The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has tapped five people’s organizations to reforest some 500 hectares of degraded areas in Tapaz, Capiz under the Expanded National Greening Program (eNGP) of the agency.

DENR Regional Director for Western Visayas Jim Sampulna said a total of P10.6 million has been allotted by his office for the five people’s organizations to plant forest tree species, fruit-bearing trees and high value crops in identified eNGP sites in the barangays of San Antonio, Taslan, San Julian and Sta. Ana, all in Tapaz.

The five recipient- people’s organizations and their respective contract prices are as follows:

  1. Marugo Green life Association,                  Php 2,129,876.02
  2. Tascanara Farmers Association,                Php 3,226,460.04
  3. Marugo Farmers Association,                    Php 2,129, 876.02
  4. Sta. Ana Mampaw Association,                 Php 1,069,938.01
  5. Marugo Small Angler Association,              Php 2,129,876.02

“With the implementation of the eNGP in the town of Tapaz, we are creating communities that are not only climate resilient but economically vibrant as well. Anchored on the framework of Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD), the eNGP implementation will help the community beneficiaries in Tapaz to become self-reliant,” Sampulna said.

Aside from tree planting, a Letter of Agreement (LOA) was also signed between the provincial office of DENR in Capiz and two people’s organizations, namely: Brgy. Agustin Navarra Environmental Conservation Association (BANECA) and Brgy. Council of Cudian, Ivisan, Capiz, for a comprehensive site development activity, covering a 5-hectare mangrove plantation in Brgy. Cudia, Ivisan town, also in Capiz.

A total of Php 210,256.00 was allotted by the DENR field office as financial assistance to the two POs, to be used in seedling production, plantation establishment and three year maintenance and protection of established plantations for the period, February 2017 to December 2019. 

For his part, Tapaz Mayor Roberto Palomar, who graced the ceremonial distribution of checks, said: “We are so overwhelmed with the support given to us by the DENR to this humble town of Tapaz. We are looking forward to a better, sustainable future for all Tapaznon.” ###


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DENR Secretary Gina Lopez leads employees of DENR region 8 in an oath to take care of the environment and be better stewards of the earth. Employees also committed to work for integrity, public service, and common good. The oath of commitment was made by the employees during the visit of Secretary Lopez to DENR regional office on January 16, 2016.

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in region 8 recognizes the important role played by indigenous communities in the protection and preservation of the region’s protected areas. In photo is the Mamanwa Indigenous Community in Burauen, Leyte joining this year’s Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park Outdoor Festival held on February 3, coinciding with the declaration of MVNP as a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act. The event intends to showcase the natural park as a home to various species of flora and fauna including the Philippine Eagle, and promote the preservation of the rich biodiversity in the area. 

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