Saturday, November 14, 2009

SFFI Celebrated 61st Anniversary and National Convention

The Society of Filipino Foresters Inc., (SFFI) celebrated its 61st anniversary and staged its 2009 National Convention last November 5-7, 2009 at the Manila Grand Opera Hotel in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Presentations, discussions, and open forum were conducted by 632 participating foresters and guests to elaborate and make recommendations on the theme "Sustainable Forests: Key to Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity Conservation".

Senator Loren Legarda graced the event and delivered the keynote address. In her speech, she emphasized that" the foresters are literally on the ground in protecting our forests from abuse and misuse. They are our partners in reducing poverty in the rural areas." Sen. Legarda explained the features and significance of the Climate Change Act of 2009 and asked the assistance of the SFFI in drafting its implementing rules and regulations. She expressed support to the proposed Sustainabel Forest Management Act and requested the SFFI to submit to her the best version of the Act available in the Senate so she can file the bill in the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. In conclusion, the senator challenged the SFFI become proactive to enhance the role of foresters and benefit the forestry sector.

Seven technical papers were presented during the convention program to elucidate on the convention's theme and the relation of forests in general to climate change impacts and linkage of climate change to biodiversity, environmental services, forest investments, and sustainable architectural designs. Opportunities and constraints in sustaining forests for climate change adaptation and institutional and multi-stakeholder partnerships were also discussed.

During the annual business meeting, SFFI President Rene de Rueda expounded on SFFI accomplishments during the business meeting while Flor Tesoro campaigned and explained the Samahan ng Nagtataguyod ng Agham at Teknolohiya Para sa Sambayanan (AGHAM) Party and solicited support from all foresters present.

A technical presentation was made by Forester Ric Umali on the new and innovative Philippine Timber Tracking System (PTTS) developed by the government with funding support from the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). According to Mr. Umali, PTTS is now ready for national implementation and will address the issues of sustainable and legal sources of timber and other forest products as they flow from forest stands and various chain of custody until they reach the consumers.

For more information, contact SFFI at (632) 929-1853, 929-1857, 929-4235, fax (632) 920-037, 436-3971, or visit


Post a Comment