PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
DENR-12 jumpstarts 2012 implementation of National Greening ProgramKORONADAL CITY, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- The regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-12) here is consolidating efforts to immediately begin the implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP) this year.
DENR 12 Regional Executive Director Alfredo S. Pascual on January 18 met with field officials and other program implementers to download 2012 targets to eight of the nine Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs), and additional targets funded out of 2011 savings from NGP.
As agreed, each CENRO was assigned a target in terms of the number of hectares and corresponding number of seedlings to be planted. Per estimates, an hectare of land should be planted 500 trees.
As part of the activities in project implementation, CENROs must also conduct surveys, mappings and planning to identify the exact location of each project.
Late last year, Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje instructed all Regional Executive Directors to direct all CENROs to prepare their Annual Procurement Plan for the required seedlings.
To assist in the implementation of the NGP this year, DENR will be hiring forestry and agriculture graduates as contractual extension officers who help ensure efficient execution of the project.
DENR Regional Technical Director for Forestry Ernesto L. Lezada said, “We want to see tangible results of this program,” Director Lezada.
On his part, RED Pascual encouraged all program implementers to stay focused on their work, visit planting sites, and replant, if necessary.
He also told them that a composite team will discreetly monitor reported accomplishments and related activities of the program.
Another team from the Forest Management Bureau, a line bureau of the DENR, will validate this month additional NGP target area of 3,500 hectares with the corresponding seedling requirement, Pascual also announced.
The National Greening Program aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares from 2011 to 2016 for poverty reduction, food security, livelihood development, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Through the National Convergence Initiative, 16 government agencies have joined hands in the implementation of the program as volunteer planters, long-term plantation stewards, or donors. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12/CGValdez/MCalungsod-Locsin/DENR 12)