DAVAO CITY — Malacañang on Friday announced that it has expanded the coverage of the government’s National Greening Program to cover all the remaining unproductive, denuded and degraded forest lands from 2016 until 2028.
President Benigno S. Aquino III has issued Executive Order No. 193 on November 12. The EO encourages all sectors, particularly the private sector, to actively participate in the Expanded National Greening Program.
Executive Order 193 also tasked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to issue the appropriate rules and regulations within 60 days from the effectivity of the Order.
The EO stated that the funding for the implementation of the Expanded National Greening Program will be charged against the current appropriation of the DENR. Subsequent funding requirements will be incorporated in the annual budget proposal of the DENR through the General Appropriations Act.
In 2011, President Aquino issued EO No. 26 declaring the implementation of the National Greening Program as a government priority to reduce poverty, promote food security, environmental stability and biodiversity conservation, and enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation. (davaotoday.com)