The DENR CENRO Calaca in partnership with the Sandigan Inspirasyon Kasanga Club (SIKClub) People’s Organization planted 170,000 seedlings of indigenous and fruit trees in a 272 hectares National Greening Program (NGP) plantation in Sitio Centro and Sitio Balagbag in Brgy. Patugo, Nasugbu Batangas. This activity is part of the enhancement project of the 400 hectares graduated NGP plantation that was established in 2015.
On the other hand, there were 20,400 bamboo culms planted in the newly established 100 hectares bamboo plantation in Brgy. Toong, Tuy Batangas in partnership with Toong Planters Association.
Maintenance and protection activities such as weeding, replanting, staking, brushing, and continuous patrolling and monitoring of the planted culms and seedlings were done to ensure its high survival rate.
As one of DENR banner programs, the National Greening Program (NGP) is a convergence initiative of DA-DAR-DENR where the DENR stands as the lead agency. It was issued in 2011 under Executive Order No. 26 which aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares of lands of the public domain for a period of six (6) years from CY 2011 to CY 2016. This was extended through Executive Order No. 193 in 2015 which aims to rehabilitate all the remaining unproductive, denuded and degraded forestlands estimated at 7.1 million hectares from 2016 to 2028.###