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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CAGAYAN DE ORO RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT COUNCIL SHARES BEST PRACTICES

The Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council (CDORBMC) opened its doors by sharing its best practices to the Agusan River Basin Organization (ARBO) during a cross visit and benchmarking in the region on September 29, 2017.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) Regional Director Edwin B. Andot welcomed the ARBO Governing Board in his message and encouraged everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to learn, ask questions and give feedback. He reiterated the significance of benchmarking and sharing of best practices as we are one in our mission in government service.

Forester Fidel P. Gamos, Jr., Head of the River Basin Project Management Office of DENR 10 presented the profile and history of the CDORBMC and revealed that Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 was one of the contributing factors in the creation of the Council in 2010 under the leadership of Archbishop Ledesma and then DENR 10 RED Maximo Dichoso.

Forester Marilou M. Clarete, Chief of the Conservation and Development Division of DENR 10, discussed the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) established by the CDORBMC and piloted in Mt. Kalatungan in the province of Bukidnon. It was followed by a PES Status Update given by the Xavier Science Foundation represented by Mr. Rowe Dawin Esmaya.

Part of the cross visit is a short meeting with the Chairman of the Cagayan De Oro River Basin Management Council Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, where The Most Reverend welcomed the Board and shared to them valuable lessons and experiences in supervising the Council.

The activity ended with a site visit in the waterways of Cagayan de Oro River including the famous Macahambus Cave, the landing site of White Water Rafting Adventures and the Uguiaban Bridge, the site of the DOST-installed Early Warning Device to monitor the flow of water and rain.

The Agusan River Basin Governing Board is composed of representatives from different national government agencies, local government units, security agencies and other stakeholders from Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur. Ana Mae Sumalinog RSCIS No. 10-337-2017

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AGUSAN RIVER BASIN GOVERNING BOARD (ARBGB) CROSS VISIT. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) Regional Director Edwin B. Andot encourages the Governing Board of the Agusan River Basin Organization (ARBO) (more...)

AGUSAN RIVER BASIN GOVERNING BOARD (ARBGB) CROSS VISIT. The Most Reverend Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma (center), Chairman of the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council welcomes the Governing Board of the Agusan River Basin Organization (ARBO) in a short meeting at the Bishop’s Palace in Cagayan de Oro City. (more...)

INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEAN-UP 2017. Employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) join other national government agencies and civil society organizations in the International Coastal Clean-up 2017. This is part of a simultaneous coastal clean-up held on September 16, 2017 in different coastal areas in Cagayan de Oro City. (more...)

INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEAN-UP 2017. Officials/residents of barangay Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro city join in the coastal clean-up in their area on September 16. (more...)

DENR 10 Chief, Legal Division lawyer Florenda Lamason – Yap gives a briefing to eight newly-hired lawyers on their duties and responsibilities. (more...)

ENVIRONMENTAL SYMPOSIUM ON MARINE ENVIRONMENT. DENR 10 Chief, Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section Mercedita Barbarona informs the participants about the International Coastal Clean-up Day (more...)

INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEAN-UP 2017. Residents of barangay Puerto and students from Puerto National High School and other stakeholders take time to join the clean-up along the coastal areas during the 32nd  International Coastal Clean-up celebration on September 16 in Cagayan de Oro City. (more...)

ORIENTATION/WORKSHOP FOR DENR 10 YOUTH DESK OFFICERS. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) Chief of Finance Division Pura T. Pallares highlights the critical role of the DENR (more...)

ENVIRONMENTAL LECTURE. Maria Magnolia Danganan (standing), Youth Desk Officer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Central Office gives a lecture (more...)

ENVIRONMENTAL LECTURE. Students of Lapasan National High School prepare their pledge of commitment to protect the environment by doing simple things in their everyday lives. The Pledge of Commitment was done after the Environmental Lectures conducted by DENR 10 on October 4, 2017. Ana Mae Sumalinog RSCIS No. 10-351-2017

ITAPS Seminar. Lawyer Florenda Lamasaon – Yap, Chief, Legal Division of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) reminds the participants that public office is an occupation with the purpose of exercising the authority of the government. (more...)

ITAPS Seminar. Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers of DENR in Region 10 participate in a workshop facilitated by the Office of the Ombudsman on Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in Public Service at the DENR 10 conference room on October 10, 2017. Ana Mae Sumalinog RSCIS No. 353-2017

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