Community-Based Forestry Management Program CY 2011

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Community-based Forest Management, as a strategy for sustainable forestry development, is the forefront of the implementation of a number of projects that provide livelihood support and opportunities to the upland farmers for the improvement of their lives.

In line with the implementation of the CBFM Strategic Plan, the following activities have been given emphasis and support: (a) review and updating of Community Resource Management Framework (CRMF); (b) strengthening of People’s Organization (Pos); and (c) area development.

The conduct of these activities were supported by financial inputs coming from Regular, Supplemental and Agrarian Reform Funds.

⇒ Under Regular Funds (DENR-REGION IV-A fund per General Appropriations Act of 2011)

Reviewed twenty two (22) Community Resource Management Framework (CRMF). This activity was intended to determine if the past and present activities of the POs were consistent with the CRMF including future plans after more than 10 years of CBFMP implementation. Also, the Province of Cavite conducted two (2) IECs in the form of meeting and dialouge with regard to the process of issuance of tenurial instruments. List of CBFMCRMF is attached as Annex-III-14.

⇒ For Supplemental Funds (DENR Central office support fund)

For CY 2011, the budget appropriated for the activity was focused on the 2 major activities; (1) strengthening of CBFM Pos and PO Federation; (2) documentation and packaging of CBFM good practices.

• In line with the strengthening of CBFM Pos and PO Federation;

 Assissted reactivated a total of 34 Pos;

 Reviewed and updated 25 CRMF;

 Mapped 25 remaining CBFM sites for development;

 Conducted 31 forums in support to the strengthening of Regional and Provincial Federation and;

 Attended and participated a total of 31 trainings and workshops.

• Moreover, three (3) CBFM good practices were selected. The data gathering and draft of compendium had already been completed. As for the final output, the 100 hard bound copies were on the final printing and delivery.

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⇒ Agrarian Reform Fund

In 2011, five (5) livelihood projects were approved with a total project cost of P4,927,875.95 covering total of 174.5 hectares wherein 14.5 hectares were devoted to enrichment planting of mangrove areas with aquaculture and the remaining 150 hectares were for agro-forestry development.

As of to date, a total of 125.25 hectares or (73%) of the total targets have been developed by the beneficiaries into agro-forestry scheme. The provinces that have already established agro-forestry farms are: Quezon with 60.75 hectares or (82%); Rizal with 50 hectares or (100%); and Cavite with 39.50 hectares or (79%) of the targets have been developed. The completion of thiese projects is slated until June of 2012. The summary of cy 2011 CBFM-CARP Project Implementation by province is shown as Annex III-15.

⇒ CBFM IMPLEMENTATION FRAMEWORK

The operationalization of CBFM is covered under four stages which are:

1) Preparatory Stage;
2) PO Formation and Issuance of Tenure Instrument;
3) Planning Stage;
4) Implementaton Stage.

-In the preparatory stage, the primary activities are information dissemination and identification of potential areas for CBFM project. To support the attainment of the latter, the forest land use plan and comprehensive development plan of the LGU are important inputs as reference materials. The participation of the LGU and other organizations as partners is vital since CBFM needs support from all sectors to achieve its objectives.

-For the second stage, the activities are focused on the application for CBFMA, community appraisal, PO formation and issuance of CBFMA. The conduct of these activities pave the way for the desired end-result which is the tenurial instrument (CBFMA) that provides PO the opportunity to contribute for better environment and earn socioeconomic gains through livelihood enterprises.

-The third stage (planning) sets the pace for PO to come up with their own plan anchored on the Community Resource Management Framework which embodies the community’s vision, mission, objectives, management scheme and benefit-sharing system. This will guide the PO in the sustainable use of resources as “forestland manager.”

-With regards to the implementation stage, the activities are centered on capacity building of POs, linkaging for financial and technical support, monitoring and evaluation and identifying lessons learned from the conduct of the project as defining measures for improvement.

The prominent outputs in the application of the four stages include map of the CBFM area, approved CBFMA,registered PO, Community Resource Management Framework and Five-year Workplan , livelihood enterprises, area developed, linkages with other organizations/institutions and increased support from all concerned sectors.