By BEN BALCE
Northern Mindanao Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-10) through its Regional Assessment of the Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) program has partnered upland communities in the region to provide additional income for villagers.
The partnership will capacitate the inhabitants to earn and maintain a livelihood and at the same time help them to manage and protect the environment.
DENR-10 executive regional director Arleigh J. Adorable has acknowledged the importance of the partnership between the government and upland communities.
Adorable said during the Regional Assessment of the Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) Program on February 7-8, 2018 in Cagayan de Oro City.
In other areas in the country, The DENR targeted upland areas for development into coffee plantations throughout the country.
The said DENR’s undertaking was formalized in a memorandum of agreement signed by the former DENR secretary Ramon J. P. Paje.
CBFM Coordinator Cathy B. Escuzar of the DENR facilitated the action planning and workshop.
The Assessment included sharing of best practices, issues and concerns and alignment of activities from the national level to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices.