Pampanga, Philippines – The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) and the DENR Regional offices convened for the Enhanced National Greening Program (e-NGP) year-end assessment and strategic planning on December 12-14, 2018 at The Orchid Gardens Hotel, San Fernando, Pampanga.
Topics for discussions in the three-day event include the status of e-NGP with emphasis on Production of Quality Planting Materials (PQPM), Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project (MBFDP) and Bamboo Plantation Development Program (BPDP).
ERDB Director Sofio B. Quintana welcomed the participants all over the country and encouraged them to be open-minded and share their ideas and opinions. DENR key officials, Assistant Secretary Marcial C. Amaro Jr. and Assistant Secretary Ricardo L. Calderon commended the ERDB and FMB for holding the event and recognized that the event is crucial for the improvement of the implementation of e-NGP.
Meanwhile, DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations, Atty. Juan Miguel T. Cuna, in his inspirational message, recognized the importance of holding the event and encouraged the participants to work hard. “There is no perfect program that is why we are doing this year-end assessment, after that we make a conscious effort to improve our program. Let’s do our job right. This is a very huge program in which we use a large amount of money of the country,” said Usec. Cuna.
According to the report of FMB Director, Nonito M. Tamayo, 1,667,242,795 seedlings were planted all over the country through NGP as of December 7, 2018. He further encouraged the participants to work together and even surpass the targets if possible to contribute to the rehabilitation of deforested and degraded areas in the country.
Reports showed that through the NGP- PQPM, a total of 22 DENR clonal nurseries were established nationwide, 16 of these were turned-over to the DENR Regional Offices, which they use in the production of quality planting materials for the implementation of the e-NGP. 75 seed sources were established, one per province, through the field offices and Hi-QVAM 1, a biofertilizer, was developed by ERDB to support the production of quality planting materials. The MBFDP has planted mangroves in 50,417 hectares of land to increase coastal resilience in severely affected areas of typhoon Yolanda.
The BPDP, on the other hand, has established 49,747.20 hectares of bamboo plantation in the country with 10,805,650 bamboo planting stocks produced by different partner People’s Organizations. BPDP has a continuing partnership with the Department of Defense and established 3,000 has of bamboo plantation in Fort Magsaysay 7th Infantry Division in Nueva Ecija.
Strategic planning for 2019 includes the discussion on the conduct of soil sampling and analysis as part of the survey, mapping, and planning and the use of drone in monitoring process. Through this event, the DENR is even more committed to ensure the continuity of e-NGP implementation in the coming years. –Texts and photos by Ann Valerie V. Gillado