The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Kalamansig headed by Forester Iskak G. Dipatuan and Provincial ENR Officer of Sultan Kudarat Shalimar A. Disomangcop together with the National Irrigation Administration – Sultan Kudarat Irrigation Management Office (SKIMO) headed by Engr. Gina L. Lozano signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the Tree Replacement Program between DENR – NIA – DSWD on October 24, held in CENRO Kalamansig.
It can be remembered that NIA- SKIMO proposed irrigation projects to improve the water supply of local farmers for their farms as the main source of their income.
These projects however affected some 1,424 trees of various species located at Brgy. Pansud and Barurao II, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat. With the signing of the said MOA, the planting of 100 seedlings for 1 cut indigenous tree and 50 seedlings for 1 cut planted tree is guaranteed as per DENR Memorandum Order 2012-02 dictates.
In his speech of commitment, CENR Officer Iskak Dipatuan encouraged all stakeholders to act, to ensure the sustainability of the tree replacement project with community participation associated with understanding and commitment to the application of technological innovation.
“The NIA- SKIMO is the first to comply with the JMC No. 01 series of 2014. This convergence between the DENR and NIA, by this MOA, is a manifestation of pursuing the AmBisyong Filipino 2040 towards Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay. ‘I would like to extend my gratitude to NIA Management and Staff and for the initiative of CENRO personnel for making this possible,” he said.
Meanwhile, PENRO Shalimar Disomangcop cited that this project's objective is to guarantee the sustainability of environmental resources.
“This momentous event aims to promote poverty alleviation through the incentive-based involvement of poor communities in the replacement of trees cut for government infrastructure projects,” he said.
Said activity is under DAO 2018-16 “Guidelines in the Processing and Issuance of Permits on the Removal and Relocation of Trees Affected by DPWH Projects”, DAO 2020-06 “Amending Certain Provisions and Expanding the Coverage of DENR Administrative Order No. 2018-16 “Guidelines in the Processing and Issuance of Permits on the Removal and Relocation of Trees Affected by DPWH/NGCP Projects” and JMC No. 01 Series of 2014 “Guidelines for the Implementation of the DPWH-DENR-DSWD Partnership on the Tree Replacement Project”.| With report and photo from CENRO Kalamansig IO Designate Aisa Abdulazis