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The launching of the B+WISER success story book, In the Heart of the Forest, and the ceremonial planting of Kamagong tree seedlings were held jointly last December 3, 2018 at the DENR Central Office, Quezon City.  The event was held right after the DENR flag ceremony and was graced by the USAID/Philippines Environment Office Chief John Edgar, the B+WISER Program Chief of Party Roberto Rapera, the FMB Director Nonito Tamayo, and the Chief of Staff and Undersecretary Rodolfo Garcia, representing the DENR Secretary. All other DENR Officials and personnel were also present at the event.

Around 500 delegates representing DENR, Community-based Forest Management (CBFM) Peoples Organizations, Local Government Units, Private Sector, Academe, Other Government Agency Donors and Non-Government Organizations will gather in the CY 2018 CBFM-Practitioners Congress. Initially in 2012 and 2015, the CBFM Practitioners Congress was held. This year CBFM Practitioners Congress will be held on 10-12 December 2018 at the Manila Hotel and will evolve around the theme on “CBFM: Para sa Kalikasan at Kabuhayan”. This is line with its socio-economic and environmental objectives and the DENR’s advocacy that “Tayo ang Kalikasan”.

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