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6 POs vie for 2010 Best CBFM Peoples Organization in Region 8

Tacloban City (August 4) -- Regional Technical Director Felipe S. Calub of the Forest Management Service disclosed that six POs from the six provinces of Region 8 are vying for the title as Best Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) Peoples Organization 2010.

RTD Calub identified the finalists as the Young Innovators for Social and Environmental Development Association (YISEDA) in Lunas, Canlugoc, Maasin City; Kawayan CBFM Producers Association (KCPA) in Brgy. Madao and Ungali, Kawayan, Biliran; Katatapuran nga Pederasyon han mga Parag-uma han Samar (KAPPAS) in Tenani, Paranas, Samar; Cooperative Forest Development, Inc. in Borongan, Eastern Samar; Bililhong Ani sa Katunggan Hangtod sa Walay Katapusan in Brgy, Cruz, Palompon, Leyte; and the Luisita Upland Farmers Association in Luisita, Buenasuerte, Victoria, Northern, Samar.

Ms. Purificacion Daloos, OIC of Regional Public Affairs Office, said that the selection of the Best CBFM PO will undergo different stages, following a set of criteria. These stages include the evaluation of credentials by the board of experts. The credentials include documentation of project activities that shall support that the PO has complied or completed the provisions in its updated Community Resource Management Framework; Socio-economic contribution to community development or the PO's participation in community development activities and other civic activities; PO is in good standing and has never been blacklisted by the DOLE, SEC, CDA and other registering agencies.

Other criteria include the ability of the PO to generate support from their respective local government units in terms of technical and financial support for project development undertakings. Linkaging with other partners such as government or private individuals and organizations as well as PO initiatives and innovations also form part of the criteria.

Validation on the ground and interviews with local government units and individuals who have influence with the PO contestants shall also be conducted to come up with a PO winner by the end of the year.

Regional Executive Director Primitivo C. Galinato, Jr. encouraged the PO contestants not only to be ready with their credentials but also do development activities that are required of them.

"We will be monitoring all the PO contestants to see to it that they are sustaining their activities even after the contest. The POs have significant role in upland development. In the DENR's thrust of protecting the environment using the direction "From the Ridges to the Reefs", the POs are considered as active partners of the DENR in the protection of the upland areas. Through the search for the Best CBFM PO, the POs' exemplary performance will be recognized and the slow performing POs will be encouraged to work more for their projects," RED Galinato underscored.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) launched the "Search for the best CBFM Peoples Organization in Region 8 for the year 2010," during the First Regional CBFM People's Organization Summit held at the Paraclete Renewal Center in Salvacion, Tacloban City on July 23, 2010.

The Search aims to boost the level of enthusiasm among the POs and encourage them to undertake project activities which would enhance their environment and their socio economic status.

The Search hopes to encourage healthy competition among the POs and remind them to be compliant POs as regards to environmental regulations and other laws and principles governing POs.

Moreover, RED Galinato said that the DENR hopes to come up with a showcase PO which would serve as model for other POs and other DENR clientele in demonstrating upland development technologies and other ideal activities being done by POs in developing CBFM projects and the upland areas. (PIA 8/DENR 8) [top]

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