NGP’s FIRST REGISTRANT

NGP’s FIRST REGISTRANT


NGPs-first-registrant-web2President Benigno S. Aquino III registers on-line as the first official participant of the government's National Greening Program (NGP), officially launching the country’s biggest reforestation program ever on Friday (May 13) at the Social Hall of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Quezon City.  Assisting the President are (from right to left): Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, Agriculture  Secretary Proceso Alcala, House Majority Floor leader Quezon Representative Erin Tanada (partially hidden), and DENR Undersecretary Demetrio  Ignacio.  As lead implementing agency for NGP, Sec. Paje enjoins the public to get involved in the effort to rehabilitate the country’s forest areas and visit the NGP website (www.ngp.denr.gov.ph) to find out which planting areas are accessible to them 




PRESIDENT’S TREE

PRESIDENT’S TREE 


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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (left) hands to President Benigno S. Aquino III a four-foot Narra seedling which he planted at the Heroes Park of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City on Friday to mark the launching of the National Greening Program.  The first of 1.5 billion seedlings targeted to be planted under the program, the choice of narra as the President’s tree is fitting as it is not only the country’s national tree but it also symbolizes strength, sturdiness and versatility -- desired qualities of every seedling that would be planted under the NGP, explains Paje.  Also in photo are Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Rep. Erin Tañada, chairman of the Committee on Reforestation (1st and 2nd from left, respectively). 


 


PRIORITY AREAS FOR MASSIVE REFORESTATION

PRIORITY AREAS FOR MASSIVE REFORESTATION 


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Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Line Bureaus Jeremias Dolino  affixes his signature in the Commitment and Resolution Board as a manifestation of his support to the National Greening Program (NGP) during the First NGP Consultative Summit held recently at the DENR in Quezon City. Dolino said that under the program, massive reforestation shall be undertaken particularly in lands of the public domain, such as forestlands, mangrove and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, urban areas under the greening plan of local government units, inactive and abandoned mine sites, and other suitable lands.





‘APITONG’ FOR NATIONAL YEAR OF FORESTS

‘APITONG’  FOR NATIONAL YEAR OF FORESTS 


Apitong-for-NYF-web2Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources chair, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri (right), assisted by House Committee on Reforestation head, Rep. Victor Yu (left), marks the launching of the “National Year of Forests” by planting an Apitong (Dipterocarpus grandiflorus) sapling by the entrance of the Makiling Botanical Garden at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños (UPLB) in Laguna.  The NYF launch, organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR),  is in keeping with Proclamation No. 125 issued by President Benigno S. Aquino III, enjoining Filipinos to support the United Nation’s declaration of 2011 as “International Year of Forests” for a greener, more sustainable future. Also in photo are (from right):  Director Marcial Amaro of DENR’s Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau, DENR Undersecretary Manuel Gerochi, Dean Rex Cruz of UPLB-College of Forestry, UPLB Vice Chancellors Virginia Cardenas and Ruben Tanqueco, DENR-Region 4A Executive Director Nilo Tamoria, and MBC Director Jose Sargento. 
 

 

'GREEN’ TOKEN

'GREEN’ TOKEN 


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With lush tree crowns and two 70-year old Bagtikan (Parashorea malaanonan) trees as backdrop, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Manuel Gerochi gives Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri a Molave seedling as a token for his continuing support for DENR’s green legislative agenda such as the Sustainable Forestry Management Bill, National Land Use Bill, and the Magna Carta for Environment and Natural Resources Personnel.  Zubiri, who also heads the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, keynoted the launching rites of the “National Year of Forests” held at the Makiling Botanical Garden of the University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Laguna, setting off the year-round festivities to celebrate the importance of forests to people as enunciated in Proclamation No. 125 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III, in support of the United Nation’s declaration of “2011 as International Year of Forests.” Also in photo is UPLB Chancellor Luis Rey Velasco (right). 





IN PURSUIT OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

IN PURSUIT OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 


udli_susdev-web2Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary for Planning and Policy Demetrio Ignacio commits to support the National Greening Program (NGP) as it is one of government’s strategies to attain sustainable development for the country.  Ignacio made the commitment during the First NGP Consultative Summit held at the DENR in Quezon City, stressing that the program’s adopted people-centered development framework shall be implemented through a mix of approaches such as agroforestry, industrial tree plantation, and assisted natural regeneration and enrichment planting using indigenous tree species.
 

 

QUALITY SEEDLINGS FOR NGP

QUALITY SEEDLINGS FOR NGP


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Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz, dean of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources of the University of the Philippines at Los Baños (UPLB), conveys the commitment of UPLB Chancellor Dr. Luis Rey Velasco to supply quality trees for the National Greening Program during the First NGP Consultative Summit held at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City.  Cruz said that despite its limited resources, the state college can still “play a substantive role toward the NGP, with support from the Alumni Association of the UPLB-College of Forestry.”





SAVING PHILIPPINE RIVERS

SAVING PHILIPPINE RIVERS  


Saving-Phil-river-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (standing, with eyeglasses) signs on the commitment board to save the Philippine Rivers during the recent observance of Earth Day 2011 at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. With the theme, “Earth Day Everyday”, the event focused on providing Filipinos with clean water through clean-up and rehabilitation of rivers throughout the country. The event also marked the launching of the “Linis Estero: The Diliman Creek and Tributaries’ Environmental Rehabilitation Program” through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the DENR, Quezon City government, Sagip Ilog Pilipinas Movement (SIPM) and the Philippine Mine Safety and Environmental Association. Also affixing their signatures to show their commitment were artist Noel Cabangon (kneeling, left), who was newly conferred as ambassador for the campaign to save Philippine rivers; Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista (kneeling, right); and Earth Day Network Philippines President/Chair and former DENR Secretary Elisea Gozun (right, partly hidden). Looking on is SIPM Executive Director Myrna Jimenez. 
 

 

RIGHT TO CLEAN WATER

RIGHT TO CLEAN WATER


Right2clean-water-web2Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (standing) conveys his appreciation to the private sector in forging partnerships with the DENR in cleaning up water bodies, thus helping the Aquino administration in its agenda of meeting every Filipino’s right to access clean water.  In his keynote message during the celebration of Earth Day 2011 held at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, Paje said that the DENR has already entered into 78 contracts with other government agencies, industries and non-government organizations to clean up the nation’s waterways. Also in photo seated at the presidential table were (left to right): DENR Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) National Capital Region Director Roberto Sheen; Sagip Ilog Pilipinas Movement Executive Director Myrna Jimenez; Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista; Philippine Mine Safety and Environmental Association (PMSEA) President Luis Sarmiento; EMB Director Juan Miguel Cuna; and Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) Enforcement Division OIC Zenaida Lapuz. Not in picture is Earth Day Network Philippines Chair/President and former DENR Secretary Elisea Gozun, one of the event’s main organizers. 



MISSION POSSIBLE

MISSION POSSIBLE  


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DENR Assistant Secretary for Special Projects Marlo Mendoza explains the mechanics of the National Greening Program (NGP) to some 200 participants of the First NGP Consultative meeting held recently at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City.  Describing the NGP as a “mission possible”, Mendoza details the program’s framework, strategies and guidelines, as well as the key roles and responsibilities of partner-agencies and institutions, to achieve the objective of reforesting some 1.5 million hectares of open lands nationwide. 

 

 

DAR SUPPORTS NGP

DAR SUPPORTS NGPA 


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Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes (2nd from right) prepares to sign in the NGP Commitment Board to manifest his agency’s full support to the National Greening Program during the program’s first consultative workshop held recently at the Social Hall of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City.  As one of the pillars of the National Converge Initiative, Delos Reyes also committed to “build partnership with other sectors of the government, and make the convergence work toward sustainable development to lessen poverty, boost food security, protect biodiversity and promote climate change mitigation and adaptation.  Also in photo is DENR Assistant Secretary Marlo Mendoza.