Deal inked for La Trinidad’s forests

LA TRINIDAD. Officials of La Trinidad, Benguet and Department of Natural Resources in Cordillera signed on December 13 a memorandum of agreement for the Forest Land Use Plan of the town. The plan indicates forestland declared as needed for forestry purposes both production and protection forests.(Photo by Lauren Alimondo)

A FOREST Land Use Plan for Benguet capital town has been secured.

The Local Government of La Trinidad, Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Cordillera region signed on Friday afternoon, December 13, a memorandum of agreement for the Forest Land Use Plan (Flup) to protect and manage remaining forests in the strawberry capital with its creation started way back in 2013.

The signing was led by Mayor Romeo Salda, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Cordillera executive director Ralph Pablo, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources officer Arthur Pedro, Vice Mayor Roderick Awingan, Environment and Natural Resources Council member and Councilor John Botiwey.

Pablo said the plan has already been established and that important part is the implementation.

To date, 4,221.56 hectares in La Trinidad are classified as forestland which are declared as needed for forestry purposes.

Under the agreement, both parties agreed to formulate and legitimize a Flup at the municipal level. The plan defines technical and governance strategies to conserve forests, water and biodiversity resources, increase food and fiber production, and focus public and private investments.

Pablo in his speech noted only 45 percent remains the forest cover in the Cordillera while efforts are being conducted through the National Regreening Program promoting reforestation.

He added since the implementation of the program in 2011, a total of 122,000 hectares have been planted composed of Benguet pine, Alnus and coffee trees.

The DENR official reminded constituents their role to protect the environment together with the local government and village.


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