Many lives of the community in Brgy. Malitlit, Lipa City have been transformed through the implementation of the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP), a recent report of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO), Lipa City said.

The report cited that many jobs and alternative livelihood were given to the community. The community formed a People’s Organization named “Malitlit Nature Savers Association, Inc.” or MNSAI.

MNSAI was established and duly registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2016. The organization handled and managed the 345-hectare ENGP plantation site in Mt. Malarayat Forest Reserve, Lipa City also established in the same year.

The PO has ventured into seedling production through its small plant nursery in the barangay.

At present, male members regularly conduct monitoring and patrolling within their NGP site. Female members, on the other hand, are into peanut butter-making. The finished products are being sold within the community and in the nearby barangays.

“Napakalaking tulong ng NGP sa mga residente ng Brgy. Malitlit, Lipa City. Nang dahil sa NGP, nakapagbuo sila ng isang asosasyon sa tulong na rin ng mga tauhan ng CENRO Lipa upang maging katuwang natin sa pagpapatupad ng NGP. Nadagdagan ang kanilang income dahil sila ang kinuha nating partner sa pag-implement ng NGP sa kanilang lugar simula seedling production, plantation establishment at maintenance and protection,” said former DENR-CENRO Lipa and now DENR-PENRO Batangas, Noel M. Recillo.

In 2015, Former President Benigno S. Aquino III issued Executive Order No. 193 expanding NGP’s coverage to include all the remaining unproductive, denuded and degraded forestlands, and extending its implementation period until 2028. Under the Program, the Duterte Administration aims to reforest some 1.2 million hectares between 2017-2022. ###