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Kabankalan, Candoni ink MOA

The signing of a memorandum of agreement for the Forest Land Use Plan and Community-Based Forest and Mangrove Management Project-KFW project was held yesterday in Kabankalan City, led by Kabankalan Mayor Isidro Zayco, Candoni Mayor Jechonias Manzano, and Department of Environment and Natural Resources officers.

Present during the program were Valentine Talabero, provincial environment officer, Edgardo Rostata, Kabankalan CENRO officer, forester Anselmo Cabrera, TA for Panay/FLUP specialist-KFW-GIZ; Manuel Jose Mari Infante, vice president, Land Bank of the Philippines, R-6; forester Livino Duran, RTD for forestry-DENR,R-6, and Julian Amador, CESO III, regional executive director-DENR, R-6, a press release from Kabankalan said.

Zayco and Manzano gave responses after the signing followed by the unveiling of a project poster by the two mayors, councilors from the local government, DENR, KFW and LBP.

Zayco said FLUP will help Kabankalan become a center of ecotourism in the south with the development of its lush forest and an empowered community. The mayor hopes this project can restore the forest, improve the economic situation of the upland communities, push technological advancement and increase production of forest goods and services, the press release said.

Meanwhile, Manzano said he hopes CBFMMP will help bring back 602 hectares of forestland in Candoni, with one third to be used for agroforestry for local upland communities.

CBFMMP aims at rehabilitating and protecting over 5000 hectares in Region 6. With improved forest management, the communities will share in its benefits to improve their living condition, Rostata said.

The project is financed by the government of the Philippines and Germany with the assistance of LandBank and the DENR.

The signing was coordinated by the city engineer office headed by Rogelio Diaz, the press release added.*

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