Monthly Archives: June 2005

Introduction to Sport Climbing

INTRODUCTION TO SPORT CLIMBING

Venue: Power-Up Pasig
Dates: June 27-July 8 Mon-Wed-Fri (6 sessions)
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Fees: Php 450.00 limited slots available (rate is for MFPI members)

Inclusive of: Instruction, entrance, certificates, etc.

Harness and climbing shoe rental NOT included.

These items may be rented from Power-Up. Harness @ Php 25.00 and shoes @  Php 35.00 per session.

Participants are allowed 1 make-up session for absences.

Please email Dexter Casagnap at d.casagnap@spitech.com for details.

MFPI Education Committee

Save our Forest

Stop the destruction

Posted on 4 December, 2004 – 4:39pm.

Ban Commercial Logging and Mining in All Natural Forests

Quick tally: in the dozen or so years beginning from the Ormoc tragedy of 1991, how much damage has been caused by flooding and landslides triggered by typhoons? Some P1 billion worth. How many families have been left homeless or displaced? Close to one million. How many people have died? At least 10,000.

DO WE NEED TO ENDURE FURTHER SUFFERING BEFORE WE COME TO OUR SENSES?

To a large extent, the damage has been attributed to the degraded state of the country’s forests, due in part to rampant logging operations. Legal or illegal, logging bears a destructive effect on the environment. Trees do not distinguish between the heavy machinery of commercial loggers and the chain saw wielded by a subsistence farmer. They simply fall over and die.

Without forests that act like a sponge to hold the rainwater, the water rages unrestricted down the denuded mountains, bringing with it eroded soil and turning into murky floods as it hits the lowlands. The rising waters do not distinguish between government officials and NGO workers, indigenous peoples and city dwellers, rich and poor. They just wash away whatever is in the way.

Initially, government has ordered a crackdown on illegal loggers and their financiers, but beyond the small-scale operations, it must likewise deal with the mechanized giants that fell trees by the hundreds of hectares. The deforestation we now deplore did not happen overnight, we must realize. Over a period of 100 years, we lost some 20 million hectares of primary forest cover, from 21 million hectares (70%) in the 1900s to a little over a million hectares (6%) by 1998. We continue to lose our forests at the rate of more than 100,000 per year. To protect what remaining forests we have, government must actively promote tree plantations in marginal lands from which to source our domestic timber needs.

Ironically, however, government continues to push for programs and policies that exploit our natural resources and further the destruction of our forests in the pursuit of quick cash. The revitalization of the mining industry, for instance, trades off the long-term sustainability of the country for financial gain that is medium-term at best. This will only open up more of our remaining forests to foreign mining operations. Is it any wonder then, why we suffer through flashflood after flashflood, landslide after landslide every rainy season?

In the face of these calamities, government needs to provide much more than short-term relief and half-baked assurances. It is time to re-examine development priorities that favor commercial logging, mining, conversion of forest lands to palm plantations and other uses. It is time to recognize forest conservation and management as a strategy for the long-term survival of the nation and its people. Every Filipino should do his or her part to ensure that this happens. Only then can we consider these disasters as true wake-up calls.

STOP DESTROYING FORESTS!

* SUPPORT A NATIONWIDE TOTAL COMMERCIAL LOG BAN IN NATURAL FORESTS
* STOP MINING IN OUR REMAINING FOREST AREAS AND PLANT NATIVE TREES
* DEVELOP AND SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD OPTIONS FOR POOR UPLAND FOREST DWELLERS
* INCREASE BUDGET FOR COMMUNITY-BASED FOREST MANAGEMENT, WATERSHED PROTECTION, AND PROTECTED AREA MANAGEMENT

From the website of Haribon

The Visayas Mountain Festival Manifesto

WE THE MOUNTAINEERING CLUBS PRESENT DURING THE 2ND VISAYAS MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL, HAVING REALIZED THE NEED TO UNIFY IN ORDER TO FURTHER THE CAUSE OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND AWARENESS, DECLARE THAT:

1. We will strive to foster good and harmonious relationship amongst the different mountaineering and other related organizations based in the Visayas area.

2. We will strive to promote the spirit of volunteerism and service and responsible mountaineering.

3. We will strive to find a common ground despite of all our varied interest on issues pertainng to the different pursuits and the environment.

RESOLVED AT LEYTE STATE UNIVERSITY, BAYBAY, LEYTE, FEBRUARY 24-26, 2005.

Signed by 44 mountaineering clubs.

Kalinga sa Kalikasan, Tulong sa mga Dumagat

Hello guys,

Good day!

I am currently part of a project that will conduct a program dubbed “Kalinga sa Kalikasan, Tulong sa mga Dumagat on June 11-12, 2005 in Brgy. Biak-na-Bato, San Miguel,Bulacan , with a goal of promoting environmental awareness.

In line with the forthcoming Independence Day celebration, this project is an opportunity to give back to our country through the preservation of our national park/heritage and reaching out to the tribe of Dumagat . This project enables all participants to have the opportunity to do their share in conserving nature and reaching-out to our indigenous Dumagat brothers, who have greatly preserved their rich tribal culture in these modern times.

With this great project and limited resources at hand, we would like to solicit any donation for our Dumagat brothers.

You can send your donations to sir Richard Hidalgo
– Cellphone: 0920-206-5816
– Office Address: (4f SEDCCO I Bldg., 120 Thailand cor Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City)

These are the things we can donate:
– Food (instant noodles, canned goods, rice, etc.)
– Medicines (for fever, flu, cough, etc.)
– Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste etc.)
– Used clothing
– Educational materials (old books, notebooks etc.)
– Toys

If it’s ok with you, please inform your friends and colleagues about the Dumagat Project.

Also, should you be interested to join the actual activity, kindly see the attachments for details or logged in at http://www.geocities.com/mfpibatch11/

Thanks for doing a great deed for our tribal brothers,

Benjie Flor Fabio Madolin
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29/f GT Tower International
Ayala Avenue cor Dela Costa
Office: +63 2 841-0111  local 13707
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Email : benjie.f.madolin@accenture.com

MFPI National Trail Maintenance Celebration

Good day! June will mark MFPI’s extended celebration of National Trail Maintenance Week into a month-long event.

We encourage all MFPI members to organize or join the following activities:

1. clean-ups
2. tree planting,
3. ropes and ladder maintenance
4. trail sign painting/rehabilation
5. trail rerouting
6. fun runs/bikathons for a cause

You can also think of other activities that will highlight MFPI’s environmental stewardship.

We will be releasing a poster consolidating MFPI’s activities so please provide the following information to dhang720@yahoo.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it with MFPI regional VP’s in copy:

1. Organizing parties/clubs
2. Title/Theme of the activity
3. Venue
4. Date

We will be choosing only a handful to represent Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao on a first come, first serve basis and the deadline for submission is June 7. Posters will be sent to the chosen activity organizer for circulation.

Halika sali na tayo!

Regards,

Manny Yu