April 2005 Minutes
MINUTES OF THE 26TH MFPI CONGRESS
Naomi’s Botanical Garden, Ozamis City, Misamis Occ.
April 9, 2005
1. CAMP CEBU
2. NEGROS MOUNTAINEERING CLUB
5. MT. PANGASUGAN TRAILBLAZERS CLUB
6. CUERNOS DE NEGROS
7. ANTIQUE MOUNTAINEERING SOCIETY
9. GLOBE ADVENTURE CLUB
11. PILIPINAS SIERRA
13. BATANGAS BACKPACKERS
19. EARTH ISLAND ENVIRONMENTAL
23. MARCO POLO
25. SANDAWA APO
The Congress was called to order at 3:30PM in the BMC session hall of the Naomi’s Botanical Garden with Rey Sumgaysay and Genesis Bolauro facilitating.
The Congress started with the reception and acknowledgment of three new member clubs to the MFPI namely: APU MALE and DAVEN, both Mindanao based organizations and PINAKBET of Ilocos Province. Likewise BAKTAS MSU submitted their application for MFPI membership.
Mr. Bolauro reminded the body of the April 30 deadline for the payment of the MFPI membership due. The membership due becomes due and payable without need of notice or demand on the said date. Delinquent clubs have 90 days to settle their due upon default thereof, otherwise they will be subjected to disciplinary sanction such as the termination of their membership.
Manny Yu, the Membership Committee Chairperson, gave the following update:
The Memcom has been actively coordinating with nationwide establishments to improve the benefits of cardholders in all three Regions. They are reviewing the current insurance policy with Sun Life of Canada for card-carrying members and are looking for a more competitive plan.
The new and improved MFPI homepage is now on its test run. New applicants could now fill out their membership profile online and pay the membership due through Globe’s G-Cash. Furthemore, members could also apply for their own @mfpi.org email address.
Lastly and of great concern is the distribution of the ID’s. From hereon, the issuance and distribution of the ID’s will be regionalized and the VP will oversee the approval of the applications. This will ensure a faster and efficient ID distribution system.
Regie Pablo, the incumbent MFPI President, gave the update of the following MFPI Committees on behalf their respective Chairpersons:
MOUNTAIN SAFETY COMMITTEE
The MFPI will soon launch its own Mountain Search and Rescue Team. It will select from among its ranks 30 qualified individuals who will undergo a nine-month long tedious training to be facilitated by experts. Adequate financial support and training facilities and equipments will be provided to the trainees. The core mission of this unit is to provide immediate rescue operation on mountain-related accidents and will also be deployed in situations that will need its assistance. This may include emergencies during typhoon, earthquake, flooding and other natural calamities.
The MFPI was able to deploy members in different areas of Eastern Luzon at the onset of the devastating landslide last December 2004. Such action was commended by different organizations, LGU’s and media outfits.
Unfortunately, two mountaineering related accidents in Mt. Halcon and Mt. Makiling resulted to the death of two mountaineers. This highlights the need for strict adherence to BMC.
The standardized Basic Mountaineering Course manual has been finalized. Along with this is the Assessment Process for Qualified Trainors.
These efforts have been made possible through the joint cooperation of the MFPI, Philippine Association of Professional Climbing Instructors and Sport Climbing Association of the Philippines. It should be noted that it is one thing to possess the skills and another to know how to effectively teach these skills.
A number of Seminars are slated to be conducted for the year which will include the following:
. Wilderness First Aid
. Search and Rescue Protocols for Outdoor Leaders
. Developing Environment projects workshop
. Advance Mountaineering Course
. BMC for PE instructors
WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE
The MFPI online store is now up and running although with still limited vendors. This project was conceptualized to provide members access to quality equipment and apparels at reasonable prices. It will also provide the MFPI with additional source of income.
The Committee is working on merchandising agreements with some suppliers to produce MFPI branded equipments and apparel.
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
The following environmental and socially relevant projects were conducted in 2004:
* Taal Volcano Island cleanup and signage installation
* Angat Dam watershed tree planting
* National Trail Maintenance Week
* San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan Dumagat Community Medical Mission
* Running the Mountains’ Concern” fund raising fun run
* “Sagip Karunungan” a School Rehabilitation and Book Drive for Gen. Nakar, Quezon
* Girls Leadership Outdoor Workshop (GLOW) in Iloilo City
The 10th Mindanao Forum was hosted by KAPLAG last December 2004 in Gingoog City. The next Mindanao Forum will be hosted by SBAOC.
The 2nd Visayas Mountain Festival was held in Baybay, Leyte and was jointly hosted by NU-LOC and Mt. Pangasugan Trailblazers. It was able to produce a Manifesto expressing solidarity and unity of outdoor organizations in the Visayas Region.
The 1st Philippine Mt. Everest Expedition is spearheaded by former MFPI President Arturo Valdez. The team has already done training climbs in India and most recently in New Zealand. The project aims to put the first Filipino climber on top of Mt. Everest.
Romy Garduce, a member of the UPM, successfully summited Mt. Aconcagua last December 2004. The feat recognizes Romy as holding the record for the highest mountain climbed by a Filipino Mountaineer.
Manny Yu, The Membership Committee Head, has been tasked to oversee a Committee that will find a home for the MFPI. The MFPI was granted a container van that will be converted as its office. Eventually, Regional offices will also be developed.
SIERRA MADRE TRAIL
The Sierra Madre Trail will soon be developed by MFPI in partnership with several NGO’s, PO’s and LGU’s. This project will involve the development of a 600+ kilometer trail that will traverse the nine Provinces covering the Sierra Madre Mountain Range.
The UNESCO through the Science and Technology Committee has provided two million seedlings to the MFPI. These seedlings will be withdrawn from DENR nurseries nationwide.
Mr. Pablo presented the unaudited financial statement of the MFPI as of April 9, 2005. The report did not accurately represent the financial status of the MFPI owing to the accounting and liquidation of some funds being held by Regional VP’s and Committee heads.
After Mr. Pablo’s presentation, the bidding for the hosting of the MFPI Congress and Mid-Year Presidents Meet was held. The bidding included the 2007 events to give host clubs ample time to prepare.
Determined bids for the 2006 Congress came from new member PINAKBET and veteran CUERNOS DE NEGROS MOUNTAINEERING CLUB (CNMCI).
CNMCI asked the body to consider Dumaguete with a “save Mt. Talinis Campaign.” Mt. Talinis is again being threatened by ecologically unsound development programs.
PINAKBET won the bid with the announcement that transportation to and from Manila and Ilocos Norte will be FREE. Priority will be given to the Mindanao and Visayas delegates.
CNMCI gallantly agreed to host the 2007 Congress and intends to make the Congress a sendoff to the Philippine Mt. Everest Expedition.
Mr. John Fortes of PALMC gave a commitment that delegates to the 2006 Congress in Ilocos will avail of a 20% discount on airfare from PAL. The 20% discount is the least that the delegates could expect for now, meaning the discount may be made even higher. He also attributed to the change of Management the failure of PAL to deliver its 50% airfare discount that the former committed at Subic for the Ozamis Congress.
For the Mid-Year Presidents Meet, the following bids were unopposed. CAMP CEBU in Camotes Island for 2005. Guardians of Lake Venado (GOLV) in Kidapawan for 2006.
EVENT / WINNING BIDDER /VENUE
2005 Mid-Year Presidents Meet /CAMP CEBU / Camotes Island
2006 Annual Congress /PINAKBET / Ilocos Norte
2006 Mid-Year Presidents Meet / GOLV / Kidapawan
2007 Annual Congress / CUERNOS / Dumaguete
After the bidding, the Congress proceeded with the election of three Board of Trustees with the expiration of the term of three Board Members.
Club representatives, card bearing members and proxy representatives submitted nine nominees for three board seats. The top three nominees who gained the most number of votes were declared winners and will thus sit on the MFPI Board for three years. The following were declared winners based on the number of votes. 1. Manny Yu; 2. Rey Sumgaysay; and, 3. Jovy Villareal
After the Election the floor was opened for other concerns. Many Seriña read a position paper adressed to the MFPI Board and signed by some individuals from Mindanao stipulating their concerns. After the verification of the paper and its signatories, Randy Su accepted the paper on behalf of the Board. Regie Pablo promised to take up the matter with the Board.
There being no other matter left to be discussed, the Congress was adjourned at around 7:00PM.
GENESIS G. BOLAURO
REGIE M. PABLO