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.

 

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 Samar. 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 the province of Samar.