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.
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)
DENR 10 reforests 97,220 hectares under the National Greening Program
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 has rehabilitated 97,220 hectares of forestlands with 79,020,285 seedlings of various tree species under the National Greening Program (NGP) from 2011 to 2016.
The DENR 10 is still off the list of areas with hotspot on illegal logging with the intensified campaign on forest protection. It has mobilized communities and volunteers to help in the forest protection campaign.
With the recent massive flooding in Cagayan de Oro City and other areas of Northern Mindanao, DENR 10 Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan belied reports that unabated tree cutting and deforestation is the cause of the flooding.
“We can proudly say that we are doing our well to safeguard our environment and we remain steadfast with our commitment to make the communities happy with our work”, Regional Director Tawantawan said.
The headwater of Cagayan de Oro City emanates from Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park and Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park in Bukidnon. Regional Director Tawantawan disclosed that Bukidnon has very high elevation against Cagayan de Oro City and the slope is very steep. High volume of water will flow rapidly to the cities (Cagayan de Oro and Iligan) during rainfall. It is important to have clean and unobstructed waterways, she added.
The DENR 10 continues to manage and protect ten priority protected areas namely; Mt. Kitanglad and Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Parks in Bukidnon; Mt. Timpoong – Hibok-Hibok Natural Monument in Camiguin; Initao-Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape, Mt. Balatukan Range Natural Park and Mimbilisan Protected Landscape in Misamis Oriental; Mt. Inayawan Natural Park and Bacolod – Kauswagan Protected Landscape and Seascape in Lanao del Norte; and Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park and Baliangao Protected Landscape and Seascape in Misamis Occidental.
The conservation and protection of Cagayan de Oro River Basin is a major concern of the DENR. It has organized the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council (CDORBMC) on November 10, 2010. It is one of the active management councils in the country today.
The Council is a multi-sectoral group of concerned individuals, agencies and institutions who dedicate themselves in protecting, preserving, rehabilitating and managing of the Cagayan de Oro River Basin which has a total land area of 137, 934 hectares. It has eight tributaries from municipalities/cities namely Cagayan de Oro City, Libona (Bukidnon), Baungon (Bukidnon), Talakag (Bukidnon) and Iligan City . (RSCIS # 01-08-2017)
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