DENR taps families for National Greening Program

BORONGAN CITY, May 3 (PIA) - - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) tapped 386 families in the 12 municipalities of Eastern Samar to help rehabilitate over 2,824 hectares of forestland in the area starting this year, 2021.

According to Ms. Felicita Cervantes, national greening program focal person, they have signed Letters of Agreement (LOA) with concerned families to expand the implementation of the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP) through the “family approach”.

She added that there are 386 families mostly 4Ps beneficiaries that signed up for the program.

“The project will cover a total of 2,824 hectares in the upland barangays of 12 municipalities and these areas will be planted with bamboo, fruit trees, rattan, as well as indigenous forest species,” she said.

Under the program, CENRO-Borongan will assist the concerned families in rehabilitating and developing the forest areas in line with the implementation of the E-NGP.

The focal person added, that through the “family approach” they aim to get more participation and commitment from the partner families and other community stakeholders.

Cervantes further said that the program beneficiaries will be properly compensated by the DENR for the services rendered.

The compensation will depend on the commodities they will plant and the area to be planted. She disclosed that they will receive a retention fee equivalent to ten percent of the total project cost for at least three years or the duration of the contract.

Cervantes further added that they extend the necessary technical assistance and other support programs to sustain the plantations. (nbq/SDC/PIA-E. Samar)


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