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P-Noy's NGP gains solid grounds in Zamboanga Peninsula

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President Benigno Aquino III's National Greening Program (NGP) has gained “solid grounds” on its first year of implementation in this region, an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced.

DENR Regional Executive Director Arleigh Adorable said all field offices reported 100 percent accomplishments for Calendar Year 2011 as far as the implementation of NGP is concerned.

Adorable's office covers 10 Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) and four Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs) in this region.

Adorable said the 100 percent accomplishments translated to a total of 2,402,000 seedlings planted in 4,804 hectares of forest lands and urban areas in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula.

Zamboanga Peninsula comprises the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga del Sur and the cities of Dapitan, Dipolog, Isabela, Pagadian and Zamboanga.

The planted seedlings consisted of forest trees, fruit trees and rubber tree species which are now under the maintenance and protection of the different people’s organizations, Adorable said.

He said the accomplishment was realized through the utmost dedication and hard work of DENR personnel in the region in coordination and with the active involvement of the different stakeholders and partners that include local government units, other government agencies, academe, people’s organizations, business and industrial groups, civic and military groups who heeded the call of the agency to help in the implementation of NGP.

The NGP consolidates all reforestation efforts by the government and is being carried out by the DENR, as the lead agency, in coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

NGP is a government priority embodied under President Aquino's Executive Order No. 26 which aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares of forestlands, mangrove and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, urban areas, inactive and abandoned mine sites, riverbanks and other suitable public lands nationwide for a period of six years from 2011-2016.

The objectives of the NGP are anchored on Human Security where there will be increase in household incomes, enhanced environmental stewardship, and improved general well-being of communities, Economic, Security, increased in economic activity, increased interest in technology and business development, increased production of crops and forest-based materials and Ecological Security, which includes increase in environmental stability, and sustained provision of ecosystem goods and services.

By PNA/PIA9-ZBST




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