DENR 6 to ready more than 13-M seedlings for NGP 2017

Men and children works together in preparing soil media for potting (left) and help raise seedlings (right) in Culasi, Antique. 

The expanded National Greening Program (eNGP) which will run the course of another twelve (12) years (2017-2028) put the Environment Department abuzz with activities this year.

          The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 target to plant 13,194,618 seedlings of different species throughout the region to cover a total area of 11,815 hectares.

  An initial funding of more than Php300-M is expected to fund the next phase of the reforestation program which, by virtue of Executive Order 193, expands the program coverage to include the reforestation of “all remaining unproductive, denuded, and degraded forestlands.”

“We have been consistently working with our field personnel in the implementation of the eNGP. Through the eNGP, not only do we want to attain climate resiliency or ecological balance. We also want to see the improvement of the economic lives of our people in the uplands and coastal areas, and that everybody benefits in the long run,” said Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.

New plantations are up for development under the 2017 eNGP implementation which shall include three (3) activities, namely: 1. Seedling production; 2. Site preparation and planting; and, 3. First year maintenance and protection. On the other hand, project beneficiaries for the 2015 and 2016 NGP sites will continue with their maintenance and protection activities. The maintenance and protection activities continue for three years after the plantation has been established. Moreover, the eNGP aims to generate 13,063 jobs region-wide.

In 2016, the DENR 6 has planted a total of 15,225,032 seedlings in a span of 8,977 hectares of various NGP areas in the four provinces of Western Visayas namely, Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Iloilo. The seedlings were raised by the different People’s Organizations (POs) from January to June 2016 with contribution from the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs). 

DENR Secretary Regina Lopez has repeatedly expressed her desire to help the poor beneficiaries of the Department in upland and coastal areas. She is working hard to implement the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) concept for the eNGP and other major projects of the Department which is comprehensive and can thereby help in alleviating poverty.

“I really feel that the DENR is in a position to alleviate poverty in the country,” she said. Her marching order to all DENR employees is to see to it that people benefit from their own natural resources. “Your job is to improve the lives of people,” she stressed.

 

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Press Statement of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu

 

 

I am pleased, honored and humbled by the vote of the Commission on Appointments confirming my nomination. I am excited about this opportunity to continue serving the public as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The challenge for me now is to prove that President Rodrigo Duterte and the honorable members of the CA have made the right decision in placing their trust and confidence in my abilities to lead the DENR towards fulfilling the broad mandate entrusted to it.

The confirmation of my ad interim appointment as DENR Secretary will allow me to continue to institute reforms, and pursue programs and projects that would truly protect the environment and improve people's lives. This gives me enough inspiration to carry out the seemingly gargantuan tasks of protecting the environment and ensuring sustainable use of the country's rich natural resources in the face of climate change and dwindling natural wealth of the nation.

Rest assured that under my watch, the DENR will push for people-centered agenda in pursuit of environmental protection and sustainable development. It is high time that every Filipino, regardless of status in life, should have equal access to the benefits of clean environment and sustainable natural resources. ### 

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