FMB Dir. Lourdes Wagan capped this unprecedented and challenging year with the first-ever State of the Bureau Address (SOBA). Despite the current pandemic, the Bureau met most of this year’s targets and Dir. Wagan commended everyone who have “risen up to the challenge and managed to still deliver what was expected.”
Some of the Bureau’s accomplishments this 2020 include the submission of 9 policy recommendations, issuance of 4 technical bulletins, facilitation of the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP), which planted 36.6 million seedlings in 46,705 hectares of denuded and degraded forestlands, and the Modernized and Mechanized Forest Nurseries, which produced a total of 2.979 million vegetable seedlings to assist COVID-19 pandemic affected communities and meet the demand for food, and revitalization of the bamboo industry through the ENGP. In response to the new normal, the Bureau also conducted several webinars such as Forest, Health and Wellness Webinar, Forestry Fridays series, and Golden Grass Talk series and also attended various international commitments via online conferencing. We are also gearing towards the completion of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP), one of our major projects, and ensuring organizational development, through the review and assessment of our Organizational Development and Design (ODD).
The Bureau’s 11 retirees were also recognized in the year-end festivities and Dir. Gwendolyn Bambalan and the Regional Management Committee of DENR Region 2 joined via Zoom to receive the donation of FMB employees to the typhoon relief efforts in Cagayan Valley.