BAGUIO CITY, July 25 (PIA) - - The continuing government reforestation activities have resulted to increased forest cover in the Cordillera Administrative Region.
Baguio City Mayor and Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) chair Mauricio G. Domogan, in his recent State of the Region report, highlighted the increase in forest cover in the region for the 6-year period from 2011 to 2016 totaling to 101,687 hectares.
Domogan also noted the 86 percent average survival rate of trees planted which exceeded the 85% survival rate prescribed by Department of Environment and Natural Resources central office.
To date, there is total of 174,056 hectares of reforested areas in the region according to Environmental Management Bureau-Cordillera Administrative Region Regional Director Reynaldo S. Digamo.
The DENR is implementing this year the expanded National Greening Program in 2017 which aims to cover unproductive and denuded forest lands to be utilized for production and protection purposes and to enhance private sector, local government unit and community participation in sustainable forest management and protection. This is in accordance with the updated Philippine Master Plan for Forestry Development (2016-2028). (JDP/JBZ- PIA CAR)