Our Response to NCIP Region IV-A’s Letter, dated 08 March 2021

March 25, 2021 3:21 pm

  We have received the show cause order from the NCIP Region IV-A dated 8 March 2021 and our legal counsel has already responded to it appropriately. We vehemently deny the allegations therein and strongly take exception to these unsubstantiated claims. In fact, it was the NCIP IV-A itself which informed us in a meeting on 8 February 2021, that their alleged findings were raw and incomplete. While we have good reason to believe the promotion of this document is part of a continuing harassment by Rublou Inc. and Green Atom Corporation, private business entities with vested and incompatible interests... View Article

WOMEN ON THE FRONTLINE: Angge Dolpina of Masungi Georeserve

March 25, 2021 9:51 am

  As the impact of climate change dials up, regeneration efforts on the ground continue for the race towards a greener future. With the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental education is becoming more challenging for advocates. In the Philippines, being an environmental worker is even more perilous as the country continues to be one of the top deadliest countries for land defenders. Despite the gargantuan work, threats of harassment from quarrying groups, and other illegal activities, the team of Masungi Georeserve continues to make the dream of protecting a part of the forest inside the Upper Marikina Watershed a reality.  On the... View Article

EduKatutubo: Empowerment & leadership formation for indigenous youth launched

February 18, 2021 8:28 pm

The Masungi Georeserve Foundation, together with partners and volunteers, has launched the EduKatutubo program to help nurture and empower indigenous youth to be the next-generation leaders of the Dumagat-Remontados of Antipolo. The first of a series of workshops focused on self-awareness, confidence-building, values formation, and group dynamics, which are the foundations of good leadership. Over twenty young persons and scholars aged 15 to 30 years old attended the first workshop. Ann Dumaliang, Project Manager and Managing Trustee of the Masungi Georeserve Foundation, discussed the importance of remembering and retaining traditional values of conserving nature, despite the threats of urbanization and... View Article

Masungi Georeserve, partners provide relief to rangers, community members, and indigenous Dumagat tribe

Masungi partners give 582 family packs, assistance to rangers and communities

December 27, 2020 12:03 am

Baras, Rizal – On November 11, 2020, Typhoon Ulysses made landfall in Luzon, affecting over 25,000 families in Rizal alone. Included in those affected are families from upland communities surrounding the Masungi Georeserve, families of park rangers, and the indigenous Dumagat tribes in far-flung areas. In November and December, partners of the Masungi Georeserve Foundation lent a hand and provided a total of 582 relief packs and donations in kind for the affected families to bring hope at a difficult time. The Philippine Marines (Headquarters Coastal Defense Regiment) gave 150 family packs and the ACT10N Group (Batch 10 of UP... View Article

Enhanced enforcement, technology, to aid forest protection at Masungi

June 6, 2020 6:15 pm

Masungi and partners deploy enhanced forest protection solutions and monitoring trails  in critical areas of the Masungi Geopark Project (MGP). This comes as a response to threats of quarrying, forest fires, kaingin, hunting of wildlife, landgrabbing and logging in its reforestation areas during the lockdowns. Recently, park rangers from the Masungi Georeserve Foundation and members of the 80th Infantry Battalion conducted a joint patrol to inspect and secure pine trees and areas recently saved from quarrying.  “The participation of enforcement agencies like the Army and PNP is critical to ensuring the sustained protection of Masungi, and we thank them and their... View Article

Five things you can do to celebrate the Earth every day

April 29, 2020 9:02 pm

  Last week, instead of the usual tree planting activities and assemblies, organisations around the globe celebrated Earth Day digitally. Earth Day began in 1970 with a single goal in mind: To raise awareness and action about various environmental issues such as air and water pollution that threaten the world then and today. Since then, Earth Day has become one of the largest global campaigns that mobilized millions of people to help save the environment. At Masungi, apart from our continued campaign against quarrying and deforestation, we capped off Earth Day with an open letter together with over 300 scientists... View Article

Tucduan and Partners Inaugurate Dumagats’ School of Living Traditions in Cuyambay

November 9, 2019 8:00 am

October 29, 2019—Members of Tucduan, together with the Rotary Club of Tanay, Masungi Georeserve Foundation and its community development partners, inaugurate the School of Living Traditions in Barangay Cuyambay in Tanay, Rizal. Eleonor Atencio, Local Project Coordinator of School of Living Traditions, explaining the importance of putting up the school for upland communities during its inauguration. The School of Living Traditions is a physical school where the Dumagat-Remontado of all ages can preserve and strengthen their cultural heritage and their indigenous language, Dumaget. It is created for awareness through executing a learning curriculum of the Dumagat-Remontado traditions which will initially... View Article

Protected Area Managers learn from Masungi Georeserve

October 12, 2019 8:58 pm

October 4, 2019 –  Training Center for Tropical Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability (TREES) conducted a 5-day training course on Visitor Management for Forest and Nature-based Destinations highlighting the concept and principles of responsible visitor management in sustainable tourism planning and implementation. In line with the training, various Protected Area Superintendents and members of the Philippine Eco-Guides Association visited the georeserve to learn about destination branding and how to properly manage visitors. Participants immersed in the Discovery Trail and experienced the different rope courses and witnessed the rich biodiversity within the landscape. After the 3-hour trail visit, Project Manager Ann Dumaliang joined... View Article

National Bookstore, Masungi, distribute 8,000 school kits to local students

September 5, 2019 12:04 pm

Students raise school supplies shared by the National Bookstore Foundation & Masungi Georeserve Foundation August 22, 2019 — National Bookstore Foundation, Inc. (NBSFI) and Masungi Georeserve Foundation Inc. (MGFI) collaborated to distribute school materials to partner elementary schools around the georeserve. Some 4,000 students received two school kits each through ‘Project Aral’, a back-to-school initiative that aims to solicit learning supplies for students living in remote areas of the country. Among the partner schools involved were San Roque Elementary School, Upper Kilingan Elementary School, and Pinugay Elementary School in Baras, Rizal. Teachers and students welcomed the support from the program,... View Article

Tamaraw Rangers of Mindoro visit Masungi

March 23, 2019 7:15 pm

March 8, 2019 – Masungi Georeserve invited the park rangers Tamaraw Conservation Program (TCP) of Mindoro for a learning exchange session on conservation and sustainable tourism practices. TCP rangers are in-charge of protecting the remaining tamaraw population in the mountainous regions of Mindoro. With only 28 park rangers monitoring around Mt. Iglit National Park, they managed to successfully grow the population of the endangered tamaraws from about 100 to around 523. The session started with an orientation conducted by Ann Dumaliang, project manager of Masungi Georeserve. The Tamaraw rangers also had the opportunity to experience the trails and familiarize themselves... View Article