144,350 bam­boo propag­ules planted in An­tique

Panay News - - REGION -

SAN JOSE, An­tique - In line with the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources’ ( DENR) 6- year Bam­boo Plan­ta­tion De­vel­op­ment Project (BPDP), the Pro­vin­cial En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (PENRO) in An­tique has al­ready started to plant (bam­boo) propag­ules in the

kawayan tinik north­ern part of the prov­ince.

A to­tal of 144,350 propag­ules will be cov­er­ing 650 hectares of land in the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Tib­iao (100 hectares), Cu­lasi (100 hectares), Se­baste (150 hectares), Bu­ga­song ( 50 hectares), Valder­rama ( 100 hectares) and San Re­me­gio (150 hectares).

“By ex­ceed­ing our propag­ules pro­duc­tion tar­get by 11.04 per­cent, DENR An­tique aims to trans­form these e-NGP [En­hanced Na­tional Green­ing Pro­gram] ar­eas into vi­brant eco­nomic zones and also to re­duce poverty and mit­i­gate cli­mate change,” said PENRO of­fi­cer Ruel L. De Los Reyes.

Mean­while, DENR-6 re­gional di­rec­tor Jim O Sam­pulna stressed the agency’s “hard work to carry out their role for the suc­cess of the bam­boo plan­ta­tion project.”

“In An­tique, we are look­ing for­ward to pro­vide more liveli­hood op­por­tu­ni­ties and so­cial en­trepreneur­ship to the An­tiqueños when these bam­boos have fully grown,” said Sam­pulna.

BPDP is un­der the En­hanced Na­tional Green­ing Pro­gram which aims to re­store the de­nuded ar­eas in the Philip­pines.

(DENR/ PN)

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