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INREMP staff member demonstrates the use of DENR GeoCam app

 

          In an effort to learn and share knowledge and expertise on project implementation and management, the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) welcomed the delegation of the Forest Invest Program – 1 (FIP-1) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), Indonesia for a three-day site visit and learning activity at INREMP’s sites in the Upper Chico River Basin, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

 

          The FIP-1 is a project in Indonesia funded by the Asian Development Bank and the visit aimed to gain a first-hand experience on how other similar ADB-funded project (i.e. INREMP) is implemented and managed in its project areas. The eleven-person delegation, headed by Mr. Bambang Tri Sasongko Adhi, visited the agroforestry sites of INREMP’s partner people’s organizations (PO) TAPSOLELET Association Incorporated (TAPSOLELET) and Madchikom Coffee Producers Multipurpose Cooperative.

 

          Upon their arrival in the Philippines on December 4, the delegation was welcomed

by FMB Director Nonito M. Tamayo and OIC, Assistant Director Edna D. Nuestro, together with Director Angelito V. Fontanilla, INREMP’s Deputy Project Director, For. Percival M. Cardona, Project Manager of INREMP, Director Lourdes C. Wagan of the Foreign Assisted Special Project Service (FASPS), other members of FMB Execom including other representatives from FASPS and NPCO.  A briefing was also conducted with the presence of Mr. Thierry Liabastre and Ms. Karen Chua of ADB, and Ms. Caroline Piñol from World Agroforestry Centre.

 

Director Tamayo shared the DENR and FMB’s organizational structure and various programs and projects of the Bureau, highlighting the National Greening Program (NGP) and its practice on incorporating agricultural crops in the NGP implementation as it coincides with its objective on poverty alleviation.  He also discussed the other major forestry programs and projects, to include National Forest Protection Program, Forestry Investment Road Map, Forestland Management Project (FMP) and INREMP, among others. 

         

          Indonesian delegates were also welcomed by Engr. Ralph C. Pablo, DENR-CAR Regional Executive Director, and the project staff of INREMP’s regional counterpart in CAR, as well as the local government and residents of Bauko, Mt. Province. In addition, they witnessed several cultural performances from the youth which showcased the richness of the culture of the Mt. Province.

         

          Further, a discussion among the Indonesian delegates and INREMP staff was conducted to facilitate the sharing of insights throughout the activity. An observation on INREMP’s compliance to the ADB’s requirements, specifically on gender, were highlighted. The delegates also shared the similarities in terms of project implementation, and challenges encountered. They also shared that they are very thankful to the INREMP team for the success of the site visit and learning activity.

 

                Moreover, the MoEF will conduct an assessment regarding the activity and will consider at least 3 identified INREMP practices that they will be adopting to the FIP-1.