Erlinda Forest Park in Lupang Pangako

Overview

Lupang Pangako is a place of refuge for former street dwellers (referred to by the ministry, as kaibigans). Located in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, the property is composed of 36-hectare non-contiguous land, which is subdivided into kaibigan villages (KV)–each serving a specific purpose in the holistic transformation of the kaibigans.

In one of the Kaibigan Villages, we hope to build a forest park that will feature endemic Philippine native trees. A serene and quiet place, we envision building this place to become a blessing not just to the Lupang Pangako residents but also to the neighboring communities. As an organization advocating to promote values and culture that are unique to us Filipinos, we believe that this is a part of our identity. We pray that there will come a time where the younger generations and those yet to come will be more knowledgeable and appreciative of the different kinds of trees that the Lord has blessed the Philippines.

At present, we have more than 1,000 trees planted—most of which were planted by former street dwellers who once had no concept of serenity because of how they live on the streets. Not only do we help preserve the environment, but this project is also a symbol of transformed lives.

Detailed Information

Size of area being restored
3.374 ha

Geographical features of site
Surrounded by the Sierra Madre mountain range

Challenges and threats to the area
Based on our experiences, some of the previous challenges we have encountered were caused by the fickle weather that resulted in either flooding in the area or drying the lands.

Communities involved (indicate size)
We are working with different organizations partnering with us especially during tree-planting activities and seedling donations.

Erlinda Forest Park in Lupang Pangako
Barangay Bagong Buhay, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
Site Information
Implementer
CCT Group Of Ministries
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