DENR-11 pushes reforestation of watersheds

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)in the region said at least 3,000 hectares of priority watershed areas in the region will be reforested to arrest degradation and ensure sustainable supply of water following the national greening program of the DENR.

Jaime O. Sampulna, DENR regional director,  said that per instruction of DENR Secretary Ramon Paje, the bid to rehabilitate watersheds will be participated in by students, non-government organizations, and other sectors to mobilize tree-planting activities within the priority watersheds in the region.

Sampulna said there are 54 identified watersheds in Davao, including the watersheds of Tagum-Libuganon, Tuganay, Cateel, Manay, Upper Bitangan in Mati, and Saug watershed in Compostela Valley.

Meanwhile, some 800 hectares will be allotted for convergence with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), and the DENR.

The planting sites will preferably be near the Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs).

“Part of the program is the production of quality planting materials of forest and fruit trees and the rehabilitation as well as expansion of clonal facilities and nurseries in the country,” said Sampulna.

In Region11, the clonal nursery is located in Magdum, Tagum City.

It has produced a total of 21,956 seedlings and wildlings of narra, mahogany, tangile, and lauan last year.

Out of these, 10,000 planting materials were distributed to various stakeholders.

This year, the targeted seedling production is 1.5 million, and out of these, 150,000 seedlings of indigenous tree species will be produced by the clonal nursery. (ASA)

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