Over 122,000 hectares of denuded forestlands and watersheds were rehabilitated in Central Luzon via the Enhanced National Greening Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources since 2011.
Paquito Moreno, Jr., DENR Region 3 executive director, said the government’s flagship reforestation program continued to rehabilitate the region’s degraded areas and reinforced its efforts in increasing the survival rate of these plantation sites.
Moreno shared, “The survival rate of our plantation sites is around 81 percent. This rate is significantly affected by natural occurrences, such as forest fire and extreme weather changes.”
He said that despite the work limitations brought by Covid-19, the DENR established another 300-hectare bamboo plantation in Bulacan last year, as an additional forest cover in the Angat-Ipo-Maasim River Watershed. This is in addition to the 14,000-hectare bamboo plantations established since 2011.