By Jeoffrey Gervacio
Information Service Specialist
On November 3-5, 2010, the local government of Altavas, Aklan hosted a workshop on Situational Analysis and Strategy Formulation Orientation Workshop on Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) at the Casa Blanca Hotel in barangay Poblacion, Altavas, Aklan.
A joint project of the Local Government of Altavas (LGU-Altavas); Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); and the Kreditanstalt Fur Weideraufbau (KFW), a German funding agency through the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), FLUP is a Community–Based Forest and Mangrove Management Project (CBFMMP) which seeks to manage, protect and develop forestland area of Altavas.
Funded by the KFW, FLUP also aims to uplift the socioeconomic conditions of the participating households and to promote collaborative efforts on natural resources management implementation among the said agencies, peoples’ organizations and the barangay councils.
FLUP also seeks to create agro-forestry projects in the uplands and mangrove reforestation on the coastal barangays to restore breeding places of marine animals, which could allow for the creation of additional livelihood the areas’ residents.
Mayor Denny D. Refol looked forward to its success “through the help of everyone.” According to Refol, the grant would “surely boost our programs on environmental conservation especially that the primary aim of our municipality is to protect the environment without sacrificing the livelihood of our constituents.”
At the end of the three-day study, participants were briefed on overview of situational analysis of FLUP, they also came up with the criteria for production and protection zones and a strategy formulation including FLUP’s vision, mission, goals and objectives.
Led by the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist/FITS Center, Office of the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator (MPDC) and DENR, the workshop was joined by some 35 stakeholders including Sangguniang Bayan members, Department of Agrarian Reform personnel, NGOs and members of farmers and fisherfolk’s organizations and Barangay Councils.
Engr. Rogelio C. Dela Cruz, Altavas MPDC Head, supported the initiative, saying “We are thankful for the help you have extended to our municipality, especially the personnel of the DENR who acted as our resource speakers. Through our collective effort I am optimistic that this project will be a reality.”
(Top photo) Mr. Romeo Launio, Forester 1 of DENR briefs the participants on flup’s strategy formulation; and participants listen to the input on FLUP (lower photo).