Cimatu forms audit teams to check compliance of IFMA holders nationwide
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has ordered the creation of audit teams to look into compliance of all industrial forest management agreement (IFMA) holders in 29 provinces across the country.
An IFMA is a production sharing deal between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and a qualified applicant, which grants the latter the exclusive right to develop, utilize and manage a specified area of forestland and forest resources for a period of 25 years, and may be renewed for another 25-year period.
Cimatu particularly designated DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas Leones as head of the seven-member Performance Evaluation Committee (PEC) tasked to provide instructions and directions on the conduct of the performance audit of all existing IFMA contracts nationwide.
“The PEC will lead in the planning of the assessment activities and harmonize the conduct of the assessment in the different regions to ensure that the integrity of forests in providing goods and services are maintained,” Cimatu said.
The audit will cover five aspects in relation to the operations of IFMA contractors: technical, legal, environmental, economic, and impact on agricultural areas.