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350+ hectares of forestland in Mt. Malarayat Forest Reserve, planted with indigenous, fruit-bearing seedlings

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LIPA City, Batangas — AS part of the Enhancement Planting of the Graduated NGP sites under the Enhanced National Greening Program (NGP), the DENR CENRO Lipa in partnership with barangay LGUs of Sto. Niño and Malitlit, in this city and People’s Organization – Malitlit Nature Savers Association Inc. (MNSAI), planted with indigenous species the more than 350 heactares of forest reserved area here.

More than 163,000 pieces of indigenous seedlings of Molave (Vitex parviflora) and Narra (Pterocarpus indicus) and 50,000 pieces of fruit bearing seedlings of Guyabano (Annona muricata) and Cacao (Theobrama cacao) in 361 hectares of NGP plantation located in Mt. Malaraya Forest Reserve (MMFR) in Lipa City’s eastern side bordering the province of Quezon.

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Continuous monitoring and protection activities such as weeding, replanting, brushing and other maintenance activities were recommended to ensure high survival rate of the seedlings by the PENRO Inspection and Acceptance Committee during the monitoring and inspection of the Enhancement Planting in Barangays Malitlit and Sto. Niño, Lipa City, Batangas on October 20, 2021.

DENR CENRO Lipa regularly conducts monitoring of established NGP sites from year 2011 to 2016 within its jurisdiction pursuant to Executive Order No. 26, which aims to plant 1.5 billion of trees in 1.5 million hectares of land of the public domain.

Moreover, enhancement and rehabilitation of the 7.1 million hectares of the remaining unproductive, denuded and degraded forestlands is being conducted in line with the Executed Order No. 193 or the Expanded National Greening Program in 2015.|- BNN

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