In response to MAFI's call for continued support for the Ma-ag Tinikaran Project (MTP), the Cotabato Government Employees Association (COTGEM) and the Singles for Christ-Kidapawan Chapter (SFC-KC) both pledged to support maintenance activities in the project, which covers a land area of five (5) hectares planted to around 12,500 tinikaran seedlings.
Each group decided to adopt a one-hectare portion of the project and committed to provide P9,800.00 per year for a period of three years to shoulder the maintenance activities in the adopted one (1) hectare portion. The financial support will come in two (2) tranches per year, coinciding with the twice a year maintenance schedule. This will include strip brushing of the one-hectare portion and round weeding for around 2,500 tinikaran seedlings. The first maintenance activity is tentatively scheduled in February 2010.
In signing the Declaration of Tree Care Stewardship COTGEM was represented by its president, Mr. Teotimo Paguican. SFC-KC, on the other hand, was represented by Mr. Alvin Bertulfo, Unit Head. The signing was held on November 19, 2009 during the launching of MTP Phase at the Mindanao Geothermal Production Field compound in Barangay Ilomavis, Kidapawan City.