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LOOK: The Regional Build Back Better Task Force (RBBTF) recently held its 10th virtual meeting to discuss the development and environmental initiatives under the Cagayan River Restoration Project.
 
The regional task force is chaired by Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and co-chaired by Regional Director Loreta Malaluan of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
 
In her message, Director Bambalan lauded the different government agencies for their support to the Build Back Better initiatives in the region.
 
"The RBBBTF is not only addressing the protection and conservation of the environment but also the welfare of barangays and families affected by the restoration of the Cagayan River," Director Bambalan said.
 
The presentation of accomplishments by the lead agencies of the six key result areas highlighted the meeting.
 
The DPWH discussed the dredging operation and riverbank protections works; the Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development for the status of resettlement projects; and the Office of Civil Defense for the improved systems and essential services.
 
For their parts, the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and DENR discussed accomplishments on livelihood projects; strengthened governance and mainstreaming of disaster-risk reduction and climate change action; and intensified watershed management, respectively.
 
Representatives of the Land Registration Authority (LRA) also attended the meeting. The LRA will be the partner agency of the DENR in the easement recovery along the Cagayan River.#