SEANAFE is now officially registered as a non-stock, non-profit nongovernmental organization in the Philippines as confirmed through a certificate issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines on 22 September 2009.

This new status is the result of SEANAFE Board’s decision during its 16th meeting in August 2008 in Indonesia to acquire a legal personality for the Network in the Philippines. The SEANAFE Board expects that this would enable the Network t to enter into various institutional collaborations and funding agreements, both at the regional and country levels. This decision was also to prepare the Network to operate on its own after the Sida grant period ends in December 2009.

The Philippine Agroforestry Education and Research Network (PAFERN), through the Institute of Agroforestry (IAF) of the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB), will host SEANAFE’s Secretariat in the Philippines when it starts its full operation as NGO in January 2010.