LAGUNA DE BAY INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING AND COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION (LISCOP) PROJECT

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LAGUNA DE BAY INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING AND COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION (LISCOP) Project is designed to support co-managed investments implemented by LGUs and RCs that will benefit the communities within the Lake and its watershed and support the institutional strengthening of LLDA, LGUs and RCs in enduring sustained and effective management of Laguna de Bay. It is implemented with a very close collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Finance, through, Municipal Development Fund Office (MDFO).

This is a five-year development initiative which started in April 2004.

LISCOP Project aims to assist LLDA, Local Government Units (LGUs) and other stakeholders to improve the environmental quality of the Laguna de Bay watershed. This will be done through:

  1. Encouraging behavioural changes and implementing activities by watershed users to improve the environmental quality of the lake and its watershed; and
  2. Improving planning, regulatory instruments and incentives and participation in the environment management of the Laguna de Bay watershed. This is jointly funded by a loan from World Bank (WB), grant from the Netherlands Government, LGU equity and corporate counterpart from LLDA.

The major stakeholders of the project are the LGUs as the direct planners, implementers and managers of their own sub-projects. Implementation, monitoring and evaluation are in very close coordination with River Councils. Payment of the loan portion of the sub-project cost is spread-over 15 years, at most, depending on the amortization schedule attached to their signed Sub-project Loan Agreements (SPLAs)

LISCOP specifically aims at improving the environmental quality of the Lake through direct micro-watershed interventions and ensuring effective development governance necessary to meet the demands for a more integrated resource management to safeguard the Lake’s ecological integrity.