Today, the foundation focuses on 3Es Program of community development:

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

ALCF commits to contribute more in mitigating the effects of climate change such as monsoon flooding, storm surge during the onset of typhoon season, landslides, soil erosion, and loss of top soil, by planting bamboo groves in flood prone riverbanks and landslide prone mountainsides nationwide.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

ALCF endeavors to create economic and livelihood development opportunities for depressed rural and urban communities in the country through the propagation and planting of bamboo in flood prone areas of the country that will empower communities and its community members to provide them with sustainable source of livelihood and income generation activities while providing renewable and sustainable green material.

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EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT

ALCF pledges to uplift the lives of underprivileged and academically excelling Filipino students, by providing educational support that will help them secure a better and brighter future. By instilling in these young Filipinos the right values and ethics, we help them become responsible members of society, and contributors to nation-building.

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We believe that by developing these three key areas, our partner communities will be like the clusters of bamboo that survived Typhoon Ondoy: resilient, sustainable and united together when facing calamities.


Kawayanihan (derived from Kawayan and Bayanihan) is a bamboo planting activity that involves local governments, communities, academic institutions, organizations and other corporate partners in re-greening and protecting riverbanks and mountainsides to prevent soil erosion and degradation by planting and maintaining kawayan or bamboo.

ALCF opened its own Bamboo Nursery in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry’s Cottage Industry Technology Center (CITC). Continuous propagation of ALCF’s dedicated farmers made way to the Foundation’s regular bamboo planting activities in various barangays of Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan, Pampanga and Metro Manila. Today, ALCF expanded its partnership with the academe, other NGOs, civil organization, and CSRs who share the same passion and advocacy with the Foundation.

In 2015, ALCF opened its first Community Bamboo Nursery (CBN) in Brgy. San Isidro, Montalban, Rizal which serves as an additional source of livelihood for the local communities. It is hoped that in the coming months, more and more CBNs will be opened, and production of bamboo crafts will be started — achieving the goal of providing jobs for our partner communities while securing a greener and safer environment for all.


Since Bamboo is a sustainable material for a wide array of products, we developed Bamboohay (bamboo + hanapbuhay, the Filipino word for “livelihood”) — a program that aims to provide alternative livelihoods among community folks through the following:

  1. Bamboo seedlings propagation.
  2. Bamboo handicrafts development and production.
  3. Production of engineered bamboo as material for construction (alternative to timber).

Bambahay


Bambahay is bamboo + bahay, the Filipino word for “house.” Bamboo is stronger than steel with a strength of 28,000 psi. It can also be an alternative to timber, making it an ideal material for building homes. With these, we aim to build sturdy engineered bamboo houses for underpriviledged yet deserving families.

Also, a sustainable village which we will call Kawayanan Ville will be developed to serve as a model community — a village composed of bamboo abodes, with on-site livelihood centers, organic vegetation and greenscapes, and facilities like schools, places of worship, mini market, clinics, etc.