KORONADAL CITY, SOUTH COTABATO - At least 16 officers and members from two (2) People’s Organizations (POs) in Kiamba, Sarangani Province were capacitated on the dynamics of organizational strengthening in a bid to enhance the implementation of Biodiversity Friendly Enterprise (BDFE) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region XII.
This came as a result of the rapid assessment on the existing enterprises of the Kiamba Municipal Council of Women (KMCW) and the Women in Nation Development of Sarangani (WINDS) Lumoyon conducted by the Protected Area Management Office of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (PAMO-SBPS) with the assistance from the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) through the Coastal Resource and Foreshore Management Section and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Kiamba.
The rapid assessment ensures that the endorsed enterprise is biodiversity-friendly and within the Multiple-Use Zone. The assessment of both the beneficiaries and the area is needed to determine the relevance, applicability and acceptability of the potential livelihood options.
CDD Chief Dr. Ali Hajinasser emphasized that the office should evaluate and assist the POs in strengthening the organization and their respective enterprise.
“To be a recipient of the BDFE enhancement, the DENR through the Biodiversity Management Bureau provides indicators for a biodiversity-friendly enterprise. It ascertains that the mechanism for sustainability of raw materials is in place and should complement the conservation of biodiversity-rich areas, among others,” Dr. Hadjinasser said.
Meanwhile, SBPS Protected Area Superintendent Joy C.Ologuin in her message underscored the importance of organizational and financial strengthening as requisites for the provision of assistance from the DENR.
“There is a good percentage that the vegetable noodles enterprise of the WINDS Lumoyon and the Cassava value added products of the KMCW will be considered.
Among the essence of the BDFE is to lessen water-based enterprises so that the pressure in the coastal ecosystems will also be reduced,” PASu Ologuin said.
The BDFE will heighten the awareness and participation of the communities within and around the protected areas and other areas of high biodiversity values in the wise use of biodiversity resources.
Moreover, Ms. Theoffany Joy D. Cabanda, an assisting professional who specializes on enterprise development and organizational management serves as the learning service provider for the two (2)-day refresher training.
She underscored the concepts and principles of enterprise development organizational management, policy, systems and procedures development and basic financial record keeping.
The Kiamba Municipal Council of Women is a five-year organization with an enterprise of Cassava added value products while the WINDS Lumoyon has been organized since 2012 and has been generating income for their vegie noodles.
BDFE as defined are the economic activities and practices of micro, small and medium enterprises, local government units and POs that promote sustainable use of biological resources create wealth and value and open opportunities for the equitable sharing of benefits among stakeholders. | RHSumagpao of CDD-CRFMS