TUGUEGARAO City, Cagayan (PIA) - - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Region 2 (DENR-2) has recently launched its Community-Based Forest Management - People’s Organizations (CBFM-PO) Regional Summit and Trade Fair at the Cagayan State University - Andrews Campus in Tuguegarao City.
According to the DENR, the two-day activity aims to strengthen the collaboration and partnership among POs and stakeholders in the region under the CBFM program.
During the summit, the participating people’s organizations from the region’s five provinces sahred best practices and learnings in the implementation of the CBFM.
In addition, they also received orientations on governance and leadership management, as well as product development for their forest resource-based commercial goods.
One key outcome of the CBFM, as evident in the said trade fair, is the production of commercial handicrafts as well as quality crop produce.
This has led DENR-2 Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn C. Bambalan to underscore the potentially of forest-sourced crops as a supplement to the country’s overall agricultural production during the said event.
“Our CBFM areas is our support to the goal of the President to improve our agricultural productivity. We have 286,000 hectares covered by CBFM agreements, and these areas are our potential source for improving agricultural productivity,” Bambalan said in a mix of English and Tagalog.
The CBFM program was established in 1995 to serve as the government’s flagship long-term strategy in managing the country’s forests and their resources, by partnering with POs, who are the directly working and managing the said resources in the grassroots level. (JKC/PIA Region 2)