COMMUNITY FORESTRY FOUNDATION-QUIRINO, INCORPORATED (CFFQI)

Introduction

INTRODUCTION

The phasing-out of the German contribution to the CFPQ and DFNSIP leads to dissolving the existing project organizational structure for project planning, coordination and technical support. This means that the former functions and responsibilities of the CFPQ project management team and the site management teams require continuation by the LGUs, DENR and other organizations and institutions. Thus, CFPQ steered a process to establish a MOA among collaborators and stakeholders, who have responsibilities for the planning and implementation of CBFM in Quirino province.

MOA

Strengthening CBFM Multi-Sectoral Collaboration, and Creating a Foundation for Cross-Sectoral Services in the Province of Quirino

THERE WAS A NEED FOR THE FORMULATION OF THE MOA BECAUSE….

  • It confirms that Quirino cbfm is at the forefront for validating effective mechanisms for collaborative planning and management
  • It aims to further validate the cbfm strategy so that the denr confirms and executes policy for more effective and efficient implementation of cbfm programs.
  • It purposefully supports facilitating collaborative and multi-sectoral cbfm planning and management at local, regional and national levels.
  • It addresses the need for continuity in terms of essential roles and responsibilities for cbfm collaborative planning and management.
  • It aims to harmonize initiatives undertaken by other organizations working together with POs as well as influencing natural resource management in Quirino province.
  • It also signals a concensus to establish a foundation that will interface with collaborators and provide cross-sectoral services
  • It will be entered into by the PGQ, DENR, MLGs (quirino), PO Fed (qseed), NCIP, EWW, CI and the EcoGov
  • It has 5 significant attachments which form an integral part of the MOA
    1. Roles of Quirino CBFM Collaborators (A)
    2. Proposed (DENR) Special Fund for Collaborative Management; and Quirino CBFM Implementation Matrix: Physical Targets and Operating Costs (B)
    3. Provincial Government of Quirino: 5-year Indicative Personnel Resource Support Plan – Staff having  Responsibility for CBFM implementation (C )
    4. Municipal Government: 5-year indicative personnel resource support plan – staff having responsibility for cbfm implementation (D)
    5. DENR-Quirino: 5-year indicative personnel resource support plan (E)
  • The MOA consists of 14 agreements
  1. Objectives of the collaborators and stakeholders
  2. Validity of the MOA
    • took effect upon signing
    • the MOA is made with the expectation that all obligations and responsibilities shall remain valid for at least 5 years.
    • Renewal is an option to further ensure sustainability of cbfm strategy
  3. Obligations and responsibilities of the PGQ
  4. Obligations and responsibilities of the DENR
  5. Obligations and responsibilities of the municipal local government administration
  6. Obligations and responsibilities of the PO Federation (QSEED)
  7. Obligations and responsibilities of the NCIP
  8. Obligations and responsibilities of the CI
  9. Obligations and responsibilities of the EWW
  10. Obligations and responsibilities of the EcoGov
  11. Create a Foundation
  12. Authority given to the foundation
  13. Attachments to the MOA
  14. Consent to the MOA

Creation of the Foundation

CREATION OF THE FOUNDATION – THE CFFQI

The MOA Agreement XI and Agreement XII signify the intention to establish a Foundation.

The Foundation will be complementing services under the jurisdiction of the local government units and DENR. Accordingly, the Foundation will draw some of its staff and operational budget from the Provincial Government of Quirino and the respective Municipal LGUs, and DENR.

The Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Foundation will have an essential role to harmonize and synchronize the Foundation’s program areas with priorities agreed on with local government units and DENR. The first BOT shall be approximately 50:50 representations between public agency (LGU, DENR, or academe) representatives and private side (community, people’s organization, indigenous people’s organization, NGO, or other) representatives. The final adopted By-Laws will stipulate subsequent BOT composition and election procedures.

The Foundation shall establish an annual Memorandum of Agreement with the Provincial Government of Quirino and DENR on their budget contribution to support start-up operational costs for implementation of the Foundation’s program areas. The Provincial Government of Quirino and DENR shall give authority to the Foundation to utilize and manage selected facilities, equipment and vehicle(s).

Whereas the respective CBFM Collaborators have specific responsibilities and obligations based on the mandate of their organizations and specialized services to provide, the Foundation will concentrate on cross-sectoral services.

The interface will help ensure that the expected qualities for collaboration and implementation are consistently drawn together. For hands-on purposes, the interaction (see Figure 5) between CBFM collaborators and the staff of the Foundation will systematically call for an exchange of experience. Furthermore, the regular interaction will help determine priorities for the program areas of the Foundation. The Foundation will provide cross-sectoral services to support the identified priorities and support the core of the interface. The priority services will form the Annual Work Plan of the Foundation.

Figure 5: Interaction between CBFM Collaborators and the Staff of the Foundation

The expected interaction between the CBFM collaborators and the staff of the Foundation will be part of the Quirino CBFM network. This network comprises the CBFM collaborators, the Foundation, financial intermediaries, the private sector, and the DENR Convergence Desk (see Figure 6). The Quirino CBFM Implementation Frameworks specify the priority support system responsibilities of the CBFM collaborators, financial intermediaries, and the private sector.

The expected interaction between the CBFM collaborators and the staff of the Foundation will be part of the Quirino CBFM network. This network comprises the CBFM collaborators, the Foundation, financial intermediaries, the private sector, and the DENR Convergence Desk (see Figure 6). The Quirino CBFM Implementation Frameworks specify the priority support system responsibilities of the CBFM collaborators, financial intermediaries, and the private sector.

Figure 6: The Quirino CBFM Network

The DENR CBFM Convergence Desk will facilitate linkages between the Quirino CBFM network so that other regional and national groups can focus on selected themes and further validate collaborative planning and management mechanisms.

CFFQI

COMMUNITY FORESTRY FOUNDATION-QUIRINO, INCORPORATED (CFFQI)

Capitol Hills, Cabarroguis, Quirino

SEC REGISTRATION NO. CN200340443
TIN 004-067-751

VISION

“Community Forestry Foundation-Quirino envisions empowered, efficiently nourished and environmentally – conscious communities of men and women from different ages and cultures, governed by legitimate partnership based on uncompromised commitment and dedication; steered by strong determination to sustainably protect, manage, conserve and equitably share its natural resources, aspiring for a peaceful and humane society founded on truth, freedom, justice and love driven by a strong belief that fervent prayers and faith in God Almighty gives meaning and purpose to human life.”

MISSION

“To ensure the sustained collaborative management amongst implementors of the CBFM in Quirino by implementing its mandate as stated in the Memorandum of Agreement, and to institutionalize and establish dynamic, independent, flexible and adapting, model and sustainable organization that assists other organizations.”

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

  1. Strengthen and consolidate People’s Organizations and local communities’ capacities to protect, manage and utilize in a sustainable manner their natural resources;
  2. Have an effective alternative to one agency having responsibility for cross-sectoral program areas, namely: Collaborative Planning Management & Capacity Development (CPMCD), provision of Geographic Information System (GIS) Services, management of the Training Center, and Clonal Services;
  3. Establish an effective partner of the provincial government and the DENR for continuity of selected program areas of CFPQ;
  4. Effectively utilize selected assets turned-over by CFPQ to the provincial government and the DENR;
  5. Realize a non-political base for support to Natural Resource Management on forest land, which is the Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) program;
  6. Create an institution that limits bureaucratic layers, facilitate a positive acceptance by public and private stakeholders, and responds to declared priorities; and;
  7. Increase the potential for resource mobilization (access to funding agencies and investors) as well as public-private-partnerships.

The Community Forestry Foundation-Quirino, Incorporated

The then RP-German Community Forestry Project of Quirino steered a process to establish a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) among Collaborators and Stakeholders who have responsibilities for the planning and implementation of community-based forest management in Quirino Province. The MOA specifies obligations of Signatories for “Strengthening CBFM Multi-Sectoral Collaborations” in the Province of Quirino.

The MOA confirms that Quirino is at the forefront of validating effective mechanisms for collaborative planning and management. The MOA signals a consensus for the creation of the Community Forestry Foundation-Quirino, Incorporated that will be complementing services under the jurisdiction of the LGUs and the DENR in order to sustain the Community-Based Forest Management strategy that the RP-German CFPQ had initiated.

The Goal of the MOA and the purpose of the Foundation have significant interface in order to undertake collaborative natural resource management in the Province of Quirino. The core of the interface stresses the following:

  • CBFM Collaborative Planning and Management Mechanisms
  • CBFM Support Services
  • PO’s Roles and Responsibilities
  • Requirements and objectives of Quirino CBFM Implementation Frameworks

While different CBFM Collaborators/Stakeholders have specific responsibilities and obligations based on the mandates of their respective organizations and specialized services to provide, the CFFQI concentrates on delivering cross-cutting    services. The Program areas of the Foundations are:

  • Collaborative Planning, Management and Capacity Development Services
  • CBFM Training Services
  • Geographic Information System Services
  • Clonal Nursery and Agroforestry Services

The above Program Areas of the Foundation aims to strategically support collaborators and stakeholders’ validation that practical concepts and procedures for sustainable community natural resource management are institutionalized and used in a functional manner by People’s Organizations, Local Government Units (LGUs), Government Agencies and other Institutions. The Foundation have responsibilities to not only provide support services, but also has vital task to monitor and evaluate the process undertaken to validate effective mechanisms for collaborative planning and management. The Foundation’s responsibility for validation will help develop and improve mechanisms for implementation in Quirino and replication by DENR in the region or elsewhere in the country.

The interface help ensure that the expected qualities for collaboration and implementation are consistently drawn together. For hands-on purposed, the interaction between Collaborators for natural resource management and the staff of the foundation systematically calls for an exchange of experience. Furthermore, the regular interaction helps determine priorities for the program areas of the foundation. The Foundation provides cross-sectoral services to support the identified priorities and supports the core of the interface. The priority services from the Annual Work plan of the Foundation.

The organizational structure of the Foundation is very unique considering that the composition of staff is made up of staff seconded from the different offices of the PLGU. The origins are either from the Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Office (PNREO), Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg), Provincial Governor’s Office (PGO) and the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO). The Foundation is managing its collaborative Natural Resource Management (NRM) in the Province the Quirino Collaborative CBFM Structure as a mechanism.

The Foundation is currently working on Collaborative Annual Work Plan that was planned and prepared together with the Inter-Institutional Management Team from DENR-CENRO’s and PENRO. Aside from this workplan, the foundation is working on its priority services or internal Work Plans prepared by its Program Areas.

The Foundation currently delivers its cross-cutting services to natural resource management collaborators at the Municipal and Provincial Levels of LGUs following existing Collaborative mechanisms that are in placed.

Services Offered

SERVICES OFFERED

There are four program areas of the Foundation. The Annual Work Plans of the Foundation will specify priority tasks for the staff. The following is a brief description of each program area and its emphasis on cross-sectoral services.

  1. COLLABORATIVE PLANNING, MANAGEMENT & CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

The Foundation will organize workshops and seminars. The subjects will range from collaborative planning to on-site monitoring CBFM implementation. Networking and information flow among institutions concerned will be an essential objective for service provision. The PO Profile[1] documentation will be an integral part of this service. The Foundation will have a vital role supporting policy monitoring. These activities will focus on advocacy as well as on the development and validation of meaningful mechanisms for collaborative management of natural resources.

Indicator                     : Implement collaborative planning and capacity development services

Expected Output        : Landuse plans, established through participative methods, remained a pre-condition to guarantee and

control land use and resource rights within the community through collaborative planning and  management are strengthen;

Organized workshops and seminars with subjects that range from collaborative planning to on-site monitoring CBFM implementation;

Supported policy monitoring that focuses on advocacy, networking as well as on the development of meaningful mechanisms for collaborative management of natural resources;

Standards for collaborative planning and capacity development are promoted and appropriate preparation of inter-agency planning workshops at the municipal and provincial level are facilitated;

Recommended roles of CBFM stakeholder are appropriately assessed.

2.   GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM SERVICES

The center will maintain close working relations with LGUs (MPDO, PPDO, and PNREO) and the DENR-PENRO, while being able to provide services to other organizations. One of the main responsibilities for collaboration will be the map documents for municipal land use planning. The center will also offer pay-for-use services to LGUs, DENR and other organizations and institutions

Indicator                     : Provide services  through the aid of a geographic information system

Expected output         : close collaborations with LGUs and the DENR  are maintained while providing services to other

organizations;

cartographic database of Quirino Province are maintained, completed and updated regularly;

pay-for-use services to LGUs, DENR and other organizations and institutions are implemented;

Gis trining related services, which emphasize map digitizing and composition, GIS analysis, GPS surveys in  aide of   collaborative landuse planning are offered to LGUs, DENR and other CBFM collaborators.

3. CLONAL NURSERY SERVICES

The nursery will continue to be the source for seedling material and demonstration activities.

Indicator                     : Manage Clonal Nursery

Expected Output        : system for the sale and dispersal of seedlings are managed;

Endemic and fast growing species using clonal propagation technology are propagated;

The fifteen hectares ecological development project is managed;

Technical assistance on request to interested Pos regarding Clonal propagation and plantation establishment are

provided.

4. TRAINING CENTER SERVICES

The services will support the availability of standard courses for POs and collaborators providing CBFM support services. The Center will take the lead for the development of the program for the “CBFM Academy”. The primary use of the facilities will be training courses for POs and their CBFM collaborators, computer use, and collaborative planning and management capacity development activities.

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