Participants from six regions in the country will attend a national reprogramming workshop for foreign assisted projects in the upland and mangroves to be conducted at Punta Villa, Arevalo district in this city on February 9-11.
The workshop will be attended by 58 participants from the DENR Central Office and Regional offices from Regions 2, 3, 4A, 4B, 5, 6, 7, and 11 with participation from the Department of Budget and Management, Commission on Audit, and other special projects of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
DENR regional executive director Julian D. Amador said the workshop will thresh out the difficulties in the procedures of releasing financial assistance from foreign sources so that the implementation of the projects will be smooth and well-coordinated.
The workshop will also pave the way for more employment in the regions and at the same time development projects in the uplands especially at the community-based forest areas that shall provide reforestation of denuded uplands and mangroves, livelihood projects, and coastal projects that will enhance the development of a watershed unit encompassing development from “ridge to reef”.
The important foreign projects will include Community-Based Forest Mangrove Management Projects in Region 6 and Region 7 particularly in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Integrated Coastal Resource Management Projects in Region 2 (Cagayan), Region 3 (Pampanga), Region 4B (Mimaropa), Region 5 (Bicol), Region 7 (Cebu) and Region 11 (Davao).
Other foreign funded projects are the Land Administration and Management Project (LAMP) and Environment and Natural Resource Management projects. All these are funded by the Republic of Germany and the World Bank.
The workshop will also include site visits to coastal and wildlife projects in Region 6 showcasing the successful rehabilitation projects in the province of Guimaras after the oil spill.