Representatives of different community partners and non-government organizations in San Carlos City underwent a workshop on Negros Island Program Development yesterday, March 5, to identify potential collaborations for program implementation.

Said activity was facilitated by Forest Foundation Philippines (FFP) in partnership with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) thru the City Environment Management Office (CEMO).

Participants include representatives from CEMO, Sipaway Ecotourism Workers Association, Buluangan Fisherfolks and Vendors Association, Nabingkalan Indigenous Seedling Farmers Association, Diocesan Integrated Organic Farmers Association, Bagonbon Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Irrigators Association Inc., Bagonbon Small Farmers Association, Ermita Fisherfolks Association, San Carlos Solar Energy Inc., and San Carlos Sun Power Inc.

FFP Program Manager Atty. Alaya de Leon said the workshop aimed at gaining insight from the existing initiatives and interventions of the potential areas where they could identify gaps, needs, and types of interventions that could be supported thru the program including climate change, biodiversity, and gender within land or seascape.

De Leon added that once they finish gathering data, they will develop a workplan for the program before raising funds; noted that the city has a strong possibility for collaboration because of the numerous potential programs that align with their target objectives.

On the other hand, the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (PHILBIO), Bayi INC. were also present and visited the DRRM Command Center before the workshop took place.

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