educational opportunity especially for school children from urban areas. By exploring sustainable means of livelihood, we are hoping that we would be able to educate the youth, the future generation, on how to provide for their families, but at the same time, protect and preserve the environment. It is really a different brand of tourism and in this proposal, we are hoping to meet several objectives that fit within a mesh. It is a huge challenge, but I believe a lot of the necessary factors to succeed are already in place.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 1:58 pm    Post subject: Sitio Alutay to Papatahan Reply with quote

Ang Sitio Alutay hanggang sa Sitio Papatahan ay isang napaka
gandang parte ng Sierra Madre at halos naging bahagi ng aming
kabataan lalo na kung bakasyon..sa katunayan ang aming lansonesan
ay halos naliligid ng ginawang feeder road na sementado na pala..
ang kalapit kaingin namin ay kina Amang Dandoy Baldemor, Ico
Navarro, Tonyong "burki" Madrigal, Doni Isoreta, Panong Lescano
at Ino Acyatan. Cool
Sana maging matagumpay at magkaroon ng katuparan ang
pangarap ng magkakaingin at nagbubukid noon na makaahon ng
naka-upo sa maayos na daan... Smile
"Tanong lang Po" hindi na kaya infested ng NPA o kaya ng mga
illegal logging concessionaire ang lugar na ito..sa katunayan isang
kamag-anak namin ang pinatay sa Papatahan ng mga tauhan ng
logging concession at may nagsasabi naman na NPA daw.. Sana
po ay wala na ang mga ganong mga tao sa panahon ito..para sa
katuparan ng lahat ng magagandang programa para nasabing lugar
na sakop ng ating bayan.. Question
Ano sa palagay mo Bise?? nagtatanong lang po...pangarap
namin na doon sa Sitio Alutay guguling ang aming katandaan.. Laughing
Good Luck! Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to ensure that we stay within the topic, here is a reposting of the proposal



The following is a rough draft of a proposal. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed.

This proposal was developed to address the following:

(1) the growing need to develop sustainable agricultural practices in the uplands of Paete
(2) the importance of maintaining and preserving the Sierra Madre watershed
(3) the need for decent housing and livelihood for the poor families in Paete
(4) the need for protecting Laguna de Bay
(5) developing Paete into an ecotourism site

This proposal involves several sectors of society, specifically, Gawad Kalinga, the scientists at UPLB (this project requires expertise in forestry, geology, agriculture, animal husbandry, botany, etc.), the municipal, provincial and national government, and most importantly, the citizens of Paete. It is in its infancy stage during which your thoughts and opinions are needed and would be greatly appreciated. This proposal has been presented briefly to members of Congress. Initial conversations have also started with Gawad Kalinga, Laguna Chapter as well as UPLB.


Thank you all for your time and attention.


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CAPSULE PROPOSAL
AREA/CLASSIFICATION: ECOTOURISM (SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE)
TITLE: A NEW COMMUNITY IN SIERRA MADRE MOUNTAINS
PROPONENT: MUNICIPALITY OF PAETE, LAGUNA (thru Dr. Angel C. de Dios, Georgetown)
ADDRESS: J.V.QUESADA ST., BARANGAY IBABA DEL SUR, PAETE, LAGUNA 4016
CONTACT INFORMATION: ATTN: EMMANUEL B. CADAYONA (MUNICIPAL MAYOR)

SUMMARY OF PROPOSAL:

Paete is an inland town of the Province of Laguna located at its northeastern part. It is about 113 kilometers away from Manila and has a population of 25,000 people. Paete has a total land area of 6,301.625 hectares including the uplands of the Sierra Madre Mountains. The Poblacion consists only of 201.861 hectares. It has nine (9) barangays, all of which are situated within the Poblacion. A large portion of the town is upland and hilly occupying 90% of the total land area. For this reason, Paete, Laguna has a vast potential in developing a comprehensive and sustainable ecotourism project that will also provide a housing project complete with livelihood programs for our unfortunate homeless squatters residing along the national highways. We have about eight hundred squatter families residing along a declared danger zone of the national highways. The proposed agro forestry ecotourism in “Sitio Papatahan”, about 14 km from the poblacion located in the highlands, will pave the way in establishing a new community complete with all the amenities with a viable tourism content.

PHASE 1 – ESTABLISHMENT OF A HOUSING PROJECT: Initial discussions with Couples for Christ, Laguna Chapter, on their “Gawad Kalinga” project, that aims to provide affordable housing for the poorest of the poor thru the “bayanihan” spirit, indicates a big possibility of acquiring a donated land of about 20 Hectares in Sitio Papatahan for this purpose. The new community will start with 400 houses complete with a water system; electrical power; a multi-purpose building (chapel) and a public elementary school). A land donation of 10 hectares is already in progress.

PHASE 2 – PROVIDING LIVELIHOOD PROJECTS: The following will be provided:

1. Goat Farming – The market indication, even for export to Saudi Arabia, looks promising. This livestock proves to be sustainable for a community with limited land resources. The project intends to start with 300 does and 20 buck. Other farm animals will be added for variety and a special Petting Zoo for kids will also be established.

2. Coconut Tree and Lanzones Farming – The Virgin Coconut Oil is becoming very popular, not only in the Philippines but also abroad. Coconut trees already abound in the area and this livelihood will come as a second nature to the farmers in the community. Lanzones is the pride of Paete. We can harness the vast potential in Lanzones farming with modern agricultural technologies available today.

3. Trees and Bamboo Farming – Paete is very well known for our handicraft industry, particularly wood carving, evidenced by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s presidential proclamation No. 809 declaring Paete, Laguna as the “Carving Capital of the Philippines”. “Batikuling” is a local wood species widely used in our wood carving industry. Scientists at ERDB (Ecosystem Research Development Bureau) of DENR, have developed a cloning method that would make propagation of Batikuling very conducive. A Memorandum of Agreement between ERDB and the Municipality of Paete is underway and expected to be finalized within Feb. 2006 to establish a 2 hectares demonstration farm. Bamboo is an alternative to augment the supply of raw materials for our handicraft industry.

4. Charcoal briquette production – Another invention of ERDB, producing charcoal from bio-wastes, i.e., coconut husks, dried water lilies, corncob, banana leaves, twigs, etc. A pilot plant is now in operation and actually producing charcoals operated by the municipal government. This component will not only provide livelihood but will close the operation of illegal charcoal producers who are indiscriminately cutting tress for their raw material.

PHASE 3 – THE TOURISM CONTENT:

1. Rain Gardens – With the construction of the new community in the uplands, there will be paved roads which will increase water runoff and pollution of the lake. Therefore, the community should be built with rain gardens that not only absorb pollutants and minimize water runoff, but also will provide for a tourists’ scenery.

2. Botanical and herbal garden – alternative crops of botanical and herbal plants; Construction of Bamboo setum with more than 50 different species of bamboo, will give additional tourist attraction.

3. Special Petting Zoo and Aviary – Pony rides, carabao rides, and birds in their natural habitat will be another tourist enticement.

OBJECTIVES:

(1) To provide decent but affordable dwellings, complete with basic amenities, for the homeless squatters of Paete, Laguna thru the “Gawad Kalinga” project. (2)To provide alternative livelihoods that will alleviate poverty and improve the general well being of the people. (3) To promote an ecotourism that will also benefit the general public thru economic improvement of commerce and industry. (4)To enhance the preservation and protection of our natural resources particularly the Sierra Madre Water Shed.

SIGNIFICANCE & EXPECTED OUTPUT:

Eight Hundred (800) homeless families are leaving in shanties along the danger zone of the National Highways. They are prone to vehicular accidents, and frequent flooding from the lake. Addressing the squatter issue will alleviate serious social, environmental, economic, peace and order issues. The first batch of four hundred (400) houses will be targeted during the first year thru the Gawad Kalinga. The family members will provide for the labor content of the project under the “bayanihan” spirit. One house of 5m X 5m will cost only P50,000.00. The only obligation of a Gawad Kalinga member is approximately P200.00 per year for the real property tax. With the proposed livelihood projects, it will sustain their material needs and will greatly improve their economic condition. Handicraft production, for those who are keen about this trade, can still do their job with the available raw materials at hand. With the tourism content, this will improve livelihood, even for the lowland handicraft manufacturers and will bring additional revenue to the municipal coffer. The project will ensure the preservation and protection of our Sierra Madre Water Shed thru the self initiative of the newly established community. Close coordination with the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) scientists, with whom we are in the final stage of formulating a grand plan for the sustainable preservation of the Sierra Madre water shed, is very important.

TARGET BENEFICIARIES:
1. Four Hundred family Squatters – 2,000
2. Handicraft manufacturers and store owners– Approximately 20% of the total population = 5,000
3. Food and general merchandise businesses – Approximately 20 % of the total population – 5,000
4. Upland farmers – Approximately 20% of the total population – 5,000
5. Local Government Units including nine (9) barangays

BUDGET: (Php 59,656,000):

A. Housing Project:
1. Design and Engineering Consultants – P3,000,000.00
2. Twenty Hectares Site preparation – 20 hectares @ P0.20M/hec = P4,000,000.00
3. 5m x 5m Concrete Houses @ P50,000 per house = P20,000,000.00
4. Other infra structures – P2,000,000.00
B. Tourism Projects:
1. Rain Garden – P 1,500,000.00
2. Botanical and herbal garden – P500,000.00
3. Petting Zoo and Aviary – P 1,000,000.00
C. Livelihood Projects:
1. Goat farming (Boer Breed) – 300 does @ P12,000 each = P3,600,000.00/ 20 buck @ P10,000 each = P200,000.00 or a Total of P 3, 800,000.00
2. Coconut Tree and Lanzones Farming – P 1,000,000.00
3. Batikuling Trees and Bamboo Farming – P 2,000,000.00
4. Charcoal Briquette Production – 10 units @ P100,000.00 per unit – P1,000.000.00
D. MOE (25%) P 12,500,000.00
E. ADMINISTRATIVE FEE (PERSONNEL) P 7,356,000.00

DURATION AND TIME PLAN:

This is a 4 year project. The first year of this project will address 400 families. The following year will address the second group of 400 families. The last two years will address development and preservation of the land vacated by the families near the highway and along the lakeshore of Laguna de Bay.

This proposal was prepared by the Mayor of Paete, Laguna, Emmanuel B. Cadayona, in collaboration with Dr. Angel C. de Dios of Georgetown University. The project will be implemented with collaboration from Gawad Kalinga, University of the Philippines, Los Baňos. and DENR.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sa Sitio Papatahan pa rin po ang mga larawan na nasa ibaba nito. Kuha ko nung bumisita ako last March 30, 2006.


Kuhang larawan sa kabayanan ng Sitio Papatahan


Habang nakikipagpulong ako kina Chairman Max Mendoza(kalapit ko) at dating Chairman Yu (pangalawa mula sa kaliwa).



Kalagitnaan ng 20 ektarya na pag aari ng namayapang Peping Zarraga. Mapapansin ang mga bagong supling na niyog para sa planong paghuhulip. Ayon sa balita, ang nasabing lugar (20 hectares) ay ibinebenta sa halagang 50 pesos per sq. meter.


Ang planong lugar kung saan sisimulan ang goat raising project ng munisipyo. Malayuang kuha ng pabahay ng kambing.



Malapitang kuha.



Bandang gitna ang mahabang linya ng kanilang taniman ng palay.



Ganon din, ibang lugar naman na taniman ng palay



Maliit na taniman ng mais.


Lugar taniman ng SAMAKA sa Papatahan. Isang samahan na itinatag limang buwan na ang nakakaraan at suportado ng inyong lingkod para sa kanilang livelihood project bilang pamalit sa pag uuling at pamumutol ng punongkahoy. Pakibigyan ng pansin ang karatula. Kasalukuyang nakapagtanim na ng 2 libong punla ng talong (at the time of my visit).

Ito po ang dahilan kung bakit ako napunta ng Papatahan dahil na rin sa kanilang imbitasyon na ipakita sa akin ang lugar ng kanilang proyektong pangkabuhayan. At makita na rin ng personal para sa kinakailangan tulong at suporta. Sila ay natutuwa dahil sa ginagawang pagsasaayos ng daan na kung papalarin daw ay di na sila mahihirapang mag transport ng kanilang magiging ani patungong bayan.









Punlaan ng talong, halos mahigit pang 2 libo para itanim. Mapapansin ang bago naming dala na pandilig at hose na itim para sa planong patubig.


Malapitang larawan ng naitanim ng talong na meron ng 4 na dahon.


Sumubok munang magtanim ng talong sa lugar 3 buwan na ang nakakaraan. Wala pong ginamit na abono.


Malapitang larawan ng puno ng talong, 3 mos. old, na namumunga na.

Tingin ko naman po sa lugar ay tahimik. Ayon sa aking nasagap na balita at ayaw pasabi ang pangalan. Mga tagaroon na rin ang gumagawa ng kwento na kesyo magulo don at maraming NPA upang di na magkainteres ang mga tunay na may ari sa kanilang sinasakang lupa. Sila ay natatakot na kung sakaling ito ay madevelop ay bawiin sa kanila ang mga lupa na kanilang sinasaka. Halos ang karamihan po doon ay basta na lang umukopa ng lupa ng hindi alam ng tunay na may ari nito. Matindi daw po ang mga carabao loggers sa malalayong lugar at doon idinadaan papunta sa karatig sitio ng karatig bayan.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vice Mutuk wrote:


Kalagitnaan ng 20 ektarya na pag aari ng namayapang Peping Zarraga. Mapapansin ang mga bagong supling na niyog para sa planong paghuhulip. Ayon sa balita, ang nasabing lugar (20 hectares) ay ibinebenta sa halagang 50 pesos per sq. meter.



At this price, a hectare would cost around 500000 pesos (or roughly $10000), and 20 hectares (and Cedric made the estimate that we need 24 hectares for 800 families) would cost $200000 or about 10 million pesos. This is a substantial amount that would be necessary if we are not able to obtain land donation. Thanks, vice mayor, this provides some additional background info to see the project in a greater scope. The pictures you provide again paint tangible images and place this project in some perspective. Thank you.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 4:21 pm    Post subject: Pananim Reply with quote

Hi Mutuk,

Malapit na rin ang summer dito. kaya marami na namang mga pananim na nabibili, katulad ng ibat ibang gulay - talong, kamatis (ibat ibang klase), green bell pepper, hot sili, basil and different kind of herbs. gusto ko sanang magpadala dyan para mai try nyong itanim. ito ay mga bibinhiin pa. kung hindi bawal sa custom.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI,

By virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1433, otherwise known as the Plant Quarantine Law of 1978, the Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and Plant Quarantine Service (PQS) are mandated to enforce the plant quarantine rules and regulations to avert introduction of foreign pests and further spread of those already existing in the Philippines.

The following describe more details:

http://www.medco.gov.ph/ciqs/quarantine-p.htm

http://bpi.da.gov.ph/Forms/pro.....Permit.pdf

http://www.chanrobles.com/pres.....no1433.htm

http://www.bpi.da.gov.ph/Services/PQS.htm
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 12:26 am    Post subject: Gawad Kalinga's Standard Reply with quote

Angel,

I did not made the 24 hectare estimate for 800 families. It's Gawad Kalinga's standard of 3 hectare per hundred families. One hectare for the housing area and 2 hectares for livelihood. I still have not gotten any response from them on how can 2 hectares support 100 hundred families.

On another note, remeber GMTFM, Greater Manila Terminal Food Market? More than a thousand families were relocated to Carmona, Cavite. Those who didn't want to go were forcibly taken off the property. 100 square meter lots were raffled, and roads and utilities were constructed. Once there, free bus services were provided for those who have jobs in Manila. Schools and medical facilities were constructed for the new community. I believe there were also monthly money allowances given per family to opset any inconomic displacement. These services and financial assistance were provided for some time until new factories like San Miguel, Reynolds Aluminum, Semi Conductors, etc. were constructed to accommodate the new working class population in Cavite.

Are we to assume that these 800 families want to be relocated? There are certain responsibilities required when relocating families. First and fforemost is their survivability. How will they survive (eat, work, sleep, etc.) when they get there? How will their children get schooled? Etc. etc. etc.

To Vice Mutuk,

Thank you for the pictures. Very refreshing, very green - just simple people doing simple (stress free) work. Keep them coming.

ThankS y'all,

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are very good questions, Cedric.

The answers will come from the various parties that will be involved in this project:

(1) The municipal government - They will address how the squatters currently living within the "danger" zone will be encouraged to move.

(2) Gawad Kalinga and Couples for Christ - They will be integral to the formation and education of the new community.

(3) UPLB scientists - They will do the study and planning so that the community will have a sustainable livelihood

The project will make use of the learned experiences of Gawad Kalinga. A similar framework will be used. A community will be built with the other infrastructures (school, hospital, church). The new things here are the agricultural forestry and ecotourism aspects on which we would be relying heavily on the UPLB scientists.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 1:20 pm    Post subject: Wind Power Reply with quote

Angel,

Looking closely at the pictures Vice Mutuk posted, especially how the palm/coco trees leaves sway to one direction got me thinking of wind power. Also pictures in the 3 Krus thread also suggest that there are a lot of wind activity at the uplands. The link below may interest local scientists. The Math and Science club of Paete can probably undertake this study. Spare parts from automobiles like alternator, battery, cooling propeller fins, fuse boxes, headlights, etc. can be used to make one. Bamboo if we have them already planted can be used to construct the tower.

http://www.otherpower.com/otherpower_wind.html

Paramaters of the project before starting must be set. Example: How many watts of power, how long can stored energy provide power, maximum MPH of wind can the system withstand or can the system be taken down in the event of a hurricane, etc. etc.

Dada Ludy,

Would you like to handle this project. Assemble local home grown scientist from our local school to design and construct a wind power generator and energy storage system. Low cost lang ito. If your team can draw the plan and make a material list we can make lapit to our Paete Internationals dito sa States. Your team should used their imagination on how to salvaged junk materials for the project. Hindi lang basta basta buy lang ng buy sa parts store. There shouldn't be any labor cost. It should all be on a volunteer basis. Your mission should you decide to accept is to form a team to design and construct a wind power generator capable of producing and store electricity using whatever materials available with the least amount of capital investment.

As seen on TV's Monster Garage. Building something from junk parts.

To Mayor C,

You can probably sponsor a contest for the most effective, effecient and innovative system. There should be enough learned engineers/scientists there to judge entries.

Your thoughts y'all. I apologize in advance if this is an old idea.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cedric:

There is a group of scientists from UPLB that are looking closely at this project. If I am not mistaken, we will hear from them soon. They are developing a much more detailed proposal, which will then be submitted to Congress. Mayor Cadayona is part of the project. He is coordinating with this group of agroforestry experts. I am assuming that DENR will also join this project after the proposal has been taken by Congress.

Also, if you haven't browsed through another forum in Usap, please do so:

http://www.paete.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=12

Wind power, for example, is discussed in the following:
http://www.paete.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1343

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 10:57 pm    Post subject: Do-It-Yourself Wind Generator Reply with quote

Thanks Angel for the information. Glad to hear UPLB and the Mayor is looking into it. However, my thoughts are for the do-it-yourselfers not the large/commercial version of wind farming. My thoughts are for those small nipa huts with their own wind generator made from surplus car alternators, producing enough power for their house lights, TV, or electric motor for their water pump. Small enough that anybody who can be thought of its simplicity can build it.

What I'm afraid of when involving bureaucracy is they get too much hung up on their politics capital. Too much analysis leads to paralysis.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Cedric. Very good idea about this “individualized” windmill! When I first thought of the windmill as an alternative source of energy, we consulted DOE with the help of Saida’s friends. But they said the only viable place in Laguna is somewhere in Caliraya. But I guess you’re right, Papatahan is quite windy, if I can recall. (Vice Mutok, ikaw ang huling nanggaling don, mahangin pa ba? I mean windy, hindi yung hangin na nasa isip mo, LOL!) Then, what I had in mind is a huge, single windmill to serve the whole community, which is of course cost prohibitive. With smaller, mini windmills for each dwelling, I guess the “Paikawan” system of maintenance will also be eliminated.

I think I already have an idea on how this will work. Madaming magagaling ang uwido dito sa Paete na pwedeng makapagbigay ng idea. What we need, aside from the mechanical blade and structure, are alternators, batteries, and inverters, which are all available locally.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:43 pm    Post subject: 200 Watt Wind Power Reply with quote

Thanks Ka Noel for your reply. I believe the images below will help our home grown scientist get jump started. Let me know how it turns up.



My idea is to K.I.S.S. this project without too much analysis. I don't think there are any environmental impact kaya there shouldn't be too much planning. Katulad ng sabi ng Nike - "Just do it."

This should be a nice contest for our aspiring scientists. Hey, that's an idea. Why don't we sponsor a Math (w/c you guys already did), Science, Art (your carving festival did that too), Kite fair in one big event. Need not be this year but next year should be a good start. You can probably draw some local tourist giving some our Taho, Minane, Kamote-Q, Lugaw and Palamig vendors some income.

While waiting for the big projects to come to reality we need small victories to stimulate participation, ownership and sense of accomplishment for our citizenry and young and growing minds in school.

Your thoughts y'all.

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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 11:31 pm    Post subject: Medical Mission sa Sitio Papatahan Reply with quote








mga taga RHU ng Paete for routinary check up..



from Phil. Army habang nagbibigay ng mga gamot.



for dental services mula sa Phil. Army.



Barangay Health Workers mula sa Ibaba del Norte para sa mga listahan ng pasyente.



Mga taga RHU habang kumakain ng kanilang pananghalian.



Nasa kabayanan na po ng Sitio Papatahan ang pagsasagawa ng mga kalsada. Meron pong drainage system na makikita sa larawan.



Ito po ay kuha ko bago pumasok ng kabayanan ng Papatahan. Yun pong pagbaba diyan ang mismong Papatahan. Ang mga kalsada po ay tatambakan pa ng mga bato, graba at buhangin para sa kaukulang pagpapatibay ng daan.



May kaukulang drainage system po na makikita sa iba't ibang parte ng ginagawang kalsada.

Hanggang katapusan pa po ng buwan ng Mayo ang pagsasagawa ng 51st Engineering Brigade ng Phil. Army ng mga kalsada papuntang Sitio Papatahan
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