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NGCP commits Samar agro-forest tree plantation project

MANILA, Aug. 22 — National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Wednesday said its three-year Agro-Forest Tree Plantation Project in Samar is being implemented as planned.

This is the assurance of a joint inspection committee, which recently checked on the progress of the said project done in harmony with the Tree Replacement Program for the benefit of the Municipality of Paranas and the neighboring communities of Calbayog City in Samar.

With its primary role of maintaining and operating power transmission networks all over the Philippines, NGCP is committed to construct and expand towers, lines and other high-voltage facilities.

As a socially and environmentally responsible corporation, NGCP made sure plants and trees affected by the construction of the Wright-Calbayog Transmission Project will be replenished.

Together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-CENRO and PENRO and the members of the Pabanog Small Farmers Association Inc. (PASFA), NGCP has agreed to a reforestation program that will aid the nearby communities and barangays.

The commitment was sealed by the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) on June 6, 2011.

On June 21 this year, the parties conducted a joint inspection on the accomplished activities under the Agro-Forest Tree Plantation Project.

The coordinating bodies assessed the fulfillment of the Maintenance and Protection clauses that were stipulated in the MoA.

Maintenance and Protection include clearing/ringweeding, cultivation and fertilization as well as fireline maintenance.

As the DENR-endorsed developers of the project, the PASFA has prepared a Work and Financial Plan to effectively implement the said Tree Replacement Program over a three-year period.

NGCP committed to plant 1,667 forest tree seedlings per hectare and 625 grafted fruit tree seedlings per hectare.

The plantation consisting of a total of 10,002 forest tree seedlings and 5,696 grafted fruit tree seedlings will be maintained and protected at the Pabanog Watershed in Paranas, Samar.

Concurrent to its service improvements and facility expansions, NGCP continues to engage in various community and environmental efforts to ensure a more sustainable life for the communities it serves. (PNA)

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