The ICC verification was conducted by the Philippine Eagle Foundation on September 26, 2011. Its goal wasto discuss the present situation of the community, identify the vision of the Obu-ManuvuICC in Carmenbased on the prioritized outcomes andcreate the strategies that they should adopt to achieve their objectives. The data gathered from this activity would be an en essential factor for the planning of the second phase of the activity.
On July 20-23, 2011 an Exposure Trip was conducted with nine members of the established Forest Protection and Management Committee (PMC)representatives and some IP leaders to Mt Kiltanglad, Bukidnon. They visited two sites within the Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park (MKRNP).
The purpose of the activity was to make them aware of the best practices in respect of forest protection and sustainable agriculture.
On March 29, 2011 the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between representatives of theObu-Manuvu Tribal Council, EGIP Foundation and the NCIP (National Commission on Indigenous Peoples) was undertaken at the NCIP Regional IX Office. A final review of the MOU was discussed in detail between the representatives of the 3 parties before the signing commenced.
On March 24, 2011, after several meetings with the representatives of the tribal council and consultations with concerned government agencies such as the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) a Validation Day was held at the IP Community.
The purpose of the activity was to obtain a community census and to validate their approval and willingness to collaborate with EGIP Foundation in order to meet their community goals.
Upon the approval of the whole community, the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)followed in order to legalize the agreement.
On October 2, 2010 the incorporators and staff of theEGIP Foundation visited theProject site – Purok 1,Macatabo in barangay Carmen, Baquio District Davao City in order to bring forth their intentions for the community. The group met with the Datu of Purok 1/Macataboalong with Obu-Manuvu tribal councilmembers.
The main agenda undertaken was a presentation and discussion of the general proposal by EGIP Foundation by presenting a first draft of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The primary objective of the Programme is that at least 80% of the 3400 hectares will be officially declared as protected forest and where needed depleted areas will be regenerated naturally or with support from the Programme.
There will also be recommendations regarding sustainable income generating activities that can be derived from forest resources in a sustainable manner with the obvious exception of logging. Other income generating activities like sustainable agriculture in specially agreed and delineated areas for farming in the Ancestral Domain area as well as off-farm income generating activities will also be explored and supported.