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DENR, BASINGPFA inks establishment of 35-ha plantation in Monkayo

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MONKAYO, Davao de Oro, March 31 (PIA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) XI inks on Thursday an agreement with Barangay San Isidro National Greening Program Farmer’s Association (BASINGPFA) for the establishment of a 35-hectare plantation in Monkayo, Davao de Oro.

Under the Enhanced National Greening Program of DENR, the program includes ten hectare Bamboo Plantation, 20 hectares for Agroforestry, and five hectare Indigenous Plantation.

According to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Davao de Oro, the program targets to plant 23,368 seedling for this year, with a total contract cost of PhP 944,124.

Chamberlain Babiera, head of PENRO-DENR Davao de Oro, assures the public that they will be working hand in hand with the beneficiaries for the projects to succeed.

“Hindi lang project per se yong ibibigay natin but all the way we will assist them in ensuring na iyong projects will succeed. Kailangan every year, nag-expand tayo ng area para lalapad yong plantation natin, and in a long term, babalik yong magandang environment. (Its not just the project per se which we will give, but all the way we will assist them in ensuring the projects will succeed. It is necessary every year we will expand areas so our plantations will widen and in the long term we will bring back the beautiful environment)”

Regional Executive Director Bagani Fidel Evasco of DENR XI revealed that the plantation is part of the program under Executive Order Number 70 of President Rodrigo Duterte or the whole of nation approach to end local communist armed conflict.

“Karon naa tay gi launch nga ELCAC under the EO 70 or the whole of nation approach, pagpanghatag og serbisyo dinha sa kabarangayan jud mismo kay kani siya nga programa, wala ni siya matagamtaman sa unang panahon.” (We launch today this program, part of the ELCAC initiatives under EO 70 or the whole of nation approach, bringing services to the villages since these programs were never experienced by the communities until now.)

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Meanwhile, BASINGPFA thanked the government in bringing this program to their community as it will greatly help in their livelihood.

“Nagpasalamat ko sa paningkamot sa DENR inubanan sa among barangay captain, nga naabot na gyud among gipangandoy nga makatanom mi anang mga prutasa. (alang kini) sa kaayuhan sa among mga anak kay kini siya mao ni siya ang kabilin namo sa among mga anak,” said BASINGPFA Chairman Salvador L. Orquiola. (We are thankful of the efforts of DENR including our barangay captain because what we dreamt of planting these kind of trees has finally arrived. This is for the benefit of our children since this will be our inheritance to them.) (PIA XI, Michael Uy)

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