DENR, USAID launch book on Mt. Kitanglad's tribal communities

With 6-21 mt. kitanglad book launch resizedthe aim to showcase the tribal norms, cultural policies and the many aspects of the tribal communities living in Mt. Kitanglad, the book “The Wisdom Keepers of Mt. Kitanglad” was recently launched by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) together with Kitanglad Integrated NGOs (KIN) at Seda Abreeza Hotel, Davao City.
In behalf of DENR-XI’s Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Marcia G. Isip emphasized on her message that through collaborative efforts of DENR and the B+WISER in the creation and implementation of LAWIN System, allowed them to collaborate with the tribal community in Mt. Kitanglad that paved way in the production of the book.
“We hope that the launching of this book opens opportunities for similar projects in the different parts of the Philippines. There are many heritage sites that deserved to be celebrated and we hope that the launching of Wisdom Keepers is just the beginning,” she said. 
On the other hand, USAID Mission Director to the Philippines Lawrence Hardy II lauded the strong partnership of DENR, the local government of Bukidnon, the indigenous people of Mt. Kitanglad and other NGOs as their dedication and hard work contributed to the successful protection and conservation of the environment in the region while preserving the culture of the tribal communities at the same time.
“This is a testimony of how strong partnerships between the government, the local community and development partners can effect lasting and tangible improvements to the natural environment that can help restore and sustain healthy habitats for the Philippines’ rich biodiversity,” Hardy added.    
Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park (MKRNP), an ASEAN Heritage Park, is home to the Talaandig, Bukidnon, and Higaonon tribes. With the support of the DENR, the B+WISER partnered with the tribal community groups and the Kitanglad Integrated NGOs in conducting research and documentation on the indigenous peoples’ culture to come up with such book.
Aside from the launching of the book, DENR’s Assistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus Ricardo L. Calderon presented the state of LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection System implementation in Mindanao. LAWIN is a science-based assessment using innovative technology in monitoring the status of the environment especially the forest and biodiversity as well as the possible threats for this ecosystem.
Launched on 2016, LAWIN allows the communities and environment authorities to alleviate the status of the natural forest and also to properly manage the ecosystem against degradation and deforestation.



Departmentimg 9532 resized of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) recently hosted the Regional Environmental Academy which aims to harness both the technical and managerial expertise of the agency’s frontline managers in the field of environmental governance.

The 2-day training which was participated in by DENR-XI’s Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs and CENROs), also intends to further augment the Perspective, Experience, Attitude, Knowledge and Skills (P.E.A.K.S.) of the officials as pre-requisites to effective governance. It also aims to refine the knowledge of the officials on the Civil Service Commission Rules and Regulations, policies on protected areas and Land Administration Management System (LAMS) and Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.


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