A REFERENCE manual on reforestation that the country’s largest geothermal energy producer, the Energy Devel-opment Corp. (EDC), has created could become a useful tool for the National Greening Program (NGP) and other reforestation projects.
According to Ramon Paje, the secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the manual, titled A Field Manual on Forest Reforestation Using Indigenous Species and provides a step-by-step guide to reforestation and forest management practice, serves “as the compass to lead the participants of NGP to effi-ciently achieve the necessary targets that will eventually culminate as another achievement for DENR and its part-ners.” And he thinks that more people can now learn “new and innovative approaches on planting trees” and lead the National Greening Program (NGP) to success.
NGP, the flagship reforestation program of the Aquino administration that is being implemented mainly by the DENR, seeks to cover 1.5 million hectares with trees by the end of 2016. The program began following President Benigno Aquino 3rd issuing the the Executive Order No. 193 last November, aims to turn all remaining unproduc-tive, denuded and degraded forestlands into lush green forests by 2028.
EDC that has its own reforestation program called BINHI has been a partner of the DENR since 2011 and is now a major strategic partner of the NGP. BINHI is engaged in rescuing and securing endangered plant species by plant-ing mother trees and producing seeds.
Negros, Leyte, Albay, Sorsogon, Cotabato, and Nueva Ecija are some of the provinces where BINHI is active with the main objective of planting 1,000 seedlings every year for 10 years.
The newmanual that EDC has created is published by the Visayas State University. Its three modules contain basic guidelines and strategies on how to conduct a successful reforestation activity in a certain area with different con-ditions.