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The National Greening Program (NGP) Assessment and Strategic Planning Workshop held at the Marco Polo Hotel, Davao from October 16-19, 2017 gathered a total of 150 participants from all over the country to look into the six-year implementation of the Program in compliance to Executive Order No. 26, series of 2011. Participants were a mix of Central and Regional officials and planning officers, NGP coordinators, and focal persons who evaluated the NGP not only in terms of the quality of performance but also in terms of budget and expenditures and how beneficiaries’ lives have been upgraded through livelihood assistance, among others.
Assistant Secretary Corazon Davis exhorted participants to consider as challenges those issues and concerns that call for ensuring sustainability of the program (i.e. providing necessary funds for maintenance of plantations by communities, clear-cut policy on sharing agreement, refinements in fraud-free procedures, and laying the foundation for the engagement of civil society in monitoring the program). Participants were likewise reminded to look hard into compliance to other deliverables.
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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.