A total of 9,072 project buhay cookstoves beneficiaries from six (6) local barangays in Bukidnon have received the high efficient wood burning stoves during a series of distribution schedules from December 4 to 9, 2023. The project buhay cookstoves is the brainchild of the SD Environmental Projects, a corporation founded with shared passion for improving the lives of others headed by its Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Robert Joshua Eddie.
With over 53 million Filipinos using open fire traditional cooking, the Philippines is paying a high price for the loss of its forests. It is most vulnerable to climate change where major problems, such as food insecurity, are directly attributable to deforestation through soil erosion, depleting nutrients and reducing crop yields.
In this initiative, the SD Projects partnered with Xavier Science Foundation, Inc. (XSF) to facilitate the distribution of project buhay cookstoves to the 21 barangays surrounding the Mt. Kalatungan landscape where its environmental program like the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) is implemented. Having the same goal of contributing to reductions in CO2 output as well as improve the livelihood of Indigenous Peoples communities, both organizations hoped to help reduce the pressure on local forests, as well as lengthen the lifespan by reducing indoor air pollution brought by open fire cooking, and that each household will free up valuable time that was previously spent collecting wood.
The distribution process started with an orientation, where local advocates provided the education and information about the project buhay cookstoves, how it will be used and maintained.
The beneficiaries are registered and every cookstoves will be monitored by the advocates to ensure its use.
The project buhay cookstoves were distributed to Barangays Guinoyuran, Lilingayon, Lourdes and Mt. Nebo in Valencia City, Barangay Dagumbaan in Maramag, and Barangay Bacusanon in Pangantucan, Bukidnon. Batch 2 and 3 distribution schedules will happen first quarter of 2024.