DENR-CAR and NCIP work together for INREMP implementation

DENR-CAR and NCIP work together for INREMP implementation


The NCIP represented by Engr. Victor Bumatnong and DENR – CAR Regional Director Ralph C. Pablo, together with other technical personnel from both DENR and NCIP, in a meeting held recently prepared and agreed on an action plan to facilitate the implementation of the Integrated Natural Resources Environmental Management Project (INREMP) in the Cordillera Region.

During a meeting held recently, the DENR – CAR and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples – CAR (NCIP-CAR) agreed on some concerns regarding the implementation of the INREMP, a Foreign-Assisted Project.

One of the agreements reached for the INREMP is that the consultation and validation of project implementation and activities should be conducted for each Ancestral Domain.  Also, the travel plans of validating teams must correspond with the prepared Provincial Work and Financial Plan (WFP).  RD Pablo stressed that the Work and Financial Plans of provinces with INREMP Project should be finalized in coordination with the Provincial NCIP Officials and to be submitted and consolidated in the DENR Regional Office.  Pablo added that “the use of funds released by the DENR should be used solely for INREMP activities in accordance with the Government Accounting Manual (GAM) and Project Administration Manual (PAM)”.

This meeting is conducted to implement the provisions of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) entered into and signed by the NCIP and DENR Central Offices represented by then Commissioner Atty. Leonor Oralde-Quintayo and Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez, respectively.

The MOA spells out the functions of each Office wherein the DENR shall provide the NCIP the areas covered by INREMP and the basic INREMP documents, assist the NCIP in the validation process, provide technical and financial resources based on the approved WFP and to ensure the implementation of social safeguards with clear guidelines for protecting the rights and welfare of indigenous peoples.  Likewise, the NCIP shall provide to the DENR some information such as list of maps of areas covered by ancestral lands and domains whether these areas have approved Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) or Certificate of Ancestral Land Title (CALT), still under application, and some other information regarding the areas covered by INREMP.  They shall also facilitate the validation process, support the Social Preparation activities, project identification and selection activities during project development workshops and assistance to communities as well as provide technical assistance to strengthen IP community organizations.

Jointly, the DENR and NCIP shall ensure “a culture-sensitive facilitation strategies” of INREMP in IP areas consistent with IPRA, the operationalization of region-specific validation processes and the effective working relationship between the parties. 

With the compliance of the provisions of the MOA, the project activities of the INREMP shall be facilitated especially for the projects needing the Certificate of Pre-condition which only the NCIP could issue.|PTNerja


Reforestation areas to be developed as green economy models



A “Green Economy Model” (GEMs) orientation for the selected 2017 e-NGP PO partners was conducted particularly to the members of the Bulo Farmers Association based in Bulo, Tabuk City, Kalinga in February 26, 2018.

The activity was facilitated by Miss Melanie M. Pis-oy and Ms. Alma I. Dajoya from the DENR Regional Office together with Ms. Sheila B. Bakidan, Ms. Novalyn Dacay-og, Ms. Libertee Da-o, and Ms. Hazel Gay Lay-asan, Forestry Technicians of CENRO Tabuk.

Since it is a mandate of the law to ensure that gender and equality shall always be incorporated in every activity and in introducing development intervention inclusive growth, Ms. Pis-oy discussed the topic on Gender and Development. She emphasized that gender equality is vital in every development endeavor.  In every work, more hands are needed, men and women need to be empowered too.

The GEM was presented by Ms. Dajoya who discussed the guidelines in the operation and transition of the DENR’s programs and projects into GEMs as provided by DAO 2017-08.

Dajoya emphasized that GEMs aim to transform DENR programs and projects into GEMs where household members create sustainable goods and services for the rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems and create viable community enterprises where households are the focal members and players in creating value-added environmental products and services.  It also moves to accelerate the rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems and promote the protection of the environment through the creation of green jobs.

Based from the objectives, GEM is a holistic approach in forest conservation. The Department is now shifting into a new paradigm from its usual practice that restoration of degraded forest land is merely through reforestation and agro-forestry. With this new program, the DENR together with the Community people will treat hills and mountains especially the e-NGP sites as enterprises in accordance with the plans and interest of the PO members.

The main output of the activity was to come up with a business plan. It was agreed by the group that they will go into wine production, chili paste, and banana chips processing. The needed raw data will be identified by the PO members while the drafting of the business proposal and business plan were assigned to the PO president with the assistance of GEM Focal person and assigned site manager. It is therefore important that the DENR personnel and employees shall possess the skills and passion to lead the POs in the realization of the GEM ultimate goals in the pursuit of sustainable economical and ecological development.

After the orientation, some of the participants visited the 2017 e-NGP as proposed GEMs site.  Their plantation was intercropped with agri-crops such as pegion pea, banana, beans and monggo.  With the collaboration of the members of the PO and the technical assistance by the DENR Technicians, the people will benefit from their reforestation areas.|SBakidan

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