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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




  • Cimatu lauds law enforcement authorities behind large wildlife bust

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has commended personnel of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the rescue of over 300 smuggled live animals and arrest of four suspects in what has been dubbed as one of the country’s largest wildlife busts. The successful operation was carried out on Tuesday by joint operatives from the NBI-Environmental Crime Division and the DENR’s Philippine Operations Group of Ivory and Ille…


Photo Releases

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu (in black coat) officiates the turn-over ceremony from outgoing RD Arleigh J. Adorable to incoming RD Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo lights the Flame of Sportsmanship to formally start the DENR Sportsfest 2017.

DENR 8’s ARD for Management Services Arturo N. Salazar presents Updates on Government Policy on Climate Change during the 2nd Regional Climate Change Conference conducted by PH Haiyan Cooperative in cooperation with the Climate Change Commission.

Mangrove forest and eco-park in Naungan, Ormoc City developed by the Naungan San Juan Mangrove Planters Association from what used to be a plain mudflat.

DENR 8 technical personnel record and monitor sightings of migratory birds in the wetlands of Eastern Visayas.

Residents of Brgy. Tagpuro join the mangrove tree planting activity spearheaded by the PH Haiyan Advocacy Cooperative.

CIMATU INSPECTS CONFISCATED ENDANGERED SPECIES. Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu inspects the confiscated sulfur crested cockatoos (Cacatua galerita) at the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City with BMB Director Theresa Mundita Lim (beside Cimatu). Three species of the cockatoos including the moluccan cockatoo (cacatua moluccensis) and the black palm cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) totaling 154 heads were confiscated by the joint forces of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Philippine Operations Group on Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade (DENR POGI) and the National Bureau of Investigation Environmental Crime Division in a buy-bust operation in Pasay City. The cockatoo is considered an endangered species and is listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Its trade should be subject to a CITES export permit from the country of origin and a CITES import permit from the country of destination. A total of 316 heads of species were confiscated in the successful operation.

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