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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 has recently turned over six agroforestry support facilities (ASF) under the Forestland Management Project (FMP) to the province of Nueva Vizcaya.

The PHP40 million worth infrastructure projects are the 0.75 km Pingkian Access Road, 2.08 km Talmoy-Daldal Pathway, 45 m Udongaw Hanging Bridge, 0.68 km Latbang Pathway, and 4.2 km Bahlungay Irrigation Pipeline System, all in Kayapa municipality; and the 4.88 km Lazar Kalinga Irrigation Pipeline System in Dupax del Sur.

The irrigation pipelines will provide stable water supply to households and agroforestry projects in the upland while the access roads and pathways will ease transportation of produce from farms to the market thereby improving the economic activities of residents.

DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan, who led the signing of the tripartite memorandum of agreement for the operation and maintenance of the facilities, reported that this year a total of 13 ASF were turned over to the local government units and people’s organizations (POs).

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She thanked the local chief executives and the POs for their support to the Department’s greening effort especially the FMP.

“Kayo na ang may full responsibility ng mga projects na ito. Sana ay maging daan ito upang mas mapabuti ang inyong kalagayan at mas mapangalagaan ang ating kalikasan,” Director Bambalan said to the village chiefs and PO officials.

Congresswoman Luisa Loren Cuaresma (Nueva Vizcaya Lone District Representative) on her part praised the DENR for providing projects that will uplift the lives of her constituents.

“Ganitong mga proyekto po ang talagang kailangan ng aming mga kababayan and we are grateful na madaming napunta sa amin,” she said.

Aside from the agroforestry support facilities, DENR Region 2 maintained and protected over 25,000 hectares of plantations to strengthen forestland management in critical river basins in Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino provinces.

Also present during the event were officials of the DENR and local government units of Nueva Vizcaya. (DENR Cagayan Valley)

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