SAN JOSE, Antique – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Western Visayas (DENR-6) recently awarded P10 million worth of Enhanced National Greening Program (eNGP) projects for new plantations to the different people’s organizations (POs) during the launching of the Central Antique Convergence Area in Valderrama, Antique.
“Environment secretary Roy Cimatu has been so concerned to bring our programs and projects nearer to the countryside first to the province of Antique and to all other provinces nationwide to promote greater peace and security towards sustainable and resilient environment and economic progress that will change the lives of our people,” DENR-6 regional director Francisco Milla said.
According to DENR-6, the eNGP were granted to various POs including the Bakiang Upland Farmers Association, Cananghan Upland Farmers Association, Culyat Iraynon Bukidnon Tribal Association, Iglinab Upland Farmers Association, Ipayo Tree Growers Association Inc., San Ramon Upland Farmers Association, Marigne Upland Farmers Association, Idao Integrated Social Forestry Farmers Association, Mayabay Integrated Social Forestry Farmers Association, Narirong, Tabong-Tabong, and Tig-alaran Farmers Association.
A People’s Organization is a local, grass-roots group that plays an important role in helping and achieving the activities, projects and programs of the Environment agency.
As one of the 10-priority programs of the DENR, the eNGP aims to provide opportunities for the communities, develop social enterprises, produce sustainable livelihood and optimize benefits, encourage local government units, and organize upland communities in the development of forest plantations including forest parks.(With a report from DENR-6/PN)