DENR to surpass 2013 NGP targets – USEC Ignacio
- Published on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 02:52
Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr. expressed confidence that the DENR will surpass its National Greening Program (NGP) targets for this year.
In his visit to Region 2 for the wake of CENRO Alfredo M. Almueda, USEC Ignacio said that the Department was able to plant 329,000 hectares under NGP which is above its 300,000 hectares target in the past two years. “If we will be able to meet our target by 2016, we can reverse the present situation
wherein our forests are already deforested,” he said.
“Based on the study of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Philippines has the third fastest growing forest in Asia, next to China and Vietnam and second in Southeast Asia. This is a very good indication of our sincere desire to save our Mother Earth,” USEC Ignacio added as he congratulated Region 2 for being the first to attain its target for the Department’s priority programs last year and for being one of the best performing regions in the country.
On Jan. 14-15, during the first regional management conference for this year, Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan made an assurance that Region 2 is all set to implement NGP despite of the 142 percent increase in targets for 2013.
One of the highlights of the conference is the deadline for the survey, mapping and planning of NGP potential areas. “The SMP for 2013 should be finished before second quarter,” RED Tumaliuan ordered.
The Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers formulated their weekly and monthly timelines on NGP to ensure that their targets are accomplished as planned. “These will also be the basis of evaluating the work performance of the officials at the end of the year as required by the Civil Service Commission,” RED Tumaliuan added.
Last year, Region 2 topped the implementation of NGP nationwide with an accomplishment of 6,776.56 hectares over the target of 5,995 ha or an accomplishment of 113 percent.# (corie corpuz)
CVARRD to conduct investment forum on rubber
With the theme “Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change and Alleviate Poverty: Plant Rubber Trees!,” an investment forum will be conducted on March 14, this year, at the Lake Cassili M & M Resort, Tuao East, Cagayan.
Dubbed as “Regional Forum on Rubber: Its Potentials and Opportunities in Cagayan Valley”, the activity also aims to support and promote National Greening Program (NGP), one of the banner programs of PNoy administration.
Gracing the said activity will be Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Head Manuel N. Mamba. Joining him are DENR Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan, Cagayan Valley Agriculture and Resources Research and Development (CVARRD) Executive Officer William C. Medrano and RTD Lilia dL. Abel, all speakers.
Experts in the rubber industry will also share their knowledge. They are Yokoma Tire Phils, Inc. President Masahiro Yoki, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 2 Representative Mary Ann Dy, University of Southern Mindanao Consultant Pablito Pamplona, National Agriculture and Fisheries Council (NAFC) Member Basilisa Ho and CVARRD Executive Officer Medrano. They will discuss Rubber Demand in the Philippines, Marketing Prospects of Rubber, Rubber Technologies, Economic Potential of Rubber for Cagayan Valley and Proposed Rubber Industry Road Map for Cagayan Valley.
By serving as carbon sink, rubber trees enhance the environment.
Economically, rubber trees are used in the manufacture of a variety of products in the automotive, mining, agriculture, shipping, chemicals, pharmaceutical and consumer industries. When the tree can no longer produce extract, it can be utilized as lumber material. #PMSA
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