ButuanCity – The DENR-PAWZCMS Caraga, who is the implementing partner of Biodiversity Partnership Project (BPP) together with the Lake Mainit Development Alliance (LMDA), the responsible partner of the BPP recently attended the orientation on project’s manual of operations held last November 9, 2012 at Regional Training Center, DENR, Ambago, Butuan City.
Along with the DENR and LMDA were the Lake Mainit Project Management Teams created under Regional Special Order No. 12-0517 series of 2012, PENRO and CENRO of Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte, LMDA staff, the treasury and accounting personnel of the DENR and Province of Surigao del Norte.
RTD Mario L. Eludo of PAWCZMS, warmly welcomed the partners and participants of the said orientation. He also emphasized rationale of the activity saying that the knowledge on financial and project management is a must in order to ensure proper involvement and participation of different partners in the project implementation. According to him, each partners must harmoniously comprehend the words and terminologies used in the project especially those that involve in financial matter to ensure common understanding and interpretation on financial system and to disburse project fund wisely. He lauded the presence of various stakeholders in Lake Mainit key biodiversity area and encouraged them to actively participate and help the DENR and LMDA in the project implementation.
Mr. Jay Siasoco of BPP Project Management Unit (PMU)presented the brief background and overview of the BPP. The project is a six-years engagement from September 2010-August 2016 funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF) with Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau as the implementing partner. The general objective of the project is “to demonstrate how Local Government Units (LGUs) with enhanced capacities and working together with local and national partners, can plan and manage economic activities and growth in ways that meet the objectives of landscape-level biodiversity conservation and sustainable activities in critical biogeographic regions”. After revealing the rationale of the project, Mr. Siasoco presented the project long term solution, project outcomes, area coverage, implementation schedule, and significant roles and functions of various project partners.
The BPP operations manual was presented by Mr. Noel Paulino, Finance Officer of the BPP-PMU highlighting the financial management systems, human resources, procurement and physical asset management, and internal control. He emphasized that the operations manual is based on the UNDP’s National Implementation Manual and on certain government accounting and auditing procedures. The approved copy of the BPP Operations Manual will be furnished soon to implementing and responsible partners after the final approval of the project board. (JSN / LMDA)