Haribon has developed biodiversity champions all over the Philippines like members of people’s organization who were empowered to protect and conserve forests near their communities. Ka Nestor was one of them. He became an advocate of forest conservation after practicing timber poaching and hunting for two decades. This letter was written by him on June 19, 10 days before his untimely demise. Ka Nestor is survived by his wife and five children. He was 57 years old.
‘Pasasalamat sa Haribon’
Ang buong pamunuan ng CBFM nagpapasalamat sa Haribon at sa lahat na kanilang kawani na ipinadala sa amin na walang sawa sa pagtuturo at pagpapa-seminar. Kung hindi dahil sa inyo ay hindi namin malalaman ang kahalagahan ng kalikasan sa tao at samu’t saring buhay sa loob ng ating kagubatan. Sa inyo naming natutunan ang pangalagaan ang mga puno at mga similya nito, natutunan din naming sa inyo ang pangangalaga ng mga ibon sa malapit ng maubos o mawala, ang pagpapa¬numbalik ng mawawala ng mga puno o pagre-rainfo, pagpapa¬mulat sa mga nakatira dito kung ano ang CBFM.
Maraming maraming salamat.
Member, Board of Director-Palbong CBFMA
Member, Mt. Siburan
(The IBAMS is an approach used by Haribon to determine state, pressure and response (SPR) in a certain IBA such as Mt. Siburan in the Municipality of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. The IBAMS team composed of local stakeholders has been organized to participate in the monitoring activities thereby transferring the skills to local communities. It selects trigger species or indicator species, notably birds endemic to Mindoro, that are of significance and whose presence is related to the health of the forest.)