GAWAD SIBOL PROGRAM

 

GAWAD SIBOL PROGRAM

About the Program

In 2006, LANDBANK and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) entered into a partnership that aims to reinforce the mutual objective of promoting environmental protection through planting forest and fruit-bearing trees nationwide.

Formerly known as the “Adopt-A-Watershed Program”, the LANDBANK Gawad Sibol Program has now afforded financial opportunities for communities, especially those in remote areas. Specifically, the Program empowered partner people’s organizations (POs), allowing them to contribute in the growth of their respective communities.

Beyond tree planting initiatives, the Gawad Sibol program has already achieved the following:

After running for 12 years, the Gawad Sibol Program has since developed into 3 Phases as follows:

 

Phase 1 (2006—2011)

The 1st Phase of Gawad Sibol covered 14 hectares of denuded forestlands in the areas of Bulacan, Negros Occidental, Leyte, Davao del Norte, Nueva Vizcaya, and South Cotabato.

By 2011, after planting 28,000 forest trees in the six pilot sites, the DENR noted the success of the project, and recommended it to be expanded as part of their National Greening Program (NGP).

 

Phase 2 (2012—2015)

The 2nd Phase is an improvement since the Program now became a tripartite agreement between LANDBANK, DENR, and the respective Peoples’ Organization (PO) residing in the areas selected. Fruit-bearing trees were introduced so that the upland dwellers/communities may benefit from the fruits of the trees.

This approach involved the POs in the area which ensured that the seedlings are taken care of in the planted sites, ensuring a higher rate of survival.

The Program also expanded its covered areas into 40 hectares—with new sites in Pangasinan, Bulacan, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Davao, and General Santos.

In 2013, in celebration of the Bank’s 50thanniversary, a special tree-planting project, dubbed “50k@50th: 50,000 trees for LANDBANK’s 50th Anniversary,” was conducted by Landbankers nationwide.

 

Phase 3 (2015-2018)

The program continued to progress in its 3rd year, covering 60 hectares in 13 sites all over the Philippines—Metro Manila, La Union, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Batangas City, Albay, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Zamboanga Sibugay, Lanao del Sur, Davao del Norte, and South Cotabato.

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Families and friends of LANDBANK employees were invited and encouraged to participate in tree planting activities in all areas—fostering volunteerism and camaraderie.

On top of that, the Adopt-A-Watershed Program became one of the Bank’s programs cited as “Outstanding Development Projects” by the Association of Development Financing Institution in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) under the Corporate Social Responsibility category of the ADFIAP Awards in 2014.