What is DENR-CLASP?
The Community Livelihood Assistance Special Program
is the response of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
under the administration of Sec. Heherson T. Alvarez, to President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s call for poverty reduction and wealth
creation in the Philippines. CLASP aims to help alleviate poverty
and improve the quality of life in resource-dependent communities
in various areas in the Philippines through appropriate and environmentally
sound technologies, information, and other resources that will lead
to sustainable economic, social, and ecological benefits for these
Who are the target beneficiaries
of the program?
• Local communities
• People’s organization, NGOs
• Local government units
What types of assistance
will the program provide?
CLASP aims to provide livelihood opportunities
by serving as an information exchange and coordinating center for
facilitating access to available technologies, technical assistance,
and funding for livelihood projects from the DENR, its local and
foreign partners, private companies, and other organizations. It
will provide the following services:
- Identification and introduction of ENR-related livelihood/wealth
creating projects that can be adopted by upland, coastal, urban,and
- Provision of information and technical assistance for selection
of appropriate technology, preparation of livelihood or business
plan, sourcing of funds, etc. to start the implementation of livelihood
project or to expand existing ones that have the potential for
sustainability and commercial viability
- Provision of support services, such as skills training for project
beneficiaries and, cooperators, establishment of demonstration
or model sites, research and development of new or innovative
technologies for application in livelihood projects, market assistance,
documentation and dissemination of success stories
- Conduct of policy, program, systems, and necessary research
that aim to improve the sustainability of the ENR livelihood programs
What types of livelihood
projects could qualify for CLASP assistance?
The criteria for the selection of livelihood projects
for promotion by the CLASP are:
- Development of ENR in an environmentally sound and sustainable
- Technological viability, e.g., applies technologies developed
and tested by the DENR and others
- Market viability, or can potentially lead to a commercially
viable project that can contribute to wealth creation in the local
- Local adaptability and acceptability
- Simplicity and practical applicability and has the confidence
of the CLASP implementation Committees about its potential success.
- Can potentially elicit support from other sources of assistance,
e.g., LGUs, business companies, NGOs, etc.
What are the priority sites
for CLASP assistance?
The CLASP shall give priority consideration to
sites with the following attributes:
- Highly committed and supportive LGU
- At least one functional and good performing people’s organization
(PO) that is actively involved in ENR or poverty alleviation projects
What technologies may
be used for prototype livelihood projects?
Initially identified are the following:
How can communities avail of assistance under CLASP?
- Bamboo Propagation and Plantation Development
- Goat Production Under Forest Plantation
- Rapid Compost Production for Home Gardens and Nurseries
- Production of Charcoal Briquettes
- Gugo Propagation and Plantation Establishment
- Rattan Seedling Production
- Water Hyacinth for Handicraft and Flower Arrangement
- Micropropagation of Superior Bagras Clones
- Large Scale Production of Improved Seed and Clonal Materials for
Massive Plantation Program
- Medicinal and Herbal Plants
Interested local or community organizations, whether
government or non-government, can avail of assistance under the
program through the designated Regional Livelihood Assistance Teams
based in the DENR Regional Offices, or through the central office-based
Steering and Technical Committees.
How will the CLASP be implemented?
The DENR created a Steering Committee, Technical
Committee and Regional teams to coordinate and implement the program
under Special Order No. 2001-660.
Steering Committee (SC)
Oversee the development and implementation of CLASP
Co-chaired by a USED & the Senior Adviser,
with Bureau/Service Directors as members.
Technical Committee (TC)
Provide technical assistance to the SC, including identification
and packaging of viable livelihood projects, technical assistance
on technology application,a nd documentation of success stories
Composed of the members of the National Team created
under S.O, 2001-156, with the FMB Asst. Director as Chair
Regional/Provincial CLASP Teams
Provide assistance to LGU and project cooperators on the selection
of appropriate projects/technologies, selection of sites, preparation
of livelihood project plans, and other documents required by funding
Composed of the ARED for Operations as Team Leader
and the Regional Livelihood Focal Person, PENRO & CENRO as members.