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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 communities.

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 other communities
  • 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 and projects.

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 way
  • 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 communities

  • 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:

  • 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

How can communities avail of assistance under CLASP?

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 sources.

Composed of the ARED for Operations as Team Leader and the Regional Livelihood Focal Person, PENRO & CENRO as members.

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