The Sison Upland Resource Enhancement Project (SURE II) was successfully launched at the Municipal Gymnasium of Sison, Surigao del Norte last August 15, 2007. SURE II is a 2-year project funded by the Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP) in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte implemented by the Caraga Consortium for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. (CCEPSD) in partnership with the Local Government of Sison, Lake Mainit Development Alliance FOCAS Cluster and the Sison Hungos Multipurpose Cooperative (SIHUMCO).
The Honorable Vice-Governor Noel P. Catre of the Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte led the project launching with the presence of Ms. Monina G. Hernandez, PACAP Provincial Project Officer; Hon. Leicester Fetalvero, the Municipal Mayor of Sison; Engr. Kaiser B. Recabo, Jr, LMDA Programme Director, Ms. Gilda P. Villalba, BOD Chairperson of CCEPSD; Municipal Officials, Barangay Officials of the project areas and the SIHUMCO. Vice-Governor Catre delivered his message in behalf of the Governor Hon. Robert Ace Barbers expressing full support to the project since the LGU has contributed its counterpart and has the significant role in the project implementation. He hope that the project fund will not be wasted but rather helped the needs of the people particularly the upland farmers. “… ang kwarta nga gihatag sa proyekto wala masayang, ug hinuon kini nakatabang ug dako sa mga katawhan labi na sa mga upland farmers nato”, said Vice Governor Catre.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Mayor of Sison, Hon. Leicester Fetalvero expressed his gratitude to PACAP, to Provincial Government, to Lake Mainit FOCAS, to SIHUMCO and to CCEPSD in particular for their trust and continual contribution in the municipality. He encouraged the farmers to participate to the project saying “Ako naghangyo kaninyo nga hatagan ta ug dakong panahon ang proyekto”.
The SURE II project sites are located in Barangay Tagbayani,Tinogpahan, and San Isidro. The project seeks to enhance the capacity of the people’s organization to manage their upland resources through establishment of agroforestry, community building, advocacy, and linkaging. These initiatives will go hand in hand with the overall agenda of Lake Mainit FOCAS Strategy, the Provincial Engagement Strategy and Municipal Development Plan in the pursuit towards the protection and conservation of the Sison watershed and the Lake Mainit ecosystem.