The Sonshine Philippines Movement’s projects are aimed at addressing the most pressing environmental and social issues/concerns plaguing the country and the world today. Among our program focus are:
Agri-forest Resource Development and Management
Sustainable watershed management is one of the important issues in the Philippines. More than 25 million people (among the country’s poorest of the poor) live in the uplands. Upland environments are the most complex, diverse, and risk prone agricultural ecosystems. Soil erosion is a major environmental hazard associated with agricultural production in these ecosystems. Rapid population growth and economic needs push farmers to cultivate steeper and more fragile lands contributing to erosion of 50-200 tons of topsoil annually.
Marine and Coastal Resource Development and Management
Coastal communities in the Philippines are dependent on marine resources; the archipelago of over 7,000 islands ranks 11th on the list of fish- and seafood-producing countries globally and the export market is a major source of national income. Marine resources in the Philippines are currently threatened by destructive fishing techniques involving dynamite and cyanide, and overfishing to service the nation’s ever-growing seafood export contracts. The extraction of rocks, sand and coral from marine ecosystems for construction, pollution from shipping and rivers, and the clearing of mangroves are more general environmental concerns that compound the problem of depleted fish stocks.
Solid Waste Management
The management of solid wastes in the Philippines currently is undergoing several important changes because of the signing into law of Republic Act No. 9003 or The Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, an act providing for ecological solid wastes management program, creating the necessary institutional mechanisms and incentives, declaring certain acts prohibited and providing penalties, appropriating funds therefore, and for other purposes.
Eco Tourism Development
Ecotourism is a responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. It is a form of tourism visiting fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas. Its purpose is to educate the traveler, to provide funds for ecological conservation, to directly benefit the economic development and political empowerment of local communities, or to foster respect for different cultures and for human rights.
Disaster Response Program
SPM has been known to assist calamity victims. SPM continues to deliver support and services to calamity victims in a holistic approach. It will provide package of services and support to assist the victims recover physically, emotionally, and psychologically from the trauma of the tragedy. The support and services of SPM are designed to address effectively the needs and conditions of calamity or disaster victims.
Inspired by our founder and president, Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy, we continue to fulfill our mission to make the world a better place — driving transformation and restoration that not only touches lives but builds a stronger nation.