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The Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management - Livelihood Enhancement Support is a three-year project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that seeks to provide strategic enabling conditions that will sustainably increase the sales from commodities produced by upland farmers, smallholders and micro enterprises in the covered areas through the introduction of value adding, entrepreneurial skill and market linkages. Its three components include: Institutional Strengthening, Establishment and Operations of Shared Service Facilities and Enterprise Strengthening.


 ACCOMPLISHMENT IN 2018

  • Reviewed the scoping reports submitted by consultants on Cordillera Administrative Region and Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.
  • Coordinated with Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in providing inputs on INREMP restructuring program, focusing solely on the requirements for the Livelihood Enhancement Support subcomponent; and supplying the feasibility studies used for the RAPID growth project design.
  • Participated in small workshop on INREMP restructuring with focus on Livelihood Enhancement Support LES subcomponent
  • Drafted and submitted revised Indicative Work and Financial Plan to INREMP Project Management Office (PMO)
  • Conducted coordinative meeting with INREMP National Project Coordinating Office (NPCO) on financial and administrative processes
  • Conducted DTI-DENR Planning Workshop

Conducted Orientation and Leveling-off Workshop on Social and Environmental Safeguards, Financial Management and Procurement on 5-7 June 2018. Participants from DTI and DENR Regional and National Offices discussed the Social and Environmental Safeguard requirements of the INREMP-LES 2 and the financial arrangement and procurement guidelines for the project. Next steps were identified to jumpstart the implementation of the INREMP-LES 2 component.

  • Conducted meeting with DENR on the financial arrangements for the INREMP-LES 2 on 18 June 2018. The requirements to facilitate the release of funds for the INREMP-LES 2 were discussed by DTI and DENR. It was agreed that DENR will download initial funds amounting to PHP10,000 for the opening of Land Bank account for the INREMP-LES 2 funds.
  • Preparation of the INREMP-LES 2 Implementation Structure.
  • Consolidation of INREMP-LES 2 Work and Financial Plans (WFP). The 2018 Regional and National WFPs were consolidated into one detailed INREMP-LES 2 WFP for 2018. This together with the indicative WFPs for 2019 and 2020 were submitted to DENR to facilitate fund transfer.
  • Participated in the planning workshop for LES 2 components in the following regions:
    • Region X: Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon
    • Region VII: Bohol
    • CAR: Benguet, Mt Province, Ifugao, Kalinga and Apayao

  • Finalized and sent out the INREMP Regional Investment Plan format to CAR, Region 7, and Region 10.
  • Conducted briefing session with Undersecretary Maglaya and Director Emma Asusano, as incoming project director, on status and next steps of INREMP LES 2 Subcomponent to be implemented by DTI in regions X, VII and CAR.
  • Coordinated conduct of ADB Review Mission in Mountain Province, representing the Chico Upper River Basin.
  • Consolidated submission of revised 2019 Work and Financial Plans for the following regions: Region VII for Bohol, CAR for Benguet, Mt Province, Ifugao, Kalinga and Apayao.
  • Arranged meeting between ADB team and ROG on the drafting of Country Strategy and the development of concept note on rural enterprise development project.
  • Conducted meeting with INREMP NPCO, DENR-Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPO), and DENR-Forest Management Service (FMS) on financial reporting processes, status of submissions and replenishment of fund, and important details of the Work and Financial Plan.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2017

  • Meeting with Asian Development Bank (ADB) on the possibility of DTI assisting the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Forest Management Bureau (DENR-FMB) in implementing the INREMP Livelihood Component. DTI is open to the idea of cooperating with project implementer, DENR, and partner institutions—Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and Global Environment Facility (GEF). ADB committed to discuss the possibility of cooperation and requested the project implementation office to provide data of the communities covered by the project under livelihood component.

  • Represented DTI in INREMP Steering Committee Meeting and affirmed that DTI is ready to partner with DTI to implement its Livelihood Component subject to the request of Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya to align priority sectors, and to be provided with the necessary data on the status of the component, and the resources necessary to implement the project.
  • Conducted a levelling-off workshop with DENR and DTI on the INREMP Livelihood component. The activity resulted in the: DTI’s understanding of INREMP project, scope, coverage, objectives and deliverables; Identification of common livelihood activities, including priority sectors and commodities by each province/region; alignment of Performance Governance Scorecard indicators relevant to the project; tentative work plans by province/region.
  • Drafted indicative strategies and key activities based on the discussions and outputs of the Levelling-off workshop conducted in April with DENR, DTI regional representatives and RGMS.
  • Collated indicative budget and activities from the following regional/provincial offices:
    • CAR
      • Benguet
      • Mountain Province
      • Ifugao
      • Kalinga
      • Apayao
    • Region VII
    • Region X
      • Bukidnon
      • Misamis Oriental
      • Lanao del Sur
  • Submitted the 2017-2020 Indicative Work and Financial Plan (WFP) and the 2017 detailed WFP to the INREMP Project Coordinating Office.
  • Finalized DTI revision of draft Memorandum of Agreement and submitted to DENR-FMB. RGMS, in a meeting with the INREMP PCO, emphasized that DTI cannot participate in the INREMP as implementer of its livelihood component until the MoA is signed by both parties.  The MOA will be the terms of reference for the resources to be downloaded to DTI from INREMP, and the basis of deliverables by DTI for the project.  DENR through its FAPSO representative in the meeting however mentioned that no downloading of resources can be implemented until project documents, loan agreement with ADB and IFAD and its project implementation manual are revised.  RGMS stated that the MoA will not be signed by DTI until DENR resolve its issues on loan agreement and Project Implementation Manual are resolved with NEDA, ADB and IFAD.
  • Came aboard the ADB-IFAD Mission to Region X and Lanao del Sur to conduct discussion with the regional management regarding the scope of the project and the livelihood requirement of the communities covered. The Mission also organized consultations with DTI Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur on the project coverage in Lake Lanao watershed area. The feedback from the mission indicated that the livelihood program needs by the communities may be addressed by DTI through its Negosyo Center and its enterprise development program. 
  • Attended a meeting with INREMP National Project Coordination Office (NPCO), ADB and IFAD to confirm that there is no need to amend the loan agreement documents for DENR and DTI to come up with a MoA that would secure DTI’s engagement in the project within the LES subcomponent.
  • Facilitated the MoA signing at ADB headquarters at Ortigas Center. The project will provide resources for DTI to implement the livelihood subcomponent in the project areas.
  • Assisted ADB in drafting the terms of reference for the consultants to conduct the scoping missions to Bohol, Cordillera Administrative Region and Northern Mindanao.
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