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)
EDWIN ANDOT, NEW OIC, REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR DENR X
Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez has designated Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Edwin B. Andot as the OIC, Regional Director for Northern Mindanao.
The move is part on the continuing reorganization of the department and embodied in DENR Special Order No. 2017 - 235 dated March 13, 2017.
Agriculture/aquaculture development, community organizing and governance, corporate planning and management, sectoral mobilization and networking, manpower development and agri-business are his field of competencies.
A resident of Cagayan de Oro City, OIC, Regional Director Andot is an Agricultural Engineer by profession, a farmer and comes from the civil society organization. He had stint as a consultant of the Natural Resources Development Corporation, an attached agency of DENR.
The new Regional Director had worked as a consultant of various organizations like the Justice Project Phil. Foundation, Ecosystem Work for Essential Benefits, Center for Alternative Rural Technology and Land Bank of the Philippines. He was once a consultant of the provincial governments of Misamis Oriental and Misamis Occidental.
From 2000 to 2012, he was the chairman of the Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council (RAFC) Region 10 and elected as national president of RAFC Association of the Philippines from 2008 to 2010.
He is the founding president of the Chamber of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Industries of Northern Mindanao, Inc. and Philippine Vegetable Industry Development Board.
He also served as barangay chairman of Salvacion, Kadingilan, Bukidnon from 1994 to 2001.
OIC, Regional Director Andot first joined the government as project manager of Southern Philippines Development Authority from 1981 to 1992.
He is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan. (RSCIS # 03-51-2017)
- EDWIN ANDOT, NEW OIC, REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR DENR X
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