All of the POs reported a 100% accomplishment, save for the 64% of the Talili Integrated Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TIMPC) located in Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu. Considering that the TIMPC is a relatively new PO, the DENR management approved its proposed procurement of seedlings from other nurseries in order to cope with its backlog of 30,500 seedlings in time for the establishment of its tree plantation this year.
Forester Leonisa C. Alfaro, AVPL Protected Area Superintendent, urged the officers of the partner POs to sincerely implement their projects because of the benefits that they will soon derive. “Ginahangkat ko kamo nga magtanom indi para sa bayad nga mabaton ninyo kun indi para sa mga puno nga magdako kag sa mga bunga nga ma-harvest ninyo buwas damlag,” (I encourage you to plant not for the money that will be paid to you but for the trees that will soon grow and the fruits that you will harvest in the future.) said Alfaro in Ilongo dialect which is spoken and understood even by the indigenous T’boli tribe and the Maguindanaons in South Cotabato.
Meanwhile, Forester Noraida B. Formacion, Chief of the Technical Services Division of the DENR South Cotabato, emphasized the requirements in the submission of billing by POs for payment, one of which is the submission of geotagged pictures. “Ang mga larawan na geotagged na inyong isusumite ay mga katibayan ng inyong mga natapos na gawain at siyang magbibigay-proteksiyon sa inyo at sa amin sa DENR laban sa ano mang pananagutan balang araw,” said For. Formacion.
The AVPL is a 102,350-hectare protected area declared as Watershed Forest Reserve on September 24, 1985 by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 2455. It covers portions of the Municipalities of Lake Sebu, T’boli and Surallah in the Province of South Cotabato and Barangay Bai Sarifinang in Bagumbayan municipality of Sultan Kudarat Province.