The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced on Saturday (April 2) that it has partnered with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and three major industry companies to step up the rehabilitation of the basin’s protected landscape. of the Upper Marikina River. (UMRBPL).
In a statement, the DENR said the five-year agreement mandates GSIS, as well as industrial sector companies DM Consunji Inc. (DMCI), Toyota-Oben Group of Dealers (TOGD) and Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corporation (MIESCOR). ), to conserve 70 hectares of ENGP certified sites within the UMRBPL.
The rehabilitation of the UMRBPL is part of the National Extended Greening Program (ENGP) – which aims to reforest 1.5 million hectares of denuded forest land nationwide.
“The ENGP graduating areas are previously established NGP plantations that need assistance from government institutions and private sector partners,” said the DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO). for Rizal Ramil Limpiada.
“These ENGP graduating sites are areas handed over to DENR by people’s organizations and local government units after fulfilling their three-year site development contracts to raise tree plantations,” he added. .
Limpiada explained that the MOA covers the commitment of GSIS to provide funds for the maintenance and protection of 56 hectares in a 1,000 hectare NGP tree plantation and the adoption by MIESCOR of a site of a hectare in a 1,000 hectare ENGP plantation site – both established in 2013.
On the other hand, DMCI and TOGD adopted 10 and 3 hectares within a 250 hectare NGP graduated site founded in 2012.
For financing rehabilitation activities, GSIS will provide P2.01 million; DMCI will give P360,000; TOGD P108,000; and P36000 from MIESCOR.
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