SORSOGON CITY, Aug. 31 (PNA) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) Sorsogon provincial office here ended on Friday the celebration of its Police Community Relations (PCR) Month for this year with a commitment to plant over 50,000 trees in the province until next year under its greening program.
The program dubbed “Pulis Makakalikasan: Sampung Milyong Puno, Pamana sa Kinabukasan” or the “10 Million Trees for 7,000 Islands Project” launched by PNP Dir. Gen. Nicanor Bartolome last February is the PNP’s support to the National Greening Program (NGP) of Pres. Benigno Aquino III and to the National Climate Change Action Plan of the Climate Change Commission.
NGP is one of the priority programs of government that aims to green bald forests, uplift the living condition of the upland dwellers and reduce poverty confronting poor households and indigenous people in coastal and rural areas.
Under the PNP program, every member of the national police organization are required to plant at least six trees every month or a total of 72 trees within one year, Senior Supt. John Jambora, the Sorsogon police provincial director based at Camp Salvador Escudero Sr. here said.
The entire Sorsogon police provincial organization is composed of 696 uniformed and 10 non-uniformed personnel distributed among its 17 field units which so far this year during the end of the PCR month already planted a total of 19,470 trees within PNP camps, public parks, road sides, reforestation sites, mangrove forests and other areas indentified into the program.
Targeting to plant 1.5 billion tree seedlings in 1.5 million hectares all over the country, the NGP implementation in Bicol works on the restoration of the denuded forest lands through rehabilitation approaches like upland reforestation and assisted natural regeneration and agro-forestry by contract with non-government organization, people’s organizations and local government units (LGUs).
Priority areas for planting include mangrove and protected areas, ancestral domain areas, civil and military reservations, urban centers under the greening plan of LGUs, inactive and abandoned mine sites and all other suitable lands for reforestation.
During the whole month celebration of the PCR, the Sorsogon police demonstrated aggressiveness in its tree planting activities which were made part of the projects for the occasion and Jambora said that with the nearly 20,000 tree seedlings that they have planted as of the month of August, “we can make it 50,832 by February when the PNP’s 10-million tree program completes its first year.
He said close coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is being maintained the Sorsogon PNP for the provision of planting materials and with the LGUs for the identification of the sites to be planted.
It could be recalled that a memorandum of agreement has been entered into between PNP chief Bartolome and DENR Sec. Ramon Paje last January that provides for the establishment of tree nurseries within police camps through the assistance of DENR local offices.
Under this collaboration, the DENR will determine the tree seedlings that would be propagated in the police nurseries based on the climate and soil condition of the particular area where the seedlings are to be planted.
The DENR in Bicol targets this year to produce 114 million seedlings that would be planted in around 200,000 hectares of lands across the region.
Last year, the NGP in Bicol realized about four million tree seedlings planted in around 5,000 hectares by about 22,000 people who participated in the program.
This year, according to the DENR regional office based in Legazpi City, government efforts in the NGP implementation will be doubled to enjoin as many Bicolano to plant and grow at least 10 trees each”. This year’s target for Bicol is 10,000 hectares for around eight million trees.
Bicol’s population is about 5.5 million and should a quarter of this number plant 10 trees each, then the region will have more than 10 million new trees this year, according to DENR Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales. (PNA) LAM/LQ/DOC/CBD