CEBU CITY, Oct. 29 — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 7 has again exceeded its National Greening Program (NGP) plantation target in Central Visayas by three percent for 2015.
DENR-7 Regional Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo said the report released by the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) said the DENR 7 has a 103 percent accomplishment in NGP as of October 23.
Montejo said the DENR 7 has established around 15,661.20 hectares of new NGP plantations in the region this year.
He said the DENR takes pride in exceeding its targets on NGP each year starting from 2011 up to 2015 despite the threats brought about by the El Nino phenomenon.
NGP is one of the flagship programs of the Aquino Administration targeted at greening some 1.5 million hectares of degraded forest lands in the country.
Montejo said the completion of the NGP in 2016 will mark another milestone in the continued reforestation efforts in Central Visayas.
In a four-year period, DENR 7 was able to establish a total of 80,703 hectares of NGP plantations in all four provinces in region against its target of 77, 479 hectares for six years.
"With the concerted efforts of the DENR, government agencies, non-government organizations and other private partners, we were able to deliver or in fact exceed our targets," Montejo said.
For 2015, Cebu province has reforested around 4,612 hectares; Bohol with 3,319 hectares; Negros Oriental with 7, 545.20 hectares and Siquijor province with 185 hectares of newly established plantations. (PNA)