The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Isabela’s reforestation effort along selected rivers in the province with various bamboo species is now in full swing. A mutual covenant was set through with the Barangay Local Government Unit of Alinguigan 2nd in Ilagan City through Barangay Chairman Heherson L. Rivero and DENR Isabela represented by Chief, Technical Services Division Reynaldo M. Ramos witnessed by Barangay Councilor Corazon Gangan.

Under the MOA, the DENR provides the necessary technical assistance in the plantation, maintenance, and protection of planted bamboo and forest tree seedlings; provides planting materials, seedlings to be planted along the river banks, and monitor the seedlings planted to ensure a 100% survival while the BLGU shall be responsible for the maintenance and protection; continue to grow bamboo and other available indigenous forest tree species along the riverbank; and undertake any other actions necessary for the successful implementation of the project.

The identified area along the Pinacanauan de Ilaguen was planted with bamboo seedlings to help prevent riverbank erosion and siltation, one of the strategies that the Build Back Better Task Force has adopted to rehabilitate the Cagayan River.

In Isabela, 2,977 bamboo seedlings have been planted by the PENRO Isabela, CENROs Naguilian, Cabagan, Cauayan, Palanan, San Isidro, and PENRO Sub-office Roxas, Local Government Units (LGUs), Bureau of Fire Prevention (BFP), Isabela Provincial Police Office (IPPO) men and women, Barangay officials and Youth Councils, Community members and some members of the Society of Filipino Foresters, Isabela Chapter, covering approximately 652 hectares, along riverbanks.#PENRO Isabela