March 2005 Minutes
Minutes of MFPI Federation Meeting
Date : March 9, 2005
End : 9:30pm
Venue: Pioneer Grill, Mandaluyong City
* President’s Update
* Federation Secretary Update
* Membership Committee Update
* Education Committee/Mountain Training Board Update
* VP for Visaya’s Report
President’s Report by Regie Pablo:
Charting the Sierra Madre Trail
The MFPI has been tasked to be part of a multi-sectoral project to develop the Sierra Madre Trail. This is a 600+ kms. of trail traversing Sierra Madre similar to the Appalachian Trail in the USA. It covers nine (9) provinces of Eastern Luzon spanning the Sierra Madre mountain range. The project is spearheaded by Miriam P.E.A.C.E. and supported by Conservation International. It involves the LGU’s of the covered provinces, PO’s, NGO’s and DOT, DENR and other concerned organizations. MFPI has been primarily tasked to develop the trail.
The United Nations (UN) grants 2 million seedlings to MFPI
The UNESCO has facilitated the granting of Two (2) million seedlings to MFPI. These seedlings can be secured nationwide from the nurseries of DENR. These are endemic species to the areas.
This development is in support of the tree planting project of UNESCO’s Commission on Science and Technology. A MOA is being drafted between MFPI, UNESCO and DENR. A guideline regarding this project will be released to the members of MFPI.
Mt. Halcon Update
Regie Pablo clarified that technically, nobody except the Mangyan community can ban any climbing activity in Mt. Halcon as it does not have any protective area status. The Mangyans are holders of CADC. However, he reiterated Dickie Acedera’s request to observe self restraint for the mean time in conducting any climbing activity in the area.
The recent incident that resulted in the death of a mountaineer has made it imperative that proper trail markings be conducted first. This is to avoid another incident in the mountain.
Regie Pablo recognized the presence of past president Fred Jamili and some Everest Team during the Fed meeting.
Federation Secretary’s update by Genesis Bolauro c/o Manny Yu
26th MFPI Congress
Deadline for the submission of the online registration from is on Mar. 15 to avail of the 20% discount in registration fee. Checkout the new updated site. 26thmfpicongress.8m.com.
Election of 3 Board of Trustees
Election will be held during the 26th MFPI Congress in Ozamis City on April 4-10.
The term of the following will expire but may be re-elected.
1. Rodney Benedicto
2. Joevy Sacare
3. JB Añonuevo
Those who wish to vote are reminded to bring their MFPI ID’s. Those who will not be able to join the Congress but still wish to vote may do so by proxy. Give the proxy form to designated representative attending the congress.
Mt. Kanlaon Update
Mt. Kanlaon is active and there is a real threat of volcanic eruption. The membership is warned that trekking is deemed unsafe and is therefore banned.
As an alternative, NMC has an invitational climb to Mt. Mandalagan during holy week.
Membership Committee Update by Manny Yu
* 10% discount on all Island Souvenir outlets effective Apr. 1.
* The membership is encouraged to fill-out the membership profile form in http://www.philwebmall.com/mfpi for all new applications as well as renewals. This is to build-up the membership database.
* Gerry Escala presented the new and improved MFPI Website which is currently on its test run.
* Maloy Apuhin discussed process of applying for @mfpi.org email address of MFPI active cardholders. Instructions to be posted shortly.
* It has been agreed with Randy Su/MFPI Visayas VP that the ID printing for the VISMIN area will be decentralized in Cebu. They are currently looking for a printer. This aims to improve ID response time in Vismin.
* Club Membership Application and Dues. A reminder: deadline for MFPI club membership due is April 30. VisMin Clubs are advised to pay their due at the Congress.
Applicant clubs are advised to bring the following documents:
1. SEC Registration (photocopy)
2. Articles of Incorporation and by-laws (photocopy)
3. List of officers
4. Letter of Intent
5. Endorsement from two member clubs of good standing
6. Endorsement from Regional VP
All clubs are to ensure they have already complied the following requirements: BMC conducted by accredited MFPI instructor, Participation in three MFPI acitivities. Kindly show proof.
“Batangas Backpackers Friendship Climb”
Congratulations to Baba for the successful anniversary climb held at slopes and Bato-Bato peak of Mt. Lobo on Feb. 26-27, 2005.
“Oplan Sagip Karunungan”
Congratulations to the IM Group 8 of 2004 for the successful Book Drive and School Rehabilitation Project held in General Nakar, Quezon last March 05-6, 2005.
Education Committee/Mountain Training Board by Elmer Cabotage
Education Committee will conduct the MFPI Basic Mountaineering Course on March 19-20, 2005. Course instructor is Mr. Mar Melendres, Chairman of the Mountain Training Board.
Elmer Cabotage announced that an Advance Mountaineering Course (AMC) is being organized with Philippine Association of Professional Climbers Inc. (PAPCI) and Sports Climbing Association of the Philippines Inc. (SCAPI). Schedule to be announced later.
VP for Visaya’s Report by Randy Su c/o Manny Yu
2nd Visayas Mountain Festival (VMF)
Cheers to the excellent work of NU-LOC and Mt. Pangasugan Trailblazers and the able leadership of Randy Su (MFPI VP-Visayas) for the successful hosting of the 2nd VMF held in Leyte on Feb. 24-26, 2005. 44 club representatives came up with a manifesto signifying the unity and solidarity of Visayas outdoorspeople regardless of affiliation. A first in the history of the MFPI. Contents of the manifesto will be published later.
Fujitsu Outdoor Club (FOC) and Batangas Backpackers invite MFPI members and guests to their annual friendship climb to be held on Mt. Lobo’s Bato-Bato Peak on April 23-24. 2005.
Thereby no more matters to discuss, the meeting ended at 9:30 pm.
Prepared by: Manny Yu
Noted by: Regie Pablo