Ilocos Norte hires additional foresters for NGP

LAOAG CITY, June 21 (PIA) — To augment manpower in pursuing the national greening program (NGP), the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Ilocos Norte hired additional foresters.

Eleven forestry graduates will apply their knowledge and technical skills on reforestation, seedling propagation, community organization, as well as extension services for the NGP project.

They were also tasked to provide technical assistance to people’s organizations (POs) involved in the attainment of the program.

According to PENRO chief officer Juan P. de los Reyes, the programs specifically requires foresters or agriculturists to extensively implement the NGP’s objective.

Other specific tasks assigned to the newly hired foresters are to link the POs potential market of their products as possible sources of assistance and to coach the POs in the areas of agro-forestry, watershed management, nursery development, plantation establishment, maintenance, and protection.

The national greening program is mandated under President Benigno Aquino III’s Executive Order (EO) 26 declaring interdepartmental convergence initiative for a national greening program (NGP).

Under the EO, the Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, and DENR shall converge to develop a National Greening Program in cooperation with the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Budget and Management, the private sectors, and other concerned agencies and institutions.

NGP’s objective is to enjoin every Filipino to plant some 1.5 billion trees covering about 1.5 million hectares for a period of six years from 2011 to 2016 in identified public domain. (ANL/CDG-PIA 1, Ilocos Norte)

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