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Mindanao Rainforest Restoration Forum


The Province of Bukidnon, through the initiative of the Provincial Governor, Hon. Alex P. Calingasan, recently launched its “Bukidnon Greening Program.” The primary goal of the program, which is being implemented in partnership with civic, government and private Institutions, is to achieve 50% forest cover across the province. The 2-day Mindanao Rainforest Restoration Forum was held to further cultivate initial gains in Bukidnon and to guide other restoration endeavors in Mindanao in using native species. The conference was also used to promote better cooperation in Mindanao protected area management as a way to address national interests and global imperatives on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.



Welcome remarks: Hon. Ignacio W. Zubiri / Mayor, City of Malaybalay

Opening remarks: Dr. Victor M. Barroso / University President, Bukidnon State University


  • Dr. David Neidel / ELTI Asia Training Program Coordinator
  • Dir. Maximo O. Dichoso / Regional Executive Director, DENR
  • Hon. Alex P. Calingasan / Governor, Province of Bukidnon

Introduction to Keynote Speaker: PASu/CENRO Felix S. Mirasol, Jr. / DENR-MKRNP

Keynote Address: Dr. Nerius O. Acosta / Former Congressman, 1st District of Bukidnon

Introduction of Participants: Dr. Joy M. Mirasol / Research Director, BSU

Lectures and Discussion

  • Rainforestation: Paradigm Shift in Forest Restoration and Rehabilitation in the Philippines for Sustainability and Climate
    Dr. Paciencia P. Milan / University Professor, Visayas State University
  • Upscaling Rainforestation as a Forest Restoration Strategy in the Philippines
    Dr. Maria Juliet C. Ceniza / Director, Institute of Tropical Ecology, Visayas State University
  • Rainforestation Farming Strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility
    Dr. Sabdulla C. Abubacar / Regional Director, Environmental Management Bureau, Region X
  • Rainforestation as a Component of Integrated Watershed Management in the Municipality of Pilar, Camotes Island
    Hon. Eufracio P. Maratas Jr. / Vice-Mayor, Pilar, Camotes Island, Cebu
  • Transformation and Development of Sitios Cienda and San Vincente in Response to Rainforestation Concept
    Mr. Marlito Jose M. Bande / Coordinator/Instructor, Visayas State University
  • Research Program on Climate Change for Bukidnon Province
    Dr. Joy M. Mirasol / Director of Research, Bukidnon State University
  • Climate Change Concepts, Understanding, and Internalization across Levels of Education in Bukidnon
    Dr. Maribel G. Valdez / Dean, CCEIT, Budiknon State University
  • Vulnerable Sectors and their Coping Mechanisms to Climate Change in the Province of Bukidnon
    Dr. Sol G. Simbulan / Dean, Graduate School, Bukidnon State University
  • An Optimization Model for CO2 Sequestration Properties of the Mt. Kitanglad Forest Trees
    Dr. Lynette A. Ejem / Chair, Natural Science Division, Bukidnon State University
  • Policy Recommendations for Climate Change Adaptation
    Dr. Estela C. Itaas / Research Team Leader, Bukidnon State University

Open Forum



Action Plan Preparation (by sector): For Felix S. Mirasol / PASU-MKRNP 

Action Plan Presentation: For. Malou Clarete / Moderator

Closing Program

Imbayao Tour