DENR-Region 11

DENR to rehabilitate ‘Pablo’-damaged reforestation areas in Comval, Davao Or. 



The regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Davao City is set to start the rehabilitation of upland areas affected by typhoon ‘Pablo’ under the National Greening Program (NGP).

This after DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje directed the prioritization of typhoon-ravaged areas in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental that will be reforested or rehabilitated under the NGP this year.

DENR-Region 11 Executive Director Joselin Marcus E. Fragada said his office has earmarked a social mobilization fund of PhP 34,652,000 to reforest some 4,372 hectares in Compostela Valley and 4,291 hectares in Davao Oriental.

Fragada also said the rehabilitation of the areas shall be done using the cash for work scheme but shall be utilizing rehabilitation funds of the department.

“Through the Cash for Work Scheme, members of people’s organizations (POs) and barangay residents will be hired for a continuous period of 90 days for site preparation, hauling of seedlings and the actual tree planting. They shall be paid using the social mobilization fund of NGP following the minimum wage law, which is presently at PhP 301.00 per day,” Fragada said.

According to Fragada, around 7,533 hectares of tree plantations established from 2009-2012 under the Upland Development Program and NGP have been damaged due to typhoon Pablo.