DAF with the presence of E. Schütz participated to the large consultation meeting held at station 1 in Mts Iglit-Baco National Park last December 8. The meeting was at the initiative of the Tau-Buid tribal leader, inviting all residing communities, DENR agencies, NCIP and NGOs to discuss the ongoing developments within the PA. He emphasized about the tradition and culture of the tribe, the new challenges facing communities and need for people to be cautious of the quick changes in lifestyle but also for the DENR to adjust its approach and measures.
DAF presented its vision and main goals of its program, highlighting its support toward the development of a consistent Protected Area General Management Plan.
It was also the opportunity to discuss about the traditional hunting practices and use of traps around the 2016 hunting agreement. Indeed, several tamaraws were recently found dead due to snare traps using nylon, highlighting changes in traditional practices and use of non natural materials.
A group of three tamaraws was captured using camera trapping method in the Aruyan-Malati area. The method was recently initiated and deployed in this critical location in order to gather more information about this struggling subpopulation. No more than 15 animals might indeed survive there. This is an encouraging result. This method will be also used to complement monitoring patrols of the rangers.
Program Manager Emmanuel Schütz and his field technical assistant J. Belmonte, in collaboration with TCP coordinator Ms. P. David jr, conducted a workshop with the rangers’ team leaders assigned on tamaraw patrolling. The aim is to establish a standard monitoring protocol in collecting specific data during the regular rangers’ patrols. These information are important to understand the dynamic of the tamaraw population in relation to natural and human factors and their disturbance impact.
Program Manager Emmanuel Schütz and Johanna Rode-Margono of Chester Zoo conducted a workshop at the Gene Pool Farm, to train DENR MENRO staff and TCP/PAO rangers on the use of camera traps. This method will be used to gather additional data on tamaraw and other wildlife of Mindoro. One week initial test inside the Gene Pool reveals the presence of warty pig in the area.
In November 2017, Christian Kern and Nadja Niemann of Berlin Tierpark and Johanna Rode-Margono and Scott Wilson of Chester Zoo, traveled to the Philippines to visit our program’s site in Mindoro and explore further activity development. The journey welcomed also expert in captive breeding. Pavel Hospodarsly, and Geoff Tabaranza from MBCFi. It was a good opportunity for the whole of us to discuss with local stakeholders as well as to meet with the people involved in Tamaraw conservation and environmental protection in Mindoro.
DAF Program manager and TCP coordinator, Ms Jun Pineda, met together with WWF Ph, PENRO and MENRO Sablayan to plan a collaborative effort in gathering crucial data about the Tamaraw sub-population of the Aruyan-Malati Area in the Municipality of Sablayan, one of the remaining Tamaraw populations under high concern of DAF and TCP.
DAF agreed to provide the five camera traps loaned by its international partner, to this specific purpose. An MoU shall be signed soon to defined the role and responsibility of each party, prior to install the items on site.
Program Manager Emmanuel Schütz and Program Assistant Christian Rosales were invited as resource person to contribute to the three day training workshop on “Capacity Building for Protected Area Staff and PamB Members” on September 20-22, 2017, in Grace Island Resort, Occidental Mindoro.
The workshop was organized by the newly assigned Protected Area Superintendent of Mts Iglit-Baco National Park, Ms Fe Raguindin. DAF presented its program and shared its experience and expertise about this complicated region, while providing inputs to the interactive workshop discussion. DAF is glad to be a crucial DENR collaborator in developing the Protected Area General Management Plan of Mts Iglit-baco National Park.
The Pinagkausahan Hanunuo sa Daga Ginurang (PHADAG) or the council of elders of the Hanunuo Mangyan indigenous group of Mindoro signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the D’Aboville Foundation and Demo Farm, Inc. allowing the latter to conduct its programs and activities with their community.
After years of engagement with the Hanunuo, it was only this year that the partnership was formalized. Before the finalization of the MOA was a series of meetings and visitations to the community elders.
This MOA signifies the full trust and confidence of the Hanunuo Indigenous People to DAF, knowing that the latter will respect their culture, sacred rules and rituals
Our international parners, Dr. James Burton of Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group), Mike Appleton of Global Wildlife Conservation and Ms. Caroline Lees of Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, visited the Philippines in May 15, 2017 in order to attend a meeting with the Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR BMB). The purpose was to meet with newly appointed TCP coordinator and Pasu, as well as to to discuss issues that the tamaraw is facing nowadays and the need for the organization of a new PHVA workshop to addres it.