The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON signed a Tripartite Memorandum of Agreement with Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation and Samahan ng Magsasaka at Mangingisda ng Pinaglapatan for the adoption of  38 hectares of forestland in the province of Quezon last March 28, 2023, at the DENR Regional Office, Brgy. Mayapa, Calamba City, Laguna. 

The adopted site is located at Brgy, Pinaglapatan, Infanta, Quezon, and is a portion of a 100-hectare beach forest plantation established under the National Greening Program CY 2014.

The agreement was signed by DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation President and CEO Takeshi Hara, and Samahan ng Magsasaka at Mangingisda ng Pinaglapatan Chairperson Jimmy V. Versoza. 

According to Tamoria, the government has limitations in implementing the National Greening Program. “The government can only do so much for these (NGP) activities starting from the seedling production, plantation establishment, and maintenance and protection with its limited resources…The 3-year investment of the government will not ensure the sustainability of its efforts from the first year of its implementation.”, he shared. 

With this, Tamoria recognized the potential role of the private sector and stakeholders under the Tayo Ang Kalikasan Program to provide assistance in the NGP implementation. He said, “To ensure the sustainability of the program and the higher survival rate of our planted seedlings, we need assistance from our partners who can provide the additional resources we need – from the manpower to the logistical requirements.”

In response, Hara stressed the commitment of MMPC to uplift the life of the Filipino people and contribute to the conservation of the environment. “As we all know, MMPC has always been committed to doing its part to care for the environment, we are dedicated to making life better for the Filipinos… We amplify our efforts to give back by leading environmental protection efforts that will benefit the Filipinos”, he said. 

In 2022, 15 NGP sites covering 1,400 hectares were adopted by private institutions, people’s organizations, and other groups in CALABARZON. To date, a total of 132 NGP sites in the Region covering more than 17,000 hectares of land, are open for adoption. Tamoria said, “Again, we appeal to interested sectors to adopt NGP sites and take part in our regreening efforts”.

DENR CALABARZON Assistant Regional Director for Special Concerns Herminigildo C. Jocson, MMPC First Vice President for Manufacturing Rolando N. Francisco, and MMPC Officials witnessed the signing ceremony. 

Tayo Ang Kalikasan is a program of DENR that is envisioned to be a collaborative effort between the government and its citizens towards responsible development of natural resources and to ensure restoration, rehabilitation, and enhancement of the environment. For interested organizations to partner for NGP, you may coordinate with the nearest DENR Office in your area. ###