Two big ticket projects of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) namely the Integrated Natural Resources and Environment Management Project (INREMP) and the Forestland Management Project (FMP) conducted their 1st Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meetings on June 8, 2016, and on June 24, 2016, respectively.
A Project Steering Committee is formed to provide overall direction to project implementation and ensure that the terms of reference of a project are strictly followed. It also acts as decision-making body of a project. Project briefers, present status, and progress or accomplishments are discussed during PSC meeting. More importantly, it serves as an avenue to address pressing issues and challenges and to seek guidance in general regarding project implementation.
During the PSC Meeting of INREMP, Project Manager Amy Rabang presented the current status and progress of INREMP. One of the issues she raised was on the delayed implementation of the project in Lake Lanao River Basin because of the pending status of the implementation arrangement. The committee agreed to meet with ARMM Government, Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur, and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) to resolve the issue.
Meanwhile, Orlando Panganiban of FMP told the committee that conflict in project area boundary with the National Irrigation Authority (NIA), National Power Corporation (NPC), and indigenous peoples (IPs) territories in Region 3 had to be resolved immediately. Undersecretary Gerochi ordered to check and correct all the documents regarding this issue while Director Domingo urged the body to create a fixed sub-committee to reconcile project area boundaries. The committee also agreed that the DENR call for a technical meeting with NIA and NPC in the 3rd quarter of 2016 to resolve the problem.
The Forestland Management Project (FMP) is a 10-year project between DENR and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and is designed to strengthen forestland management in three critical river basins through the implementation of collaborative and comprehensive Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) strategies.
On the other hand, the Integrated Natural Resources and Environment Management Project (INREMP) addresses unsustainable watershed management in four priority river basins namely, Chico River Basin, Wahig-Inabanga River Basin, Upper Bukidnon River Basin, Lake Lanao River Basin. With particular focus on indigenous peoples and resource-poor communities, the project will reduce and reverse degradation of watersheds and associated environmental services caused by forest denudation and unsustainable farming practices. It will also provide incentives to local communities, LGUs, and the DENR for improving natural resource management by generating sufficient and tangible economic benefits. #