2015 NGP MOA Signing: A Step towards Enabling Stakeholder's Participation in the National Greening Program
To enable stakeholders’ participation in the implementation of the National Greening Program, PENR Officer Conrado A. Espejo, Jr. has ensured that all concerned stakeholders have been involved in the implementation of the program, from the signing of the MOA to the monitoring and evaluation of the project at its various stages.
The MOA signing for NGP 2015, which was earlier set in the first week of April, had transpired on April 23, 2015 at San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. The occasion was broadcasted live via phone patch by a local radio station in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.
In attendance were representatives of more than one hundred (100) participating People’s Organization (POs) who were deemed qualified to serve as partners on the National Greening Program. In a short message imparted by Hon. Josephine Ramirez-Sato, she challenged the participating POs to do their best in the establishment and maintenance of the plantation sites, not for the sake of the cash incentives provided for the long-term plantation stewards but for the sake of improved environmental stability and sustainable development of the primary natural resources of the province of Occidental Mindoro.
PENRO Conrado A. Espejo, Jr. has been thankful for the support of local government officials of Occidental Mindoro in the implementation of the program. In his message, he reaffirmed the commitment of the PENR Office to implement the program in partnership with the most fitted POs so that success can be guaranteed, through the support of the local government officials whose roles are vital in the harmonization and success of the greening efforts throughout the province.
Likewise, the Chief of the Technical Services Division, Forester Ernesto E. Tanada, who has been involved in the mobilization and qualification of the POs for the 2015 NGP projects, provided the necessary support and services in terms of logistics and technical expertise. In consideration of the NGP targets for CY 2015, he has recommended the approval of the MOAs, involving some 106 POs, mostly are members of the indigenous peoples – belonging to the seven (7) major tribes of Mangyan in the province of Occidental Mindoro. (Wilfredo T. Aquino / Von Erika S. Causapin)