Barangay ‘StraTreegic’ planting project launched in Mindanao
by Mike Crismundo
May 17, 2014
Butuan City — A Mindanao-wide Barangay StraTreegic Forest Project (BSFP) is set to launch in the country’s second largest island next week.
The BSFP is a tripartite partnership that seeks to attain the objectives of the National Greening Program (NGP) in Mindanao.
NGP is a flagship project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that aims to plant 1.5 billion trees covering 1.5 million hectares for a period of six years from 2011 to 2016.
Apart from being a reforestation initiative, the program is also a climate change mitigation strategy that aims to increase the country’s forest cover to raise its capacity to absorb carbon dioxide, which is largely blamed for global warming.
Through the Barangay Forest Program (BFP), a component of the NGP, the launching of this BSFP on Wednesday, May 21 will be spearheaded by governors, mayors and local legislators, along with non-government organizations and civic groups.
Through the MindaNOW! Nurturing Our Waters Program, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is closely working with the department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the full implementation of the BSFP.
Aside from Cagayan de Oro City, at least 200 barangays are being targeted in Mindanao to simultaneously participate in the launching on Wednesday.
BSFP is implemented region-wide in Caraga.
The continuing tree planting program in Caraga region is currently supported by the Clonal Nursery Center at Barangay Buod, this city and the “state-of-the art” nursery house for tree seedlings in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, where it can produce 12 million tree seedlings every year, said DENR-13 Regional Executive Director (RED) Nonito M. Tamayo.