DENR-NCR , NPDC to green Luneta Park


The 40 hectare Rizal Park, also known as Luneta Park, a historical urban park located in the heart of the city of Manila will soon be bustling with native trees and ornamental plants.


Regional Executive Director Neria A. Andin of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR), on May 22, 2013 inked an agreement with the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) represented by Executive Director Juliet H. Villegas for the implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP) at the Rizal Park.


The NGP aims to plant 1.5 billion trees covering 1.5 million hectares of public lands in the country. It harmonizes and consolidates all greening efforts such as Upland Development Program (UDP), Luntiang Pilipinas and Trees for Life and all similar initiatives of the government, civil society and the private sector.


Under the agreement, DENR-NCR will assess the plannting site and provide the appropriate of seedlings and saplings available in the nursery. It will render technical assistance in the proper planting and maintenance including treatment perform surgery to damaged trees. Coordination with the local government units, other government agencies and non government organizations will also be carried out.


NPDC will take charge of the preparation of planting site and the planting of the species. It will also assure the maintenance and protection of the planted seedlings. Quarterly monitoring and report to the DENR-NCR will also be done.


A total of 20,000 native seedlings and ornamental plants will be provided by DENR-NCR for the project will run for three years. When properly cared for and maintained, fully grown plants will add beauty to the park’s landscape. 





DENR-NCR Asks LGU Assistance in the Anti-Illegal Logging Drive



Metro Manila is considered as the transshipment point of illegal lumber coming from hot bed of illegal logging, specifically, from Mindanao and other parts of the country. Contraband lumbers concealed in containerized vans and misdeclared as other goods found their way to the Manila Port.


Unabated illegal logging causes wanton destruction to lives and properties like the occurrence of widespread flashfloods and landslide. It also threatened habitat and sanctuaries of endangered wildlife species, among others.


It is for this reason that Executive Order No. 23 was issued by the President, declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests and creating the anti-illegal logging task force.


To give more teeth to the national anti-illegal logging campaign, Regional Executive Director Neria A. Andin of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) solicited the assistance and cooperation of the local government units to conduct periodic monitoring and ensure that no illegal lumber enter the National Capital Region or any violation of forestry laws is being committed within their areas of jurisdiction. In case of occurrence, Dir. Andin requested LGUs to report the matter to the Department of Local Government (DILG) Regional Director who will also coordinate with the DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director for appropriate action. She also called on the LGUs to help in the dissemination and implementation of EO 23.







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