CENRO-CORON IEC
about Community Based Forest Management
Program through Focus Group Discussion

by: Jean I. Ignacio and Mark Glenn Managdag

 

coron iec-2 copyThe 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.

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“No longer just pen and paper”

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“No longer just pen and paper.” This was the sigh of relief of Arnil Junia, a forest protection officer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) attending a training on proper gun handling, operation, and firing by the Philippine National Police on November 8, 2017.

Forester Junia shared how demoralizing it is for a field officer to face armed violators without any tool but pen and paper. He added that their lives as forest officers are often in danger every time they apprehend illegal loggers, kaingineros, and wildlife poachers.

Another forest protection officer, Mark Anthony Gabuco, shared that, more often than not, they encounter violent resistance when they apprehend violators. Gabuco emphasized the need to improve their capacity to defend themselves so they can efficiently perform their job as law enforcer.

Junia and Gabuco, both from Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Brooke’s Point, are among the 143 forest officers undergoing training on law enforcement and forest protection in Puerto Princesa on November 6-10, 2017. Apart from gun handling and test firing, the training also includes lectures on  read more...

 

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