PILAR, Bataan – Bataan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Raul Mamac said the implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP) in the province has been providing jobs to folks here even accommodating former poachers and charcoal makers.
“There is no more need for them to be involved in illegal environmental activities because they have now legal jobs”, the DENR Bataan chief explained in providing jobs to former poachers and illegal charcoal makers.
Earlier, he warned that there is no compromise in their strict implementation of environmental laws further saying they will apprehend all violators. “NGP also contributes to poverty alleviation because jobs are being provided to some needy and jobless folks in the province”, he said.
Mamac pushes for the effective implementation in the province of NGP in support to the thrust of President Aquino. He earlier said that 8,293 hectares of land in the province were already planted in the province since 2011 in line with the program. A hectare of land is averagely planted with 500 seedlings.
The DENR Bataan has already identified the areas to be planted in the province in 2015 and 2016. Aquino issued Executive Order 26 creating NGP targeting to plant 1.5 million trees to 1.5 billion hectares of land in the country from 2011 to 2016.