Almarie Calibo of the provincial office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said the reforestation site in Banban, Ayungon, has become a model project under the NGP launched last year with a target 2,000 hectares in the province to be planted to forest trees.
Local officials have visited the Banban site to learn from its experience, and possibly replicate the project in their areas, Calibo said.
The chief of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office I based in Ayungon town, Charlie Fabre, has been invited to other places in the Philippines and even to China to share the Banban reforestation project experience, Calibo added.
Calibo urged local government units within the coverage area of CENRO I to participate in this year’s target of 4,000 hectares of land to be planted to forest trees.
The CENRO I has received a P59-million budget for the project, to include seedling production as a livelihood component for the public.
Calibo said they need not just to plant trees but to ensure that they will grow and survive over the years. (The Visayan Daily Star)