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The Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management - Livelihood Enhancement Support is a three-year project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that seeks to provide strategic enabling conditions that will sustainably increase the sales from commodities produced by upland farmers, smallholders and micro enterprises in the covered areas through the introduction of value adding, entrepreneurial skill and market linkages. Its three components include: Institutional Strengthening, Establishment and Operations of Shared Service Facilities and Enterprise Strengthening.


 

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2017

  • Meeting with Asian Development Bank (ADB) on the possibility of DTI assisting the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Forest Management Bureau (DENR-FMB) in implementing the INREMP Livelihood Component. DTI is open to the idea of cooperating with project implementer, DENR, and partner institutions—Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and Global Environment Facility (GEF). ADB committed to discuss the possibility of cooperation and requested the project implementation office to provide data of the communities covered by the project under livelihood component.

  • Represented DTI in INREMP Steering Committee Meeting and affirmed that DTI is ready to partner with DTI to implement its Livelihood Component subject to the request of Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya to align priority sectors, and to be provided with the necessary data on the status of the component, and the resources necessary to implement the project.
  • Conducted a levelling-off workshop with DENR and DTI on the INREMP Livelihood component. The activity resulted in the: DTI’s understanding of INREMP project, scope, coverage, objectives and deliverables; Identification of common livelihood activities, including priority sectors and commodities by each province/region; alignment of Performance Governance Scorecard indicators relevant to the project; tentative work plans by province/region.
  • Drafted indicative strategies and key activities based on the discussions and outputs of the Levelling-off workshop conducted in April with DENR, DTI regional representatives and RGMS.
  • Collated indicative budget and activities from the following regional/provincial offices:
    • CAR
      • Benguet
      • Mountain Province
      • Ifugao
      • Kalinga
      • Apayao
    • Region VII
    • Region X
      • Bukidnon
      • Misamis Oriental
      • Lanao del Sur
  • Submitted the 2017-2020 Indicative Work and Financial Plan (WFP) and the 2017 detailed WFP to the INREMP Project Coordinating Office.
  • Finalized DTI revision of draft Memorandum of Agreement and submitted to DENR-FMB. RGMS, in a meeting with the INREMP PCO, emphasized that DTI cannot participate in the INREMP as implementer of its livelihood component until the MoA is signed by both parties.  The MOA will be the terms of reference for the resources to be downloaded to DTI from INREMP, and the basis of deliverables by DTI for the project.  DENR through its FAPSO representative in the meeting however mentioned that no downloading of resources can be implemented until project documents, loan agreement with ADB and IFAD and its project implementation manual are revised.  RGMS stated that the MoA will not be signed by DTI until DENR resolve its issues on loan agreement and Project Implementation Manual are resolved with NEDA, ADB and IFAD.
  • Came aboard the ADB-IFAD Mission to Region X and Lanao del Sur to conduct discussion with the regional management regarding the scope of the project and the livelihood requirement of the communities covered. The Mission also organized consultations with DTI Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur on the project coverage in Lake Lanao watershed area. The feedback from the mission indicated that the livelihood program needs by the communities may be addressed by DTI through its Negosyo Center and its enterprise development program. 
  • Attended a meeting with INREMP National Project Coordination Office (NPCO), ADB and IFAD to confirm that there is no need to amend the loan agreement documents for DENR and DTI to come up with a MoA that would secure DTI’s engagement in the project within the LES subcomponent.
  • Facilitated the MoA signing at ADB headquarters at Ortigas Center. The project will provide resources for DTI to implement the livelihood subcomponent in the project areas.
  • Assisted ADB in drafting the terms of reference for the consultants to conduct the scoping missions to Bohol, Cordillera Administrative Region and Northern Mindanao.

 

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