Reforestation areas to be developed as green economy models

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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DENR CAR to push through third party evaluation of CY 2013-2016 NGP plantation sites within 100has and above

 

Responding to the instruction that DENR CAR field offices to conduct briefing or reorientation to the concerned People’s Organizations/NGP Partners with sites covering an area of 100 hectares and above which is the subject of Third Party validation, CENRO Lagangilang headed by CENR Officer Engr. Gilberto Leo Tagura met in July 22, 2019 with the People’s Organizations (POs) within the coverage of CENRO Lagangilang, the Site Managers and Extension Officers.  During which, CENRO Tagura encouraged the members of the POs’ to be well-informed of the validation process and the preparatory activities they have to undertake prior to the conduct of validation proper.  Said validation may commence on August 5, 2019 in all the provinces of the Cordillera Region.

For the province of Abra there are about 44 sites that are subjected for evaluation by 3rd Party.  About 17 of these sites are under the jurisdiction of CENRO Lagangilang.  The evaluators will come from a private institution in UP Los Baños, Laguna- a National Government Organization.  Accordingly, the validators will adopt the random sampling method of validation wherein 5% of the total area will be selected at 1 hectare each strategically located.

The meeting was a successful one as the participant POs had willingly expressed their commitment to support not only the validation but also to perform the necessary preparatory and restoration activities particularly to portions of the plantations with low survival rates. Towards the end of the orientation, the DENR and the POs have agreed to team up for the restoration activities starting June 25, 2019 until the start of the validation activity.

The conduct of third party evaluation is a determining activity for the release of ten (10) percent retention fee on the condition that the plantation site will register a survival rate of 85% and above. However, it will not only deal with the payment of retention fee but rather purposely provide credible Monitoring and Evaluation result that underscores good and bad implementation practices and the facilitating or hindering factors that led to the present status of these plantations. Ultimately, it also aims to provide inputs for future crafting of relevant project implementation guidelines and policies.|C. Lagangilang, RBPineda

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