International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) made a courtesy visit to DENR CALABARZON and turned over several publications last May 23, 2022 at the DENR CALABARZON Regional Office, Brgy. Mayapa, Calamba City, Laguna.
The IIRR presented their current initiatives in the Region including Improving Coastal Resilience and Ecosystem Services through Biodiversity Conservation (ICORE) in Guinayangan, Quezon for 2021-2024, Research on Tan-ag Ilaya Peatland in Lopez, Quezon from Nov 2021 to July 2022, Strengthening Local Governance Towards Building an Evidence Base in Managing Critical Resources in the Municipality of Guinayangan (2014-2017), Generating evidence base for upscaling local adaptation through Climate-Smart Agriculture in Guinayangan, Quezon (2015-2021), and Achieving Food Security and Nutrition through Small Family Farms in Maragondon, Cavite (2016-2020).
Regional Executive Director Nilo Tamoria appreciated the efforts of IIRR stating that “best practice models derived from their initiatives may be replicated in other Protected Areas in the Region” and “these may pave the way to proposals for policy guidelines”. Future areas of collaboration may include valuation of ecosystem services of the Protected Areas of CALABARZON, adoption of graduated National Greening Program sites, and provision of capacity building for People’s Organizations for sustainability of CBFM projects.
The said meeting was also attended by the IIRR Regional Center for Asia Acting Director and Philippine Country Director Ms. Emilita Monville Oro, IIRR Regional Center for Asia Senior Adviser Dr. Julian F. Gonsalves, PENRO Quezon PENR Officer Raymond Rivera, DENR4A Enforcement Division Chief Annabelle Barquilla, Regional National Greening Program Coordinator Herminigildo C. Jocson, and representatives from the DENR 4A Planning and Management Division, Conservation and Development Division, and the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group. ###