The Central Luzon Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC III) inspected the Forest Management Project (FMP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija on 30 June 2022. The inspection is part of the regular functions of RPMC III, that is, to validate actual accomplishments as reported by implementing agencies in their project documents. The inspection team was composed of representatives from NEDA, DBM, NICA and AFP (84th Infantry Battalion).
The FMP is a ten-year project of the DENR, the objectives of which include rehabilitating degraded forestlands in three critical river basins (Upper Magat and Cagayan in Region 2, Jaluar in Iloilo and Upper Pampanga), and strengthening forestland management through community-based management strategies such as empowerment of people’s organizations and issuance of land tenure. The project is expected to integrate conservation and development-oriented activities with the support and participation of local communities.
Currently, the DENR has already accomplished its target to rehabilitate 14,133 hectares of degraded forestlands in Central Luzon. Fruit bearing trees (coffee, mango and cashew), fuel wood (ipil-ipil and kakawate), and hardwood (narra) are among the species planted in these areas. The DENR reported at least 85 percent survival rate of trees planted. The beneficiaries of the project include the 35 people’s organizations (POs) awarded with 25-year tenurial instruments.
The team visited one of the sites located in Sitio Maringalo, Brgy. Joson, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija and talked with some members of the people’s organizations in the area. Aside from the benefits they derive from the plantations, they also benefit from the Agro-Forestry Support facilities (ASF) of the project. These Agro-Forestry facilities include access roads, pathways, bridges, and irrigation. The beneficiaries expressed their desire for the extension of the project.
(Maria Andrea N. Gueco, NRO3-PMED)