Caraganons support NGP implementation amid COVID-19 pandemic
BUTUAN CITY, July 6 (PIA) — While Caraganons maximize their time during the community quarantine by maintaining a communal garden in their respective barangays, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga also urged locals to help protect the region’s rich bounty of natural resources by planting more trees in support to the National Greening Program (NGP).
Based on the department’s record, more than 5.7 million seedlings were already planted in the NGP areas in Caraga last year. The province of Agusan del Sur has the highest number of seedlings planted among other provinces in the region.
According to Forester Samuel Danganan, assistant regional director for Technical Services of DENR-Caraga, over the years, the region remains to have high-performance rating in the implementation of the national greening program.
The official added that local communities continue to express their support for the said program, however, illegal logging still remains to be a problem in the region.
With this, the DENR was able to accomplish 98 percent from their operations against violators of forest protection laws.
Meanwhile, the newly installed regional executive director of DENR-Caraga called on all Caraganons to take part in the government’s campaign against illegal activities that are harmful to the environment and to actively participate in its initiatives for the conservation and protection of the region’s natural resources.
“Not any sector of society can do that alone, not the government or private sector alone. Everybody, every sector of society has to collaborate so that protect the nature and sustain it for the future generations,” said Dir. Hadja Didaw Piang-brahim of DENR-Caraga. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)