DENR exceeds 2013 reforested target

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Sunday, January 5, 2014


THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Central Visayas (DENR-7) has reforested a total of 24,872.49 hectares in the region last year.

The figure is two percent higher than the target of 24,361 under the National Greening Program (NGP).

The government mandated the DENR to accelerate the reforestation of idle lands in the country to mitigate climate change and global warming.

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“Since its implementation in 2011, Region 7 has always been on top when it comes to NGP (implementation) as it rejuvenates rural economies, particularly in the uplands by providing livelihood opportunities to members of people's organizations,” said DENR 7 Executive Director Isabelo Montejo.

Reforested areas

A consolidated report by DENR's Forest Management Services reveals that the biggest reforestation area this year is in Cebu province with 10,117.83 hectares.

The DENR reforested 9,533 hectares in Negros Oriental; in Bohol, 5,036 hectares; and Siquijor, 185 hectares.

“With the continued help and support of our private partners, Pos (people’s organizations), local government units and other stakeholders, we are very confident that we will be able to pursue another successful year for NGP this 2014,” Montejo said.

Motejo said the NGP, which aims to reforest about 1.5 million hectares of degraded forestlands, aims to develop a sustainable forest resource base, and address poverty and climate change.

The NGP was launched when President Benigno Aquino III issued Executive Order 26 in February 2011.

Montejo said the NGP’s targets are implemented with the help of communities.

It involves stakeholders in improving the capacity of watersheds and raising farm productivity while helping household incomes. (EOB)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 05, 2014.

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