The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 reported a total of 80,973.31 hectares of established plantations for the five year implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP) in Central Visayas.

This has exceeded around four percent of the six-year target of reforesting around 77,479 hectares as a contribution to the nationwide effort of bringing back the country’s lost forest cover.

“We are now on its last year of implementation and for the past five years since 2011, region 7 has always been on top when it comes to NGP accomplishments, more than the reforestation efforts as NGP also rejuvenates rural economies by providing livelihood opportunities to our partner people’s organizations,” said DENR 7 Regional Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo.

According to the report by the Conservation and Development Division (CDD), at least 61,035,723 seedlings of native and indigenous species were produced in order to cover all 80,973.31 hectares accomplishments in region 7.

Of the total accomplishment, Cebu yielded 17,125,878 seedlings planted in 29,588.63 hectares; Bohol province with 15,139,995 seedlings in 16,253.54 hectares; Negros Oriental with 28,139,771 seedlings in 33,991.31 hectares; and Siquijor with 630,079 seedlings in 1,139.83 hectares.

“We were able to accomplish these huge targets for NGP because of the strong support from our PO partners, local government units, private partners and other stakeholders, but still, we look forward for stronger collaboration with these partners on our future programs, projects and activities,” Montejo added.

Anchored on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) espoused by President Aquino for the conservation, protection and rehabilitation of the country’s environment and natural resources, NGP intends to pursue poverty reduction, food security, land productivity,  environmental stability and sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and value formation.

With the creation of the Negros Island Region and the exclusion of Negros Oriental province in the Central Visayas Region, DENR 7 intends to produce another 7,254,000 seedlings to be planted in 4,354 hectares of land for CY 2016 for the provinces of Cebu and Bohol.

Montejo vowed to continue the good accomplishments of NGP including the maintenance and protection efforts of the established plantations.

NGP also seeks to improve water quality in rivers and irrigation for farm lands, reduce the potential for flooding, soak up carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and lay the foundation for an expanded wood-products economy.

Moreover, Montejo directed the CDD and the three provincial environment and natural resources officers and four community environment and natural resources officers to make a field validation to ensure higher rate survival of trees in the plantations.


Area Development, Subsidiarity and Federalism

 The Manila Times

by Philip Camara on January 5, 2017 Analysis


TIMES of crisis are windows for great opportunity. That is an old Chinese saying. But in these troubling times (for many), what opportunities indeed lie ahead? There are quite a few and the promising thing is they seem to be opportunities that would open up given current trajectories or the way things are unfolding. Indeed, 2017 may be the year that developmental change finally proceeds.

The world is shifting away from the international policies of recent decades that, while they have created well-being for unprecedented billions of people, have likewise resulted in great tensions. Not just tensions between peoples but tensions between people and their environment and even tensions inside people due to an identity overly linked to consumerism rather than their inherent truths; consumerism that threatens the very sustainability of Mother Earth.

One such opportunity is the re-emergence within government of the area development paradigm or development framework under Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez. While Sixto K. Roxas was its initial advocate in the late 1960s it had unfortunately been bastardized in several big government projects that went puff! (just as the autonomous regional experience is going puff!) due to wrongful implementation, which in turn was due to a misunderstanding of what area, development is basically about.


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Bojo river is an 8-km estuarine river with a depth of 3.8 meters during high tide. It shelters 61 species of endemic and migratory birds, 96 species of plants and 22 mangroves species. 

Nursery in CENRO Ayungon which supports the massive reforestation under the National Greening Program.

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