PARTNERSHIP FOR GREEN MINDANAO. MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol undescores the need to bring back trees to deforested mountains through the tree and bamboo farming in the vast tribal communities generating income for the indigenous communities. Gov. Edwin Jubahib volunteered tribal lands in Talaingod for pilot area.

DAVAO CITY – Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will soon launch the “Green Mindanao Project converting unproductive tribal lands into tree and bamboo farms generating income for the indigenous communities and bring back trees to bared mountains.

The project is set to be launched early December with Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib who volunteered the vast tribal lands in Talaingod town as the pilot area.

Secretary Emmanuel Piñol have seen the need of the project following the three-day trip to the Mindanao Pacific Rim last October 16 to 18, where deforested mountains and scarce water supply were familiar.

“I was confronted with the sights of deforested mountains and problems of water supply in coastal communities,” Piñol said.

He added that there is the vast potential of tree and bamboo farming, which will provide a livelihood to tribal communities given a high demand for stable wood and bamboo supply.

“I learned that wood processors alone would need an estimated 200,000 cubic meters of wood for doors, windows and cabinet”, Piñol explained.

He also added, “Instead of importing wood from other countries, especially Eucalyptus, they can source their wood and bamboo supplies from the vast tribal lands of Mindanao."

Green Mindanao will address multiple problems of deforestation, flooding, and landslides, water problems, and provide sustainable income to indigenous peoples.

“The project is designed to bring back trees in the deforested mountains, ensure sustainable water supply and provide a livelihood to the Tribal communities which have long been neglected”, Piñol stressed.

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