This Annual Report provides an overview of the accomplishments of the Department's Foreign Assisted Projects (FAPs) in CY 2011 and their contribution to sectoral priorities as defined in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011-2016. It also reports on their performance vis-A-vis their physical and financial targets, the implementation issues1 problems, and the actions taken This is consistent with the national policy on strengthening transparency and accountability in government operations, and in this particular case, the management of resources made available through Official Development Assistance (ODA).
The PDP of 2011-2016, particularly Chapter 10, envisions an environment that is healthy ecologically balanced, sustainably productive, climate change resilient, and one that provides for present and future generations of Filipinos. This will be pursued through an integrated and community based ecosystems approach to environment and natural resources management, precautionary approach to environment and natural resources, sound environmental assessment and cost benefit analysis.
In line with the ODA Act of 1996 which provides that ODA loans and grants must be administered with the objectives of promoting sustainable social and economic development and welfare of the Philippines, the DENR ODA Portfolio pursued the following goals and objectives of the current PDP:
- Conservation, protection, and rehabilitation of natural resources;
- Improvement in environmental quality – air and water for a cleaner and healthier environment; and
- Enhanced resilience of natural systems with improved adaptive capacities of human communities in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management.
Foreign assistance likewise sought to strengthen the Government’s capacity for meeting its commitments in Multilateral International Environmental Agreements such as the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depleting Substances, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
Through this report, it is hoped that various stakeholders in the ENR sector would be able to identify areas of complementation where partnerships or collaboration can be enhanced, as well as gaps where further investments are called for.