DENR 10 inks MOA with Bukidnon LGUs for Rural Infrastructure Subproject

Four local government units (LGUs) of Bukidnon will jumpstart the implementation of Rural Infrastructure Subproject (RIS) under the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) following the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10).

Together with the City of Valencia and municipalities of Kibawe, Kadingilan, and Damulog, Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan signed the MOA for their respective infrastructure projects for the Bukidnon Upper Watershed.  The signatories of the MOA were Valencia City Mayor Azucena P. Huervas, Kibawe Mayor Minerva C. Casinabe, Kadingilan Mayor Jerry O. Canoy, Sr. and Malitbog Mayor Osmundo Y. Dela Rosa. The signing of the MOAs was held recently at the DENR, Region 10 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The Rural Infrastructure Subproject includes the 3.20 kilometer rehabilitation of New Kidapawan Poblacion – Basiawon in Kibawe; 1.68 kilometer rehabilitation of Impahanong-Bayawa-Linabo Access Road in Malitbog; 2.68 kilometer rehabilitation of Tandacol Access Road in Valencia City; and 3.45 kilometer rehabilitation of Rapagas Macao Access Road in Kadingilan.

Regional Director Tawantawan said that there is a need to fast track the implementation of the Rural Infrastructure Project as it would pave the way for the development in their respective areas.  She said development would bring peace and soon poverty will be addressed. 

She further said that INREMP focuses on the upliftment of the lives of the poor and the underprivileged which is also the aspiration of people.  “The implementation of the INREMP contributes to the fulfilment of the dreams of President Rudy Roa-Duterte and the Mindanaons,” she added. 

For his part, Director Edwin Domingo of the Foreign-Assisted and Special Project Services challenged the LGUs to take advantage of the project and display a good track record in the implementation of the project.  

The municipal and city mayors declared their commitment to the project and were in unison in thanking the DENR for the project.  

Forest Management Bureau Assistant Director Mayumi Q. Natividad said the commitment of the local chief executives show their love for the environment and she lauded the LGUs for their continuing support to INREMP. 

IMREMP Project Manager Amie Rabang of the National Project Coordination Office said the 80% funding of the RIS will come from INREMP while the 20% will be from the local government units as equity. 

Other Rural Infrastructure Subprojects to be implemented are in Malaybalay City with the 19 kilometer rehabilitation of Canayan-Kibalabag-Manalog Access Road; Damulog with 5.97 kilometer rehabilitation of Purok 1 to Purok 3 via Purok 2, San Isidro Access Road; and Pangantucan with 5.26 improvement and rehabilitation of New Eden – Concepcion Access Road and Foot Trail.

INREMP is a seven year (2013- 2020) project of DENR with funding support from Asian Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Global Environmental  Facility and Climate Change Fund.

It aims to address the growing concerning for unsustainable watershed management, focusing on indigenous people and resource-poor communities by reducing watershed degradation, forest denudation, and unsustainable farming practices by generating sufficient and tangible benefits.

Forester Arnulfo Osio, focal person of INREMP, Region 10 gave a briefing about the project and the duties and responsibilities of the DENR and the LGUs on the implementation of the Rural Infrastructure Subproject prior to the signing of the MOA.

The activity was attended by OIC, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Ma. Theresa J. Allen, other LGU and DENR personnel.

The Upper Bukidnon River Basin covers the watersheds and river basins of Tagoloan River Basin, Cagayan de Oro River Basin and Agusan – Cugman Watershed.  The downstream communities of Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City will also benefit from  the project. 

Aside from the Upper Bukidnon River Basin, the INREMP sites are Chico River Basin in Cordillera Administrative Region, Upper Wahig-Inabanga River Basin in Bohol and Lake Lanao Watershed in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.  (RPAO # 11-301-2016)

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GEOTAGGING AND GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS) TRAINING FOR PAMANA PROGRAM FOREST PROTECTION OFFICERS IN REGION 10

To effectively implement the roles and responsibilities in the protection and conservation of our natural resources, the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) of the DENR, Central Office and the DENR, Region 10 conducted a three-day Geotagging and Global Positioning System (GPS) Training to Forest Protection Officers hired under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program on November 28 to December 1 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The activity is in line with the DENR and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) program to provide livelihood assistance to people in the hinterlands. The OPAPP came up with the list of persons to be included as forest protection officers funded by the DENR. As forest protection officers, they were tasked to implement and help regular DENR personnel to protect their respective areas of responsibility.

DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable lauded the FMB team for spearheading the training to enhance the capabilities of forest protection officers and calls on participants to be equipped with knowledge and adopt the new normal that the department is implementing in their respective projects. He also asked participants to do their job well and as partners of the OPAPP and DENR that aims for the betterment of our people and protection of our natural resources.

Forester Joybert Mijares of FMB thanked Regional Director Adorable and encouraged the participants to internalize all teachings learned in the Geotagging and Global Positioning System (GPS) Training and collaborate their previous learnings on Forest Laws, Rules and Regulations.

Topics discussed during the three-day training were Introduction to Geo-tagging; Requirements for Geo-tagging; Use of GPS status, OruxMap and Photaf apps; Quality Control for Geo-tagged photos; How to download geo-tagged data; and Oruxmap data to PC and How to download data from GPS to PC using BaseCamp. (RPAO MR No. 12-419-2017)

Photo Releases

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (right) was welcomed by Community Environment and Natural Resources Office-Initao personnel headed by CENR Officer Myrna Neri (2nd from right) during his visit to region 10 on November 27. (RPAO PR No. 12-413-2017)

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (left) speaks with DENR 10 officials and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office personnel of Misamis Oriental during his visit to Northern Mindanao on November 27 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Secretary Cimatu challenged the men and women of DENR 10 to strengthen its partnership and coordination with the Local Government Units in their respective area particularly on ecological solid waste management. (RPAO PR No.12-414-2017)

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu points out Air Pollution, Water Pollution and Solid Waste Management as primary focus of DENR 10 during his visit at the Regional Office, Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City on November 27, 2017(RPAO PR No. 12-416-2017)

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (center) presides the Turn-over Ceremony of outgoing DENR 10 OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot (right) and Incoming DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (left) during his visit at the Regional Office, Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City on November 27, 2017. (RPAO PR No. 12-416-2017)

ENVIRONMENTAL SYMPOSIUM. Grade IX students from Macasandig National High School join DENR 10 Information, Education and Communication (IEC) team after the recently concluded Environmental Symposium on November 17. (more...)

PAMANA PROGRAM. DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (right) challenges Forest Protection Officers (FPO) hired under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program from Bukidnon to help implement the programs of the department. (more...)

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