The sixty one (61) participants consisted of members of the following Peoples Organizations (PO): Salvacion Agri-planters Association; Samahan ng Kababaihan of Conversion; and Pantabangan - Carranglan Bantay Watershed Protection Council Inc of So. Salvacion, Pamalyan, and Conversion, SUKI Trading-Contractor and NPC-PCWAT Staff conducted Training for Charcoal Briquetting Technology last October 23, 2018 at PAG-ASA Gymnasium, Brgy. Conversion, Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija.
Community Development-Fuelwood Plantation aims to rehabilitate and provide alternative livelihood to communities residing within Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed Forest Reserve(PCWFR) and to avoid their dependence on the forest for their fuelwood needs.
The Fuelwood Plantation was completed in April 2018. Local residents were hired to plant kakauate and Ipil-ipil within identified 50 has. surrounding other PCWAT rehabilitation projects.
The Community Development part stated when the Charcoal Briqueting Equipment was delivered to the designated site by the SUKI Trading last September 28, 2018.
This activity is under the same Memorandum of Agreement with SUKI Trading. They facilitated training on Charcoal Briquetting Technology to POs and local residents in Brgy. Coversion. The technology enables the use of raw materials such as twigs, branches and leaves of the planted trees in the Fuelwood Plantation. Other local natural resources can also be used in charcoal briquetting such as rice hull, rice straws, coconut husk, coconut shells etc. Advantages of using charcoal briquttes include higher temperature, lesser smoke, faster ignition, slower burning time, lesser sparks, stronger and more intact than the ordinary charcoal. Marketing opportunities and strategies were also discussed to provide additional income to the community.
NPC-PCWAT continues to involve and encourage the communities in watershed protectiion and conservation activities.