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DENR bares projects in support of hunger mitigation program

by CG Valdez/MC Locsin

Koronadal City (21 August) -- Recognition of people much more the field implementers is vital to ensure lasting success of a major program in the department. This was the gist of the message delivered by Undersecretary (USEC) for Staff Bureaus Manuel D. Gerochi during the recently concluded Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) Mid-Year Assessment in Koronadal City.

The assessment focused on the processing and issuance of land patents (titles) including the implementation of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Hunger Mitigation Program, both funded by the CARP.

Forester Wilma C. Saladero, DENR XII CBFM Coordinator, presented their accomplishment on the Hunger Mitigation Program which was implemented in Community Based Forest Management (CBFM) areas through CBFM People's Organizations (PO's) of Sarangani Province, Barangay Titulok, Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat and Barangay Mabuhay, General Santos City. The DENR provided assistance in the form of trainings on mango and rubber production technologies; distribution of farm inputs like seedlings of high valued crops (rubber and grafted mango), mongo and peanut seeds; and provision of power sprayers.

Forester Saladero also said that the implementation of various programs and projects under CBFM were all completed with the support and participation of the concerned local government units, non- government organizations and the People's Organizations.

"The CBFM Program does not stop without helping the people who are our partners and beneficiaries by means of giving them sustainable livelihood. Buhay ng tao ang pinag-uusapan natin, "USEC Gerochi explained.

On his part, DENR Regional Executive Director Jim O. Sampulna stressed the importance of convergence towards sustainable rural development. He further announced the forthcoming joint meeting of the DENR with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). "We have to keep close coordination with the partner agencies by using the convergence approach and to effectively monitor the impact of projects to uplift the lives of beneficiaries," Sampulna added.

In attendance during the said assessment were the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers, Land Management Officers, Land Management Inspectors together with the Regional Technical Directors for Lands and Forestry Abraham D. Lominog and Muripaga T. Umpar, respectively.

The adoption of the CBFM program supports the principles of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and convergence initiates among legally-mandated agencies working in the uplands and the local initiatives to effectively address poverty in upland areas. (DENR XII/PIA SarGen)[top]

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