26 October 2011

Subic Freeport to supply seedlings for Central Luzon greening project

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) announced that it will supply most of Region 3’s need for narra and bani seedlings as part of the government’s National Greening Program (NGP).

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje said the program seeks the attainment of sustainable human development, and economic and ecological security.

Paje also said: “It’s a very ambitious goal, if it were just about planting 1.5 billion trees then NGP becomes a public relations ploy, and not about forests.”

“But that’s not NGP. NGP takes its strength from converging the skills and resources of just about every sector in our society, be it in public or private sector. What we really want are healthy and mature 1.5 billion trees. We want trees we can take care of, not just numbers.” Paje added. (Jonas Reyes, Manila Bulletin)