Community-Based Forestry Program CY 2012

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Community-based Forest Management , as strategy for sustainable forestry development, is at 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 have been given emphasis and support: a) performance evaluation of CSC holders; and b) the provision of livelihood projects with funding support from the Agrarian Reform Fund.

  • Performance Evaluation of CSC Holder- The region had already evaluated the performance of 190 CSC holders out of the total target of 171 CSC holders or an equivalent of 111% percent accomplishment. Results of the evaluation revealed that of the 190 CSC holders evaluated, 174 CSCs are recommended for renewal while the 16 CSCs specifically in Cavite and Rizal were not recommended for renewal. A notice of violations will be issued since some of the provisions in the stewardship agreement were not followed.
  • CBFM-CARP Livelihood Projects- For CY 2012, 3 livelihood projects funded under the Agrarian Reform Fund with a total project cost of P 3,009,362.00 covering 115 hectares were implemented. As of to date, the covered area had already been developed by the beneficiaries into an agro –forestry scheme; 20 hectares mangrove areas, 25 hectares Rambutan and Pili- Based plantation both in the province of Quezon, and 70 hectares Rubber -Based plantations were established in Famy, Laguna. 15For the conduct of Socio-economic Survey, a total of 65 beneficiaries who are recipients of livelihood support fund were interviewed for socio-economic benchmarking. The CBFM PO of Famy Upland Farmers Marketing Cooperative,30 members were directly benefited by the project; 13 and 16 PO members of Samahan ng Mga Magsasaka at Mangingisda ng Rizal (SAMMARI) and Samahan ng mga Magsasaka sa Mataas na Lupa ng Bagupaye (SMMLB) were able to get same benefits from the project. The final report of SES had already been finished as a pre-condition on the implementation of CBFM-CARP project.
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  • Other Accomplishments- 

                         Attendance to National CBFM Practitioners Congress

On February 15-17, 2012, the first National CBFM Practitioners Congress was held at Fontana Leisure Park, Clark Freefort Zone, Angeles, Pampanga. The special event was attended by the twenty (20) presidents of the Detailed Accomplishments and/or Milestones Portion of established 70 has. Rubberbased plantation in Brgy. Minayutan, Famy, Laguna Portion of the 20 hectares Mangrove area rehabilitated by the OF SAMAHAN NG MGA MAGSASAKA AT MANGINGISDA NG RIZAL (SAMMARI) at Brgy. Rizal, San Narciso, Quezon CY 2012 Annual Report - DENR CALABARZON Region 24 20 CBFM POs from the five provinces of the region, eleven (11) regional staff delegates including RED Reynulfo A. Juan, RTD for Forestry Federico L. Ocampo, RCBFMO Chief, Dolores R. Borja, three (3) RCBFMO Staff and the five (5) CBFM Provincial Coordinators. One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of the CBFM Best practices of the three (3) CBFM POs from DENRCALABARZON Region. Ms. Nely Alzula , President of Kapit-Bisig Farmers Association, Inc. (KBFAI), Mr. Marcial Coronacion, President of Binooan Producers Cooperative (BIPCO) and Mr. Enrico Arvesu, President of Liliw Upland Farmers Marketing Cooperative (LUFAMCO) together with other CBFM provincial coordinators presented the three CBFM Best Practices.  Conduct of Training on Financial Management System (FMS) for CBFM POs-CARP beneficiaries. The Training on Basic Financial Management System for CBFM POs was held at Lucena Fresh Air Hotel and Restaurant in Brgy. Isabang, Lucena City on May 2-4, 2012. It was conducted by the Regional Community-Based Forest Management Office (RCBFMO) of DENR Region IV-A (CALABARZON) in partnership with the Laguna Provincial Cooperative Development Office based in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. The training was intended to provide People’s Organizations (POs) involved in the CBFM Program wi th a bet ter understanding of basic financial management, reporting and record-keeping skills. Twentyeight (28) CBFM POs are recipients of funding assistance from the Agrarian Reform Fund (ARF) and most of the 47 CBFM POs of the region have generated their own community revolving fund, thus making the conduct of this training timely and relevant. A total of 72 participants attended the training composed mainly of 28 PO presidents, their bookkeepers/treasurers, the five (5) CBFM Provincial Coordinators, Regional CBFMO staff, PENRO Quezon staff and CENRO Pagbilao personnel. Through the lecture-discussion type of training methodology utilizing powerpoint presentations and the application of the workshop mode, the participants were able to acquire the following knowledge, skills and capabilities:

   ⇒ Basic financial management skills that would equip the POs on how to generate savings and build up capital needed in sustaining their livelihood activities.

   ⇒ Basic knowledge on record keeping and financial reporting that could promote transparency and accountability as regards to financial matters of the POs. Detailed Accomplishments and/or Milestones CY 2012 Annual Report - DENR CALABARZON Region 25

   ⇒ Determination of the preparedness and readiness of the POs to implement livelihood activities. The training also served as the venue for the book launching of the Compendium of Best Practices in CBFM, an initiative of the Regional CBFM Office, which was intended to develop awareness and uncover new insights and recommendations on CBFM experiences for possible replication and upscaling. It actually puts together the stories behind the struggles and challenges hurdled by the POs and the wealth of experiences and valuable l e s s o n s l e a r n e d i n CBFM implementation.

 The training also served as the venue for the book launching of the Compendium of Best Practices in CBFM, an initiative of the Regional CBFM Office, which was intended to develop awareness and uncover new insights and recommendations on CBFM experiences for possible replication and upscaling. It actually puts together the stories behind the struggles and challenges hurdled by the POs and the wealth of experiences and valuable l e s s o n s l e a r n e d i n CBFM implementation.  Conduct of Training on GAD for the CBFM POs of CALABARZON Region The Regional Community-Based Forest Management Office- CALABARZON Region conducted the 3-day Training on Gender and Development (GAD) for CBFM POs. This was held at El Cielito Hotel, Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Sta. Rosa, Laguna on August 22-24, 2012. The training is part of GAD’s mainstreaming activity in DENR-R4A. It was aimed at empowering the women of CBFM POs and CBFM implementers in the five provinces of the region by increasing their level of awareness on their rights, health and personal grooming. The training was attended by 40 participants consisting of 35 CBFM PO members and CBFM field staff (30 women and 5 men) and five (5) staff from the Region. To ensure that the objectives of the training will be attained, six (6) Resource Speakers were invited to deliver the desired topics. Prof. Mercedes U. Garcia, Ph.D. from UPLB-CFNR Academe gave a lecture on BIO-N Technology; Ms. Myrna A. Servañez of Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Region IVA shared some Livelihood Opportunities their agency can finance and provide to those who are interested; For. Celia D. Esteban of DENR – Region IVA discussed the DENR-RIVA Mission, Vision and Programs and Basic Information on GAD; Prof. Concepcion P. Labitan of Dela Salle University, College of St. Benilde talked about Personality Development; Ms. Monette S. Santos from Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) discussed the Women’s Right and Magna Carta for Women and Dr. Rodolfo A. Khan from the City of Calamba Health Office finally talked on Disaster Preparedness Plan.

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  • Impact Assessment Study on the Implemented CBFM-CARP Project of Kapit-Bisig Farmers Association (KBFAI), Inc. during CY 2007 The Agrarian Reform Fund (ARF) was allocated in year 2007 for the establishment of CBFM-CARP projects with the primary purpose of providing alternative livelihood opportunities to CBFM PO beneficiaries. One of the recipients of this funding assistance is the Kapit Bisig Farmers Association, Inc. (KBFAI) of Brgy. Sta Catalina, Atimonan, Quezon. This PO started the implementation of its CBFM-CARP project entitled, 60- Hectare Agroforestry with Vegetables and Tiger Grass Production” in 2007. After 5 years, the KBFAI is now engaged in the production of brooms made of Tiger Grass grown in the CBFM area and in handicraft making, particularly basketry, utilizing rattan, nito and other indigenous species found in the area At this stage of the project, it would be interesting to ascertain the impact brought about by the CBFM-CARP projects on the lives of CBFM PO beneficiaries in terms of the three pillars of sustainable development, namely the social, economic and environmental aspects. In April 2012, a multidisciplinary team composed of technical staff and experts from the Regional CBFM Office and ERDS of DENRCALABARZON, the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) and DENR-PENRO Quezon conducted an impact assessment of the CBFM-CARP project of KBFAI using the tools and protocols developed by ERDB. The baseline data generated from the Socio-Economic Survey (SES) conducted in 2007 involving the 100 PO members of KBFAI was used as basis in assessing important/remarkable changes in the lives of PO beneficiaries after five (5) years of project implementation. A focused group discussion (FGD) was employed to gather data on perceptions, insights and other relevant information from the PO members on social economic and environmental aspects. This would establish any changes in the attitude and practices of the PO when it decided to implement CBFM activities way back in 1997. Key informant interviews (KII) were also conducted involving the 30 direct beneficiaries of the CBFM-CARP project to gain first-hand knowledge on the benefits and learnings derived by the recipients from the project and the changes it has made on the lives of the families involved in the project. Secondary data were also gathered from the PO and the DENR Regional Office to supplement the information gathered from the field. All of the data gathered will be processed and analyzed to come up with the social, economic and environmental impacts of the project and the valuable lessons learned in its implementation.
  • Establishment of Fuelwood Plantations A total of 120.0 hectares fuelwood plantations were established by selected six (6) CBFM POs at their CBFM areas. At 20.0 hectares each, the following CBFM POs of CALABARZON Region were recipients of said project:

                     ♦  Samahang Pampamayanan Para sa Kaunlaran (SPPKI), Inc. The Samahang Pampamayanan Para sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (SPPKI) was awarded with CBFMA on December 3, 1997. The CBFM project covers a total area of 2,268 hectares. The biggest CBFM area awarded, so far, to the POs of CALABARZON Region. It is located in Brgy. San Pedro II, Guinayangan and formerly Brgy. Guitol, Calauag, Quezon (now Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte).

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The identified site for fuelwood production project is reachable through an almost three hours hiking from Bahay Nayon of Brgy. San Pedro II. The area is barely cogonal and very suited for the project. The twenty-four (24) SPPKI members who were directly benefitted by the project planted 30,000 Ipil-ipil seedlings for 12.0 hectares and 20,000 Kakauate cuttings for the remaining 8.0 hectares.

                      ♦  Manosikap Farmers Association, Inc. The Manosikap Farmers Association, Inc. was awarded with CBFMA on March 1, 1998, with an aggregate area of 706.0 hectares. The area is located at Brgy. Mainit Norte, Perez, Quezon. This PO had been given CBFM-CARP Project on CY 2009 and funded their 37.0 hectares Multi-Crop Development Project. The area identified for the establishment of the fuelwood production is also contiguous. Survival of planted kakauate cuttings and Ipil-ipil seedlings are seen enormous. The areas covered by the project are mostly coconut plantations. There were thirty-nine Manosikap members who were directly involved in the implementation and had planted 40,000 Kakauate cuttings for 16.0 hectares and 10,000 Ipil-ipil seedlings for the remaining 4.0 hectares.

                      ♦ Kapit Bisig Farmers Association, Inc. (KBFAI) The Kapit-Bisig Farmers Association, Inc. (KBFAI) was awarded with CBFMA on June 27, 1997 with area coverage of 2,207.0 hectares. This CBFM PO had already been recipients of many livelihood and technical assistance from other government Detailed Accomplishments and/or Milestones Panoramic View, GPS reading and inspection of Established Fuelwood Plantation by SPPKI CY 2012 Annual Report - DENR CALABARZON Region 28 agencies, LGUs, and other foreign funding institutions. Its president, Ms. Nely P. Alzula was given recognition by DENR Secretary Ramon JP. Paje during the 1st National CBFM Practitioners Congress held at Fontana Leisure Park, Clark, Pampanga for being one of the awardees as “Champion of the Forest” during “Asia- Pacific Forestry Week” held at China Convention Center, Beijing China on 07 November 2011. The KBFAI was also chosen as one of the POs with CBFM Best Practices during the said affair. The KBFAI CBFM area were mostly developed. The PO had been given CBFM -CARP projects twice. Their first livelihood assistance project which was funded by CBFM-CARP on CY 2007 was entitled “60.0 Agroforestry P r o j e c t w i t h Vegetables and Tiger Grass Production. Sixtysix (66) CBFM PO members were directly benefitted by the project. Their second CBFM-CARP project entitled “50.0 Hectares Agroforestry Development Project” was implemented and accomplished during CY 2011. Thirty (30) KBFAI members were likewise benefitted by said livelihood assistance project.

                      ♦ Liliw Upland Farmers Marketing Cooperative (LUFAMCO) The Liliw Upland Farmers Marketing Cooperative (LUFAMCO) was awarded with CBFMA on November 30, 2000 with area coverage of 360.0 hectares. The CBFM site of LUFAMCO is covered by three (3) barangays namely; Brgy. Ilayang Sungi, Brgy. Luquin and Brgy. Novaliches, Liliw, Laguna and can be found at a portion of Mt. Banahaw in Laguna side. Most members of this PO are engaged into farming. Planting of various cash crops is their main source of income. They are also receiving technical assistance from some NGOs. The PO was also chosen as one of the CBFM Best Practices during t h e C B F M Congress. The area they planted for the establishment of 2 0 . 0 h a s . F u e l w o o d plantation was located at Brgys. L u q u i n a n d Ilayang Sungi. Detailed Accomplishments and/or Milestones Portion of Fuelwood (Ipil-ipil) Palnatation established by KBFAI Kakawate plantation established by LUFAMCO CY 2012 Annual Report - DENR CALABARZON Region 29 Fifty-four (54) PO members had participated and directly benefitted by the project. They planted 50,000 Kakauate cuttings at the area.

                      ♦ Brgy. Anonang Farmers Association, Inc. (BAFAI) The BAFAI was awarded with CBFMA on November 28, 2000 with an area of 607.0 hectares. It is located at Brgy. Anonang, Mulanay, Quezon. There were nineteen (19) BAFAI members that directly participated and benefitted by the project. The areas identified for the establishment of 20.0 hectares are patches. They planted 46,250 Kakauate cuttings and 3,750 Ipil-ipil seedlings over an area of 18.5 has. and 1.5 has. respectively at 2m x 2m interval.

                      ♦ Ilayang Bagumbungan Farmers Assoc. Inc. (IBUFAI) The Ilayang Bagumbungan Farmers Assoc., Inc (IBUFAI) was awarded with CBFMA on June 27, 1997 with an aggregate area of 1,325.2 hectares. It is located at Brgys. Ilayang Bagumbungan and Palsabangon, Pagbilao, Quezon. The area identified for the establishments of 20.0 hectares fuelwood plantation can be reached through about 4-5 hours hike from the Barangay proper of Ilayang Bagumbungan. Other developmental projects such as Upland Development Project (UDP) and NGP were already introduced in the area. Lots of naturally grown forest trees species can still be seen in the CBFM area of IBUFAI. There were thirty (30) IBUFAI (27 male and 3 female) members who participated in the establishment of 20.0 hectares fuelwood plantation project and planted 41,250 pieces of Kakauate cuttings for 16.7 hectares and 8.750 Ipil-ipil seedlings for the remaining 3.3 hectares.