National Greening Program - Program Brief


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:


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



Meet “Barry”, The Rare Fish in Mabini

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) never ceases to purport strategic ways to campaign in the conservation of the country’s environment and natural resources particularly on its protected areas. Communication, education and public awareness (CEPA) has been wrapped in varied instruments to connect to people and effectively deliver the message on the importance of conserving nature and its biodiversity.

Mascot is one of those tools. Thus, the creation of “Barry”.

“Barry” the barramundi cod/ humpback grouper (Cromileptes altivelis) mascot was designed to educate the people particularly in the spanning community of Mabini, Compostella Valley Province about the abundance of this rare species within the Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape (MPLS).

The humpback grouper is a pale-greenish brown, black-spotted fish tagged as naturally rare and high priced both in the international and local market- ranging from P 2,000- P3,000 per kilo.

This species, which is now the flagship species of MPLS, shelters in inner-shelf reefs found underneath the Mabini waters. Although, its global distribution and population has been recorded as decreasing according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), their abundance has recently been recorded in the said protected area, which also reflects its “good condition” coral cover.

Through Barry, the DENR aims to open the eyes of the public on the presence of this rare and vulnerable species and the importance of conserving their home – the Mabini waters. Barry will be made visible during conducts of information drive to encourage the community to value the coastal and marine ecosystem and warn them about the consequences that entails illegal activities such as overfishing.

The caricature was launched in June 2019 at the DENR Marine Center, Sitio Mampising, Brgy. Tagnanan, Mabini, ComVal.