ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/13 July) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and 20 People’s Organizations in Zamboanga Sibugay have forged an agreement to implement the National Greening Program (NGP) in the province.
Rosevirico Tan, DENR regional public affairs officer-in-charge, said that stipulated in the Letter of Agreement (LOA) are seedling production contracts, site preparation and plantation establishment as well and maintenance and protection of the planting sites.
Tan said the agreement provides for 250,000 mangrove seedlings to be planted on a 100-hectare area and 940,000 rubber trees on 1,840 hectares this year in the municipalities of Ipil and Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay.
He said the planting of mangrove will be undertaken by seven of the 20 PO signatories of the agreement while the other 13 POs will plant rubber trees.
Tan said the signatories of the agreement are Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Dante Oporto and the heads of the 20 POs.
The agreement was signed last week held at the Senior Citizen Function Hall, Department of Social Welfare and Development Building in the municipality of Ipil.
The signing of the agreement was witnessed by some provincial officials and of the municipalities of Ipil and Tungawan as well as DENR officials, according to Tan.
The NGP seeks the attainment of sustainable human development, and economic and ecological security. The program targets 1.5 billion trees to be planted on 1.5 million hectares of public up to 2016. (MindaNews)