Lifelihood Projects

Lifelihood Projects

We try to offer alternative lifestyles to former poachers and lumberjacks to protect the forest.

We try to offer alternative lifestyles to former poachers and lumberjacks to protect the forest.


Precautionary development of the upland communities living near or inside the forest is a prerequisite for Conservation. Therefore, a number of livelihood projects (pig fattening, carabao = water buffalo  and cattle breeding, poultry breeding, sloping agriculture, fruit and timber tree nursing/ outplanting, high value cash crop planting, ginger tea production, basket composting, irrigation) have been provided over the years by PhilinCon. Contracted participants agree to not use the forest for timber and wildlife hunting anymore. Violation results in the withdrawal of funding by the contractor / implementer.

Reforestation with native tree species

Our Activities to achieve objectiveS:

Participants are enlightened about the projects and the associated technology by PhilinCon’s  staff, who also provide environmental education.  The project’s vet (DVM) oversees the animal husbandry and health through vaccination and health monitoring. The income generated through the various projects is intended to enable the participant families to leave the forest undamaged while exploiting it sustainably, for instance, through collecting of seedlings for the nurseries. The latter are sold to the stakeholders partaking in the nursery and outplanting schemes, thus generating income in yet another way.

Transport of confiscated illegal timber © PhilinCon
Tree seedling in our nursery
Pig pen

Average cost per project:

Each project is typically worth from 400 to 800 US$, depending on the sustainability of financial support secured through PhilinCon.

Average duration per project:

Single projects last typically 1-2 years. During this time seed money is given in installments to the contracted participants, with detailed contracts forged between PhilinCon and both the respective barangay councils and the participant families.