DENR wants 600 hectares agro-forest plantations sustained
Pinukpuk, Kalinga (23 January) -- An inspection team from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is going around the municipalities of Pinukpuk and Balbalan to inspect more than 600 hectares of agro-forest plantations to ensure they are being sustained by stakeholders.
According to Forester Francisco Nagoy of the Community Environment and Natural Resources here, about 700 families contracted agro-forest and reforestation projects with DENR which provided seed money to produce seedlings, labor for clearing and planting and maintenance over a lifetime period.
"The inspection and assessment committee composed of personnel from DENR provincial office and CENRO-Pinukpuk is presently visiting the 35 barangays – 23 in Pinukpuk; and 12 in Balbalan where these plantations are located, to ensure that they are established and have achieved the survival rate set under the project contract", he said.
Based on the team's initial finding, Nagoy said they are happy to find out that although the survival rate is between 75 – 80 percent, the planters tended and took care of their respective plantations, the seedlings have grown about 2 feet tall and the number of mortality is being replaced through continuing planting.
Implemented last year under the Upland Development Program (UDP) of DENR, most of these family-partners are living in the upland areas. "We want them to embrace a responsibility where they have to replace what they have denuded when making kaingin for a living", Nagoy said.
A family is given P30,000.00 per hectare to establish an agro-forest plantation of 200 plants and P11,000.00 for reforestation of 900 plants within a one hectare lot. Those who own the land will also own what is planted and own the harvest. The primary condition is for them to sustain them, Nagoy pointed out.
"The program is part of the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) of President Arroyo where the beneficiaries are poor families identified and recommended by the barangay council. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]