Davao, Philippines, June 12, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Bentley House International Corp and Geoaxioma launched the “Plant The Trees And Light The Villages” project in 2013, to encourage the Re-planting of the Sarangani Rain Forest with the reward of free home solar kits to every family that plants 500 or more trees in the Project.
The project site of Malungon in Sarangani Province is the traditional ancestral lands of the Blaan and Tagakaulo tribes and was selected as it is a land-locked municipality where the inhabitants live deep in the mountains, without traditional fishing as a Philippine livelihood income source.
The Philippine Department of Statistics declared the area inhabitants as 80% below the poverty line with families earning only an average of $120 per year.
Project manager and President of Bentley House International, Mr. Jonathon Bentley-Stevens said, “We have been undertaking Agro-Forestry projects to assist the indigenous tribes in Mindanao since 1994, but this partnership with Geoaxioma is clearly the most successful project to-date with the planting of 43,000 cacao trees since the project began and now another 30,000 coffee trees and also more than 2,000 rubber trees, the project is building a lasting economic base from which the tribal people will have not only regular work but renewable income from harvesting and selling these high value crops for the next 40 to 50 years.”
The lasting benefit of the solar lights is also a direct saving of $5.00 per family per month on kerosene which has to be carried more than 40 kilometers to the mountain villages.
Now using solar lights, the children no longer breathe the smoke from the traditional kerosene filled rum bottle lights and can now do their homework at night for the first time.
Studies by the United Nations show a 60% increase in scholastic achievement from children who’s environment has changed from kerosene to solar lighting.
May 30, 2013 reports show the Village of Sabangan, planted 7,335 trees, of endemic species such as Narra, Mahogany and Falcateria, and propagated 12,030 coffee seedlings.
The village of Kadala Dalaan planted 3,720, Narra and Mahogany and propagated another 18,000 coffee seedlings.
The village of Tagbungan planted 24,000 Narra and Falcateria trees and propagated 11,320 new seedlings.
Other villages are still in the 3 months growing period before planting and a new Geoaxioma nursery is also planned for JP laurel, Sarangani, and will open within the month of June 2013.