About Us

What is GEA Timber Ventures, Inc.?
Our Vision and Our Mission
Who are behind GEA Timber Ventures, Inc.
When was GEA Timber Ventures, Inc. formed and registered?


What is GEA Timber Ventures, Inc.?

GEA Timber Ventures, Inc. (the company) promotes individual or corporate investments in reforestations with high financial returns to investors---for a greener future---through timber plantations with an 8-year cycle. Harvesting takes place in Year 9, followed by replanting.

Our company has the technical skills and management capability to produce good quality timber---using vegetative cloning technology. Our aim is to harvest timber annually and in a continuous cropping cycle to maximize returns for our company and our investors, and at the same time contribute to a greener future by promoting carbon sequestration to mitigate the negative effects of climate change.

GEA Timber Ventures, Inc. has initiated partnerships with individual investors, owners of idle deforested lands, and foreign or local power-generating companies. These include:

Individuals, local, overseas Filipino expatriates, or overseas foreign worker (OFWs), looking for investments maturing in 8 years will benefit by investing in GEA's "one-hectare timber plantation" program, involving timber plantations already planted in Luzon and Mindanao. Each investor will be provided with a Certificate of Ownership of Timber Trees assigned to him in his "one-hectare timber plantation", a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the investor and GEA Timber Ventures, Inc., covering the details of the agreement, and a Global Positioning System (GPS) tag.

Owners of idle private deforested lands (varying in sizes from 10 hectares to 10,000 hectares), interested in using their own funds for plantation development, can also benefit from the reforestation scheme by engaging the services of GEA Timber Ventures, Inc. as plantation manager. As plantation manager, we will establish, manage, and maintain the plantation to maturity; and harvest, process and market the timber products to local or foreign buyers.

International or local electricity power-generation companies, requiring long-term supply of wood biofuel (wood biomass) as clean source of fuel, either as wood chips or wood pellets, can also engage our venture company as plantation manager to produce the required wood biofuel. GEA Timber Ventures, Inc. will arrange to lease idle deforested lands, owned by private families or corporations, or by upland communities with long-term rights through Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) or Industrial Forest Management Agreement (IFMA). These companies, through available local or foreign financing, will supply the electricity needs of many island provinces outside of the national power grid. In addition to supplying their wood biofuel needs, they can also earn high returns from the timber trees ready for harvest at the end of the 8-year cycle. GEA Timber Ventures, Inc. will provide their services in harvesting, processing (kiln dry) and selling of these high quality lumber products to the local or foreign wood markets.

Our 10,000-Hectare Timber Plantations Target:

The target of GEA Timber Ventures, Inc. is to develop 10,000 hectares of deforested lands in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, over the next ten years, into forests which are productive and environmentally-friendly, capable of carbon sequestrations to mitigate climate change. We will accomplish this by establishing our own timber plantations to be set aside for our individual investors or for corporations to meet their corporate social responsibilities; and through partnerships with owners of idle deforested lands wishing to reforest their lands using their own funds; and with international or local power-generation companies requiring long-term contract with GEA Timber Ventures, Inc. to supply their requirements for wood biofuel.

Our Vision and Our Mission

Our Vision: Well-managed forest plantations providing socio-economic and environmental benefits on a sustained basis to rural and upland communities, and the country.

Our Mission: To create an effective link between landowners and investors and promote viable and sustainable forest plantation ventures, using the latest technologies in tree plantation development, provide management and technical forestry expertise that will enable the country's forest areas to rapidly expand and meet the wood needs of both the local and export markets, as well as enhance their impact towards a greener environment.

Who are behind GEA Timber Ventures, Inc.:

The incorporators of the GEA Timber Ventures, Inc. consist of five highly experienced men, two of whom are senior foresters who are well-known specialists in their fields in the Philippines, internationally, and in the Pacific and Asian region. Two of the incorporators are also well-known agriculturist and specialist in water, soil conservation and rural development, while the fifth incorporator is a pioneer in transforming household waste into commercial organic fertilizers and who owns a thriving company providing technical advice to foreign and Philippine communities and towns to manage their solid wastes based on environmentally-friendly technology.

Two of the incorporators have worked with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as a Senior Forestry Specialist and as Principal Agriculturist between 17 and 20 years, while the other three incorporators have served with the ADB, the World Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Australian Aid Agency (AusAid), and the European Union (EU), as Team Leaders to prepare feasibility studies and formulate new agricultural, forestry, and rural development projects. They also have proven technical skills and management capability for establishing community-based forestry timber plantations and producing cloned seedlings of important timber species.

The incorporators are: Dr. Antonio T. Perez, Chairman of the Board; Mr. David John King, the Vice-Chairman; Mr. Oscar A. Gendrano, President; Mr. Rolando L. Sianghio, Vice-President and Treasurer; and Dr. Cesar C. Nuevo, Board Director.

When was GEA Timber Ventures, Inc. formed and registered?

GEA was formed in March 2010 and was registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in April 2010.

Technical and Administrative Staff

GEA Timber Ventures, Inc. has three forestry specialists, responsible for our timber plantation in Bamban, Tarlac, and Madaguing, Claveria, Cagayan de Oro. We also have one administrative staff, based at GEA's headquarters in Metro Manila. They are:

  1. Mr. Romelo "Roy" Cabangun, Senior Forester, B. Sc. in Forestry, University of the Philippines College of Forestry, UP Los Banos;
  2. Mr. Edgar Vermudo, Forester, B. Sc. in Forestry, University of the Philippines College of Forestry, UP Los Banos;
  3. Mr. Cyrus Pelayo, Forester, B. Sc. in Forestry, University of the Philippines College of Forestry, UP Los Banos; and
  4. Ms. Irle Meride, GEA Administration Officer

Board Members


Antonio T. Perez
Antonio T. Perez
Board Chairman

Ph.D. Plant Physiology & Genetics, Univ. of Massachusetts, USA; Formerly Principal Agriculturist, Asian Development Bank; 25 years of agriculture and community development in Asia and Pacific


David John King
David John King
Vice-Chairman

Specialist in Water, Soil Conservation and Rural Development; B. Agr. Sc. (NZ) 25 years consulting in Asia and the Pacific; Team Leader on projects funded by ADB, WB, JICA, AusAID and EU


Oscar A. Gendrano

Oscar A. Gendrano
President

Formerly Exec. Forester - Phil. Chamber of Wood Industries; Forestry Specialist - Asian Dev. Bank; President - Filipino Foresters, Inc; 20 years experience in forest plantation management, corporate and community-based projects


Rolando L. Sianghio

Rolando L. Sianghio
Vice President-Treasurer

President - Lacto Asia Pacific Corp; Specialist in Solid Waste Management, Organic Fertilizer and Livelihood Programs; Environmental Fellow - The Asia Foundation, USAEP Program; 50 years of commercial business experience


Cesar C. Nuevo
Cesar C. Nuevo
Director

Ph.D. Forest Genetics & Tree Improvement, Oxford Univ, UK; 9 years Forestry Consultant; 10 years R & D Manager of a Private Tree Plantation Company; 20 years with the faculty of UP College of Forestry