DENR to allocate P100 million to boost entrepreneurial ventures of upland communities

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has earmarked a total of P100 million to finance entrepreneurial ventures of selected upland-based peoples organizations (POs) taking part in the department’s Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) program. 

“The government vision is to see our people’s organizations developed into entrepreneurs, competent in financial management as well as in marketing strategies,” Paje said, adding that the fund will be made available to qualified upland communities to start off their environment and natural resources-based business enterprises.

Paje disclosed that the guidelines for the selection of the people’s organizations which will  be granted assistance of up to P1 million under the program is now being finalized by the DENR’s Forest Management Bureau (FMB).  

Earlier, the DENR through FMB has launched a handbook entitled “Guidebook on ENR (environment and natural resources) Enterprises Development and Management”, providing a step-by-step guide in setting up, managing and sustaining small enterprises dependent on forest resources in the uplands.  

“The handbook has twin objectives -- to transform our upland farmers become effective entrepreneurs and at the same time make them responsible forest stewards.  They should realize that the sustainability of their business ventures is hinged on the availability of raw materials so that they need to protect their environment and continue developing their natural resources,” he stressed.

Paje cited at least three indicators for a  potential beneficiary of the fund should possess, namely: Active registration either with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), or the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE); an efficient record system that show the organization’s  assets  and liabilities, particularly its  business transactions or activities and its performance in giving tangible benefits to its member communities; and the level of improvement or development of the CBFM area in terms of vegetation growth and implementation of sustainable livelihood practices. 

According to him, there are already some people’s organizations that have been initially identified as “having shown potentials to meet these key indicators” but refused to name them yet as the forestry bureau is still finalizing the criteria.  

“To ensure that the funds are allocated appropriately, the FMB is drawing up the criteria that will identify which POs have reached a stable level of performance to boost their reliability as an organization,” he said.

Paje also stressed that those with active linkages with local government units will enjoy an advantage in the selection particularly POs whose host-LGUs have an approved Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP). 


 

 

EnvironmentNatural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje rallied last week his field officials to ensure the success of the National Greening Program, saying the program has full support of the President.

    “There is no reason to fail considering that President Aquino has amply given all the support this program (NGP) needs to succeed,” Paje told the regional executive directors (REDs),  regional technical directors, and the provincial and community environment and natural resources officers (PENROs, CENROs) attending the 2-day National Convention of Field Officers held May 31-June 1, 2011 at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.

    Paje also challenged the field officials “to give their best shot” as their performance in implementing the NGP will be “highly taken into consideration’ in the evaluation of officials for promotions.
 
“Those who will be performing will be rewarded. Wala pong biro yan,” Paje said, stressing that the field officers will be evaluated fairly based on a purely-merit system “without regard for personal ties or past associations” he has made through over 20 years at the DENR where he started his career as a casual forester.

Paje said the NGP-driven performance-based incentive scheme will first zero in on the PENRO and CENRO positions, with an instruction to DENR Assistant Secretary for Management and Finance Corazon Davis to reserve the vacant PENRO and CENRO posts as rewards for NGP’s top performers especially those that are on an acting capacity. 

“If you are a CENRO, you will automatically become a PENRO.  Those who are not yet full-pledged CENRO (with temporary appointment), we will make you full-pledged CENROs. Performance lamang, wala nang iba,”  Paje stressed. 

Of the 168 CENRO plantilla positions, 47 have yet to be filled;  while 25 remain vacant in the 73 PENRO  plantilla posts.

The incentive scheme forms part of Paje’s overall program to strengthen DENR’s performance-based promotion system to beef up the national leadership’s efforts in professionalizing the  Philippine bureaucracy.

But Paje was quick to clarify that the quality of their performance will be determined by the survival of the seedling declared in their performance and not merely on the number of seedling planted.

“Remember, the NGP is a national priority program of President Aquino, and this is not for show but for grow. Gone are the days when tree planting activities were just to set world records or just for photo opportunities,” Paje noted.

At the same time, Paje asked “doubting Thomases” to be forthcoming this early with their hesitation to go all out to meet their targets to allow for management to act appropriately in their particular case.

“We will make sure that everybody performs. Kung sino sa inyo ang tingin ay hindi kayang ipatupad ang programang ito, sabihin na ninyo ngayon,” Paje said.

The performance-based incentive will be based on the field officials’ scorecard in the  yearly targets given them and will be validated with the use of state-of-the art technology such as satellite mapping and internet-based technology through NGP’s website at the www.ngp.denr.gov.ph

World Water Day: A symbolic celebration and advocacy for Filipinos

Filipinos will have a symbolic and joyful World Water Day celebration on March 22, as about 2,000 of them will gather at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila to form the largest human water drop coupled with an advocacy walk.

Dubbed as ‘Philippines Walks for Water’ and the forming of the largest human water drop aim to raise awareness on issues surrounding water and food supply and the importance of ensuring enough water. The walk and human drop formation will start at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Participants will come from various water-related government agencies such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Agriculture (DA), National Water Resources Board (NWRB), Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Department of Education, Division of City Schools (Quezon City), National Parks Development Authority, City of Manila, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Laguna Lake Development Authority. 

Participants from private corporations such as Maynilad, Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Company, Philippine Association of Water Districts, Philippine Water Partnerships, and  Manila Water will join the event.   Sagip Ilog Pilipinas Movement will also join the celebration. Maynilad will sponsor the March 22 event, which also includes the Water Festival at the Manila Ocean Park Aquatica in the afternoon starting at 5 p.m.  

The “Philippines Walks for Water” event will start at the Quirino Grandstand where participants will wear white t-shits and be provided with blue foldable fans and stickers as they assemble.  The walk proper will start at the grandstand with a brief program where Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino, Maynilad President Ricky Vargas and DENR Undersecretary Manuel Gerochi will welcome the people with brief messages.

Fifty (50) water jugs and 30 food baskets will be provided some of the participants before the walk proper and formation of human water drop to symbolize the importance of water in ensuring sufficient food for the Filipinos, following the  theme “Katiyakan sa Tubig , Katiyakan sa Pagkain”.

The formation of water drop will last for only 15 minutes after which, the group will converge at the Aquatica of Manila Ocean Park for the Water Festival. The Water Festival will be highlighted with a signing on the commitment wall and messages from the Secretaries of DENR, Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the executives of Maynilad and PLDT. 

Performances by Noel Cabangon, a known environmentalist, and other artists, and  a film presentation on the importance of water by UP Cineaste will also highlight the Water Festival. The finale will be the Manila Ocean Parks’s Magical Fountain Show at 7 pm.

Other activities for the World Water Day include a “Water for Knowledge Fair” at the Edsa Shangri-la hosted by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and DPWH. There will also be simultaneous tree and mangrove planting at Siniloan river bank in Laguna and Tanza, Navotas, respectively.

The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as the World Water Day following the recommendation of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) for an international day to give importance to freshwater resources.
 

 

 

EnvironmentNatural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje rallied last week his field officials to ensure the success of the National Greening Program, saying the program has full support of the President.

    “There is no reason to fail considering that President Aquino has amply given all the support this program (NGP) needs to succeed,” Paje told the regional executive directors (REDs),  regional technical directors, and the provincial and community environment and natural resources officers (PENROs, CENROs) attending the 2-day National Convention of Field Officers held May 31-June 1, 2011 at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.

    Paje also challenged the field officials “to give their best shot” as their performance in implementing the NGP will be “highly taken into consideration’ in the evaluation of officials for promotions.
 
“Those who will be performing will be rewarded. Wala pong biro yan,” Paje said, stressing that the field officers will be evaluated fairly based on a purely-merit system “without regard for personal ties or past associations” he has made through over 20 years at the DENR where he started his career as a casual forester.

Paje said the NGP-driven performance-based incentive scheme will first zero in on the PENRO and CENRO positions, with an instruction to DENR Assistant Secretary for Management and Finance Corazon Davis to reserve the vacant PENRO and CENRO posts as rewards for NGP’s top performers especially those that are on an acting capacity. 

“If you are a CENRO, you will automatically become a PENRO.  Those who are not yet full-pledged CENRO (with temporary appointment), we will make you full-pledged CENROs. Performance lamang, wala nang iba,”  Paje stressed. 

Of the 168 CENRO plantilla positions, 47 have yet to be filled;  while 25 remain vacant in the 73 PENRO  plantilla posts.

The incentive scheme forms part of Paje’s overall program to strengthen DENR’s performance-based promotion system to beef up the national leadership’s efforts in professionalizing the  Philippine bureaucracy.

But Paje was quick to clarify that the quality of their performance will be determined by the survival of the seedling declared in their performance and not merely on the number of seedling planted.

“Remember, the NGP is a national priority program of President Aquino, and this is not for show but for grow. Gone are the days when tree planting activities were just to set world records or just for photo opportunities,” Paje noted.

At the same time, Paje asked “doubting Thomases” to be forthcoming this early with their hesitation to go all out to meet their targets to allow for management to act appropriately in their particular case.

“We will make sure that everybody performs. Kung sino sa inyo ang tingin ay hindi kayang ipatupad ang programang ito, sabihin na ninyo ngayon,” Paje said.

The performance-based incentive will be based on the field officials’ scorecard in the  yearly targets given them and will be validated with the use of state-of-the art technology such as satellite mapping and internet-based technology through NGP’s website at the www.ngp.denr.gov.ph

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