INREM project 4th PPMC meeting

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The 4th Policy and Project Management Committee (PPMC) Meeting for the INREM Project financed by the Government of the Philippines, ADB and IFAD cleared the way for effective implementation of natural resource management (NRM) and rural infrastructure (RI) sub projects in key indigenous people communities. The PPMC passed resolutions to complete feasibility studies for 6 RI sub projects and begin implementation of 21 NRM sub projects. The PPMC was attended by officials from DENR, LGUs and ADB, and chaired by the Governor of the Province of Bukidnon.

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AFD Mission Meets the IP Leaders of Bukidnon

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The French Development Agency (AFD) Mission meets some of the IP Leaders of the Province of Bukidnon on February 12, 2016 at the Pine Hills Hotel in Malaybalay City. The AFD Mission was led by Mr. Christophe Blanchot, Country Director; Dr. Tiphaine Lemenager from AFD Paris, and Mr. Espero Fernando III of AFD Manila.

The IP Leaders of Bukidnon were represented by Datu Makapukaw Adolino Saway, Datu Salakup Rodelio Saway, and Datu Delboy Parente of the Talaanding Tribe; Datu Jeodoro Sulda and Datu Prody Sulda of the Manobo Tribe; and Bae Inatlawan Adelina Tarino and Bae Tarcelita Tarunzon both of the Bukidnon Tribe.

Bae Inatlawan and Bae Tarcelita, who are both leaders of the Bukidnon Tribe communities with CADTs, shared their experiences in controlling “kaingin” in their communities. All IP leaders expressed their expectations of the RENAISSANCE Project, particularly in securing food security through the livelihood component of the Project. Shown below are photo documentation of the said activity.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

image001The AFD Mission (sitting center of the table) discussing with the IP Leaders, who shared their experience in controlling “slash and burn” practices in their respective IP communities and their expectations of the Project. Hineleban Management Group Heads, Mr. Neil Abejuela and Dr. Norma Llemit, facilitated the discussion.

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image003Bae Inatlawan Adelina T. Tarino, Leader of the Bukidnon Tribe in Daraghuyan, a tribal community in Barangay Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, shared how they were able to control the kaingin system of cultivation. (L to R) Datu Delboy Parente and Datu Salakup Rodelio Saway, both of the Talaandig Tribe, listened attentively.


First PPMC Meeting on INREM Project takes implementation one more step forward.

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2914″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” css_animation=”left-to-right” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Governor Zubiri chairs first meeting of the Provincial Project Management Council on the INREM Project at DENR Region 10 Office. The meeting was attended by all members of the PPMC who come from various key segments of Government, Church, National Commission on indigenous Peoples and representative from the IP community, civil society, among others. The PPMC considered watershed management plans for the six watersheds of Bukidnon and endorsed infrastructure projects to DENR national for approval and implementation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Blessing of INREMP Office Jumpstarts Project Launch

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The Provincial Government of Bukidnon offered, as a counterpart, an office space for the Provincial Project Management Office (PPMO) of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project. The PPMO is located at the side of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) building.

Unveiling of the office signage and blessing of the INREMP office kickoff the celebration of the INREM Project launch. Some pictures below highlight the said activities.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2138″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Governor Jose Maria R. Zubiri, Jr. (center) introduces Datu Migketay Saway (wearing lumad costumes) to DENR Undersecretary Manuel D. Gerochi before the start of the activity. Dr. Dinlayan of BSU (back) watches with delight.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2140″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Governor Zubiri (right) and DENR Undersecretary Manuel D. Gerochi unveil the INREMP office  signage.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2141″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Regional Executive Director of DENR Region 10 Ruth M. Tawantawan cuts the ribbon as initial activity during the blessing of the INREMP office. She was assisted by  (L-R) Undersecretary Manuel D. Gerochi, Governor Jose Maria R. Zubiri, Jr., and Datu Migketay Victorino Saway.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2142″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Father Suarez  of the Malaybalay City Cathedral leads a prayer in blessing the office of the INREMP PPMO. Gov. Zubiri was joined by the stakeholders in the said activity.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”2143″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Father Suarez  of the Malaybalay City Cathedral leads a prayer in blessing the office of the INREMP PPMO. Gov. Zubiri was joined by the stakeholders in the said activity.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

DENR Officials Address the Stakeholders During the INREM Project Launch in Bukidnon

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) grace the launch of the Integrated Natural Resouces and Environmental Mananagement Project in Bukidnon. The Undersecretary for Policy and Planning and Foreign Assisted Programs of the DENR, the Honorable Manuel D. Gerochi, gave his keynote message. Usec Gerochi remarked: “ …that with INREMP, 409,900 hectares of watershed land in Bukidnon will benefit from the reduction and reversal of watershed degradation, 18 municipalities and 281 barangays, and 82,035 households in the whole of the upper Bukidnon River Basin will reap the economic rewards of sustainable use and management of natural resources.”  He also expressed appreciation to the province of Bukidnon for the strong support.”

On the other hand, the DENR Region 10 Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan in her closing remarks narrated the importance of the natural resources in Bukidnon. She encouraged all the stakeholders to support the implementation of the INREMP. She said: “..together, we will shape the environmental landscape of Bukidnon.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2237″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2238″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Usec Gerochi deliveing his keynote message. In the presidential table are: (from R-L) INREMP National Project Manager and FMB Director, Ricardo L. Calderon; DENR Region 10 Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan; Usec Manuel D. Gerochi; Bukidnon Provincial Governor Jose Maria R. Zubiri, Jr.; NCIP Regional Director Datu Cosme Lambayon; and International Special Adviser for Environment and Watershed Conservation Projects for Bukidnon, Dr. Urooj S. Malik.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2239″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2240″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text](L) DENR Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan delivering her closing remarks. (R) Snapshot of the participants listening attentively to the speakers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

IP Ritual Jumpstarts the INREMP Program Launch

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Ritual ceremonies officiated by leaders and elders of the seven indigenous tribal groups of Bukidnon started the program during the launch of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) in Bukidnon. INREMP  is a seven-year project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). It is implemented in the four provinces in the Philippines, namely:  Bohol, Bukidnon, Cagayan Valley, and Lanao del Sur.

The IP ritual ceremonies during the INREM project launch aim to appease the spirit deities in a rite which involves prayers, offerings of betel nut and other stuff, and the slaughter of pig and chickens. In this activity, the IP ritualists call the “Magbabaya” (God and spirit deities) to give blessings for the success and sustainability of the project. Pictures below highlight the said ceremonies:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2130″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]The “Bais” prepare  the ritual table by putting symbolic instruments like coins, ginger, betel nut and other stuff.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2132″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr. offers a coin and watches the “Bais” as they prepare the ritual table.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2133″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]The IP ritualists offer  prayers before they butcher a  pig as an offering. The IP elders and “Bais” join the ceremonies.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2134″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]The “panampulot” is taking part  of  the offered food, and which implies acceptance of the blessings. It signals the end of the “Ritual”.  It also signifies  unity and communion in prayers to the “Magbabaya” for the success of the project. Most of the guests and participants take part in the“Panampulot”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”2135″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Wine toss  grounded the commitment of all stakeholders during the IRNEM project launch. It also aimed to encourage the stakeholders to get involved and participate in the project activities. Inviting all participants for a wine toss are (from right to left ): Hon. Governor Jose Maria R. Zubiri, Jr., RED Ruth M. Tawantawan of DENR Region 10, Undersecretary for Policy and Planning and Foreign Assisted Programs of DENR, the Hon. Manuel D. Gerochi, Datu ‘Migketay’ Victorino Saway, and Dr. Urooj S. Malik, the International Special Adviser for the province of Bukidnon on all environment and watershed conservation projects.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

INREMP Team Meets to Discuss Critical Next Steps

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Hineleban Foundation as the Bukidnon Technical Advisory Secretariat (BTAS), met the Project Team of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) at the conference room of DENR-CENRO Malaybalay on August 20, 2014.  Dr. Urooj S. Malik, Hineleban Chairman/CEO and the International Special Adviser to the Provincial Government of Bukidnon gave his perspectives to the Project Team on what makes the INREMP unique from other projects that had been implemented in the past and how implementation modalities should take on more effective forms.  He emphasized two key factors, namely, capacity development and good governance including transparency and accountability.  In this regard, it was noted that close coordination between the DENR – Province, Technical Advisory Secretriat, IP Advisory Council and the INREMP Policy and Management Council chaired by the Provincial Governor is essential. PENRO Forester Felix Mirasol, Jr. and Dr. Malik also discussed the immediate next steps for project implementation. Both individuals provided clarifications and responded to querries from the members of the Project Team.

Some 29 staff have been recruited at the offices of the PENRO and CENROs to form the Project Team to implement the INREMP financed by the Asian Development Bank,  International Fund for Agricultural Development and the Government of the Philippines.  Bukidnon is among the first of the four regions covered in the Project to launch the Project on 7 August 2014.  The project launch was attended by over 358 persons from the munipalities and IP communities of Bukidnon.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_gallery type=”nivo” interval=”5″ images=”2146,2147,2148,2149″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Bukidnon Press Expresses its Strong Support for the INREM Project

Dr. Malik highlights the critical importance of close cooperation among all stakeholders for effective implementation of INREMP.

Dr. Malik highlights the critical importance of close cooperation among all stakeholders for effective implementation of INREMP.

Fifteen (15) media practitioners from different local radio stations and newspapers in Bukidnon convened for the Press Conference of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) last July 3, 2014 at the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

The media conference was aimed at creating public awareness and drawing close cooperation among the news outlets in the province for the upcoming implementation of the Project amounting to US$ 42.5 million (approximately PhP 2 billion at current exchange) financed by the Asian Development Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, with counterpart resources from the Government of the Philippines.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO), Dr. Felix S. Mirasol, Jr. welcomed the participating media practitioners and commended their endearing support in all the environmental endeavors of the province.

Dr. Urooj S. Malik, Chairman and CEO of Hineleban Foundation, in his capacity as the Special Adviser for Environment and Watershed Conservation to the Province of Bukidnon delivered the opening remarks. He noted that “Bukidnon is at the heart of Mindanao and home to some of the major watersheds which supply a significant portion of the water for drinking, irrigation and hydro power for the entire island. The Upper Bukidnon River Basin was lucky to be chosen as one of the four projects sites in the country”.

Dr. Malik also remarked that the Project eyes to introduce livelihood and other institutional investments to the 14 municipalities and two (2) cities of the province, which will be implemented over a seven-year period. Further, he encouraged close cooperation among the various stakeholders in the province.

One of the highlights of the conference was the acknowledgement of the indigenous communities and their participation in the Project. It was stressed that attending to the needs of the IPs is of paramount importance as they served as guardians and protectors of the forests. The Project aims to prepare specific interventions for providing sustainable livelihood for the tribal communities.

INREMP will also address the looming and gathering danger of climate change through reforestation and other adaptation and mitigations activities, and aim to foster closer cooperation with the private sector.

INREMP Regional Focal Person Forester Arnulfo Osio presented the overall project implementation and management arrangement while Forester Raquel Doydoy of PENRO reported the Approved INREMP Work and Financial Plan for 2014.

The Bukidnon press expressed their commitment and support through active participation in mobilizing Information, Education and Awareness (IEC) Campaigns to create public awareness and provide relevant information about the Project to the public from time to time. (Emmilou R. Gonzaga-HFI).


Bukidnon is Ready to Commence INREMP


The League of Municipal Mayors of the Philippines (LMP) Bukidnon Chapter has expressed its commitment to support the implementation of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) during its recent monthly meeting at Mangima Spring Resort in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

The Project aims to reduce and reverse degradation of watersheds and associated with environmental services caused by forest denudation and unsustainable farming services. It also aims to provide incentives to local communities, LGUs and the DENR for improving natural resource management by generating sufficient and tangible economic benefits.

Eighteen (18) municipalities and two (2) cities of the province are target beneficiaries of the Project, which will be implemented for seven years. The Project has four major components, namely: river basin and watershed planning, smallholder and institutional arrangements, capacity building, and project management and support services.

The Honorable Governor Jose Maria R. Zubiri, Jr. has enunciated that Bukidnon is ready to launch the said Project in early August. The Chairman and CEO of Hineleban Foundation Inc. (HFI) Dr. Urooj S. Malik, in his capacity as the Special Adviser for Environment and Watershed Conservation has presented the overall project implementation and management arrangement with detailed costs per subcomponents.

“With close cooperation among all parties concerned, we can make this Project as successful model for other provinces and regions to follow,” Dr. Malik said.

“I entrusted HFI as program advisor because they love Bukidnon. Their volunteerism and free consultancy have enormous contributions in all the environmental endeavors of the province at a pro bono basis,” Governor. Zubiri commended.

The INREM Project is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Global Environment Fund (GEF) and Climate Change Fund. (Emmilou R. Gonzaga- Social Marketing and Advocacy Specialist)

Hineleban Foundation Incorporated (HFI) was formed in 2006 as a non-profit, non-stock organisation whose main advocacy is to reforest the high mountain ranges of Mindanao. To accomplish this, HFI partnered with the Indigenous People who live within the buffer zones of these mountains. Providing them with Family Food Security and sustainable disposable livelihoods through the model of Transformational Business Partnerships. Thus, restoring their role as “Custodians of the Rainforest”.