Members of the Regional Project Monitoring Committee – Technical Working Group (RPMC – TWG) visited the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija (NE) on 30 June 2022.
The ENGP is an extension of the National Greening Program which was implemented from 2011 to 2016. The NGP had 1.3 billion seedlings planted in 1.7 million hectares. Building on the success of the NGP, the government extended its implementation through the ENGP 2028 with an Executive Order expanding the coverage of the program. The ENGP will cover an additional 7.1 million hectares of unproductive, denuded and degraded forestlands nationwide.
In Central Luzon, over 122,000 hectares have been included in the program since 2011. This year, the DENR targets to establish 3,360 hectares of new plantation and attain at least an 85 percent survival rate in all established ENGP areas. For Carranglan and Pantabangan alone, DENR has set a target of 565 hectares for plantation development.
The visit was meant to get firsthand information on the status of implementation of the ENGP particularly on the type of species planted, the state of the areas covered, the condition of the people’s organizations and/or individuals hired as workers, among others.
The team held discussions with some of the members of the people’s organizations. They learned that bamboo is the main specie being planted in the area. It was observed that some of the bamboos are already mature, while others are still at their early stages of growth. Certain members shared that they would prefer to plant other species because bamboo requires a lot of water, making them vulnerable during the dry season.
(Geraldine V. Sombero, NRO3-PMED)