DENR’s program targets 1.5 billion trees in 6 years PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 June 2011 16:11

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ National Greening Program (NGP) is targeting 1.5 billion trees to be planted in about 1.5 million hectares for the period of six years starting this year.

This was disclosed by DENR Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo, Jr. during the launching of NGP at Grand Astoria Hotel yesterday.
Adobo said that from 2011 to 2016, DENR is optimistic that the 1.5 million hectares will turn into a vast green area within the lands of public domain.
The objectives of NGP are: for Human Securit y— to increase household incomes, enhance environmental stewardship, improve general well-being of communities, Economic Security—increase economic activity, increase interest in technology and business development, increase production of crops and forest-based materials, Ecological Security—increase environmental stability, sustained provision of ecosystem goods and services.

Lands where trees will be planted include; forestlands, mangrove and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations and urban areas.
Records showed that there are about 5 million poor upland families who earn an average annual income of P22, 995. These families already represent almost 1/3 if the entire Philippine population.

Built into the NGP are cash incentives for families and communities that will be stewards of the plantations. There will also be benefits from processing/marking produce of crops.

Across the Philippines are 8 million hectares of unproductive, open, denuded or degraded forestlands.
Adobo disclosed that a hectare of land in Mindanao can earn P120,000 per year. Even at only P10,000 earnings/hectare/year, the 8 million hectares could already generate P80 billion per year.

The government, private sector, people’s organizations, non-government organizations and civil society join hands in the activities of the NGP as volunteer planters, long-term plantation stewards or donors.

For the first time, NGP is driven not just by one, but by all government agencies through a National Convergence Initiative.
The NGP is a “first” as it consolidates and harmonizes all greening efforts, such as the Upland Development Program, Luntiang Pilipinas, and other similar activities of the government, private sector, local government units and the civil society.

All proceeds from agro forestry plantations duly accounted by the DENR shall accrue to the NGP beneficiary communities. This shall be given priority in the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program.

Targets areas and inputs will be identified as land use optimized (determining site-specific crops/trees) seedling quality ensured and organic/microbial fertilizers widely applied. — Dan Toribio Jr.