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RATIONALE

      The Forest Management Bureau (FMB), a staff bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), is mandated to provide support for the effective protection, development, occupancy management, and conservation of forestlands and watersheds. In view of this mandate, the FMB provides technical support and assist in the monitoring of all forestry-related projects, programs and activities that the DENR is presently pursuing.

      As a critical factor in the efforts of the FMB to support all of these activities, there is a need to provide all the necessary information to all the different actors for the effective implementation of these projects. There is a need to manage the tremendous quantity of data that is generated from all of these activities and transform them into meaningful information that will provide support for the effective supervision and monitoring of all these projects and planning future interventions.

      This project is a major output of the pilot project on the "Development and Implementation of the Pilot Project of the Forestry Statistics Information System" [PD 41/99 Rev.1 (M)]. The information system modules have already been developed and implemented in the Central Office and the two Pilot Regional Offices. Unfortunately the outputs of the two pilot regions do not reflect the forest situation in the entire Philippines. Therefore, the rest of the DENR Forest Management Services in the regional, provincial and community offices must adopt and implement the Forestry Information System (FIS) to produce countrywide statistical and geographic information on the forest situation.

OBJECTIVES

1.1. Development Objective

      The Adoption and Implementation of Forestry Information System (FIS) for the Philippines Project is envisioned to promote and enhance the sustainable management of forest in the Philippines through improved data collection and information processes.

1.2 Specific Objective

      To develop and implement a country-wide information system for forest policy and management.

MAJOR COMPONENTS/ACTIVITIES

      The project is intended to implement the results of the ITTO funded Development and Implementation of the Forestry Statistics Information System Pilot Project (PD-41/99) results nationwide for a period of twenty-four (24) months.

      First-year project implementation will focus on two aspects: (1) equipping the regional forestry units of the DENR with appropriate information technologies and (2) training and capacity building for field personnel to develop the necessary skills in data management and in effectively using the technology provided.

1.       Training teams will be deployed to the regional offices to conduct capacity building sessions on database management for attribute data building and geographic information systems (GIS) technology for handling spatial information. The training team will be composed of personnel involved in the development and pilot testing of the data management practices and computer systems developed under the previous FSIS project.

2.       Training will be done with a mixture of lecture with intensive hands-on exercises. On-the-job training wherein participants will apply theory to actual practice by doing actual collection and generation of actual attribute data and maps of their administrative jurisdiction using GIS will immediately follows this. Up to ten (10) participants per regional office will attend a total of seven (7) technical training courses. Two or more personnel each from every community office (CENRO) and provincial office (PENRO) will be taught on how to collect and transcribe attribute data into the computer database applications to be provided.

3.       Several follow-thru visits by the technical training team will be made to assess, validate and fine-tune participants' capacities.

4.       Computer hardware and software must be procured and deployed before the scheduled training in a specific regional office. Availability of IT resources is necessary, as these will be used for the lecture and GIS exercises during the on-the-job training. Eventually, the same IT equipment and systems will be deployed to every community field office (CENROs).

5.       Forestry data collected and processed, as output of the on-the-job training exercise will form the initial content of the forestry statistics data repository. Data buildup begins as early as the third project month after the first batch of training participants starts on-the-job training.

      On the second year, the focus will be in intensifying the forestry data collection and buildup effort that began in year one.

1.       With the capacity developed and IT resources deployed in year one of the FIS, the regional offices, thru the community offices, are expected to be actively building up forestry data in their respective areas.

2.       The data buildup is a distinct task but will be done in the context of the performance of regulatory and technical functions already performed at the regional level. Eventually, data collection and generation must not be considered as a separate activity in addition to what the regional offices are already performing but a task to be internalized and assimilated as part and parcel of every forestry-related function.

3.       To enhance buy-in by field offices to implement FIS, data collection and aggregation will follow the established field reporting procedure with the community offices providing the most detailed data. At the next level, provincial data is submitted and aggregated at the provincial environment and natural resources offices. Regional offices will serve as data repositories of their respective forestry information, use the database for local assessment, analysis and decision-making, and provide operational maps downstream to community offices to support grassroots planning and operations.

      The Forest Economics Division will build on the accomplishments and outputs of the previous FSIS project by continuing as lead implementing unit for FIS, to be implemented in twenty-four (24) months.

TARGET BENEFICIARIES

      The primary stakeholders of the Philippine Forestry Statistics are the policy and decision-makers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Other stakeholders include both national and international organizations and investors. International stakeholders include International Timber Trade Organization (ITTO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nation/ECE, European Union (EU), Foreign Investors, etc.

      Institutional stakeholders include national government agencies, local government units, and the legislative branch. Stakeholders of note include, but not limited to, Congress, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Private Sectors like the Philippine Wood Producers Association (PWPA), Non-government Organizations (NGO), Investors, the Academe, students, and researchers.

      Virtually all users of information, whether strategic or operational, for forest-related planning, program execution, control and policy-making are expected to benefit from this project. The project is intended to provide consistent and more contemporary information for forestry sector managers at the field, analysts and policy makers within the Forest Management Bureau, the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources, other executive agencies, legislature, local and international agencies. Improved consistency in information is attained with having a unified data repository containing data gathered in a more systematic manner.

      On the side of the sources of information, data custodians and providers in particular will benefit with enhanced knowledge, skills, and technologies to improve collection, integration and sharing of forestry data. Forestry personnel at all levels tasked with providing the necessary information will be better equipped and empowered to do their respective jobs.

      Information generated by the FIS Project will be made available through a single point of access using the website of the Forest Management Bureau (http://forestry.denr.gov.ph). Information generated from FIS shall likewise be published in the annual Philippine Forestry Statistics book. Since information are available in the FMS Units in the Field Offices, users can visit and can inquire directly to these Field Offices. As members of the Steering Committee, stakeholders may suggest other ways of disseminating the information.

EXTERNAL ASSISTANCE

      International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)

IMPLEMENTING AGENCY

      Forest Management Bureau, DENR

 
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