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The Allah Valley Landscape

The Allah Valley Landscape is located in two provinces of the SOCCSKSARGEN Region, namely: South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat whereby these local government units collaboratively manage a shared resource. The landscape forms a prominent water collection body or watershed known as the Allah Valley Watershed. Collected water is is generally drained through the Allah River into the Liguasan Marsh. The Allah River played a very important role in the early settlement and development of Cotabato. It serves as a major landmark of Central and Southern Cotabato. It carries with economic opportunities and prosperity and, at the same time, political unity between provinces and the municipalities that it traverses.


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Allah Valley Landscape Significance

The significance of Allah Valley Landscape located in the Soccsksargen Region, specifically in the two provinces of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat are identified below.

Allah Valley landscape

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Significance of Allah Valley Landscape

It is a well populated valley with fertile soil, bisected by the Allah and Banga Rivers (tributaries of the Pulangi River). The placid lake of Lake Sebu can be found in the upper part of the Allah Valley. Its elevation ranges from 439 to 1,814 feet (134 to 553 m). The 2,520 square kilometres (970 sq mi)[1] valley covers over the half of South Cotabato because it has 6 of the 10 municipalities of South Cotabato.

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Brief Profile of AVL Development Alliance

The Allah Valley Landscape is located in two provinces of the SOCCSKSARGEN Region, namely: South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat whereby these local government units collaboratively manage a shared resource. The landscape forms

Brief Profile of AVLDA

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Brief Profile of AVLDA

The Allah Valley Landscape is located in two provinces of the SOCCSKSARGEN Region, namely: South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat whereby these local government units collaboratively manage a shared resource. The landscape forms a prominent water collection body or watershed known as the Allah Valley Watershed. Collected water is is generally drained through the Allah River into the Liguasan Marsh. The Allah River played a very important role in the early settlement and development of Cotabato. It serves as a major landmark of Central and Southern Cotabato. It carries with economic opportunities and prosperity and, at the same time, political unity between provinces and the municipalities that it traverses.

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MAKING AN IMPACT Eco-Tourism in Allah Valley (Philippines)
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Natural disasters threaten to destroy paradise
Allah Valley in the southern Philippines, is home to spectacular natural resources including lakes, waterfalls, caves, hot springs, and bird sanctuaries. Lake Sebu is a perfect example – it’s a mystical lake that has served as a source of livelihood for local indigenous peoples (IP) and food for birds in the surrounding rainforests for thousands of years.

MAKING AN IMPACT Eco-Tourism in Allah Valley (Philippines)
www.lgsp-led.ph | info@lgsp-led.ph | www.canurb.org

MAKING AN IMPACT Eco-Tourism in Allah Valley (Philippines)
www.lgsp-led.ph | info@lgsp-led.ph | www.canurb.org

Natural disasters threaten to destroy paradise
Allah Valley in the southern Philippines, is home to spectacular natural resources including lakes, waterfalls, caves, hot springs, and bird sanctuaries. Lake Sebu is a perfect example – it’s a mystical lake that has served as a source of livelihood for local indigenous peoples (IP) and food for birds in the surrounding rainforests for thousands of years.



In 1991 a typhoon caused Lake Holon to discharge 14,000,000 gallons of water downstream, causing widespread devastation. The typhoon threatened the future of these natural wonders and the people who live there. Since the region is primarily agricultural, the economic future of the province and the livelihoods of the community were in jeopardy.

The Allah Valley Landscape Development Alliance (AVLDA) is an alliance of local governments, formed following the 1991 typhoon to help the affected communities recover from the natural disaster. In addition to helping with the rebuilding and recovery process, ALVDA recognized the need to embrace sustainable development in Allah Valley. In the past, the area’s economy came largely from unsustainable activities such as charcoal making from local wood, illegal logging, as well as slash and burn agriculture, which exacerbated the threat of flashfloods.

A strategy for environmental and cultural tourism

AVLDA partnered with the Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED), to to develop the Allah Valley Eco-cultural Tourism Project. Eco-cultural tourism was a way to attract travellers to see Allah Valley’s beautiful


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2016 World Bamboo Day
POSTED • SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

It's World Bamboo Month! In support to the initiatives of the World Bamboo Organization, AVLDA celebrates its version of World Bamboo Day.
It is an annual celebration held either in the province of South Cotabato or Sultan Kudarat. AVLDA's advocacy for this year is to KEEP BAMBOO STRONG! Bamboo furniture and artworks exhibit from September 13-15 and World Bamboo Day Forum on September 16 are the activities set by AVLDA. The World Bamboo Celebration 2016 will be held at King's Hall, Provincial Capitol, Sultan Kudarat. Keep Bamboo Strong!

2016 World Bamboo Day
POSTED • SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

2016 World Bamboo Day
POSTED • SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

It is an annual celebration held either in the province of South Cotabato or Sultan Kudarat. AVLDA's advocacy for this year is to KEEP BAMBOO STRONG! Bamboo furniture and artworks exhibit from September 13-15 and World Bamboo Day Forum on September 16 are the activities set by AVLDA. The World Bamboo Celebration 2016 will be held at King's Hall, Provincial Capitol, Sultan Kudarat. Keep Bamboo Strong!



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2017 World Bamboo Day
POSTED • AUGUST 27, 2017

Celebrate World Bamboo Day with the people of South Cotabato by joining the "Bike. Run.Plant a Bamboo" activity on September 17, 2017. This is part of the week-long celebration of Kawayan Festival 2017!
NO REGISTRATION FEE!
Just be there with us with your friends, lovers or club mates! The more joiners, the more we can show the world the power of bamboo in keeping healthy rivers and its potential in providing sustainable livelihoods for farmers!
Check out the biking and running routes in the comment section!
To register in advance your group's number of joining participants, call the secretariat at (083) 228 9738 or (083) 228 9896.
See you!

2017 World Bamboo Day
POSTED • AUGUST 27, 2017

2017 World Bamboo Day
POSTED • AUGUST 27, 2017

Celebrate World Bamboo Day with the people of South Cotabato by joining the "Bike. Run.Plant a Bamboo" activity on September 17, 2017. This is part of the week-long celebration of Kawayan Festival 2017!
NO REGISTRATION FEE!
Just be there with us with your friends, lovers or club mates!
See you!


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AVLDA Galing Pook 2008 Awardee
POSTED • GALING POOK 2008

The major river systems traversing the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato are both a blessing and a curse to the people. The rivers are a blessing because they provide abundant water for the adjacent rice and corn fields. But they become a curse when the water levels rise and inundate the farms.

AVLDA Galing Pook 2008 Awardee
POSTED • GALING POOK 2008

AVLDA Galing Pook 2008 Awardee
POSTED • GALING POOK 2008

The major river systems traversing the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato are both a blessing and a curse to the people. The rivers are a blessing because they provide abundant water for the adjacent rice and corn fields. But they become a curse when the water levels rise and inundate the farms.


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AVLDA Celebrates World Water Day
POSTED • MARCH 27, 2016

CITY OF KORONADAL — The Allah Valley Landscape Development Alliance (AVLDA) celebrated World Water Day with a forum that focused on its theme “Water and Jobs” at EMR Center, this city, last March 22.
Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes, AVLDA Chairperson and Guest of Honor said, that the forum is timely and relevant because “South Cotabato is the hardest hit among the provinces in Mindanao due to El Nino that caused millions of pesos worth of damage to agricultural crops.”

El Nino led to the declaration of state of calamity in some hard hit towns in the province, this despite, the massive cloud-seeding operations conducted jointly by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist and the Department of Agriculture.

Governor Fuentes pointed out during the forum that “I think it is now high time that we talk about mitigation measures to be initiated specifically on how to conserve or store water so that if el nino hits again, we will not be badly hit by it.”

Aside from the Governor, Department of Tourism 12 Regional Director Nelly Nita Dillera also presented the “Opportunities and Threats in the Tourism Industry” in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region particularly in the Allah Valley Corridor.

Likewise, technical presentations were made by DENR-MB 12 and Mindanao Development Authority with the discussants led by Senior Geologist Engr. Princess Danielle Matas (Groundwater Status of Allah Valley) and Gerardo Ramon Cesar B. Reynaldo (Mindanao River Basin: Gains and Ways Forward).

NGO BITS (Bio-Diversity, Innovation, Trade and Society) Policy Center based in General Santos City and headed by Atty. Elpidio Peria also presented a topic entitled “How LGUs and CSOs Can Address Water Issues Locally Amidst Global Concerns on Climate Change.”

An open forum ensued after the presentation moderated by Louie Pacardo, AVLDA Project officer for South Cotabato and concurrent AVLDA Officer-in-Charge.

The forum was attended by planning officers, environment officers, local government operations officers and officials of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat. By Fruto Sumagaysay, Jr| March 27, 2016 http://www.southcotabato.gov.ph/avlda-celebrates-world-water-day/

AVLDA Celebrates World Water Day
POSTED • MARCH 27, 2016

AVLDA Celebrates World Water Day
POSTED • MARCH 27, 2016

It is an annual celebration held either in the province of South Cotabato or Sultan Kudarat. AVLDA's advocacy for this year is to KEEP BAMBOO STRONG! Bamboo furniture and artworks exhibit from September 13-15 and World Bamboo Day Forum on September 16 are the activities set by AVLDA. The World Bamboo Celebration 2016 will be held at King's Hall, Provincial Capitol, Sultan Kudarat. Keep Bamboo Strong!




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