about Community Based Forest Management
Program through Focus Group Discussion
by: Jean I. Ignacio and Mark Glenn Managdag
The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Coron, in coordination with the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay– Social Action Center (AVT-SAC), through Rev. Fr. Eduardo E. Parino, conducted a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on May 4, 2016 at the Catholic Chapel of Sitio Kiwit, Barangay Sagrada, Busuanga, Palawan.
The FGD, which was participated by the Peoples’ Organization (PO) and Barangay Officials of Sagrada and San Jose, and the members and workers of Bambuhay Handicrafts, has the objective to educate and inform the participants regarding existing laws and procedures governing the formation of Community Based Forest Management Program (CBFMP) in their respective Barangays.
During the FGD, Community Based Forest Management (CBFM) Desk Officer, Forester Mark Glen Managdag discussed the identification of CBFMP areas, the criteria for site selection requirements in the application of CBFM Agreement, and the planning and implementation stage of CBFMP. Important provisions of Executive Order No. 263, which establishes CBFM as the national strategy to achieve or ensure sustainable development of the country’s Forest Lands Resources, have also been discussed and questions relating to the CBFM Program have also been answered.
In Coron, Palawan there are four areas covered by the CBFM Agreement, these are located in Barangay San Nicolas, Guadalupe, Brgy. 6, and Barangay Borac, managed and administered by Coron Watershed Beneficiaries Association – Agro Forestry Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
‘We do our work right with high level of dedication and honesty’
By: Deniel Salvador B. Morillo
“There is no need to fear as long as we do our work right with high level of dedication and honesty.”
Director Carlito ‘Lito’ Merecido Tuballa, emphasized this during the Turnover Ceremony for his designation as the new OIC-Regional Director (RD) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) MIMAROPA Region, held last November 7, 2016 at the L & S Building, Ermita, Manila.
“We can see the deep insights from the heart of RD Oca. In fact, when I received my Special Order as Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services of Region VIII, after being assigned in DENR Region IX for 38 years, I also cried.But I did not say anything; I just left my office, immediately packed my things, and reported to my new office,” RD Tuballa said as he empathized with the speech of the outgoing RD Oscar C. Dominguez.
The former Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer of Zamboanga City also added that all government officials should be good soldiers, as he reminded everyone to never say no to the call of duty whenever they are given the chance to be promoted and ....read more