DENR partners with Couples for Christ (CFC) in planting 1 million trees

DENR partners with Couples for Christ (CFC) in planting 1 million trees

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)has comeup of a way to further the government's Expanded 2(ENGP). 

DENR has partnered with a Philippine-based Catholic movement to plant one million trees under the Expanded National Greening Program (ENGP).

A different non-government organization from various sectors like the Couples for Christ is deemed vital to achieve the goals of the ENGP, Secretary Cimatu said.

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 “We are glad that an organization such as the CFC, a church-based organization, is helping us in our goal to protect the environment by taking part in the ENGP,” the DENR chief said.
The DENR-CFC partnership was formalized through a memorandum of agreement signed by Cimatu and CFC-Philippines president Michael Ariola.
Under the MOA, CFC has committed to contribute to the national reforestation effort by planting one million forest tree seedlings from 2019 to 2021, and maintaining and protecting the planted seedlings during that period.
Meanwhile, DENR is tasked to give technical assistance to CFC in terms of identifying the forestlands where the seedlings will be planted, conduct survey, planning and mapping, and identify the suitable tree species that should be planted in the areas concerned.
The Expanded National Greening Program (ENGP) is but the continuation of the previous National Greening Program, and was signed under the Executive Order 193 in 2015.
It covers all the remaining unproductive, denuded and degraded forestlands which will span from 2016 to 2028.
The government’s flagship reforestation program aims to “pursue sustainable development for poverty alleviation, food security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and biodiversity conservation.”

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