Since 1997, the budget of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has been steadily decreasing. With the huge mandate of protecting the environment and conserving natural resources, Official Development Assistance (ODA) plays a vital element in addressing financial sustainability of the agency. ODA is defined as official financing administered for the purpose of promoting tlie economic development and welfare of developing countries.
The DENR has attained important achievements in accessing ODA. As of 2006, it has obtained some US$ 69.35M loan funds and US$120.43 grant funds for on-going projects. Regular programs of the department were augmented with the implementation of thirty-four (34) projects dealing with the management of environment and natural resources such as land administration, ensuring clean air and clean water, biodiversity and protected areas protection, coastal resources management, forest management and addressing climate change.
For several years, ODA has supported the DENR's work with its institutional partners to meet its national priorities in addressing environmental concerns and promoting sustainable development.