Issue of January 13, 2019
Mt. Province

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77 livelihood projects ready for completion in Kalinga
by Peter A. Balocnit / PIA

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Seventy-seven livelihood enhancement support (LES) projects proposed under the Integrated Natural Resources and Environment Management Program (INREMP) are ready for implementation as soon as the “no objection letter” from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is issued.

Noel Barrientos, OIC provincial environment and natural resources officer, said all the proposals were endorsed to the Watershed Management Council at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources central office.

LES is an intervention to make members of people’s organizations productive while waiting for the harvest period from their plantations under INREMP. It is intended to enable both indigenous peoples’ organizations and POs and their members to increase their short, medium, and long term incomes from more sustainable and market-oriented livelihoods or enterprises. These enterprises will help the individuals and the IPO/PO generate income while contributing to the overall improvement of the watersheds.

“We make sure our partner POs will not stay idle while they wait to harvest products they raise on their plantations,” Barrientos said. 

There are 69 proposals under the DENR-led LES with a total cost of P24.6 million and nine under the Department of Trade and Industry-led LES with P20M total requested funds, Barrientos said.

DENR-led LES ranges from provision of agricultural and processing machines to construction of warehouses and multipurpose pavements, while DTI-led LES covers enhancement of coffee, heirloom, banana, and corn products.

DENR and DTI earlier signed a memorandum of agreement for the implementation of livelihood projects under INREMP. Community consultations and validation of proposals were conducted in cooperation with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

The INREMP is one of the major projects of DENR to address unsustainable watershed management in four priority upper river basins in the country, including the Chico River in the Cordillera. It aims “to reduce and reverse degradation of watersheds and associated environmental services caused by forest denudation and unsustainable farming practices.”

The project’s primary funding sources are the ADB and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

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