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SFFI to hold 68th Anniversary National Conference at ICon

DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O. Sampulna (3rd ledt side) sits down with the regioinal SFFI team and plan for the upcoming national conference of the group. SFFI WV Regional President and ARD for Management Services Livino B. Duran (1st, left side) discussed major concerneds with the other members of the Society


Foresters from around the country will be holding their 68th Anniversary National Conference at the Iloilo Convention (ICon) Center this month.

With the theme: Advancing Sustainable Forest Management to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, officials and members of the Society of Filipino Foresters, Inc. (SFFI) will gather at the Iloilo Convention Center in the 3-day event from September 19 to 21, 2016.

“Being the host region, we thoroughly planned for this momentous event as we expect to gather more than a thousand forestry professionals coming from government, corporations, non-government and international organizations,” said Livino B. Duran, SFFI WV Regional President and DENR 6 Assistant Regional Director for Management Services.

As disclosed by SFFI National President Tom Valdez, the national conference aims to emphasize the importance of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM), Forest Landscape Restoration Mechanisms (FLRM), Mining Rehabilitation through Forestry and the Carbon Neutral Program (CNP), as responsive approaches towards improving our forest areas which play a role in enhancing the environment that will eventually contribute to the attainment of the United Nations (UN)-adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Philippines specifically committed to contribute to the attainment of SDG Goals #1 – Ending Poverty; #7 – Affordable and Clean Energy, #12 – Responsible Consumption and Production, #13 – Climate Action, #15 – Sustainable Use of Terrestrial Ecosystems, and #17 – Partnership for the Goals.

“The forestry profession is emerging and there is a need to update foresters’ knowledge of the developments in the forestry sector. We are proud that Region 6 has been chosen as the host region for this SFFI national conference. This only shows that we’ve got what it takes to host this large gathering,” notes DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.

 This annual event will also update foresters on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10690 otherwise known as the “New Forestry Profession Law” that include continuing professional education requirements.

 A press conference with the local media is slated to be held on the 1st day, September 19, 2016, 9 a.m. at the 2nd floor of ICon where the venue of the national conference is to be held.

 The SFFI is one of the founding organizations of the Council for the Built and Natural Environments (CBNE) under the Philippine Federation of Professional Associations (PFPA). SFFI serves as the only nationwide organization of professional Filipino Foresters open to more than 10,000 registered professional Foresters in the country.


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