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ERDB and Army Reserve Command join hands in greening
Regions 4A and 4B
Posted: 2013-05-16 07:10:07

Top brass of the Philippine Army's Reserve Command in charge of CALABARZON and MIMAROPA, and DENR's Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) recently signed an agreement to further boost the National Greening Program (NGP) in said regions.

Coronel Florante L. Malijan, Commander of 4th Regional Community Defense Group headquartered in Camp Eldridge, Los Baños, Laguna, inked a memorandum of agreement with ERDB allowing use of their camp's existing nursery facilities and transport vehicles to support NGP implementation in their area of responsibility.

In the agreement, the defense group will also provide "warm bodies" or manpower for the maintenance of seedlings in the nursery and its outplanting to designated planting sites, through its Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, the country's military training program for college students.

"When we have tree planting activities in our towns or provinces, we utilize ROTC service," said Col. Malijan, whose defense group also administers the ROTC program in all colleges, universities, and Army Reservists within Regions 4A and 4B.

ERDB, the DENR agency in charge of production of quality planting materials, on the other hand, will provide the defense group with appropriate materials and technical information on planting stock production and nursery operation.

NGP harmonizes all the country's greening efforts. It targets to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares of land all over the country from 2011 to 2016. Mheda G. Garcia, DENR-ERDB

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