EARTH DAY

EARTH DAY MARKS AWARDING OF CBFM-CARP PROJECT AND MOA SIGNING WITH PEOPLE’S ORGANIZATION IN STA. CRUZ ILOCOS SUR

       As a fitting way of increasing awareness to the public in celebrating Earth Month and Earth day, DENR-1 through its field office in CENRO Tagudin highlighted this special event by awarding a project of greening the uplands in Ilocos Sur with the participation of the People’s Organization (PO) on April 23, 2014 in the municipality of Sta. Cruz.

   DENR-1 lead by Regional Executive Director Samuel R. Peńafiel forged an Agreement with the PO- Namnama Federated Agri-farmers Association Inc. through its President Julian Galingan for the implementation of CBFM-CARP project located in Brgys. Sevilla and Casilagan in the said municipality.

        The PO was awarded with a total of 50 ha tenured CBFM area for the development of agroforestry plantation involving planting of selected indigenous forest and fruit-bearing species suited in the site. The financial assistance amounting to PhP 921,453.00 included provision of a livelihood as project components.

   In his message, RED Peńafiel motivated the PO to coexist with nature by emphasizing the importance of developing the uplands through reforestation. This is their main objective why they were formed and federated as one strong People’s Organization.

   He further stressed that “through these financial assistance provided to them for undertaking reforestation activities is an opportunity for them to do something different to adopt environmental challenges which would be a great contribution of not only minimizing the alarming rate of global warming, but also reducing poverty rate in the upland communities”.

   Sta. Cruz Vice Mayor Virgilio Valle emphasized the importance of tree planting as a habit and a venture and encouraged the PO to engage in commercial tree plantations and high value agricultural crop production which is now being adopted within the municipality. He also urged the PO to plant fast growing tree species like Eucalyptus as good raw materials for paper making and enjoin in the massive production of cassava tubers in the province for the production of ethanol.

       The Namnama Federated Agri-farmers Association Inc. is the 11th People’s Organization awarded by the DENR-CENRO Tagudin since CY 2009 under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Fund.