FMB chief presents NGP gains, challenges for 2017 onward

The Department has accomplished 113 percent more than the reforestation in the past 25 years.

This was the announcement made by Forest Management Bureau (FMB) Director Ricardo L. Calderon in his visit to Cagayan Valley on Mar. 9-11, this year.

In a general assembly meeting with regional executives and personnel held in Mar. 11 at the Narek Hall of the DENR Regional Office, Director Calderon presented the gains of the country in reforestation.

“Aside from having planted 1,352,147 hectares of forestlands with 916,766,691 seedlings, 3,058,184 jobs were generated and 432,508 persons were employed through the National Greening Program (NGP),” the FMB chief reported as he recognized the contribution of Region 2 in achieving these accomplishments.

Director Calderon presented the “positive growth of the country’s forest cover vis-à-vis the reduction in open/denuded areas through massive implementation of the NGP.” “There is reversion of forest cover: more forested areas than denuded forestlands,” the NGP National Coordinator emphasized. He added that NGP is extended from 2016-2028 by virtue of Executive Order No. 193 to sustain the gains of the Program and to harmonize all forest development activities in the country consistent with the updated Master Plan for Forestry Development.

The forest management head also announced that the Philippines ranked fifth in the annual forest area gain from 2010-2015 based on the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015 conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. 
He also presented the forward estimates for Fiscal Year 2017 of NGP, Land Survey and Records Management, Management of Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal and Marine Resources, Geohazard Mapping and Assessment, Ecosystems Research, and Foreign-Assisted Projects.

The bureau head lauded Region 2 not only for always being on top in accomplishments and compliance but also in innovations especially in forest protection, conservation and development. # CCC