The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 7 was adjudged as 1st place winner during the Regional Presentations of Post-project Assessment Report of the Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project (MBFDP) held at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel, Ermita, Manila last February 4-5, 2016.

Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) as the national coordinator of MBFDP, organized the event participated in by some senior officials of DENR Central Office, DENR Regional Directors as presenters, Research Center Heads, MBFDP Coordinators, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs), and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs). Ms. Emma E. Melana, MBFDP Region 7 Coordinator presented the report in lieu of DENR 7 Regional Director Isabelo R. Montejo. Included in the report presentation is Region 7’s contribution of about 10% of the MBFDP national target of 50,000 hectares. DENR 7 has planted 4,947.41 ha out of its 4,728 ha target or a 105% accomplishment.

The Post-project Assessment Presentation was an event aimed to provide venue to discuss CY 2015 MBFDP’s implementation outcomes by region. Eleven (11) implementing regions joined and presented their Post-project reports namely: Regions 4A, 4B, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, and the newly created Region 18 or the Negros Island Region (NIR).

The presentations focused on MBFDP Implementation (Accomplishments in terms of seedling production, area planted, social mobilization strategies, jobs generated and number of men and women benefited by the project, issues and problems addressed, lessons learned, innovations and technology generated, and the project sustainability mechanism).

A poster presentation competition re MBFDP implementation by province was also jointly held. The said activity requires participating PENROs to showcase and highlight their accomplishments in a creative way through posters. Bohol province of Region 7 made it also to the 3rd place out of 36 entries in the poster presentation category.

MBFDP is one of the projects under the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Program of areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda and other disasters in 2013, such as the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Bohol, Zamboanga siege, etc. It is lodged at ERDB to have science-based implementation strategies to ensure the attainment of objectives and success. Neil Kristianne Digal - BCWERC 7