NGP beneficiaries present best practices in forum

Beneficiaries of the National Greening Program (NGP) shared their best practices in implementing the Program during the Regional Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM)-NGP Practitioners’ Forum held on Sept. 8, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office.

The forum is aimed at documenting the best practices of CBFM People’s Organizations (POs) who are also engaged in NGP. The best practices will be presented in the 2015 CBFM-NGP POs Congress.

In his welcome remarks, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar said 60 percent of the CBFM area was allotted for NGP. He also stressed that CBFM is “the backbone of development”.

During the forum, Forester Diosdado Estocapio Jr. of Mataga-ay Sustainable Resource Development and Conservation Association (MASREDECA) in the province of Quirino, For. Nemesio Diaz of Taleb Upland Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative, Inc. (TUFM-PCI) in Isabela, and Renato Ganase of New Land Resource Development Association (NELARDA) in Cagayan were chosen to present for the national congress.

The national congress will be conducted to get feedback from the National, Regional and Provincial PO Federation relative to CBFM implementation and their participation in the implementation of NGP. It will also be an avenue to discuss issues and concerns and highlight good practices of CBFM-PO in the implementation of NGP update the CBFM practitioners on policies, programs and projects highlighting the NGP.

The congress hopes to set-up the CBFM practitioners’ networks and their commitment of support to NGP.

The forum was facilitated by Foresters Angelita V. Racelis, Joel V. Villar, Jojet C. Galapon and Shiela G. Sabado, all from the Forest Management Bureau (FMB). # SGA