National Greening Program - Program Brief

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Executive Order No. 26

President Benigno S. Aquino signed Executive Order No. 26 on 24 February 2011 declaring the implementation of the Nation Greening Program (NGP) as a government priority that shall plant some 1.5 billion trees covering about 1.5 million hectares for a period of six (6) years from 2011 to 2016, in the following lands of the public domain:
    

  1.     Forestlands
  2.     Mangrove and protected areas
  3.     Ancestral domains
  4.     Civil and military reservations
  5.     Urban areas under the greening plans of LGUs
  6.     Inactive and abandoned mine sites
  7.     Other suitable lands

The program reaffirms that it is state policy "to pursue sustainable development for poverty reduction, food security, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation."

Likewise, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is the primary agency responsible for the conservation, management, development and proper use of the country's environmental and natural resources.

The program is a multi-sectoral project that harmonizes all the greening efforts of both the private and public sectors. Its participating agencies have the following commitments:

A G E N C Y
C O M M I T M E N T S

Department of Agriculture

Department of Agrarian Reform

Department of Environment and Natural Resources

    • Nursery establishment and seedling production
    • Site identification and preparation
    • Social mobilization
    • Tree-planting
    • Conduct of monitoring and evaluation
    • Provision of technical support and extension services, including product development and marketing
    • Provision of certified seeds and planting materials
    • Provision of access roads and trails to planting sites
    • Provision of post-harvest and processing facilities

Department of Interior and Local Government

    • Mobilization of more than 42,000 barangays for the preparation of seedlings
    • Provision of transportation, security, and fire protection amenities

Department of Education

Commission on Higher Education

    • Mobilization of student tree –planters
    • Nursery establishment and seedling production
    • Provision of extension services and technical assistance (through State Universities and Colleges)
    • Assistance in information, education, and communication campaigns

Department of Social Welfare and Development

    • Provision of food-for-work, cash-for-work, and Conditional Cash Transfer incentives
    • Social mobilization of almost 2.3 M Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries    

Department of Public Works and Highways

    • Provision of assistance in the hauling of seedlings and the transport of volunteer planters
    • Assistance in the construction of access roads and trails to the planting sites

Department of Transportation and Communication

    • Provision of transportation for participants
    • Provision of communication facilities

Department of National Defense

    • Nursery establishment and seedling production
    • Site preparation
    • Provision of transport support and security

Department of Science and Technology

    • Development and transfer of appropriate technologies

Department of Justice

    • Nursery establishment and production of planting materials
    • Provision of transportation support/assistance

Department of Budget and Management

    • Allocation of funds for the NGP

Department of Health

    • Provision of medical support

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples

    • Mobilization of participation of indigenous groups
    • Site identification
    • Supervision of forest protection activities in ancestral domains

Local Government Units

    • Establishment of nurseries and production of planting materials
    • Development of greening plan for urban and sub-urban areas
    • Spearhead establishment of communal tree farms
    • Provision of technical and extension assistance and services

 

News

Philippine Eagles fly to Singapore for Breeding Conservation

As part of the Philippine government’s bid to protect and conserve the critically-endangered Philippine Eagle, a pair named Geothermica and Sambisig has been flown to Singapore yesterday, June 4, in time for the celebration of the 21st Philippine Eagle Week (June 4-10).

Carrying Philippine passports, the said pair is the first of their species to be covered by a wildlife loan agreement for adoption by a foreign country. The passports are said to emphasize the Philippine identity of both eagles and that they remain the property of the Philippine government.

Geothermica is a 15-year-old male Philippine eagle born on January 7, 2004, while Sambisig is a 16-year-old female born on November 17, 2002. Both were hatched and reared at the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) in Davao City.

The pair will be housed in Jurong Bird Park for the next 10 years for captive breeding under a Wildlife Loan Agreement between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), one of the leading zoological institutions in the world.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said that these species are “ideal ambassadors of Philippine biodiversity, perfect for the purpose of generating awareness on the urgent need for conservation.”

“Sending Geothermica and Sambisig to Singapore acts as biosecurity measure to ensure the survival of the species and as a fallback population in the event of catastrophic events like disease outbreaks or extreme natural calamities taking place in their Philippine habitats,” he added.

On board flight PR 507, Philippine Airlines (PAL) airlifted the two eagles from Davao. DENR Assistant Secretary Ricardo Calderon, together with Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs Meynardo Montealegre, PEF Chairman Edgar Chua and PEF Executive Director Dennis Salvador led the ceremonial “send-off” at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.

Calderon said that with the partnership with the Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Singapore government commemorating 50 years of diplomatic relationship, the wildlife loan agreement highlighted the importance of the Philippine eagle.

According to the DENR, there are only around 400 pairs of the Philippine eagle left in the wild. With the threat of extinction, sending off the Philippine eagle pair is considered an insurance that the species will not be wiped out in case of a deadly disease outbreak in the Philippines.

 

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