Tree Nurturing Project MOA signing with (front row, left to right) Rotary Club President, Nestor Coralde, DENR-4A Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, For. Alfredo C. Palencia, DENR- 4A Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria, and ERDB Director Henry A. Adornado, RCI past President Juanito Gucilatar. On the second row are officials from PENRO Quezon.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)- Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau, the DENR-Region 4A, and the Rotary Club of Infanta forged a partnership to adopt a National Greening Program site through the “Tree Nurturing Project”.

The said project’s pursuit of a more sustainable and harmonized environmental protection and conservation in the province of Quezon is spelled out in the Memorandum of Agreement signed by the three parties, each represented by DENR-ERDB Director Henry A. Adornado, DENR-4A Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria, and Rotary Club of Infanta President Nestor R. Coralde. The MOA signing was held on November 5, 2021 in Brgy. Magsaysay, Infanta, Quezon.

This agreement for the “Tree Nurturing Project” is a continuation of the initiative of the National Greening Program (NGP) that was launched in 2011 in line with the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation program of the DENR. After NGP was successfully implemented throughout the country, it was extended until 2028, pursuant to Executive Order No. 193, Series of 2015. The Program seeks to harmonize all efforts towards forest development and engage more participation and stewardship from various sectors of the country including the local government, private sectors, and civil society organizations.

With this, the DENR-Region 4A identified the 32-hectare portion of the Protected Area in Brgy. Magsaysay, Infanta, Quezon, as an ideal graduated NGP site for the Tree Nurturing Project.

In this Project, among the DENR-Region 4A’s  task is to conduct necessary preliminary activities in preparation for a management plan, provide technical assistance in species-site matching plantation establishment, and proper protection and maintenance of planted seedlings, and maintain its jurisdiction, control and supervision over forestlands subject to the reforestation activities.

Participants of the Tree Nurturing Project MOA signing and ceremonial tree planting in the 32-ha PA site pose for a group photo amidst the rainy weather.

On the other hand, ERDB Director Adornado expressed his strong support for the Project through the Bureau’s relevant ecosystem technologies. “We are more than willing to provide technical assistance, and at the same time, include sustainable livelihood options to encourage active participation of the community. Likewise, I am thankful to RED Tamoria for throwing his full commitment in the project and to the Rotary Club of Infanta for initiating the project, indeed, their actions are laudable,” Adornado said.

Part of ERDB’s commitment include the provision of science-based technologies in reforestation to attain higher survival rate of planted trees, mentoring of key participants on effective site management technologies, and supply of high-quality planting materials of native forest trees.

Meanwhile, the Rotary Club, a Service Organization adopting a motto of “Service Above Self’, will also play a significant role in the project as they are expected to provide a 5-year development plan in the next three months. As representatives of the civil society, they are in charge of the overall implementation of the activities. They shall also mobilize the communities and other resources in establishing the plantation. The Rotarians shall also tap other interested groups that share the same goal of environmental protection, conservation, and sustainable management.

Ceremonial tree planting in the 32-ha PA site after the Tree Nurturing Project MOA signing with ERDB Director Henry A. Adornado, DENR-4A RED Nilo B. Tamoria, and ERDB-UBRDEC Head Gregorio E. Santos, Jr. (left to right).

“The protection of our environment does not end in 3 years, that is why we assure you that the graduated NGP here in Infanta will still be busy in environmental conservation activities through this project.”, said DENR-4A Regional Executive Director Tamoria during the MOA signing.

The PENRO-Quezon Cyril A. Coliflores, CENRO-Real Oliver O. Olivo, DENR-4A Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services For. Alfredo C. Palencia and the Local Government of Infanta were also present in the event and conveyed their commitment to support the implementation of the project.

The Tree Nurturing Project MOA signing was concluded with a ceremonial tree planting using cloned seedlings by the heads of the involved institutions, community members, and members of the Rotary Club of Infanta. ERDB-UBRDEC provided 250 cloned seedlings of indigenous forest trees such as dao, yakal, kalantas, white nato, dulitan and makaasim. UBRDEC Center Head Gregorio E. Santos, Jr. assured that these seedlings were quality planting materials and will survive in the 32-ha PA.

The three collaborating entities have committed to work together in various activities, from initial preparations of the project site, the development phase, up to the progress tracking and sustainability of this development initiative.