Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Director, Dr. Henry A. Adornado attended the ‘Visayas Cluster Regional Strategic Planning Workshop for CY 2016 Implementation of the National Greening and Forest Protection Program’ held last January 20-23, 2016 at the Cebu Grand Hotel, Escario St., Cebu City. The 3-day activity participated in by officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the National Greening Program (NGP) focal persons and coordinators discussed the NGP implementation for CY 2016, implications of the budget cut and measures to accomplish the NGP target, and the Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project (MBFDP).

Director Adornado reported on the Status of MBFDP Implementation in the Visayas Region. Highlights of his report also include the 2015 Accomplishments of the NGP implementation, particularly on the activity ‘Production of Quality Planting Materials’ (PQPM) on seed collection, plantation development, and the seedling produced by the Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands, and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) and its counterpart, the State, Universities, and Colleges (SUCs) in the Visayas regions.

DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje earlier commended ERDB for achieving its target of 50,000 hectares and 125 million seedlings despite having only had a little over one year to implement the project. Secretary Paje entrusted ERDB to rehabilitate the 50,417 hectares of coastal areas in the 43 Yolanda-hit provinces covered by the MBFDP.

After a series of lectures and presentations, group workshops and consultations were likewise organized to explore ways in which DENR-NGP officials and coordinators could jointly improve their performance and quality of work by reflecting back on their activities, experiences, and lessons learned in order to provide recommendations for the improvement of NGP implementation in general. Strategic workshops and presentations included discussion of concepts, processes, strategies, action planning, and formulation of the 2016 work and financial plan. This preliminary event by the DENR-NGP is the second of the three (3) batches of planning workshops that were organized in this quarter. Ann F. Jumawan, BCWERC