Philippines: Decentralized Framework for Sustainable Natural Resources and Rural Infrastructure Management

Sovereign (Public) Project | 42196-012 Status: Closed

The TA will support capacity development in the DENR, LGUs, and communities toward resolving the weaknesses and will support the government's new vision for agriculture and natural resources anticipated for inclusion in its medium-term development plan, 2011-2016.

Project Details

Project Officer
Aman-Wooster, Syarifah Southeast Asia Department Request for information
  • Philippines
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Decentralized Framework for Sustainable Natural Resources and Rural Infrastructure Management
Project Number 42196-012
Country Philippines
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7716-PHI: Decentralized Framework for Sustainable Natural Resources and Rural Infrastructure Management
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.30 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The TA will support capacity development in the DENR, LGUs, and communities toward resolving the weaknesses and will support the government's new vision for agriculture and natural resources anticipated for inclusion in its medium-term development plan, 2011-2016.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Philippine government has adopted sustainable development as a national policy for all environment and natural resources plans and programs. Towards this end, it has employed the integrated watershed management or the watershed ecosystem management approach. It is the policy of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to ensure the attainment and optimization of environmental, socio-cultural, economic benefits from all watershed programs and projects through holistic, participatory management and effective implementation of interventions to sustain their production of multiple goods and services for the present and future generations. In this context, the Philippine government has enunciated an array of sector policies, laws and regulations on forestry, protected areas, wildlife conservation, agriculture, public works, energy, air and water quality, waste management, and mining with significant implications for the management of URBs.
Impact Sustainable increase in rural household incomes based on natural resources in participating LGUs
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome LGUs and communities capable of planning and investing for sustainable watershed management
Progress Toward Outcome Master Training Plan has been implemented to develop the capability of concerned institutions and local communities in Bukidnon in key result areas of sustainable watershed ecosystem management, rural infrastructure planning and operation and maintenance and agroforestry-based livelihood and enterprise development as well as cross-cutting areas of gender, indigenous peoples, climate change and communication, knowledge management and information technology. Additional training for IP/gender has been agreed and also implemented.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Selected Bukidnon URB watersheds are profiled and capacity for partricipatory watershed planning enhanced.

2. LGU's capacity for rural infrastructure planning, design, operation, and maintenance strengthened.

3. LGUs and communities in Bukidnon URB watersheds having increased knowledge of livelihood options based on sustainable watershed management

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Output 1. Selected Bukidnon upper river basin (URB) watersheds have been profiled, and the capacity of stakeholders for participatory watershed planning enhanced, resulting in the delivery of a proposed framework for watershed management planning. Based on the planning framework, 7 watershed management framework plans and micro-level management plans of 21 forest management units have been developed, incorporating climate change, gender, and IP perspectives.

Output 2. LGU capacity for rural infrastructure planning, design, and O&M has been strengthened, resulting in the following: (i) delivery of 20 Rural Infrastructure Project Proposals integrating climate change, gender, and IP perspectives; (ii) enhanced capacity of municipal personnel (municipal engineers (MEs), municipal environment and natural resource officers (MENROs), and municipal planning and development coordinators (MPDCs) of 20 municipalities in RI planning, implementation, and O&M; (iii) training of MEs and MPDCs of 22 municipalities in project proposal and feasibility study preparation; (iv) capacitation of barangay officials and communities in 41 barangays of 17 municipalities in RI and O&M planning, processes, and procedures; and (v) development of a Manual on Effective RI Planning and O&M with standard specifications and prototype designs for common RI infrastructure facilities incorporating climate change and gender and IP perspectives.

Output 3. LGUs and communities in the Bukidnon URB watersheds have been provided with enhanced knowledge of livelihood options based on sustainable watershed management, resulting in the delivery of (i) 14 watershed-based livelihood proposals, which were developed directly with the proponents, including women and IPs; and (ii) 21 other proposals developed as part of forest management unit (FMU) management planning by 20 people's organizations (POs), including indigenous POs. The proposals, particularly those related to watershed rehabilitation, as provided for in FMU management plans, have a good likelihood of obtaining funding from the ADB loan-funded Integrated Natural Resources Management Project (INREMP) and the National Greening Program (NGP) of DENR.

Activities for the cross-cutting areas of gender, climate change, social marketing, and knowledge management have also been completed.

Geographical Location Bukidnon
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Various stakeholders have been consulted and invited to participate in the Project Scoping, Visioning and Teambuilding workshop, Inception workshop and the validation workshop for Training Needs Assessment.
During Project Implementation Multi-stakeholder consultations were done to ensure involvement and ownership of the project.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB has engaged a project management consultant (PMC) to implement and manage the TA. PMC has been recruited from consulting firm, training institutions or from NGOs. ADB was supposed to recruit the PMC using the quality-and-cost-based (QCBS) selection on an 80:20 basis following the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010) as amended from time to time. However, due to mixed shortlist whereby commercial firms were shortlisted with an NGO, the selection method was changed to the more appropriate Fixed Budget Selection (FBS). PMC may subcontract consultants with prior approval from ADB. The following experts are required (i) Team Leader/Watershed Mgnt. Expert; (ii) Project Officer/Capacity Building Specialist; (iii) O&M specialist on rural Infrastructure; (iv) Gender and IP Specialist; (v) Agroforestry and BME Specialist; (vi) Geographic Information System Specialist; and (vii) Climate Change Specialist. The Knowledge management and marketing specialist have been recruited to support the whole team.
Responsible ADB Officer Aman-Wooster, Syarifah
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Department of Environment & Natural Resources
DENR Building
Visayas Avenue, Diliman
Quezon City, Philippines
Concept Clearance 17 Sep 2010
Fact Finding 21 Sep 2010 to 24 Sep 2010
Approval 17 Dec 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 15 Sep 2009
Last PDS Update 23 Apr 2014

TA 7716-PHI

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Dec 2010 18 Jan 2011 18 Jan 2011 30 Jun 2013 30 Jun 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,300,000.00 17 Dec 2010 1,020,890.52

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