DENR1 CBFM-NGP Success Stories

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DENR-1 highlights CBFM-NGP Success Stories and Best Practices of People’s Organizations

          With the conclusion of the rigorous selection of the top People’s Organization (POs) under the Community Based Forest Management (CBFM) Program – National Greening Program (NGP) of the best practices conducted during the Regional CBFM-NGP Practitioners Forum last September 1-2, 2015 at the Marand Resort and Spa in Baccuit, Bauang, La Union, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 1 is all set for the forthcoming 2015 CBFM-NGP Practitioners Congress on October 28-29, 2015 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila.

          With the theme “NGP : Tagumpay mula sa CBFM”, the congress aims to update the CBFM Practitioners on policies, programs and projects highlighting the National Greening Program (NGP), get feedback from the National, Regional, and Provincial PO’s Federation relative to the CBFM implementation and their participation to the implementation of NGP, discuss issues and concerns and highlight good practices of CBFM-PO in the implementation of NGP, and set-up the CBFM Practitioners Networks and their commitment of support to CBFM.

          In Region I, a total of 8,176 hectares was recorded in the CBFM-NGP areas with 129 CBFM-NGP sites, while 231 NGP POs and 67 CBFM-NGP POs were engaged from 2011-2014. Furthermore, a total of 124,103 jobs were generated under the Community Based Employment Program from the year 2011 to 2014.

          Out of eleven POs who competed for “Best Presenter” in the said forum, the Doliman Multipurpose Cooperative, Inc. from Infanta, Pangasinan landed on the coveted spot. Among the other People’s Organizations who presented their best practices were DIBBOA Upland Farmers Association from Dipilat, Vintar, Ilocos Norte; Maan-anteng Manalpac Planters Association from Manalpac, Solsona, Ilocos Norte; Farmers Organization for the Restoration of Ecological System for Tomorrow from Malamin, San Juan, Ilocos Sur; Rizal Forest and Livelihood Improvement Association from Rizal, Tubao, La Union; Siaosiao East Forest Developers Association, Inc. from Sual, Pangasinan; Laguit Padilla Multipurpose Cooperative from Bugallon, Pangasinan; Malico Indigenous Tribal Association from Malico, San Nicolas, Pangasinan; Kinapian Multi-Purpose Cooperative,Inc. from Suyo, Ilocos Sur; Annam Reforestation Association in Pangasinan from Umingan, Pangasinan; and Hacienda sa Kaunlaran Tribal Council, Inc. from Bugallon, Pangasinan.

         Besting other POs in Region 1, the Doliman Multi-purpose Cooperative, Inc. shall present its good practice as Doliman MPC, Agarang Tugon para sa Nayom since it is a part of the collective effort in sustaining the Nayom Watershed. The organization does its best to protect and preserve the primary source of water both for domestic and irrigation consumption. Along with this, PO members have adopted a Quick Response Approach (QRA) composed of a 12-member forest fire brigade and 6 Bantay Gubat members (all duly trained by DENR), forming a link to the Barangay Information Network (BIN). The team is equipped with knapsack sprayers, communication facilities and other fire-fighting tools. A 24/7 monitoring activity is likewise conducted by the said team especially during summer.

         Likewise, the DIBBOA Upland Farmers Association and Laguit Padilla Multipurpose Cooperative’s best practices shall be showcased as well through an exhibit as they received 2nd and 3rd place in the recently held Regional CBFM-NGP Practitioners Forum. These good practices revolve around social, economic and environmental impacts of CBFM-NGP in their respective areas. Challenges and opportunities in the implementation of these practices shall also be presented. (RPAO)