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Nueva Vizcaya gets P13.6-M forest management grant from Japan

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (February 15) -- Forests of at least four municipalities of this province will be enhanced, sustained and improved with the recent approval of some P13.6 million grant by Japan.

The contract project, dubbed "Promotion of Participatory Forest Management in the Critical Watershed of Nueva Vizcaya Province," now on its third year of implementation features community-based projects now expanding to include four new barangays from the municipalities of Kayapa, Dupax del Sur, Santa Fe and Kasibu in Nueva Vizcaya.

The project, supervised by the GLM Institute (GLMI), a Japanese non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Nueva Vizcaya is expected to benefit over 1,000 families in these villages.

The recent signing of the contract marked the appropriation of some $291,262 or about P13.6 Million from the "Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects" under Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA).

The Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects was launched in 2002 to enhance cooperation between the Government of Japan and Japanese NGOs in the implementation of ODA to promote effective and efficient aid for developing countries.

Japanese government's assistance to the country's forestry sector focuses on the establishment of sustainable forest management through various projects such as the Forestry Sector Project through Japanese ODA loans and technical cooperation through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), among others.

The "Promotion of Participatory Forest Management in the Critical Watershed of Nueva Vizcaya Province," contract project's third phase, has four main components: dissemination of sustainable upland agriculture and soil conservation techniques, expansion of water catchments management areas and community irrigation system, marketing exploration, and material development for environmental education.

Aside from the construction of new compost stations and additional community irrigation systems, the project involves the training of local government unit (LGU) personnel and farmer leaders to further develop their capacities on sustainable upland agriculture technologies, watershed and forest management, monitoring skills, leadership, and others.

The LGU training is in line with Japan's ongoing commitment to help strengthen the Philippines' efforts in the preservation of forest resources through its Community-Based Forest Management Program. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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