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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


AIM, HEDCen students visit Masungi Georeserve

March 15, 2019 2:15 pm

March 24, 2019 – Masungi Georeserve welcomes foreign students of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) – Dr. Andrew Tan Center for Tourism and senior high school students of Holistic Education and Development Center (HEDCen). Both groups visited the georeserve to learn more about environmental conservation, biodiversity, and sustainable tourism As a part of the Asian Institute of Management Global Network Week Program, foreign students taking up their master studies in top business schools in the U.S., Costa Rica, Panama and Canada participated in an orientation and discussion with the Masungi team. The program offered by AIM highlights sustainable tourism... View Article


3M Philippines and 3M Global Service Center Participates in the Nurture-A-Grove Project

November 26, 2018 9:15 am

November 17, 2018 – The Masungi Geopark Project site welcomed employees of 3M Philippines and 3M Global Service Center Philippines as part of their Global Volunteer Day activity. Through the Legacy Trail, the participants contributed to the reforestation activities being carried out on site. A total of 190 tree saplings were planted and nurtured by the 3M volunteers. The group also learned about the process of mulching: a technique often done to aid in the plant’s growth and maintenance. After the activities, the group was rewarded with Minalot meals amidst a beautiful backdrop of the hills and floating huts. The... View Article


Masungi wins global conservation award from UN, IUCN

November 19, 2018 6:51 pm

Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt— Masungi Georeserve was recently honored as a global model for conservation innovation and excellence at the inaugural Pathfinder Awards presented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and WildArk. The awarding ceremony was held during the plenary session of the 14th Conference of Parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt on 17 November 2018. A high-level international jury awarded Masungi Georeserve the special commendation for the 2018 Pathfinder Award for its “outstanding and innovative” approach to conservation financing and... View Article


Union Bank participates in Masungi’s Nurture-A-Grove Project

November 12, 2018 8:08 pm

Last November 9, over 30 employees of the Union Bank of the Philippines Manila and Metro West Regions’ Retail Banking Group contributed to the reforestation activities being carried out on the greater Masungi Geopark Project site. Through the Legacy Trail experience, the participants were immersed in a tree-planting activity and contributed a grove of saplings to the area’s growing forest life. Minalot meals prepared by local community members were served afterwards as a reward to the volunteers for aiding in the restoration and reforestation of the once barren area. Through Masungi Georeserve’s Nurture-A-Grove Project, companies will now be able to... View Article