PILAR, Bataan – A validating team from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 3 surveyed high survival rate of trees planted in the province under the National Greening Program (NGP).
Provincial Environment and Natural Officer Raul Mamac said the team headed by Forester Ferdinand Andres of DENR Central Luzon Forest Management Bureau (FMB), who conducted an ocular inspection of sites saw the effective implementation of NGP in the province. From December 6 to 10, the team visited sites in Barangay Nagbalayong, Morong (90 hectares); Balon Anito, Mariveles (52 hectares); and Pinulot, Dinalupihan (300 hectares) planted with trees under the greening program. Forester Jeff Francisco, DENR Region 3 Office representative, joined the validating team. Personnel from DENR Bataan assisted in the ocular inspection.
“The validating team’s initial estimate of 89 percent survival rate of trees we planted under the program is very high”, said the very satisfied Mamac. “Although they have yet to make an official report, their statement is based on the initial valid result of the ocular survey they conducted”, he said.
Mamac pushes for the effective implementation in the province of the NGP in support to the thrust of President Aquino. He earlier said that 8,293 hectares of land in the province were already planted with trees since 2011 in line with the program. A hectare of land is averagely planted with 500 seedlings. He earlier pointed out that they are also conducting replanting and catch up plan, explaining not all planted seedlings will survive.
DENR Bataan has already identified the areas to be planted in the province in 2015 and 2016. Pres. 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.