CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Some 1, 200 indigenous and fruit-bearing trees and bamboo propagules were planted in Barangay San Juan Baño in Arayat town through the Enhanced National Greening Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Implemented in 2011, the program seeks to mitigate the potential impacts of climate change by continuously rehabilitating denuded forestlands and preserving the region’s forest cover.
The activity is also in line with the celebration of Philippine Environment Month.
Over a hundred employees of DENR participated in a tree-growing event in Mount Arayat Protected Landscape (MAPL) in Pampanga.
Personnel from local government units, Philippine Statistics Authority, and 70th Infantry Battalion Delta Company also joined in the activity.
The Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) of the DENR has restored about 129,000 hectares of denuded forestlands and watersheds in Central Luzon, according to a 2022 report.
Bamboo has been proven effective in curbing greenhouse gas emission. As such, DENR has established more than 3,200 hectares of bamboo plantation in 2021.
This is in addition to the more than 14,000-hectare established bamboo plantations under ENGP.
The program aims to reforest 1.5 million hectares of denuded forestlands and watersheds in the country.
It was expanded until 2028 under Executive Order No. 193 to reforest and develop the remaining degraded forest areas.