April 22-23, 2015, Calamba, Laguna, Philippines. In June 2014, the project entitled “Collaborative Monitoring System for Enhanced Watershed Management in the Philippines” was favorably considered for funding by the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN). Implementation of the said project is concentrated on the Baroro Watershed, in La Union Province in the Philippines, which is hosted by five municipalities and one city, namely: San Gabriel, San Juan, Santol, Bagulin, Bacnotan and San Fernando. Results of the Forum on the Management of the Baroro Watershed conducted last September 18, 2014 revealed the need for capacity building of all stakeholders on monitoring activities and farming system that can contribute to the integrity of the Baroro Watershed.
“The watershed plays a critical role in the sustenance of its surrounding environment. Its vast natural resources provide an array of protective services and amenities, educational and scientific opportunities, as well as psycho-physiological influences. It is a rich source of plants, wood and other forest products that are economically valuable to the people dependent on the watershed. The watershed also provides water for domestic, agricultural and ecological maintenance services. It is also a haven for several communities that depend greatly on the watershed for its livelihood.” –National Research and Development Project for Watershed Management in the Philippines (NRDPWM)*
Seven participants from the LGU of Mogpog, Marinduque were invited to join the Baroro workshop as this municipality is the next site for the APN funded Watershed Management & Agroforestry project.
During the opening program, the Dean of the College of Forestry & Natural Resources (CFNR), Dr. Willy Abasolo welcomed the participants to their college. Professor Emeritus Asuncion K. Raymundo in her message as a representative of FEED, Inc. enjoined the participants to make the most of the workshop so they can apply what they will learn from this activity to their own municipalities. Former Mayor of San Fernando, La Union, Mary Jane Ortega, graced the occasion in behalf of her husband, Congressman Victor Ortega. She inculcated the importance of the presence of the participants in the workshop which meant that they are leaders in their municipalities. She shared that a leader must have 4 H’s (quote by Prof. Hirono): who said one must look into the “Horizon for a vision, Head to think, Hands to implement and Heart to do the task with love”.
The implementation of the training course entitled “Participatory Watershed Management and Agroforestry” scheduled on 20 to 24 April 2015 at the College of Forestry & Natural Resources (CFNR), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), College, Laguna is the last of the three training courses for the stakeholders of Baroro Watershed.
The aim of the activity was to provide awareness to the participants on the value of our watershed and exposure to various watershed monitoring equipment and procedures and farming systems. Participants to this course included Administrators, Chief Agricultural Officers, Education Officers, Foresters and other core staff from various government and NGO agencies and training centers related to the management of the Baroro Watershed and Agricultural Lands in the Philippines, including:
- National Research and Development Project for Watershed Management in the Philippines (NRDPWM)*
- Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR)
- Provincial Environment & Natural Resources Office (PENRO)
- Municipal Planning & Development Office (MPDO), Marinduqe
- Municipal Environment & Natural Resources Office (MENRO)
- National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)
- Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU)
- Local Government Units (LGUs), Province of La Union
- Department of Agriculture (DA)
26 participants took part in the course, designed as a follow up to the September 2014 multi-stakeholder forum held at Baroro:
- Antonio U. Castillo, Forester 1, DENR-PENRO, La Union
- Julio L. Lazo, Data Encoder, MENRO-MOGPOG, Marinduque
- Clarita L. San Juan, MENRO-MOGPOG, Marinduque
- Rizalie M. Lim, Education Officer, Admin. Aide, LGU-MOGPOG, Municipal Planning & Development Office (MPDO), Marinduque
- Jaime B. Mandos, AA’s II, LGU-MOGPOG, MPDO, Marinduque
- Enrico C. Nuñez, MAO, LGU-MOGPOG, MPDO, Marinduque
- John Lexter L. Carpo, SAA III, LGU-MOGPOG, MPDO, Marinduque
- Crispulo L. Marte, AA, LGU-MOGPOG, MPDO, Marinduque
- Alfredo R. Raoma Jr, DMO IV, DENR-PENRO, La Union
- Filipina F. Atabay, IO, DENR-PENRO, La Union
- Zenaida D. Meniano, Forester III, DENR-PENRO, La Union
- Abel S. Mangasep, Eng. Asst., Department of Agriculture, La Union
- Jack L. Bonto, AA, Office of Congressman Victor F. Ortega, La Union
- Richard M. Rivera, PAA I, Office of Congressman Victor F. Ortega, La Union
- Gladys Jade K. Sabo, Instructor, DMMMSU-NLUC, San Fernando, La Union
- Delia R. Lagmoy, CAO1, NCIP, La Union
- Roland F. Faminalagao, Draftsman I, PGLU – OPPDC, La Union
- Marcelo M. Cadiente Jr, Professor, DMMSU, San Fernando, La Union
- Luis M. Andres, Engr III, NCIP, La Union
- Grace L. Libong, COA I, PGLU, La Union
- Alan D. Pugong, A.I., LGU, Municipality of San Gabriel, La Union
- Gloria A. Salanga, PO III, PGLU, La Union
- Leonard C. Cachero, Instructor, DMMSU, San Fernando, Region 1, La Union
- Raul E. Uchayan, QCO, MSWO, La Union
- Alvin, P. Lazaga, Engr. I, Department of Agriculture (DA), Region 1, La Union
- Richard C. Neri, Engr.1, DA
PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES: Training Course on Watershed Management & Agroforestry, UPLB, 21-24 April 2015 22 April 2015 | FIELD VISIT
- A. Farm showcasing 1:4 Agroforestry Technology Barangay (Town), Pooc 2, Silang, Cavite.
- B. Gourmet Farms, Km. 52, Aguinaldo Highway, Buho, Silang, Cavite.
23 April 2015 | CFNR, UPLB
- 8:00-8:30 AM – Stream Monitoring in Watersheds, Forester Angela Limpiada, Project Staff, National Research and Development Project for Watershed Management
- 8:30-9:00 – Socio-economic Monitoring in Watersheds, Forester Nico Almarines, Project Staff, NRDPWM*
- 9:00-9:30 – Biodiversity Monitoring, Forester Maria Graciela Anna Arceo, Project Staff, NRDPWM
- 9:30-10:00 – Website & Instrumentation Mr. Joseph Aldrin Hao, Project Staff, NRDPWM
- 10:00-12:00 – Hands-on (Four groups)
- 12:00-1:00 PM – Lunch
- 1:00-5:00 – Training Evaluation & Planning for Next Activities & Closing
24 April 2015 | TRAVEL FROM LAGUNA to LA UNION PROVINCE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS FEED Inc. thanks all the organizers and sponsors who made this project possible, since the onset of this partnership in August 2, 2013, with the signing of Region I’s first major watershed restoration project supported by UPLB, DENR and the Mayor and Town of San Gabriel, La Union – with the launching of a Community Farming Village & Public Private Partnership geared towards the sustainable restoration of the Baroro Watershed and over 19,000 hectares of land and water resources in the region for La Union province.
- Office of Congressman Victor F. Ortega
- Municipal Government of San Gabriel, La Union
- Provincial Environment & Natural Resources Office (PENRO), DENR
- Fostering Education & Environment for Development, Inc. (FEED)
- University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)
- Office of Congressman Victor Ortega, 1st District of La Union
- Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU)
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Click here to download the course flyer: APN Baroro Training_Course on Watershed Management & Agroforestry (other stakeholders_program).
*About the National Research and Development Project for Watershed Management in the Philippines (NRDPWM). This project will be part of the network of watershed research centers that will be established in the country for database generation on Philippine watershed for future assessments of land use impacts and climate change on watershed functions. It involves the characterization and instrumentation of the three watersheds the Bombongan and Lewin, Quiaoit, and Saug watersheds following a standard procedure and a uniform set of instrumentation for the entire network-member watersheds. It is envisioned to be the basis for all decisions with regards to the sustainable management of watersheds in the country.
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