Livelihood Enhancement Support – 1 (LES1) was introduced in year 2016 as a subproject of Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP). It offers support in production and enhancement of the People’s Organizations’ (POs) existing commodities.

It grants a facility or a combination of infrastructure. 1) Concrete Drying Pavement, 2) Irrigation Water Facility, 3) Small Constructed Facility, 4) Agricultural Machinery & Milling Facility, and 5) Food processing Facility/Equipment are the options amounting to Php 300,000.00.

In year 2018, 42 POs of Bukidnon Upper River Basin (BURB) partnered on the said subproject. Recently, 27 POs had their turnover between November 2019 – February 2020. Solar drying pavements, mini-warehouse facilities, agricultural machineries, and milling facilities awarded to the POs were constructed and installed based on Asian Development Bank guidelines. The POs are responsible for the maintenance and overall operation of the given infrastructures/facilities. For sustainability purposes, they made a resolution for the service rates of the given infrastructures/facilities.

INREMP is one of the banner program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources with its main objective to rehabilitate the denuded watershed areas in Bukidnon Upper River Basin. LES1 is one of the subprojects of INREMP wherein the PO beneficiaries will be able to increase their income in a sustainable way and contribute to the overall improvement of the watershed. Jayson M. Ligtas #TayoAngKalikasan (OTH-2020-02-002)