DENR eyes 125M seedlings for greening program

LEGAZPI CITY — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) aims to collect 125 million seedlings this year for the National Greening Program (NGP).

“In the span of 10 years, 125 million seedlings can do a lot,” Ruby Mendones of the DENR Regional Public Affairs Office said.

Sixty percent of these seedlings comprises agroforestry, 30 percent forest trees, and 10 percent urban greening.

The division of the seedlings will help achieve the NGP’s three objectives: climate change adaptation, poverty alleviation, and biodiversity reservation.

Seventy-five percent  of the 125 million seedlings will be bought from different sources and 25 percent will come from DENR nurseries.

“There is no monopoly in environmental protection. If all of us will move, we’ll make it to protect our environment,” Mendones said.

DENR  is also encouraging schools, local government units and the private sectors to help in seedling production.

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