Old Bulatukan, Mindanao Island

June 2008

Conservation benefit: Protection of 744 acres of watershed forest for 30 years
Community benefit: Micro-hydro power generator and fruit tree nursery

Sitio Malumpini is an isolated upland community in the barangay of Old Bulatukan. It sits on the slopes of Mt. Apo, the tallest mountain in the Philippines at an elevation of over 10,000 feet. The area has some of the highest land-based biological diversity in the Philippines. It is home to many threatened and endangered plant and animal species, including the critically endangered Philippines eagle, a monkey-eating raptor. The whole of Mt. Apo is already a protected area by virtue of a 1936 edict, but very little enforcement has taken place.

The 65 Manobo households in the community rely on kerosene for lighting and fuel wood for cooking. Seacology will fund a micro-hydro plant, which will provide clean, sustainable power. The Seacology grant will also fund a fruit tree nursery. In return, the community will protect 744 acres of forest land within their ancestral domain for 30 years.

The project will be administered by YAMOG, a partner organization of Green Empowerment. The fruit trees, to grow highly marketable mangosteens and lanzones, will be planted on existing cropland, away from the protected area. YAMOG will provide technical assistance with planting, growing, and marketing the crops.

Full or partial funding for this project provided by
Seacology UK.
Project Updates
June 2010
Ferdie Marcelo reports that the micro-hydro power station is in operation 24 hours per day, but there is a down time of about 24 hours per month for inspection and servicing. The coffee trees have...
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October 2009
The nursery has been completed and, with the help of about 25 Manobo households, it now houses abaca and coffee tree seedlings that will be transferred into the watershed area.
August 2009
ield representative Ferdie Marcelo reports that the community is now being supplied with 10 kilowatts of electricity 24 hours a day from the micro-hydro power station. The mood in the community is...
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June 2009
Construction of the weir/intake, headrace canal, forebay tank, pressure pipes and power house was completed in April. The turbine was also manufactured and delivery to the site is being scheduled....
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January 2009
In August 2008, field representative Ferdie Marcelo conducted a site visit to the location of the forest and future micro-hydro power generator and discussed the project with area leaders. The...
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