Quezon City – The Project Midterm Review for the Integrated Natural Resources Management Project (INREMP) successfully closed on March 14, 2017. In attendance to the review wrap-up session were DENR Undersecretaries Jonas Leones (for International Affairs and Foreign-Assisted Programs), Philip Camara (for Field Operations), and Marlo Mendoza (for Planning and Policy), who all underscored the Secretary’s concern for the INREM Project as it was very much aligned with the activities and objectives of the Sustainable Integrated Area Development Program.

Led by Mr. Marco Leidel, Natural Resources Specialist/ADB Mission Leader, the Midterm Review Mission was jointly conducted by technical specialists from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The team reviewed the original project design and its relevance to current circumstances, its implementation progress, and its disbursement to-date, among others.

The Midterm Review Wrap-Up Session bore fruit to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between and among the DENR, ADB, and IFAD.  The MOU is a time-bound action plan which aims to improve the overall project performance and address specific concerns on project management and supervision specifically funds flow and disbursement, among others.  It also includes an agreement for a proposed partnership between the DENR and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the implementation of the livelihood component of the project.

INREMP is a seven-year project with USD 150 M budget geared toward improving the condition of watersheds in four upper river basins (URBs): Chico River Basin, Wahig-Inabanga River Basin, Lake Lanao Basin, and Upper Bukidnon River Basin.  Declared effective on August 9, 2013, the project is scheduled for completion in December 2020. (INREMP/ Ma. Theresa Corazon Ladrera; FASPS/ Sheela Legaspi)

 

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