The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cagayan Valley has partnered with SN Aboitiz Power - Magat, Incorporated (SNAP-MI) and Ongkay Abetungan Tree Farmers Association Bufferzone Occupants, Incorporated (OATFABOI) for the development of a 10-hectare reforestation project within Dupax Watershed Forest Reserve (DWFR) in Nueva Vizcaya.
DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan, Engr. Ed Bundalian of SNAP-MI and Engr. Omer Guiab, president of OATFABOI recently inked the Memorandum of Agreement at the DENR Ecological Park and Training Center in Aritao town.
The 2 million worth reforestation project called A-PARK Project or ‘Aboitiz Passion for Agroforest and Reforest to Keep’ is funded by SN Aboitiz Power Group under its corporate social responsibility fund.
The DENR will identify the planting sites within the multiple-use zone of the protected area while the members of the people’s organization will develop the areas by producing and planting native and indigenous trees including fruit trees.
“I would like to thank and commend SN Aboitiz Power Group for prioritizing reforestation initiatives for your corporate social responsibility,” Director Bambalan said.
The regional environment chief also said the development of the agroforestry park will further promote the DWFR as one of the ecotourism destinations in the region.
She also instructed DENR officials and personnel in Nueva Vizcaya to monitor and ensure the successful implementation of the project as their commitment to the environment. “This project will greatly contribute as we mitigate the effects of climate change,” she added.
In his message, Engr. Bundalian said the project is part of their commitment to protect and preserve the environment and to restore and rehabilitate watersheds in Luzon area.
The MOA signing was witnessed by PENR Officer Giovannie Magat, Dupax CENR Officer Bernardino Aganon and other key staff of DENR.#
PENRO Nueva Vizcaya