EGIP Foundation is assisting the Obu-Manuvu Indigenous Community in Sitio Macatabo, Barangay Carmen in Davao City since 2011. The project is about protecting and rehabilitating remaining forests in their Ancestral Domain in the uplands of Davao City through capacity building and regular foot patrolling in the area. To make the forest protection sustainable in the long run, EGIP, within its capacity, is providing support for sustainable agricultural development and eco-tourism to increase community income that can make resources available for forest protection.
Farming is the main source of income of the IP’s in Sitio Macatabo.The farms of the IP’s are about 2km from their residences and they can only go there using a rough, slippery, unpaved trail through mountainous area with steep slopes. With this, EGIP Foundation collaborated with the Schmitz-Stiftungen Foundation to improve the trail from IP community going to their farms. Schmitz Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization based in Germany who supports mainly on the following three major sectors of development work :(i) Basic education and training (principally in manual trades and job training); (ii) Securing basic living standards promoting small-scale commercial activity (examples: micro-credits schemes, including agriculture and food security); and (iii) Social and charitable projects (examples: work with the handicapped, care for the elderly, rehabilitation of street children or support for disadvantaged minorities).
The objective of the project is to have a good and improved trail that will enable farmers to easily access their farmlands and transport their farm products by concreting the existing trail. An improved farm to market trail will also facilitate eco-tourism as the trail passes a bird watching spot. A concrete foot trail of an approximately 2000 meter long, 1 meter wide and 10 cm thick is the expected output of the project.
The construction of the concrete trail was started last August 2017 and currently on going.As of now, more or less 250 meters concrete trail were done and IPs are continuously getting paid ( food for work ) to do the construction under supervision by EGIP staff.The project is expected to finish by end of April 2018.