BANTAY, Ilocos Sur, April 8 (PIA) – About 1,084 hectares is targeted for planting under the National Greening Program in Ilocos Sur this year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Ilocos Sur said.
Another 100 hectares are also set for the DENR barangay forest program in the province.
Benjamin Abucay, chief of DENR Ilocos Sur, said forest and fruit trees ranging from Narra, Kakawate, Ipil-Ipil, Bittaog, Kupang, Cacao, Cofee, Avocado, Cashew and Tamarind will be planted in at least 100 hectares for the barangay forest program.
The areas where trees will be planted include barangays Sulvec and Cadacad of Narvacan town, San Mariano of Bantay, Mapanit of Burgos and Patong of Magsingal.
The DENR has also placed under its maintenance several protected areas that include the towns of Santa and Narvacan where 1.316 hectares are protected lands; the Northern Luzon Heroes Hill National Park; the Bigbiga protected landscape in barangay Marozon of Narvacan; the Libunao protected landscape in barangay Nagcullooban in Sinait town including protected coastal areas composed of five hectares in Barangay Bia-o of Santa Maria town and 2.5 hectares each in Barangays Surngit and Dardarat of San Juan town.
Aside from its greening program, the DENR is also giving free patent applications for the year with 1,464 agricultural titles and 700 residential titles. Special patents are issued for government and school sites.
The DENR has been the lead agency in the observance of environment dates such as World Wetland Day on February 2, Earth Day on March 23, the Month of the Ocean and Biodiversity in May, Environment month in June, International Clean-up Day in September and Arbor Day in June.
It also strictly enforces section 68 of Presidential Decree No. 705 or the Revised Forestry Code on taxation of forest products. The DENR takes charge of measuring forest products while invoicing and collection of charges is done by the Bureau of Internal Revenue. (MCA/MNOA/PIA1 Ilocos Sur)