A.III.a.1 Management of Forestlands and Forest Resources  

The effective and efficient management of forestlands and forest resources require sufficient and reliable databases that provide as tool for decision-making and policy formulation which in effect are essential in monitoring, assessment,   and reporting of actual operations on the ground. 

 The forestry sector shall continue to intensify efforts towards information technology through the implementation of the Forestry Information System (FIS) and the Forest Stock Monitoring System (FSMS).  These are currently being implemented by the regional offices in the extensive management of forestlands and forest resources.  FIS concerns with the production of countryside statistical and geographic information on the forests situation, while FSMS, to a large extent deals with field implementation and data gathering that includes:  1) pre-harvest inventory; 2) timber harvesting monitoring activities; 3) post-harvesting residual forest inventory; 4) collection of forest charges, government share and  silvicultural fees; 5) log transport documentation; 6) log sales and transport; and 7) manual reporting system. 

 For FY 2011, the preparation of forest investment portfolio is a major activity under this program.  The development of portfolio packages will provide prospective investors with different forestry project options to engage with.  The portfolio approach will encourage private sectors to participate and invest in forestry projects, ensure that forestry projects are in accordance with national and local plans, and allow synergy and convergence of all government programs.  All portfolio packages for the forestry programs and projects will be part of the Forest Land-Use Plan (FLUP) and the Comprehensive Land-Use Plan (CLUP) that will show the specific geographical areas where the programs will be implemented and with endorsement of all concerned offices.  

 Different processes involved in the preparation of investment portfolios include the following: a)  leveling-of with LGU and NCIP and other stakeholders through meetings and discussions;   b)  preparation of FLUP through participatory approach;  c)  getting agreement/concurrence from LGUs and NCIP on the specific geographical areas, with maps included through a resolution (LGU) and/or joint memorandum (NCIP);  d)  preparation of development plan;             e) securing clearances and permits such as ECC and NCIP clearance;  and           f)  public bidding to prospective investors based on pre-feasibility study and floor price. 

 

A.III.a.2 Forest Development

This program deals with the efficient and effective development, management, and conservation of forestlands and watersheds through reforestation especially of the critically denuded/degraded forestlands.  Reforestation and rehabilitation activities in order to restore the forestlands involves establishment of plantation areas as safeguard against soil erosion, landslides, floods and other ecological devastation.

The resources of the DENR for CY 2009 in forest development and management have been substantially reconfigured in order to accelerate the restoration of the environmental service functions of vital watersheds and protected areas through the implementation of the Upland Development Program or UDP (reforestation and agroforestry). This UDP being implemented in all regions including ARMM, is the department’s major support to the government’s Economic Resiliency Plan by providing a comprehensive livelihood and emergency employment program to mitigate hunger and reduce poverty.

 

The UDP activities are directed mainly to the upland areas of the provinces identified as priority under the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation and Poverty Alleviation Program of the government; the watersheds of major irrigation, power and municipal water systems; the headwaters of major river systems or river basins; highly vulnerable protection forestlands, mangroves, urban, coastal areas; areas affected by natural calamities; and degraded areas in protected areas.  There are four (4) modes or schemes of development relative to the implementation of UDP.  These are the following: a) reforestation;                b) agroforestry; c) assisted natural regeneration; and d) enrichment planting.

 

The beneficiaries of UDP are the People’s Organizations (POs) engaged in the Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) strategy, upland farmers and coastal households, senior citizens, and in-and-out of school youth.

 

The DENR, in 2011 will continuously implement UDP as one of its banner programs.  From the 7.3 million hectares of potential area for development all over the Philippines, around 2.0 million hectares only have been planted as of 2009.  Confronting the issue that reforestation of the remaining 5.3 million hectares at the pace we are going requires more than a hundred years to fully cover its revegetation, the Department, thus, has to accelerate the undertaking in order to significantly reforest and rehabilitate especially the denuded and highly degraded areas.