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A. National Greening Program

      The National Greening Program (NGP) is a massive forest rehabilitation program of the government established by virtue of Executive Order No. 26 issued on Feb. 24, 2011 by President Benigno S. Aquino III. It seeks to grow 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares nationwide within a period of six years, from 2011 to 2016.

      Aside from being a reforestation initiative, the NGP is also seen as a climate change mitigation strategy as it seeks to enhance the country’s forest stock to absorb carbon dioxide, which is largely blamed for global warming. It is also designed to reduce poverty, providing alternative livelihood activities for marginalized upland and lowland households relating to seedling production and care and maintenance of newly-planted trees.

       C.Y. 2017 has been a very challenging and crucial year for expanded National Greening Program (eNGP) implementation for it is the first year implementation of the eNGP in the province of Samar. A total of eighty-three (83) People’s Organizations and five (5) Local Government Units has been a partner for CY 2017 eNGP implementation.

       For site assessment eNGP sites for 2018, a total of 8,000.0 hectares has been assessed and mapped as potential site for 2018 eNGP sites. This includes sites suitable for Agroforestry, Bamboo, Mangrove, Timber and High value crops.
      For seedling production, a total of 2,666,100 planting materials has been produced by the partner implementers (POs and LGUs) out of 2,416,000 target or equivalent to 110.35% of the total target. Seedling commodities includes Agroforestry, Bamboo, Mangroves and High-value crops. For the plantation establishment, 4,257.67 hectares has been established under the regular target which encompasses 2,987.67 hectares for Agroforestry, 460.0 hectares for Bamboo, 310.0 hectares for Mangroves and 500.0 hectares for high value crops. A supplemental target from the ERDB supervised plantation was also accomplished with an area of 80.0 hectares. A total of 4,337.67 has been established for CY 2017. Also, 3,774.0 hectares have been maintained for NGP 2016 and 7,881.0 hectares for NGP 2015 to include the 3,400 hectares CY 2015 Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project with survival rate not less than 85%.

       Different interventions and strategies has been carried out in order to ensure successful implementation of the program. Trainings, Capacity building and workshop on the production of planting materials, site preparation, plantation establishment and maintenance and protection in support to eNGP implementation for partner POs has been successfully conducted.   Extension of technical assistance to the partner implementers and a close monitoring and supervision during its implementation plays a vital role in the achievement of the targets.

       Lessons learned from the previous year’s implementation contributed a lot in the improvement of its implementation. The accomplishment of the targets was made possible by the joint effort of the dedicated of men and women of DENR in the Province of Samar especially the NGP site coordinators and Forest Extension Officers which serves as the front liners in the implementation of the program in the province of Samar. The partnership of this office with various stakeholders plays a vital role in the accomplishment of targets for CY 2017.

     To know more about NGP, click here.

B. Cadastral Survey, Land Management and Disposition

     The Cadastral Survey Program in the country started way back in 1913, with the enactment of Commonwealth Act No. 2259, otherwise known as the Cadastral Act. But through the years, the project has not been given enough resources for its implementation.

     In 1992, with the passage of Republic Act No. 7160, also known as the Local Government Code of 1991, the functions to conduct cadastral survey, lot survey, and isolated and special surveys were among the functions of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that were devolved to the local government units (LGUs).

     Ten years later, in 2012, it was found out that not a single municipality had completed its cadastral survey due to lack of manpower and financial resources. This prompted the DENR, through DENR Administrative Order No. 2001-23, to get back from the LGUs the devolved functions to execute, supervise and manage land surveys.

      Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Cadastral Survey

     For more information on land projects, click here.

     In order to spur economic growth and productivity of idle land, the DENR is issuing Free Patents on residential land covers untitled residential lands in public alienable and disposable lands that are zoned by LGUs as residential areas, including town sites, public schools, municipal halls, public plazas or parks, delisted and abandoned military camps or reservations.

     Any Filipino citizen who is an actual occupant of a residential land for at least 10 years may apply for a free patent.

     For PENRO Samar's part we already processed and issued 642 residential lots, 380 agricultural lots and 9 special patents for CY 2015 as of October 2015.

For more information on Free Patent Application, click here.

C. Forest Protection and Anti-Illegal Logging

       Several confiscations of charcoal and lumber was conducted this year as shown in the picture below:


D. Protected Areas and Biodiversity Conservation


E. Good Governance and Anti-Corruption




  • Public warned vs. misleading info on cost of processing land title

    The Land Management Bureau (LMB) has urged the public to ignore and stop sharing a Facebook post claiming that P50.00 is all it takes to secure a land title, calling it “misleading and erroneous.”…


Photo Releases

DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo accepts the Chairmanship of Eastern Visayas’ Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC) for a three-year term from the Department of Tourism represented by its Officer-In-Charge, Ma. Trinidad Dacuycuy.

Scenic feature of the Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape attract local and foreign tourists. To protect the area, the CIPLS PAMB limits its tourists to 500 per day.

Some of the retired key officials and employees of DENR pose for a picture with DENR Regional Director, Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR 8 Regional Director Crizaldy M. Barcelo (L) presents Certificates of Recognition to partners in law enforcement for their invaluable support and contributions to environmental law enforcement operations in Eastern Visayas.

Ms. Melba Ariño (center), Land Management Officer of DENR CENRO Pambujan receives award for extending invaluable assistance to the programs of 8ID PA from DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and Maj. Gen. Raul Farnacio, Commander, 8ID.

Tacloban City communities join this year’s #InternationalCoastalCleanUp activities. DENR Region 8, together with other government agencies and private institutions joined hands in cleaning up the coastal areas and waterways within the city.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu recently visited the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Samar in Catbalogan City. During his interface with DENR employees in Samar province, Secretary Cimatu laid his plans to help reduce poverty. Among these are increasing livelihood opportunities through the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP), reinventing mining to ensure that the country’s mineral resources will benefit the people without compromising the environment, and promoting cacao commodity to augment the livelihood of NGP PO beneficiaries in Samar.

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