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.
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.
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
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)
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.
International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)
Forest Management Bureau, DENR