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DENR turns over six Agroforestry Support Facilities

ILOILO CITY (PIA) - - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 6 through its Forestland Management Project (FMP) under the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Iloilo - has formally turned over to the local government unit of Calinog six Agroforestry Support Facilities (ASF) worth P63,480,727.09.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded the construction of these newly constructed infrastructure projects in the far-flung communities of the town that include Marandig Hanging Bridge worth P8,499,178.02; Aglonok Hanging Bridge worth P6,642,379.66; Supanga Hanging Bridge – P5,565,399.35; Marandig Irrigation Pipeline System –P7,648,285.39; Caratagan-Marandig Pathway – P24,070,072.95; and Caratagan Irrigation Pipeline System – P11,055,411.72.

Forester Marlon Atienza, FMP Project Manager encouraged the communities to maintain the so-called ‘investments’ as he gave his appreciation to FMP 6 in accomplishing these projects.

He said the FMP projects will end this 2023 and requested the LGU to continue protecting and maintaining the JICA - funded projects.

“With the help of our international partners, we now made possible what we once called impossible. These bridges, roads and irrigation pipeline system have provided you with access to the municipal proper, to education, and to everything,” said DENR 6 director Livino B. Duran.

ASF is one of the components of the FMP which was implemented starting 2012. Out of the 32 ASFs in the province, the municipality of Calinog got 13 ASFs and are distributed among its upland barangays. The rest are implemented in the municipalities of Janiuay with 13 ASFs and Lambunao with 6 ASFs.

Former Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. together with the former DENR 6 Regional Director and former Iloilo PENR Officer were the signatories to the Agreement, which is now considered a living legacy of collaboration.

“This is now the living legacy of collaboration of the DENR, Local Government Units in the province, municipal, and the barangay.  We only wish one thing –and that is to bring the JICA representatives here in Calinog for them to see the infrastructure they supported and for them to see how important their projects are to the upland community,” said Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services Raul L. Lorilla.

The turn-over ceremony was attended by Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Jr., Congressman -3rd District of Iloilo Lorenz Defensor, Calinog Municipal Mayor Francisco Calvo and Vice Mayor Andrew Gustillo, other DENR 6 officials, PENR Officer Salvador C. Manglinong, Jr., representatives from the National Commission on Indigenous People, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, National Irrigation Authority, members of Janiuay SB Council and People’s Organizations beneficiaries. (AAL/LAF/PIA6 Iloilo/DENR 6)

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