CAGAYAN Valley is adopting a science-based forest lands grazing management approach to attain food security and climate change resiliency, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
DENR Region 2 executive director Gwendolyn Bambalan said there are 51 forest lands grazing management agreement (FLGMA) holders and concerned government agencies and stakeholders in the region.
Remedios Pauig, DENR Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division chief, said these FLGMA holders and stakeholders are enjoined to participate in the first FLGM summit on September 19 to 20 at the Villa Blanca Hotel in Tuguegarao City.
She said the summit will seek to account for the improvement of ecosystems through grazing management.
"They will also account for the amount of meat supply and other derivatives produced by grazing animals," Pauig emphasized as she explained the objectives of the said stakeholders' forum.
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She said the forum will also serve as an avenue to update policies and procedures on grazing management, and raise and resolve related issues and concerns.
"The comprehensive development plans of our FLGMA holders covering more or less 19,000 hectares of pasture areas regionwide will be monitored and evaluated," Pauig added.
To be graced by the Federation of Cattle Raiser Association of the Philippines, the event will highlight a presentation on the region's FLGMA situationer, livestock meat supply, and demand or food requirement, she said.
Pauig said the event will also highlight cattle and forage production, domestic and international animal movement, dairy products technology transfer, practical livestock handling, best practices on grazing, and ranchers' success story.
"The forum is expected to strengthen the partnership between and among the DENR and the FLGMA holders," Bambalan said.
Meanwhile, the celebration of Lands Day by the end of this month will include awarding land titles to qualified beneficiaries dubbed the "Handog Titulo Program."