DENR to start reforestation in 'Pablo'-hit areas

Posted at 01/26/13 12:00 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- 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 directed that the reforestation in typhoon-ravaged areas in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental be prioritized this year.

DENR-Region 11 Executive Director Joselin Marcus Fragada said they have allotted over P34 million for the rehabilitation and reforestation of about 4,372 hectares in Compostela Valley and 4,291 hectares in Davao Oriental.

Fragada said the rehabilitation of the areas will be done using the cash for work scheme but will also utilize funds from the agency.

"Through the Cash for Work Scheme, members of people's organizations and barangay residents will be hired for a continuous period of 90 days for site preparation, hauling of seedlings and the actual tree planting. They shall be paid using the social mobilization fund of NGP following the minimum wage law, which is presently at PhP 301.00 per day," Fragada said.

Around 7,533 hectares of tree plantations established from 2009 to 2012 under the Upland Development Program and NGP have been damaged due to typhoon Pablo.