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DENR: Nearly 1 Million Seedlings Planted on 1,212 Hectares in 2012

Nearly a million seedlings and mangrove propagules were planted on 1,212 hectares of forest and swamp land in the entire province in 2012, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) provincial and community officers in Catanduanes reported last week.

PENRO officer-in-charge Joaquin Ed Guerrero and CENRO officer-in-charge Luvimindo Chioco disclosed that the timber, fruit tree and ornamental seedlings totaling 574,290 were planted on 1,160 hectares in the towns of San Andres, Virac, Viga, San Miguel, and Bato under contract with respective farmers associations while 338,888 mangrove propagules were planted in 72 hectares of swampland in Panganiban and San Andres. These were undertaken pursuant to the National Greening Program (NGP)’s plantation development project.

The timber and fruit tree seedlings consisted of Antipolo (88,888 pieces), Baligang (8,000), Dao (27,100), Gumihan (4,500), Jackfruit (2,220), Kupang (27,510), Marang (45,412), Narra (281,369), Cacao (5,740), Lipote (20,320), Mahogany (3,211), Saringkugon (1,600), Citrus (2,350), Pili (16,450), Bani (5,000), Camansi (300), Coffee (500), and Dipterocarps (14,280), while the ornamental trees planted along sides of roads included Thailand Shower (2,000), Fire Tree (3,000), Katuray (562) and Pangdan (13,438).

On the other hand, 250,000 mangrove propagules were planted by the Catanduanes Mangrove Planters Association, Inc. on 52 hectares in San Pedro, Panganiban while 88,888 were planted by the Samahang Pangkabuhayan ng Palawig on 20 hectares in Yocti, San Andres. The Palawig group likewise engaged in planting ornamentals in 50 hectares in Bato, San Miguel and Viga.

The other organizations and tenure holders which participated in the NGP planting contracts were the Mayngaway Upland Farmers Association, Inc. (330 hectares in Mayngaway), Buyo Upland Farmers Association, Inc. in Virac (330 hectares), Genitligan Upland Farmers Association, Inc. in Baras (47 hectares), P. Vera Upland Farmers Association, Inc. in Viga (117 hectares), and Samahang Magsasaka sa Maunlad na Lupa ng Progreso in San Miguel (266.10 hectares).

The farmers groups were already paid of their incentive of P1,000 per hectare, the DENR officials stated, to cover site preparation, hauling of seedlings, plantation establishment as well as maintenance and protection. Funds have been charged to the Maintenance and Other Operating Expended (MOOE) savings of the DENR, they added.

CENRO-OIC Chioco said further that the 2012 NGP accomplishment would be verified by a team of validators from DENR central and regional offices who would no longer climb the mountains to physically count the planted seedlings.

Instead, he bared, the validators would look at Samsung Galaxy tablets equipped with a GPS-enabled application that would show satellite images of the planting sites. Two of the gadgets are now being used by DENR foresters, with 10 more to be delivered.

Catanduanes Tribune

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