Recognizing the need to update their Project Operations Manual, technical and financial officers of the Forestland Management Project (FMP) convened in a workshop on June 14 to 16, 2017 at the Hive Hotel and Convention Place in Quezon City.

The workshop kicked off with an orientation on the rationale and importance of having a document that would guide and harmonize the implementation of activities in FMP’s project sites.

Participants from FMP’s Field Implementing Units in CAR, Regions 2, 3, and 6 were briefed on the manual’s existing provisions and guidelines. This led to the discussion on the actual implementation issues experienced by FMP’s Focal Persons.

During the three-day workshop’s write-shop session, participants used these experiences to introduce amendments to different sections of the manual. These include updated operational procedures for project activities related to Survey, Mapping, and Planning; Community Organizing; Site Development; Agroforestry Support Facilities; Policy Initiatives for Watershed Management; Monitoring and Evaluation; Project Management; Financial Management; and Procurement Services.

Through a plenary presentation, outputs of the participants were evaluated for further improvement and fine-tuning.

FMP’s operations manual was first conceived in 2012. The project underwent restructuring in 2014 and minor technical and financial reprogramming in the years after, which necessitate updating of the operations manual. (FMP/ Paolo G. Balderia)


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