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.


Creation of an RDC Environment Committee

The Economic Development Committee in its first quarter meeting, passed a Resolution for the creation of an RDC Environment Committee to focus on the environmental and sustainability and risk resilience aspects of the Development Plans, Policies, Programs, Projects (D4Ps).

On June 27, the RDC Environmental Committee Members convened for the first time for the organizational meeting and levelling off presided by the DENR 7 Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales, committee's co-chair at NEDA 7 Conference Hall, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City.



Photo Releases

Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary. OIWS is the country’s first wetland of international importance for waterfowl declared under RAMSAR. This wetland area is now a critical stopover for tens of thousands of migratory birds travelling the East Asian Migratory Flyway, one of the most important shorebird and water bird migratory flyways in the world.


Hidden Bird Paradise. Mahaba Island in Talibon, Bohol is an undiscovered bird’s paradise. Mahaba Island is part of Barangay Calituban, one of eight island barangays of the Municipality of Talibon, which is located on the northwest side of Bohol.

Counting the gains of NGP. One of the most successful and remarkable milestones of National Greening Program (NGP) in Central Visayas is the established Coffee Plantations in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol established in 2011 by the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI).

As of today, UFTPAI native coffee is now marketed in Ubay and all other neighboring municipalities in Bohol.

Bugnay Wine. Made and produced by partner people’s organization, the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI) in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol

Man-made Molave Forest. One of Siquijor’s pride, the reforestation site is one of the oldest in the country, established in 1937. This 202.15-hectare molave plantation is found in Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor.

Man-made Molave Forest (Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor)

Nature’s Mystic Beauty. Lamanoc Island, Anda, Bohol. A newly discovered ecotourism destination in Bohol and is part of the Candijay-Anda-Mabini Mangrove Swamp Forest Reserve and Wilderness Area, a protected area managed by the DENR.

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