Nat’l Greening Program target in WV right on track – DENR VI

DENR VI ranks third in terms of accomplishment in the National Greening Program (NGP) from among the 16 DENR Regional Offices in the country, with a 98 percent accomplishment, said Livino B. Duran, Regional Technical Director (RTD) for Forest Management Service.

The regional office already able to cover 10,761.5 hectares of the 10,960 hectares target in Western Visayas, as of October 31, 2013, he added. “We could have succeeded reaching our target early, but the typhoons delayed us,” he said.

Last year, the regional office has accomplished 101 percent as it was able to cover 9,482 hectares of public lands, both upland and mangroves, with various forest and fruit tree species out of its 9,356 hectares target.

But, compared to last year, this year’s implementation is speedy.

This year, Duran said, seedlings for all sites have been prepared earlier; forest extension officers were assigned to NGP sites for monitoring and implementation; and, from social mobilization, the office shifted tapping people’s organization in communities where the project is undertaken.

DENR VI Regional Executive Director (RED) Adeluisa G. Siapno earlier formed validation teams supervised by RTDs and technical personnel to inject initiatives and provide strategies on how address to the deficiencies encountered in planting sites.

With one validation team assigned in every province, deficiencies in the implementation were immediately corrected and actions were taken on areas with high mortality of planted seedlings, Duran said.

RED Siapno’s innovativeness was highly appreciated by the PENROs, site coordinators and partner people’s organizations, he said, adding that if deficiencies are identified in the early stage of implementation, on time accomplishment will be expected.

In 2014, Duran said the regional office may already start the project implementation as early as January since the agency “already identified the sites to be planted, potential people’s organizations partners, machineries are already in place and guidelines are already in position.”

According to him, “the only commitment of the Government of the Philippines in the United Nations Environment Program is NGP, a massive forest rehabilitation program under the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III seeking to grow 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares nationwide from 2011 to 2015.

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