The National Greening Program (NGP) was created in pursuant to Executive Order 26 signed by Former President Benigno S. Aquino in 2011. The government seeks to revitalize the Philippine public domain in the span of 6 years by planting over 1.5 billion trees on forestlands, mangroves and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, and urban areas.
Through the program, the Philippine government aims not only to revitalize the Philippine public domain but also to better the food production, reduce poverty, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
In 2015, Former President Aquino signed the Executive Order No. 193 or the “Expanding Coverage of the National Greening Program”. It extends the implementation period to cover the remaining denuded, unproductive and degraded forestlands. This is in connection to the updated Philippine Master Plan for Forestry Development to help achieve the Nationally Determine Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement by enhancing greenhouse gas sinks and reservoirs.
The program aims to accelerate the rehabilitation and reforestation of denuded, unproductive and degraded forestlands. This is by encouraging the local government units, private sector, organized upland communities and other stakeholders to participate in the sustainable plantation, management and development of these areas. Incentives and assistance will be provided by the government to ensure sustainability of the program.
Scope and Coverage
This Order shall cover all the remaining unproductive, denuded and degraded forestlands to be managed for production and protection purposes as well as to achieve carbon neutrality and will include development of new plantations and sustainable management of established plantations as well as protection of existing forests.
Prior to any development activities in any given area, the DENR Field Offices in coordination and consultation with stakeholders concerned, shall conduct Survey, Mapping and Planning (SMP) of all remaining forestlands for the identification, mapping, allocation for production and protection purposes, and site-species matching which may include pioneer species. Activities shall include establishment of new plantations, sustainable management of existing NGP plantations, and enhancement of existing forests.
Good Harvest is proud to be in partnership with the government in conducting this worthwhile endeavor for the community and the environment.