National Greening Program - Program Brief

The National Greening Program

 

What is the National Greening Program (NGP)?

Executive Order 26 describes the NGP as a program seeking to “plant some 1.5 billion trees covering about 1.5 million hectares for a period of six (6) years from 2011 to 2016, in lands of the public domain.”

These lands include forestlands, mangrove and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, and urban areas.

The NGP Targets

 

YEAR

TARGET

Year 1:  100,000 ha

100M

Year 2:  200,000 ha

200M

Year 3:  300,000 ha

300M

Year 4:  300,000 ha

300 M

Year 5:  300,000 ha

300M

Year 6:  300,000 ha

300M

1.5 Million hectares

1.5 Billion seedlings

All in all, this target is more than the accomplishment over the past 25 years.

 

What will make it work?

Social Mobilization

          The government, private sector, people’s organizations, non-government organizations, and civil society join hands in the activities of the NGP- as volunteer planters, long-term plantation stewards, or donors.

          For the first time, the NGP is driven, not just by one, but by all government agencies through a National Convergence Initiative.

 

Harmonization of Initiatives

          This NGP is a “first” as it consolidates and harmonizes all greening efforts, such as the Upland Development Program, Green Philippines Highways, Luntiang Pilipinas, and other similar activities of the government, private sector, local government units, and the civil society.

Provision of Incentives

          All proceeds from agroforestry plantations, duly accounted by the DENR, shall accrue to the NGP beneficiary communities.  This shall be given priority in the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Use of Appropriate Science and Technology

           Target areas and inputs will be identified; land use optimized (determining site-specific crops/trees and markets); seedling quality ensured; and organic/biofertilizers, such as Mycorrhizal fungi and vermi-composting, employed.

 

NGP Objectives

Human Security

Increased household incomes

Enhanced environmental stewardship

Improved general well-being of communities

Economic Security

Increased economic security

Increased interest in technology and business development

Increased production f crops and forest- based materials 

Ecological Security

Increased environmental stability

Sustained provision of ecosystem goods and services

 Goals

Poverty Reduction

Food Security

Biodiversity Conservation

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

 

The National Greening Program of Philippine government was launched in 2011 by virtue of Presidential Executive Order No. 26 by His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino, III. This seeks to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares throughout the country.  It has a four-pronged agenda: food production, poverty reduction, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Implementation of the NGP has gained significant headway, particularly in Eastern Visayas. Adopting social mobilization as a strategy, a cross section of society had participated in various tree planting activities both in lowland and upland planting sites (specifically in Community Based Forest Management Projects) being managed by the Peoples Organizations under the supervision of  the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Social mobilization proved to be a successful strategy – from nursery establishment to seedling production, actual tree planting activities and maintenance of tree plantations. Students from both public and private schools, employees of National Government Agencies as well as Local Government Units and from the private sector were joined by the church, private media, non-government organizations and socio-civic organizations and community residents in the effort to achieve the goals of the NGP in Region 8.

For 2011, Eastern Visayas reported an accomplishment of over 5.6M seedlings planted out of its target of 4,816,500 seedlings. An aggregate of 10,869.41 hectares were planted surpassing its target of 9,840 hectares for the year. By mid-December 2012, a total of 9,247.98 hectares have been planted throughout the Eastern Visayas region. The concerted effort of the Eastern Visayans has resulted in the planting of 5,394,450 seedlings of various species. Likewise, a total of 5,665,950 seedlings have been produced by people’s organizations who have been engaged by the DENR for the National Greening Program.

The figures from 2011 up to 2012 prove that the NGP though tagged as an ambitious plan, is definitely a mission possible.

 

Way forward

With the recorded success of the National Greening Program in the past two years of its implementation, there is indeed no other way but to press on towards realizing the goal of greening over 76,000 hectares of land in region 8 by 2016 which is its contribution to the national goal of 1.5 million hectares.

In pursuit of this endeavor, the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar which comprise the Eastern Visayas region have their own individual targets to be achieved.

For 2013, region 8 is tasked to cover at least 17,714 hectares with various trees. This includes forest & fruit trees, as well as mangrove and other non-timber forest products. The DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Eastern Samar takes the biggest share of the pie. Under supervision by the DENR-Ecosystems Research and Development Service (ERDS), PENRO E. Samar shall plant 600 hectares with indigenous/premium tree species and 150 hectares of cacao. Another 3,650 hectares shall be planted with timber, fuel, mangrove, urban and rattan which shall be supervised by the DENR-Forest Management Service. This brings the total area targeted for planting by PENRO E. Samar alone to 4,400 hectares for 2013.

The succeeding years from 2014-2016 shall see a slight decrease in the area targeted for planting each year until a total of 76,763 hectares shall have been reforested as Region 8’s share in the National Greening Program. Under the NGP, Region 8 has committed to reforest 15,000 hectares in 2014, another 14,000 hectares in 2015, and finally 13,810 hectares in 2016.

 

NATIONAL GREENING PROGRAM TARGETS

BY COMMODITY CY 2012

EASTERN VISAYAS REGION

PENROS/ CENROs

TIMBER

FRUIT TREES

MANGROVE

URBAN

Protection Forest

TOTAL

Leyte

          1,700.0

190.0

 

75.0

475.0

      2,440.0

PALO

790.0

92.0

0.0

0.0

251.0

      1,133.0

ALBUERA

838.0

49.0

0.0

0.0

112.0

         999.0

BAYBAY

72.0

49.0

0.0

75.0

112.0

         308.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biliran

280.0

32.0

 

 

80.0

         392.0

NAVAL

280.0

32.0

 

 

80.0

         312.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So. Leyte

413.0

44.0

 

25.0

            112.0

         594.0

MAASIN

138.0

15.0

 

8.0

37.0

         198.0

SAN JUAN

275.0

29.0

 

17.0

75.0

         396.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samar

750.0

82.0

 

25.0

            200.0

      1,057.0

CATBA.

375.0

41.0

 

25.0

100.0

         541.0

STA. RITA

375.0

41.0

 

 

100.0

         416.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Samar

1465.0

158.0

 

25.0

            420.0

      2,068.0

BORONGAN

720.0

80.0

 

25.0

206.0

      1,031.0

DOLORES

745.0

78.0

 

 

214.0

         823.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Samar

          1,124.0

127.0

5.0

 

            327.0

      1,583.0

CATARMAN

658.0

64.0

 

 

163.0

         722.0

PAMBUJAN

466.0

63.0

5.0

 

164.0

         698.0

TOTAL

          5,732.0

                633.0

                      5.0

            150.0

         1,614.0

      8,134.0

 

NATIONAL GREENING PROGRAM

BY COMMODITY CY 2013

EASTERN VISAYAS REGION

 

 

PENRO'S/ CENRO's

ERDS SUPERVISION

TOTAL-ERDS

FMS SUPERVISION

TOTAL-FMS

REGIONAL TOTAL

 

INDI/PREM

COFFEE

CACAO

TIMBER

FUEL

MANGROVE

URBAN

RATTAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leyte

         815.0

         160.0

         160.0

      1,135.0

      1,610.0

         200.0

365.0

30.0

960.0

      3,165.0

          4,300.0

PALO

326.0

60.0

60.0

446.0

         814.0

         150.0

60.0

30.0

200.0

      1,254.0

          1,700.0

ALBUERA

245.0

55.0

55.0

355.0

         500.0

 

255.0

0.0

690.0

      1,445.0

          1,800.0

BAYBAY

244.0

45.0

45.0

334.0

         296.0

           50.0

50.0

0.0

70.0

         466.0

             800.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biliran

0.0

40.0

40.0

           80.0

         550.0

 

0.0

20.0

200.0

         770.0

             850.0

NAVAL

 

40.0

40.0

80.0

         550.0

 

 

20.0

200.0

         770.0

             850.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So. Leyte

125.0

150.0

0.0

         275.0

         850.0

 

0.0

0.0

         475.0

      1,325.0

          1,600.0

MAASIN

 

75.0

 

75.0

         500.0

 

 

 

225.0

         725.0

             800.0

SAN JUAN

125.0

75.0

 

200.0

         350.0

 

 

 

250.0

         600.0

             800.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samar

560.0

74.0

76.0

         710.0

      1,579.0

         200.0

450.0

25.0

         500.0

      2,754.0

          3,464.0

CATBA.

230.0

37.0

38.0

305.0

         714.0

         100.0

100.0

25.0

500.0

      1,439.0

          1,744.0

STA. RITA

330.0

37.0

38.0

405.0

         865.0

         100.0

350.0

 

 

      1,315.0

          1,720.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Samar

600.0

0.0

150.0

         750.0

      1,700.0

         100.0

600.0

50.0

      1,200.0

      3,650.0

          4,400.0

BORONGAN

300.0

 

75.0

375.0

      1,200.0

           50.0

300.0

25.0

450.0

      2,025.0

          2,400.0

DOLORES

300.0

 

75.0

375.0

         500.0

           50.0

300.0

25.0

750.0

      1,625.0

          2,000.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Samar

         300.0

               -  

         150.0

         450.0

      1,375.0

         200.0

500.0

25.0

         550.0

      2,650.0

          3,100.0

CATARMAN

150.0

 

80.0

230.0

         955.0

         100.0

350.0

15.0

250.0

      1,670.0

          1,900.0

PAMBUJAN

150.0

 

70.0

220.0

         420.0

         100.0

150.0

10.0

300.0

         980.0

          1,200.0

TOTAL

      2,400.0

         424.0

         576.0

      3,400.0

      7,664.0

         700.0

      1,915.0

         150.0

      3,885.0

    14,314.0

        17,714.0

 


NATIONAL GREENING PROGRAM

TARGET AREA FROM CY 2011-2016

EASTERN VISAYAS REGION

PENRO'S/ CENRO's

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Total

Leyte

   2,105.0

   2,440.0

   4,300.0

   3,300.0

   3,000.0

   3,000.0

 

 

 

 

8,145.0

PALO

721.0

   1,133.0

   1,700.0

   1,400.0

   1,300.0

   1,300.0

   7,554.0

ALBUERA

692.0

     999.0

   1,800.0

   1,000.0

   1,000.0

     900.0

   6,391.0

BAYBAY

692.0

     308.0

     800.0

     900.0

     700.0

     800.0

   4,200.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biliran

770.0

     392.0

     850.0

     400.0

     400.0

     400.0

   3,212.0

NAVAL

770.0

     392.0

     850.0

     400.0

     400.0

     400.0

   3,212.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So. Leyte

1300.0

     594.0

   1,600.0

   1,000.0

   1,000.0

     900.0

   6,394.0

MAASIN

650.0

     198.0

     800.0

     500.0

     500.0

     450.0

   3,098.0

SAN JUAN

650.0

     396.0

     800.0

     500.0

     500.0

     450.0

   3,296.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samar

1300.0

   1,057.0

   3,464.0

   3,500.0

   3,200.0

   3,200.0

 15,721.0

CATBA.

650.0

     541.0

   1,744.0

   1,750.0

   1,600.0

   1,600.0

   7,885.0

STA. RITA

650.0

     516.0

   1,720.0

   1,750.0

   1,600.0

   1,600.0

   7,836.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Samar

1330.0

   2,068.0

   4,400.0

   3,400.0

   3,100.0

   3,110.0

 17,408.0

BORONGAN

665.0

   1,031.0

   2,400.0

   1,900.0

   2,000.0

   2,000.0

   9,996.0

DOLORES

665.0

   1,037.0

   2,000.0

   1,500.0

   1,100.0

   1,110.0

   7,412.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Samar

   1,300.0

   1,583.0

   3,100.0

   3,400.0

   3,300.0

   3,200.0

 15,883.0

CATARMAN

650.0

     885.0

   1,900.0

   1,700.0

   1,650.0

   1,600.0

   8,385.0

PAMBUJAN

650.0

     698.0

   1,200.0

   1,700.0

   1,650.0

   1,600.0

   7,498.0

REGIONAL TOTAL

   8,105.0

   8,134.0

 17,714.0

 15,000.0

 14,000.0

 13,810.0

 76,763.0

 

 

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