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DENR seeks partnerships to provide livelihood to POs

By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Cagayan Valley is working to strengthen its partnership with other government agencies, local government units (LGUs), and academe to sustain the livelihood enterprises provided to people’s organizations (POs) even after the completion of the Forestland Management Project (FMP) in 2022.



DENR-Cagayan Valley Regional Director Gwendolyn Bambalan has recently instructed Assistant Regional Director Marcos Dacanay and FMP regional focal person Edmund Malupeng to coordinate with the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Trade and Industry for the provision of assistance and funding for technology development, product packaging, and marketing.

The FMP is a 10-year partnership agreement between the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Philippine government that aims to strengthen forestland management in critical river basins through the implementation of collaborative and comprehensive community-based forest management strategies.

It has provided its partner-POs 45 enterprise development projects, which include farm implements and agricultural supply trading; bamboo furniture and craft making and marketing; pandan leaves weaving and bayong making and trading; and organic fertilizer production and trading, among others.

To intensify forest conservation and to contribute to disaster risk mitigation efforts in vulnerable areas, 25,378 hectares of agroforestry plantations were established under FMP.

Five agroforestry support facilities that include farm-to-market roads, bridges, tire paths, and irrigation pipeline systems have been established.

These facilities were turned over to the local government units and partner POs through tripartite memoranda of agreement for their operation and maintenance.

The FMP in Cagayan Valley is implemented within the 88,094 hectares sub-watersheds of Upper Magat and Cagayan River Basin, namely Bukig, Lower Matuno, Upper Matuno, Sta. Cruz-Cabanglasan, Benay, Dupax and Manga in Nueva Vizcaya; and Ganano in Quirino province.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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