Beneficiaries of the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) ‘family approach’ in Tacloban City received their initial mobilization fee from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Leyte through its Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Palo contracted fifteen (15) families from barangays Paglaum, Camansihay, and San Roque in Tacloban City to establish a tree plantation of indigenous and fruit trees covering an aggregate area of ninety seven (97) hectares. Said families will be working on seedling production, plantation establishment, and maintenance and protection activities under a total contract price of over 1.9 million pesos.
In Barangay Paglaum, six (6) families are set to produce 525,000 fruit tree seedlings for a thirty (30) hectare plantation to be established under a contract price of P780,000.00. Also, three (3) families in Brgy. San Roque were contracted for the production of 6,500 fruit tree seedlings for planting in a 13-hectare ENGP site under a contract price of P338,000.00. In Brgy. Camansihay, six (6) families shall produce a total of 375,000 seedlings of indigenous trees for planting in an area of fifty four (54) hectares under a contract price of P864,000.00.
Recently, the beneficiaries received the initial 15% of their contract cost to finance their first activity which is seedling production. The DENR released P117,000.00 for the six families in Barangay Paglaum, P50,700 for the three (3) families in Brgy. San Roque, and P129,600 for the six (6) families in Barangay Camansihay. Said amount was divided by the families according to the species and the number of hectares they are set to establish.
According to Forester Loreta Baldonaza, Officer-in-charge of PENRO Leyte Management Division, succeeding payments will be released corresponding to the contracted families’ performance and their plantation’s survival rate of at least 85%.
“This new approach for the implementation of the National Greening Program is helpful to my family because it directly compensates our labor and efforts”, says Adelfa Balmes, a beneficiary from Brgy. Paglaum. “This mode inspires us to be more committed in performing the job expected from us”, she adds.
Forester Baldonaza enjoined the beneficiaries of the ENGP family approach to value the project that is expected to support the family’s daily needs while enhancing the condition of their environment.
The DENR is adopting the family approach as one of the modes of engaging Filipino families in the National Greening Program (NGP) in relation to a memorandum signed by DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu last May 6, 2020.