DENR to rehab forests damaged by ‘Pablo’

Subscribe Now January 28, 2013 at 09:34am

The regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Davao City is set to start the rehabilitation of upland areas affected by typhoon “Pablo” under the National Greening Program (NGP). DENR Secretary Ramon Paje has directed the prioritization of typhoon-ravaged areas in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental for reforestation or rehabilitation under the NGP this year.
DENR-Region 11 Executive Director Joselin Marcus Fragada said his office has earmarked a social mobilization fund of P34,652,000 to reforest some 4,372 hectares in Compostela Valley and 4,291 hectares in Davao Oriental.
The rehabilitation of the areas shall be done using the cash for work scheme but shall be utilizing rehabilitation funds of the department, according to Fragada.
“Through the cash for work scheme, members of people’s organizations (POs) and barangay residents will be hired for a continuous period of 90 days for site preparation, hauling of seedlings and the actual tree planting,” the DENR official said.
Fragada added that “they shall be paid using the social mobilization fund of NGP following the minimum wage law, which is presently at P301.00 per day.”
The Tribune was told that around 7,533 hectares of tree plantations established from 2009 to 2012 under the Upland Development Program and NGP were damaged by Pablo.


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