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Hitting A Hole in One at the 4th Rocks and Forests Golf

By Marcelle P. Villegas

5 July 2019, Villamor Air Base Golf Course, Pasay City: The 4th Rocks and Forests Invitational Golf Tournament was held, organised by the UP Geology Alumni Association (UPGAA) and the Society of Filipino Foresters Inc. (SFFI). This annual golf tournament is one UPGAA’s major projects which aims to generate funds for the different projects of the group. Part of the proceeds of the tournament this year will be used to purchase equipment for National Institute for Geological Sciences (NIGS).

UPGAA is a non-stock, non-profit organisation. Its main objective is to provide a forum for the members of the UP Geology Alumni Association. Here, there can interact through mutually beneficial contacts and “to provide avenues for drawing upon the knowledge and expertise of the alumni for furthering the cause of UP NIGS as a School of Excellence”. UPGAA is headed by its Chairman, Joey Nelson Ayson while SFFI is headed by its President, Tom Valdez.

UPGAA Chair Joey Nelson Ayson with Class A Champion Euls Austin of Philex Mining and Runner-Up Tony Escober of Valley Golf. (Photo by UPGAA)

Both UPGAA and NIGS work together to further develop the geological profession.

SFFI is an independent, democratic, non-profit, non-political and non-partisan professional organisation of the foresters in the Philippines. They actively promote and support sustainable management of forest resources. Their vision is to be “committed professionals for the advancement of forest technologies, practice and biodiversity in the country essentially contributing to the sound environmental management, social justice and economic development”.

With UPGAA working for the advancement of the geological profession and SFFI is doing the same for the advancement of the forestry profession, their partnership further led in addressing the climate change problem. In 2016, UPGAA and SFFI started a collaboration and worked together on the Carbon Neutral Program (CNP). This program “joins the global call for climate change mitigation in view of the dreadful impacts that can change the world’s landscape as we know it today”.

For more information:

UP Geology Alumni Association (UPGAA) - https://upgaa.com/

Society of Filipino Foresters Inc. (SFFI) - https://sffi.org.ph/

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