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PENRO Ifugao meets LGU

“Panagla-langen ti agga-gayem ken agkakabsat.” (A fellowship among friends and brethren.) This is how PENR Officer of Ifugao Atty. Romeo Bravo characterized the Special Orientation on DENR Programs to the Local Government Unit of Ifugao. The breakfast meeting attended by key LGU officials in the province was held at the JME Garden, Bolog, Kiangan, Ifugao on February 19, 2016.

Among those present were local chief executives of the different municipalities of Ifugao. Col. Nicholas Quemado, Jr. was also in attendance to represent the Uniformed Personnel serving in the province. The Provincial Governor was represented by the Provincial Administrator Atty. Evelyn S. Dunuan. Teodoro B. Baguilat, Representative of the Lone District of Ifugao was represented by the Provincial Vice-Governor Atty. Pedro Mayam-o. Also present were Avelino Lunag, Acting Provincial Agriculturist; Rosario Dumelod, DILG Provincial Director and Esther Lichnachan, NCIP Provincial Officer. DENR-CAR Regional Director Ralph C. Pablo was also in attendance.

Bravo in welcoming the delegates emphasized the need for the LGU to recognize the existence of the Department in their jurisdiction. “We would like to let you know what we intend to do for the coming years especially this year,” he noted.

A presentation on the implementation of the flagship program of the current administration named the National Greening Program opened the series of reports. The NGP implementation in the province of Ifugao seeks to plant some 4,142,540 million trees covering about 7,756 thousands hectares of lands of the public domain for a period of six (6) years from 2011 to 2016. As of their report, PENRO Ifugao has already exceeded their targets for CY 2015 and hopes meet its targets for this CY 2016. The host also recognized the success of this project nationwide together with the announcement of the President of its extension under Executive Order No. 193. With these accomplishments, the leadership of PENRO Ifugao is positive to meet the goals of this program that include Poverty Reduction, Food Security, Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Mitigation   and Adaptation

A brief orientation and accomplishment report on the Forestland Management Project was also accorded to delegation. This project was brought about by the Loan Agreement No. PH-P248 of the Philippines and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed on March 30, 2012. This two year-old project aims to strengthen forestland management through holistic implementation of comprehensive and sustainable forestland management strategies in the river basins of the area. The implementation of the said project in the province of Ifugao secures the stability of the Upper Magat and Cagayan River Basin. Moreover, this provides a sustainable livelihood to various communities covered by the area of implementation by their participation in agroforestry and reforestation ventures.

Among their significant accomplishments is the delineation of 54,635.66 hectares of forestland for Land Tenure Instrument (LTI) issuance. They were also able to survey 48,321 hectares of forestland for Agroforestry and Reforestation. Young as it is, these initial efforts serve as the spring board to promote the protection and conservation of the 9 sub-watersheds covering 57,900 hectares located in the whole province.

The implementation of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) in the province was also highlighted during the presentation of the DENR activities. INREMP covers the Chico River Basin within the Cordillera Administrative Region. Ifugao is respectively covered by two Watershed Management Units: (i) KABAMAAM which represents the tributaries of Kalawitan, Bayudan, Malitep & Amlosong and (ii) BAAGMADOLI representing the tributaries of Balitian, Agbuyo, Maligcong, Docligan & Lingoy. This special program aims to reduce and reverse degradation of watersheds and associated environmental services caused by forest denudation and unsustainable farming practices. It also seeks to provide incentives to local communities, LGUs and the DENR for improving natural resource   management by generating sufficient and   tangible economic benefits.

Among the major accomplishments of the DENR in its implementation of INREMP in Ifugao was the execution of the Watershed Management Plan. This includes watershed characterization and vulnerability assessment reports. They also have conducted validation surveys and mapping of target areas for ENR subprojects. Furthermore, they also have accomplished community orientations and organizational assessments of various People’s Organizations and Indigenous People’s Organizations as partners in implementation.

A brief presentation of the accomplishments of the Licenses, Patents and Deeds section under the Technical Division of the PENRO was also made. Afterwhich, Janie Marie D. Ang from the Admin Division informed the guests of the total number of personnel making up the PENRO after the implementation of the Rationalization Plan.

Different concerns from the guests were raised during the open forum. Among the significant matters brought out were policy harmonization, the establishment of political boundaries in the province and respect for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights. All of which were satisfactorily attended to by the hosts.

Bravo enjoined the participants for the continuance of such gatherings to foster camaraderie and initiate harmonization among the different non-government and government agencies serving in the province. “We should institutionalize this practice,” he noted.

With this event, PENRO Ifugao is confident to have gained the support of the LGU and implement its different programs in harmony with the different instrumentalities of government within the province.|AJTuraray