A - With Tamaraw rangers in the field

Joining field patrols to assess capacities and needs of Tamaraw rangers (February 24 – March 6)

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DAF Program Manager assisted GWC expert in Wildlife Crime Prevention, Mr. James Slade, to survey Tamaraw landscape within MIBNP and Aruyan-Malati area, together with the 4 TCP rangers’ teams. The goal was to assess the patrolling/monitoring activities of the rangers thus to identify gaps, needs and constraints, as well as to initiate new methods (cyber tracker). Report from James Slade will be very valuable to design and develop capacity reinforcement approach for the Tamaraw rangers.

B - using cyber tracker during patrols

Strengthening the agenda of local stakeholders through partnership with international scientific community (February 18 – 24)

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Together with its international partners, DAF is supporting the organization of a new Tamaraw Population Habitat Viability Assessment workshop (PHVA) to be conducted in last quarter 2018 in Mindoro. On that purpose a second meeting was held at the National DENR BMB office in Quezon City in presence of Dr. James Burton of the IUCN/SSC AWCSG and CCTU Conservation Program officer, Mr. Jeff Holland.

In parallel, substantial work and progress were done towards the design of the Protected Area General Management Plan for Mts Iglit-Baco National Park, thanks to the second visit in the Philippines of GWC expert in Protected Area Management, Mr Mike Appleton. Protected Area Superintendent for MIBNP must submit the Plan by December 2018. DAF and its partners will be active contributors to help her achieve this mission.

This is two challenging and crucial agendas which will structure program’s activities and schedule in the coming months.

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Journey in the heart of Mindoro to assess a remote Tamaraw population (February 1 – 13)

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In collaboration with our DENR TCP partner and the local Alangan Mangyan communities, DAF conducted a 14 days exploration mission in the heart of Mindoro, at the border of the two provinces, in order to assess the size and the situation of an isolated Tamaraw population. The existence of this remote population was corroborated during our previous rapid survey in June 2017. Results of this new survey confirm what shall be considered as a new official sub-population and the second largest tamaraw population in Mindoro after Mts Iglit-Baco National Park.

It also paves the way for building stronger cooperation and structuring the involvement of the upland Alangan communities whose living space encompasses this tamaraw sub-population.

This is an optimistic finding opening for new challenges and responsibilities. This population will be subject to specific measures and planing.


4 - fresh dung of tamaraw        2 - mountain mossy forest landscape

3 - fresh track of tamaraw       5 - exit through Occidental Mindoro

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Water Filter Workshop with Tau-Buid Communities (October 8, 2017)

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Thanks to our partnership with the Organization “WATER WITH BLESSINGS”, the D’ABOVILLE Foundation was able to deliver 35 water filter systems to the Tao-buid Mangyan tribe living within Mts Iglit-Baco National Park in Occidental Mindoro. The activity was initiated following assessment from our local staff of drinking water problems in the communities during the rainy season. It ended up into an interactive day activity to prepare and set up the systems and make demonstration to the recipients. Activity was supervised by DAF in cooperation with the Tribe Leader. The water filter systems shall benefit to nearly 250 people scattered over four different settlements inside the Protected Area.


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Collaboration towards use of camera traps in Aruyan Malati area (Oct 10, 2017)

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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.

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Contribution to the DENR – Protected Area Office Capacity Building Workshop (September 20-22, 2017)

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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.


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DAF signs MOA with Hanunuo Mangyan Council

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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


Mansalay Visit: Water Filter Donations and Surat Mangyan Filming

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On November 30 to December 2, 2016, we conducted two important things to cap this year’s activities: (1) water filter donation and (2) filming of the Surat Mangyan Teaching Program.

Water with Blessing is the newest partner of the D’Aboville Foundation in putting into action its aim to provide better life for the Mangyan indigenous peoples. A total of 120 Sawyer PointONE water filters were distributed, covering a total of 500 families and four schools.



These filters are of premium quality and could bring out drinking water out of non-potable water. Clean drinking water is a major problem amongst the communities in far-flung barangays, causing malnutrition among children and adults. The pails where the filters were attached were donated by the D’Aboville Foundation.

The filming of this program is necessary to provide a visual reference to our supporters, friends, and prospective sponsors. This video will take us into the daily life of the Mangyan people, thereby providing a more convincing material to merit support.DCIM100GOPROG0053224.vlcsnap-2016-12-07-14h10m32s910

Aside from the filming we were able to observe and ensure the excellence of the two Hanunuo Mangyan teachers and the effectiveness of their teaching methods.

The four schools we visited gave us all a warm welcome. Both the students and the faculty agreed that the program is effective. Prior to the start of our program, most children did not know how to write the Surat Mangyan.

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