Court junks bid to stop watershed protection efforts

May 10, 2021 8:54 am

The Regional Trial Court of Morong dismissed the civil case filed by three individuals which asked for the nullification of a 2017 Protection and Conservation Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Masungi Georeserve Foundation Inc. (MGFI) in parts of the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL) in Baras, Rizal. The Court Order dated 15 April 2021 dismissed the case for the absence of capacity to sue, particularly that the authority and legitimacy of the complainants to represent an alleged indigenous tribe from Antipolo was doubtful. The case was seen as a... View Article

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


December 15, 2020 11:00 am

OFFICIAL STATEMENT December 15, 2020 Hiring marginalized people as a front for destructive interests: a classic tactic for encroachments into protected areas and wildlife sanctuaries. BARAS, RIZAL – Following statements made in a reported Zoom media conference organized by Rublou Inc., retired General Luizo Ticman, certain members of the Kaksaan (Indigenous Peoples Organization of the Dumagat-Remontados of Antipolo), and a certain Atty. Juancho Botor, the Masungi Georeserve Foundation states for the record that: 1. The Masungi Georeserve Foundation reiterates its full commitment to respect indigenous rights in reforestation areas under the Masungi Geopark Project which are found to be covered... View Article

Masungi Georeserve condems threat to conservationist and untruthful statements by Rublou Inc. and Green Atom; calls for the immediate removal of private guards from the Upper Marikina Watershed

November 15, 2020 3:08 pm

November 15, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Masungi Georeserve Foundation condemns threat to conservationist and untruthful statements by Rublou Inc. and Green Atom; calls for the immediate removal of private guards from the Upper Marikina Watershed Baras, Rizal — Two weeks after Rublou (and its renewable energy subsidiary Green Atom) fenced and deployed armed guards inside the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape, it appears even clearer now that it does not have any legitimate basis nor authority to do so. Since the dismantling of fences and structures by the DENR and Masungi park rangers on October 25, 2020, Rublou’s guards... 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