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"Cordillera, region of wonder hail..."

June 9, 2015 at 9:50am


"...beloved land, your name we shall not fail." -From the Cordillera hymn.



he celebration of the 28th Cordillera Month come July, highlights the relevance of the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2) to highland rural development.



The goal of the CHARMP2 is poverty reduction and improved quality of life of rural highland indigenous peoples/communities in the Cordillera. 


One of its four-fold purposes in achieving this goal is “Conserved and improved highland forests and watersheds based on sustainable practices.”


We therefore welcome this month-long celebration bearing the theme “Protecting the environment for a greener Cordillera” as a direct sustaining effort to the ongoing efforts of the local government unit (LGUs), indigenous communities and the CHARMP2 in the reforestation, conservation and protection of our forests and watersheds.


To highlight its efforts in greening and protecting the environment in the Cordillera, the CHARMP2 launched its fourth School-on-Air (SoA) course titled “Managing our Living Inheritance: A preparatory course for forest guardians.” 


SoA is one of the strategies used by the Project in bringing about useful information and social change particularly to its four SoA-covered-provinces namely Abra, Benguet, Kalinga and Mountain Province.


This SoA course on natural resource management was conceptualized mainly to help educate the people on the proper management of natural resources in the Cordillera region.


Given that one of the main thrusts of the Project is on agriculture, it is but timely and appropriate to share more information relevant to the protection of all factors fuelling the agriculture-related livelihoods and industries. Among these factors include watersheds which are the main source of water, both for agricultural and domestic use. This fourth and final course is both a learning and an advocacy campaign dubbed “Kabakiran ti Kordilyera, aywanan!” which will run for about 4 months through its partner radio stations in the provinces. 


Since Cordillera is highly dominated by indigenous peoples governed by their indigenous knowledge systems and practices, this course intends to galvanize its listeners to become empowered leaders and advocates in managing the watershed and natural resources in their ancestral domain.


The course module was divided into four modules that shall exactly fit into a four-month long broadcast. 


The SoA is seen to complement and enhance the Project’s efforts towards the implementation and sustainability of the CWCFMA component subprojects specifically reforestation and agroforestry. Primarily, the course module focuses on the land and its resources, principles and practices in managing natural resources, ongoing efforts relevant to natural resource management, and innovative frameworks towards sustainable natural resource management.


This SoA course will be implemented in partnership with PLGU-Environment and Natural Resource Office (ENRO) and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples through their commitments that were sought during the launching cum orientation proper last month. 


At present, Abra and Benguet provinces are already full blast in implementing the NRM course. //Janice B. Agrifino


Abra Provincial Coordinator Dr. Rosemarie Tesoro and Mr. Philip Tingonong, retired PPDC and NRM consultant, showed their interest and dedication in protecting and sustaining the remaining forests and watersheds in the province during the launching of the SoA course on NRM. The Province of Abra was the first among the four SoA-covered provinces in CAR to launch the said course last May 5, 2015 in Bangued, Abra with 157 official enrollees.

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