GOOD seeds grow good trees.
“It is very important that the seeds are raised properly to achieve good planting materials and ensure high survival rate. Our partners in the field have been growing these seedlings into good trees and evidently, these trees have been benefiting them in their living,” said Community Environment and Natural Resoruces (CENR) Officer Salvador C. Manglinong Jr.
Thousands of seedlings were raised by three Peoples’ Organizations (PO): Sinogbuhan Upland Farmers Association (SUFA), Pitogo Farmers Association (PFA) and Katilingban sa Kauswagan sa Bagumbayan (KKB), all in the municipality of San Joaquin under Rep. Richard S. Garin of the 1st District of Iloilo.
The seedlings are for distribution to schools and Comprehensive Site Development.
Grown in the nurseries, the seedlings were properly taken cared of to ensure high survival rate and become good quality planting materials.
Proper nursery practices such as culling, watering, use of appropriate size of seedling containers and quality potting media were done. Moreover, the seedlings were also grown in the backyard by some members of the associations.
The production of plantable seedlings is one of the vital activities in the successful implementation of the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). This is made possible through the collective efforts of the People’s Orgnizations.
Seedlings produced are cacao, a high value crop.
“DENR have been consistently working with our field personnel in the implementation of the ENGP. The Department aims to reforest the remaining unrpoductive and degraded forestlands across the nation. This program is a strategy to mitigate environmental risks brought by soil erosion, flood and to conserve our biodiversity for the benefit of future generations,” said Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr.
“We are grateful for the full support of our local leaders in our reforestation efforts and who really went out of their way to share the best they can, ” he added.
The Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) is under the ten environmental priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu. This program is a strategy to mitigate environmental risks brought about by soil erosion, landslides, and flooding. It is also a climate change mitigation and adaptation measure designated to create climate-resilient communities. (DENR-6/CENRO-Guimbal)