DENR says no more tree planting along road side

January 4, 2015 at 1:51 pm Leave a comment

By Yolanda Sotelo
DAGUPAN CITY – There will no more planting of trees along the highways as when they grow old and tall, they could be victims of road widening, an environment and natural resources official here said.
Tree cutting along the highways became a burning issue in Pangasinan after the Department of Public Works and Highways felled more than a thousand of trees along the Manila North Road (MNR) in 2012 and 2013, compelling the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to discourage tree planting along the highways, Leduina Co, Pangasinan provincial environment and natural resources officer (Penro), said.
The DENR issued a permit to cut 1,899 along a 42-km stretch of the MNR in November 2012, but the 90-day permit expired on February 9, 2013 with 770 trees still left standing in Binalonan and Sison. The trees cut were along MNR traversing Rosales, Villasis and Urdaneta City.
Environmentalist groups asked a court in Urdaneta City to stop the cutting of the remaining trees, and the court issued a temporary environmental protection order (Tepo).
Most of the trees were planted along the MNR in the late 1970s under the Program for Forest Ecosystem Management (Profem) which obligated all Filipinos to plant one tree a month for five consecutive years.
The road sides could have been the easiest areas to access to plant the seedlings as planting in the mountain could really be difficult, Co said.
With the National Greening Program (NGP), the Penro targets around 18,000 hectares for reforestation, with the DENR contracting out the seedling production and planting to People’s Organizations, she said.
Members of the POs have to produce the seedlings, bring these to the mountains and have to walk hours to get to the site. Preparing the site and planting the seedlings entail hard work under the punishing heat of sun atop bald mountains.
“They have to clean the site, dig holes for planting the seedlings, haul the seedlings and plant them. Then they have to take care and maintain the seedlings until they are able to survive on their own,” Co said.
The POs have to make sure at least 85 percent of the seedlings survive or they won’t get paid.
On 2011 (when the NGP was launched) and in 2012, the survival rate of the seedlings in Pangasinan was a low 49 percent. This is probably because the province’s climate is dry and windy and the mountains are rocky as the top soil is already depleted, she said.
“We had to look for sources of seedlings to replace the dead ones such as the mining and power companies,” Co said.
In 2014, a total of 5,706 hectares were reforested by 60 POs  with 4,202,691 seedlings of different tree species.
But except for a few POs which planted forest trees like narra and palosapis, Benguet pine and gmelina, most planted fuel trees like ipil-ipil, kakawate and acasia auriculoformis and fruit trees like duhat, cashew, tamarind. Many POs opted for coffee and cacao.
Whatever the tree produces would be for the POs to take as their additional incentive, Co said.
Re-greening the Philippines means earnings for the POs as millions of pesos are allocated for the program. For the 5,706 hectares, the DENR paid P67,322,341 to the 60 POs,  Penro records showed.
The biggest contract so far was awarded to the I-Owak Tribe Earth Savers Association whose contract to reforest a total of 475 hectares for reforestation along the Ambayaoan River Sub Watershed,  was P6,525,000  or P13,739 per hectare.
Co said each hectare must be planted with 50 seedlings.

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