This Annual Report on the Department’s Foreign Assisted Projects (FAPs) aims to provide an overview of the performance of the Department’s FAPs Portfolio as of yearend 2009. This is in line with efforts to strengthen transparency and accountability in government operations, particularly on the management of resources made available through Official Development Assistance (ODA) and other foreign funding facilities.
The DENR FAPs Portfolio consists of programs and projects that are partly or wholly funded by ODA and other foreign funding facilities, on the basis of a loan or grant agreement, or similar contracts/instruments entered into by the Government of the Philippines (GOP) with governments or agencies of foreign countries (bilateral), and international or multilateral funding institutions.
The ODA Act of 1996 provides that ODA loans and grants must be administered with the objective of promoting sustainable social and economic development and welfare of the Philippines. The DENR FAPs Portfolio is therefore anchored on achieving the goals and objectives of the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) for 2004-2010, particularly the Green Philippines Program of the MTPDP, which are as follows:
- Poverty Reduction and Hunger Mitigation;
- Socio-Economic Development;
- Biodiversity Conservation;
- Addressing Climate Change through Mitigation and Adaptation Measures.
Through soft loans, grant funds, and technical support, foreign assistance has greatly helped the DENR in pursuing its thrusts and priority programs. The 2009 FAPs Portfolio generated significant contributions to land administration and management, integrated coastal resources management, watershed and protected area management. Institutional strengthening of both DENR and LGUs in implementing ENR laws and regulations such as the Clean Water Act and the Solid Waste Management Act was fully supported by the grant projects.
A substantial portion of foreign assistance likewise responded to the need to strengthen the Government’s capacity for meeting commitments in Multilateral International Environmental Agreements where the Philippines is a signatory, such as, the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depleting Substances, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
In order to fully benefit from resources provided by development partners, it is recognized that continuing capacity building of DENR in project preparation, management and implementation is of utmost consideration. It is hoped that through this report, insights and lessons would be generated to help in developing policies and guidelines for enhancing partnerships with the international community as well as for effectively managing the Department’s FAPs Portfolio.