122K hectares of denuded Central Luzon areas rehabilitated
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has rehabilitated some 122,000 hectares of denuded forestlands and watersheds in Central Luzon since 2011, officials said.
The rehabilitation was done through the government’s National Greening Program.
DENR Regional Executive Director Paquito Moreno Jr. said the government’s flagship reforestation program has continued to restore the region’s degraded areas and has reinforced its efforts on increasing the survival rate of these plantation sites.
“In average, the survival rate of our plantation sites is around 81 percent. This rate is significantly affected by natural occurrences such as forest fire and extreme weather changes,” he said in a statement.
“Work limitations brought by the community quarantine restrictions have affected regular operations and activities for E-NGP,” Moreno said.
The DENR established a 300-hectare bamboo plantation in Bulacan last year as an additional forest cover in the Angat-Ipo-Maasim River Watershed in addition to more than 14,000-hectare bamboo plantations established since 2011 under NGP.
Moreno said partnerships with private firms were also strengthened to achieve a higher survival rate in these plantations.
To date, 62 unfunded NGP areas have already been adopted by different organizations.
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