DENR 1 partners with KBP Broadcastreeing in support to the National Greening Program

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DENR 1 partners with KBP Broadcastreeing in support to the National Greening Program

AGOO, La Union – Members of the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP La Union Chapter) together with officials and staff of PENRO La Union, Agoo Municipal and barangay officials and civic organizations trooped to the Agoo-Damortis Protected Landscape and Seascape site in Barangay Sta. Rita on August 20, 2015 for the annual “KBP Broadcastreeing”.

The tree planting activity aims to unite various groups, civic society organizations and national and local government units to adopt the National Greening Program particularly in Sta. Rita, Agoo, La Union. The Municipality of Agoo showed their full support as Mayor Sandra Y. Eriguel encouraged everyone to take part in the protection and preservation of the budding eco-tourism site in their area. 2nd District Congressman Eufranio C. Eriguel extended his efforts as well through continuous partnership and coordination of his office with DENR in the said NGP site.

La Union PENR Officer Samuel Songcuan shared that through the National Greening Program, climate change can be mitigated. “We are experiencing climate change because of natural and man- made causes. We are planting not only for ourselves but also for the next generation”, he added.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by PENRO La Union along with different civic organizations and partners including KBP, Municipality of Agoo, 2nd District of the Province of La Union, and Department of Justice Parol and Probation Administration Office (Provincial and San Fernando City. The said MOA entails their duties and responsibilities for adopting the NGP area as their site for planting, maintenance and protection activities.

Three hundred fifty (350) Agoho saplings were planted by 150 participants in the 15 ha plantation site. PENRO Songcuan stated that the total area of plantation in Sta. Rita, Agoo, La Union covers 20 hectares (this includes 5 hectares for mangrove and 15 hectares for Agoho plantation with Acacia Mangium and Botong-native species). 

PENRO Songcuan added that there are plans of expanding the 20 ha plantation site into 40 hectares. But then, Songcuan states that there should be enough preparation and coordination for this to happen. He encouraged the participants and partners in the said tree planting to unite and help each other especially in the maintenance and protection of the NGP plantation site.

Ms. Frances Tomelden and Mr. Nick Taron from the Parol and Probation Administrative Office shared that as part of their Community Work Service under their program Rehab Restorative Justice, their commitment to the particular NGP site serves as an avenue for the parolees, pardonees, and probationers to help in the protection and conservation of the environment. Taron expressed that these volunteers are those who have offended our laws. They have to be reintegrated in the society as productive and responsible individuals. He conveyed that by sharing the opportunity to them, we make them feel they are accepted when they do activities that are beneficial to the society/community.

“We participated in the signing of the MOA to actualize our commitment that our clients and volunteers will help in maintaining our NGP site here in Sta. Rita through maintenance, cleanliness and overall enhancement of the NGP site”, Taron added. (Felisandelle C. De Vera, RPAO)