DENR employs 89 farming families for NGP project PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 November 2013 14:22

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has tapped the services of 89 families to undertake tree planting jobs in line with President Benigno Simeon Aquino, III’s National Greening Program (NGP).

The NGP is pursuant to Executive Order No. 26 signed by the President aimed to plant 1.5 billion trees covering about 1.5 million hectares for a period of six years, from 2013 to 2016.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Carlito Tuballa said the 89 families are engaged into upland farming and are staying in a government land.

Tuballa said they were contracted to plant 239 hectares of hardwood and rare species of trees like lauaan, bagtikan, tanguile, mahogany, and gemelina; and, 320 hectares of rubber and fruit trees or for a total of 559 hectares.

“Instead of driving them out, the government has program to help them that is they will plant rubber and fruit trees and other indigenous species. The DENR will provide everything, in fact pay them on what they have accomplished,” Tuballa said.

He said the farmers will not be spending money in undertaking the tree planting jobs except that “they will just have to pay the necessary taxes.”

“The fruits and produce of the (fruit) trees will also be theirs,” he added.

He said that farmers will against be paid after a year for the maintenance and protection of the trees “so they can replant those trees that died.”

He said the continuous tree planting activities is part of the NGP.

The lands to be planted with trees includes the following: forest lands; mangrove; protected areas; ancestral domains; civil and military reservations; and, urban areas.

The expected outcome of NGP are as follows: increased productivity in the uplands; self sufficiency in wood and agro-forestry products; economic security; and, environmental stability. — RGAAG