By: Vener Quintin C. Taguba, Jr.
In support of the government’s reforestation initiative and climate change mitigation strategy through the National Greening Program (NGP), NAMRIA conducted tree-planting activities at Brgy. Sto. Niño, Tanay, Rizal on 15 August 2015. Narra and fruit-bearing tree seedlings were distributed and planted along the mountain slopes of the barangay.
NAMRIA employees start the upward trek to the site
Administrator Tiangco gives the final briefing in the assembly area.
NAMRIA Administrator Peter N. Tiangco led the 500 officials and employees in the activity. In his opening remarks, he enjoined them to care for the environment and emphasized the importance and benefits of trees. DENR Strategic Communication and Initiatives Services Dir. Jesus Enrico Moises B. Salazar then delivered his message as guest speaker. DENR-Community Environment and Natural Resources Office-Antipolo City Technical Services Division Chief Giovani G. Gamo and Sto. Niño Barangay Chairman Leonardo Dela Cruz also delivered their respective messages. NAMRIA Deputy Administrator Jose C. Cabanayan, Jr. gave the closing remarks and signaled the start of the tree-planting activities. Mr. Jeffrey A. Quodala of the Geospatial Information System Management Branch acted as emcee of the program.
The administrator plants a tree seedling.
NAMRIA employees cross the first creek.
Officials and employees after the activity
The NGP is a massive forest rehabilitation program of the government established by virtue of Executive Order No. 26 issued on 24 February 2011 by President Benigno S. Aquino III. It seeks to grow 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares nationwide within a period of six years from 2011 to 2016. Areas eligible for rehabilitation under the program include all lands of the public domain, namely: forestlands, mangrove and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservation, urban greening areas, inactive and abandoned mine sites, and other suitable lands. (Source: http://www.denr.gov.ph/)
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