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Following the reforestation gains of the National Greening Program that gave the Philippines international recognition with the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Global Forest Resources Assessment for CY 2015 as 5th worldwide in having the greatest forest area gain, President Benigno S. Aquino III on November 12, 2015 signed Executive Order No. 193 expanding the coverage of the NGP.
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Mangroves and bamboo are among the commodities of the Commodity Roadmap of the Enhanced National Greening Program, a convergence initiative reforestation program the second phase of which is set to commence from 2017-2028. These two commodities shall be given prominence in the country’s campaign to combat climate change alongside the planting of beach forest species like Nipa, Bitaog, Bani and Talisay.