Participants during the meeting: (L-R) For. Ma. Kristina P. Orpia (DENR-ERDB); Ms. Yolanda Tanyag (DOST-PCAARRD); For. Ma. Lourdes DC. Reyes (DENR-ERDB); For. Rowena D. Cabahug (UPLB-IAF), Ms. Leila Landicho (UPLB-IAF), Ms. Nemesis Ocampo (UPLB-IAF); Dr. Roberto G. Visco (UPLB); Mr. Noel A. Catibog (DOST-PCAARRD); Dr. Lydia Manguiat (DOST-CALABARZON); Lycel Polintan (DOST-CALABARZON); Dr. Engel R. Lalican (DOST-PCAARRD). Photo by Ms. Leila Landicho

DENR-ERDB will implement a new project on ecological services of four selected CBFM areas in CALABARZON under the PCAARRD-GIA program “Agroforestry Support Program for Enhancing Resiliency of Community-Based Forest Management Areas (ASPIRE-CBFM)” which was approved during the DOST Governing Council meeting on April 5, 2019 at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Diliman, Quezon City.

ASPIRE-CBFM is a three-year program spearheaded by the Institute of Agroforestry (UPLB-IAF) in collaboration with DENR-ERDB and DOST CALABARZON. It generally aims to build resilient and sustainable upland and coastal CBFM sites in CALABARZON through its three projects and respective proponents:

  • Project 1: Development of Agroforestry Support System for Sustainable CBFM Areas (Dr. Roberto G. Visco, UPLB-CFNR; also the Program Leader)
  • Project 2: Assessment of Ecological Services of Agroforestry in Selected CBFM Areas (For. Ma. Lourdes DC. Reyes, DENR-ERDB)
  • Project 3: Community Empowerment thru S&T (CEST) Project for Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) Areas (Dr. Lydia Manguiat, DOST CALABARZON)

In 2022, it is expected that the selected CBFM sites’ socio-economic and biophysical conditions are improved; ecological services of the current systems and practices are maintained; S&T interventions are provided; appropriate agroforestry models are developed; and institutional capacities of beneficiaries are enhanced.

An inception meeting will be held in June 2019 in Baguio City to strategically plan the specific activities and deliverables of the program and to facilitate harmonious implementation of the three collaborating agencies. For. Froilan Jay T. Menguito, FERD