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


Confiscated forest products turned beneficial


The economic value of some confiscated forest products would be redeemed by donating these to qualified recipient.  The National Food Authority (NFA), in its request for some logs intended for the fabrication of office chairs and tables for clients’ and visitors’ use, the DENR-CAR through CENRO Baguio donated a total of six point ninety four (6.94) cubic meter of Benguet pine logs. The 6.94 cubic meter is composed of thirty (30) pieces of logs with an aggregated length of about sixty-nine point twenty-three (69.23) meters.

In the Deed of Donation prepared, the Donor is represented by CENR Officer Rainier D. Balbuena of CENRO Baguio while the Donee is represented by Cecilia A. Cuncubierta, the Provincial Manager of NFA Benguet.

These logs were derived from previously cut Benguet pine trees with an approved permit from the DENR-CAR within the office premises of  Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) situated in Loakan, Baguio City.  These were turned over to CENRO Baguio City in accordance to Section 2.2 of Executive Order No. 23, s. 2011 which states among others that “all logs derived from issued cutting permits within natural and residual forests shall be turned over to the DENR for proper disposal”. 

Based on the guidelines under Memorandum Order No. 162, s. 1993 confiscated logs, lumbers and other forest products may be disposed through donation if these are not subject of a pending case in court or with other appropriate office; if these are without claimants or offenders against whom the case could be filed; and if these are found abandoned within forest areas, the ownership of which could not be ascertained and without claimants.

Further, the Order also specifies which beneficiary to prioritize in the event that two (2) qualified beneficiaries request for forest products at the same time.  On top of the priority list are the needy victims of disaster as certified by DSWD, for the School Building Program of Department of Education (DepEd), and those undertaken by the Department of national Defense (DND)/AFP Engineering Brigade.

Other beneficiaries shall include Health Centers, Public Markets, Municipal Buildings, Police Station, AFP camps, DPWH, LGUs and the Provincial, Regional and National Projects.

For CY 2016 until June 2017, the DENR-CAR donated a total of 77.936 cu.m. of lumber and 2,927 lineal meters(l.m.) of rattan to the different government agencies, of which the larger bulk is the donation to the DepEd. 

The breakdown of donated lumber per provincial office is in Abra .848 cu.m. lumber, in Apayao 51.390 cu.m. of lumber and 2,927 l.m. and in Benguet 6.700 cu.m..  Likewise, in Ifugao the total donations is 3.149 cu.m., while in Kalinga .400 cu.m. and in Mt. Province 15.446 cu.m.

Further, under the DENR Manual of Authorities, the approving authority is dependent on the volume of forest products to be donated.  It specifies that for donations that are more than 100 cu.m., the Department Secretary shall approve the donation.  But for lumber to be donated with a volume of 30.01 cu.m. to 100 cu.m., the Regional Director,  with clearance from USEC for Field Operations shall sign the Deed of Donation. Also, for the donation of 10.01 cu.m. to 30 cu.m and for those  less than 10 cu.m, the PENR Officer and CENR Officer, respectively has the authority to sign donation documents.  The DENR in the Cordillera Region, shall continue to donate confiscated lumber as long as the requisites are properly complied with.  In this way, the economic value of the lumber shall be redeemed.|GSAstudillo

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