BACOLOD CITY, April 29 - The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Negros Occidental has paid various peoples organizations more than P3.8 million for their services in the National Greening Program (NGP) since year 2011.
The amount covers the releases in the past three years.
PENRO Administrative Officer Emerita Balinario said these peoples organizations produce, plant and maintain trees through a contract scheme with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
These POs are support groups of the DENR that monitor the growth of trees planted by volunteers from the different parts of the province.
These are given 15-percent mobilization fund once contract is awarded and from there it submits progress reports to the DENR.
The NGP has provided much needed livelihood for poor families in the upland and lowland that form these POs, Balinario said.
She said these POs are partners of the DENR in the rehabilitation of denuded forest land through contract and coordination, providing them technical and financial support to maintain regular coordination and ensure success of the NGP.
This is because monitoring the forest is a challenge to the DENR which has only one forest ranger for every 10,000 hectares, Balinario noted. (PNA)