DENR: ‘Internal audit meant to improve greening program’

THE internal audit of the enhanced National Greening Program (NGP) initiated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is meant to improve its implementation.

DENR-Negros Island Region (NIR) Director Al Orolfo said Thursday they have invited various civil society organizations (CSOs) in the province to participate in the internal audit.

“The CSOs can give insights and can assess the flaws of the program that needs to be improved,” he said.

He said the greening program is targeting to cover the towns of Hinoba-an and Murcia in the next five years.

At least 11,000 hectares in Hinoba-an and 1,000 hectares in Murcia will be covered, he added.

The NGP, established in 2011, is a massive forest rehabilitation program of the national government.

Green Alert Network, in a statement, said they have reservations in fully participating in the actual audit activities as laid out in the audit plan presented during the orientation earlier this month.

It added that “the notice given to CSOs was too short to allow them to sufficiently prepare for a more effective engagement in the internal audit work with the DENR-NIR and the central office.”

It noted that the conduct of thorough audit of the NGP is viewed to be critical for improving operation and investment decisions as well as strengthening the accountabilities of field implementers.

The audit is also viewed as a tool to drive performance and deliver on results, it further said. (MPE)
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