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)
Provincial, Sub-watersheds Management Councils organized for Lake Lanao River Basin
Planning and implementation of the different phases of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) will soon commence with the recent creation of the Watershed Management Councils for Lake Lanao River Basin.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur recently conducted a meeting with stakeholders for the organization of the watershed management councils for Lake Lanao River Basin.
The Watershed Management Council is composed of representatives from the provincial and municipal government units, government agencies/institutions, academe, civil society organizations and the private sector.
INREMP aims to address unsustainable watershed management in the project site. It focuses on indigenous people and resource-poor communities by reducing watershed degradation, forest denudation, and unsustainable farming practices by generating sufficient and tangible economic benefits.
Lanao del Sur Provincial Governor Bedjoria Soraya A. Adiong called on participants to cooperate for the proper management and implementation of INREMP.
She further said that failure to protect the lake will have a negative impact on the lives not only of the Maranaos but also to all Mindanaoans.
Governor Adiong stressed the economic, recreational, aesthetic, cultural, educational, scientific and ecological benefits of Lake Lanao.
For her part, DENR 10 Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan sought the help of the Maranaos to successfully implement INREMP. She said the Watershed Management Council has a “very crucial role because it is the governing body in the decision making process and project’s planning and implementation activities.”
The Provincial and five sub-watershed management councils were installed into office by Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Dangcal Alonto represented by Lourdile S. Enjambre.
The Provincial Watershed Management Council is chaired by Governor Adiong and co-chaired by DENR 10 Regional Director Tawantawan with members coming from other government entities/organizations and civil society organizations and the chairpersons of the five sub-watershed management councils.
The Lake Lanao River Basin comprises 27 municipalities of Lanao del Sur and Marawi City.
The meeting was an offshoot of the Memorandum of Agreement signed in September 21, 2016 between DENR 10 and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur for the implementation of INREMP. It was also attended by Vice Governor Mamintal Adiong, Jr., municipal mayors and representatives from various sectors of society.
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. The project sites of INREMP are Chico River Basin in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Wahig-Inabanga River Basin in Bohol, Bukidnon River Basin in Northern Mindanao and Lake Lanao Watershed in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. (RSCIS # 01-02-2017)
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