BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: At least P111.8 million worth of infrastructure projects under the Forestland Management Project (FMP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 2 were turned over in separate ceremonies to five local government units in the province.
The agroforestry support facilities were turned over to Rep. Luisa Lloren Cuaresma of the lone congressional district of Nueva Vizcaya by DENR Region 2 Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan and DENR provincial chief Giovannie Magat.
Irrigation pipeline systems were turned over to Barangay Nansiakan, Kayapa and Carolotan in Dupax del Sur; Barangay Nantawakan in Kasibu; and Barangay Salingsingan in Ambaguio town. Also turned over to the local government were the pathway in Barangay Bit-nong in Dupax del Norte; access road in Barangay Palabotan in Dupax del Sur; and two bridges in Barangay Canabay in Dupax del Sur.
Cuaresma expressed her gratitude to the DENR for allocating funds that will improve the lives of her constituents, whose livelihood depends on agriculture.
“The communities should support the DENR in protecting the environment by not practicing kaingin farming, joining in the protection against forest fires and being stewards of the environment,” she said.
Local officials of Ambaguio, Kayapa, Dupax del Sur, Dupax del Norte and Kasibu towns and representatives from people’s organizations also attended the turnover ceremonies.
Village officials, meanwhile, expressed their commitment to take care and maintain the infrastructure projects given to them.
Bambalan said these projects are primarily intended to provide convenient access to the more than 5,000-hectare plantations established by the DENR and people’s organizations under the FMP.
She said these projects will also facilitate economic activities as the produce of the farmers will be easily transported from the farm to the market.”While we support your livelihood, we hope you will not forget to conserve and develop our environment,” Bambalan told villagers.
Bambalan also expressed hopes that the projects will bridge partnership among the national government agencies, local government and the community in the protection and rehabilitation of the forestlands.