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.


DENR-7 has new Regional Director

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 has a new regional director.

This developed after DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu issued Special Order Number 2017- 925 on November 21, 2017 designating Director Gilbert C. Gonzales, CESO III as the new DENR Regional Director in Central Visayas. Director Gonzales replaced OIC Regional Director Emma E. Melana who is now reassigned as Assistant Regional Director for Management Services of DENR 7.In a turnover ceremony held last November 28, 2017, DENR Secretary Cimatu asked the new DENR 7 RD Gonzales to take charge of the management and operations of DENR Central Visayas.



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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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