The Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conducted a one-day virtual orientation-consultation on project proposal preparation for DENR Regions 2, 5, 6, 7 and 12 on March 4, 2022.
The activity aimed to orient the participants from concerned DENR Regional Offices including its PENROs and CENROs, bureaus, and the DENR Central Office on the new direction and priorities of the government, mainly the DENR’s 2021-2040 Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Framework Plan, Devolution Transition Plan, and the Build Back Better Task Force; and to provide guidance on the formulation of possible project proposals for various international funding institutions (bilateral and multilateral donors, and Global Environment Facility) and for DENR’s special projects funding.
Atty. Jonas R. Leones, Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs, emphasized that Regional Offices have a crucial role in implementing and laying down the foundation of programs and projects of the Department, and that there must be strong resolve and decisive action to move forward from the field offices.
Among the key points underscored during the discussions were that the ideas must have a potential to be developed into a full-blown project proposal, and that the proposals be relevant and responsive to the priorities of DENR and to the sectoral gaps.
The participants propounded project ideas relative to their respective areas consisting mainly of research and development studies (e.g., resources valuation, damage computation, carrying capacity), database generation and maintenance, conduct of assessment and valuation, and establishment of payments for ecosystem services, among others.
Conrado A. Bravante, Jr., Chief of the Project Preparation Division, encouraged participants to submit their proposals to FASPS, which in turn would review and look for possible funding, noting that there are sectoral groups that are willing and ready to assist.
The orientation was part of a series of orientation-consultations to be undertaken by FASPS for CY 2022. (FASPS/ Alyssa Micah A. Macasieb)