Recognizing the importance of protecting and rehabilitating the riverbank areas of the Safali River, Tribal Leaders Development Foundation, Inc.(TLDFI) organized bamboo growing activities in support to its I-RePAIR project. Bamboo propagules, coconut, coffee, and narra seedlings were planted along the riverbank of Safali River in Brgy. Naci, Surallah, South Cotabato. The activity was conducted on July 17, 2020 in observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) with the theme “Sama-samang Pagsulong Tungo sa Katatagan sa Gitna ng Bagong Normal”. Last June 19, TLDFI together with its project partners had also gathered for the same activity. These efforts aim to mitigate soil erosion in the area and provide livelihood opportunities to the community in the future. The Local Government Unit of Surallah represented by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) participated in the said activity together with the Barangay LGU of Naci and the land owners/farmers in the area. Mr. Leonardo B. Ballon (MDRRMO) commended the strong partnership of the different offices in protecting the riverbank with their efforts to rehabilitate and preserve the environment and natural resources. Volunteers who participated in the bamboo planting activity include visitors and residents of Brgy. Naci together with the TLDFI staff. The activities were made possible in partnership with DOLE-Stanfilco through DOLE Kasilak Foundation and the Provincial Government of South Cotabato through the Provincial Environmental Management Office (PEMO).
“Increasing the Reduction of Hazards and Threats Through Preparedness and Alternative Indigenous Technologies Along the River Systems of Allah and Safali Rivers” or commonly tagged as I-RePAIR Project is being implemented by TLDFI with the goal of rehabilitating and protecting the riverbanks of Allah and Safali Rivers within the target areas in the Municipalities of Surallah in South Cotabato and Bagumbayan in Sultan Kudarat.