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

COMPONENT 2 : STRENGTHENING OF INSTITUTION AND INSTRUMENTS

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This consists of capability enhancement support to LLDA, LGUs, RCs and community groups. The enhancement of the institutional capability of LLDA is expected to result in the improvement of delivery of its policy-making, regulatory and developmental mandate.

The sub-components are:

A. ENHANCING LLDA CAPACITY

Task 1: Improving Regulatory Instruments and Approaches

Improvements in the regulatory capacity of LLDA will be undertaken through the development and implementation of a compliance program based on a combination of command and control, market-based approaches and promotion of voluntary regulation. This involves the conduct of the following: a) expansion of the Environmental Users Fee (EUF) System by improving the formula used to calculate the pollution charge, increasing the collection rate, expanding the number of users and pollutants while exploring the application of EUFs for households and introduction of water pricing and trading systems; b) introduction of Public Disclosure Program(PDP) on a pilot scale; and c) strengthening and upgrading of permitting, monitoring and enforcement procedures.

Task 2: Strengthening Policy and Planning

Current policies and programs are to be reinforced and systematized through the conduct of the following: a) sediment and water quality monitoring and reporting; b) application of Decision Support System (DSS) to support modeling and monitoring environmental quality; c) strengthening of the IEC program through expansion of tools and resources; and d) development of Watershed Resource Information System.

Task 3: Strengthening Information, Education and Communication Program

This will support LLDA to expand its Information, Education and Communication program through a) development and implementation of communication strategy and plan; b) establishment of a civil society managed Learning Resource Center and c) providing assistance to civil society and media organizations to undertake IEC campaigns and surveys.

Task 4: Formulating a Strategy for Trunk Infrastructure that will explore leveraging LLDA regulatory revenues and other sources of financing for trunk infrastructure projects. A prototype unit within LLDA will be set up and strategies will be developed to support project development for infrastructure projects.

B. CAPACITY BUILDING OF STAKEHOLDERS IN THE MICRO-WATERSHEDS

b.1 Preparing Laguna de Bay Microwatershed Environmental Action Plan to support the participatory microwatershed planning in 20 microwatersheds. The specific activities include: a) social marketing and promotion; b) household and enterprise surveys; c) water quality monitoring; d) technical analysis for identifying sources and causes of environmental degradation; e) setting priorities and identifying solutions and technical options; f) public consultation and participation; g) consensus building; h) detailing social, environmental and technical interventions; i) assessment of capacity buildings; j) preparing action plans; k) disclosure and dissemination.

b.2 Training and Skills Development of LGUs, RCs and Community Groups which will be guided by the Needs Assessment done as part of the LEAP process. The training programs are grouped into two broad categories: a) cross-cutting activities that are important for microwatershed protection involving stakeholders; b) stakeholder-specific target activities. Another major thrust is the capacity building for RCs. It is expected that LGU staff will be trained on environmental, social and project management topics and communities in basic project management, routine operation and maintenance, raising environmental awareness and watershed monitoring.

C. PROJECT COORDINATION SUPPORT
This sub-component finances consultant services and goods. It will mainly provide incremental operating support to LLDA for procurement, financial management, environmental and social safeguards and technical specialists needed to review and appraise LEAPs and sub-project documentation and a project management consultant at the MDFO. LLDA will provide core positions through counterpart funding.

D. MONITORING, EVALUATION AND LEARNING
The sub-component will finance consultancy services, goods and workshops to set-up and operationalize the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, conduct learning forums and publish annual environmental monitors.

The implementation of the Project has been agreeably performed. It has achieved its development objective and has complied to the environmental and social safeguards requirement.

The Netherlands Grant financed the implementation of Component II. However, despite closure of the grant in July 2010, LLDA continues to pursue and mainstream most of activities under this Component using its own corporate funds. Among the activities which LLDA continued to work on are: a) expansion of coverage of the Environmental Users’ Fee (EUF) System; b) conduct of Public Disclosure Program; and c) annual publication of Laguna de Bay Monitor. Other activities that were mainstreamed includes the following: planning and promotion of effluent trading scheme among industries; enhancement of online permitting system; strengthening of M&E system; capacity building for LGUs for operations and maintenance of the environmental infrastructure sub-projects. The LLDA is updating and reformatting its official website as a continuing platform for sharing information, experience and best practices and as communication and outreach to its stakeholders.

LEAP sessions were conducted in the 24 microwatersheds in the Laguna de Bay Region. LEAP is a preparatory activity that guides the planning, identification, development and implementation of community sub-projects under LISCOP. The first round of LEAP was conducted in 2003, and the second round in 2007. List of municipalities that participated in LEAP sessions include:

Five issues of Laguna de Bay Monitor were published by LLDA to create public awareness and instill environmental consciousness among its various stakeholders.

DATE LAUNCHED THEME NO. OF COPIES
August 2005 The State of Laguna de Bay Region 1,500
August 2006 State of Solid Waste Management in Laguna de Bay 1,000
December 2007 Celebrating Partnership with Stakeholders (Partnership - Key to Protection and Management of Laguna de Bay) 1,500
May 2009 The Need to Protect the LdB Watershed 1,000
April 2011 Climate Change, Effects of Calamities to the Water Quality of the Lake and Relevance of LISCOP Projects in the Protection of the Lake 1,000

Other accomplishments include the conduct of Public Disclosure Program for Industries and Local Governments resulting in significant improvement of performance in environmental compliance particularly of industrial establishments; Implementation of the LLDA Rationalization Plan approved by DBM in 2010 with 221 approved positions; among others.