Monday, March 10, 2014

BPP to conduct skills and product enhancement to LMKBA

By Johny S. Natad

Alegria, Surigao del Norte, March 10 – The Biodiversity Partnerships Project (BPP) will be conducting skills and product design improvement on April 28 to May 9, 2014 at municipalities in  Lake Mainit Key Biodiversity Area (LMKBA) as part of the BPP support intervention to identified biodiversity-friendly business enterprises.

In a statement during a meeting-visit to four lakeshore municipalities, BPP investment specialist Vivian Castillon bared that the project will be assisting the identified peoples’ organization (POs) engaging biodiversity-friendly business enterprises to sustainably manage their existing enterprises by providing them relevant skills training and product designing enhancement.

“The project is engaging the expertise of the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) for the capacity upgrading of our POs in product enhancement,” Castillon said during the meeting-visit.

With the approval of the LGU representatives and participating POs, the BPP through the DCP will be conducting capacity and skills enhancement training which include product enhancement and product development to Tubod, Surigao del Norte on April 28 to May 1, 2014 and to Jabonga, Agusan del Norte on May 7 to 9, 2014. A training-workshop on product enhancement and product development will be conducted to Alegria, Surigao del Norte on May 2 to 3, 2014 and to Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte on May 5 to 6, 2014.

The DCP will lead the conduct of the skills training especially on bleaching, dyeing, scouring, finishing and designing using the native raw products such as bamboo, abaca, rattan, nito, agsam, water lily among others to 15 to 20 identified participants each from the four municipalities.

BPP investment, design teams visit LMKBA

By Johny S. Natad

Alegria, Surigao del Norte, March 10 – The Biodiversity Partnerships Project (BPP) investment specialist and product design specialist recently visited the four Lake Mainit municipalities on March 4-5, 2014.

Vivian Castillon, the BPP investment specialist met the LGU officials, employee and peoples’ organization (POs) of the municipalities of Tubod, Alegria, Kitcharao and Jabonga to validate the identified existing biodiversity-friendly business enterprises and to determine needed supports of intervention.

“The BPP is promoting biodiversity-friendly enterprise existing in the area and help to determine the needed intervention to scale up the enterprise in order to match it in the prevailing market,” Castillon emphasized.

Castillon added that the visit also intend to determine existing skills of the POs on their existing business enterprise. The enterprise identified should be enhanced and the products should be value added. With this, the project aims to help the existing enterprise enhance its design or improve the product packaging.

Along with Castillon are the designing specialist from Design Center of the Philippines like Ms. Ria Ann Legaspi, the senior industrial designer and Mr. Jesus Dumilod, the junior researcher who identified necessary skills training and product development to POs who engage their biodiversity-friendly enterprises.

During the visit, the participating POs presented their products mostly used of fabric cloths and jean, bamboo, rattan, abaca, nito, agsam and water lily.

Based on the colloquial conversation with the POs and the LGU representatives, the team identified skills enhancement and product design development of the participating POs who are engaging biodiversity-friendly enterprises as part of the project support intervention.

The visit was made possible with the assistance of the LMDA-BPP Team Leader Omar Barillo, DENR-13/PAWZCMS-BPP Staff Albe Duyapat, and the four LMDA action officers of Jabonga, Kitcharao, Alegria, and Tubod. (JSN/LMDA)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

LMDA bares year 2 BPP accomplishments

By Johny S. Natad

Surigao City, February 18 – During the 6th LMDA Expanded Technical Working Group (ETWG) meeting held on Monday at Philippine Gateway Hotel, this city, the Lake Mainit Development Alliance (LMDA) recently revealed accomplishments on its Partnerships for Biodiversity Conservation: Mainstreaming in Local Agricultural Landscapes otherwise known as the Biodiversity Partnerships Projects (BPP) second year implementation.

In his presentation to ETWG, Mr. Omar Barillo, the LMDA-BPP project coordinator bared the 2013 target deliverables and its achievements particularly on the mainstreaming of biodiversity-friendly projects programs and policies in local government units (LGUs) within Lake Mainit influence area.

He bared that all LGUs have received necessary trainings/workshops and there are seven out of 8 LGUs having Biodiversity Responsive Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs).    

The project also conducted biodiversity mainstreaming in the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) in the Municipality of Tubod, Surigao del Norte as the pilot area among LGUs within Lake Mainit Key Biodiversity Area (LMKBA) which was done on December 12-13, 2013 and February 12-14, 2014 while the third phase of the training process will be set on March this year.

Barillo said that the “Local Project Site Committee (LPSC) is operational. The LPSC is also known as the Expanded Technical Working Group (ETWG) of LMDA”.

In terms of data and knowledge management, Barillo bared that at least six workshops were conducted in the transboundary planning. The workshop output aims to update and enhance LMDA Environmental Management Plan (EMP).

As part of the project deliverables, the LMDA also maintained website blogs; conducted a documentation on LM- Unified Fishery Ordinance implementation and level of attainment; conducted two (2) Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting; and attended four (4)  Inter-Agency Technical Working Group (IATWG) meeting, two (2) workshops and a Mid-Year end Assessment.

Barillo added that the project has conducted conservation awareness on biodiversity conservation in Lake Mainit KBA documented. There were already two (2) local conservation areas delineated and been lobbied with the Sangguniang Bayan of Alegria, Surigao del Norte and Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte for deliberation at the different committees.

Meanwhile, the MS-Center for Optimal Research and Development (MS-CORD) has completed the biodiversity assessment in four Agusan del Norte municipalities. Another biodiversity assessment to Surigao del Norte municipalities will be conducted this year. (JSN/LMDA)

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