PIA by Dani Doguiles and Roderick Bautista


KORONADAL CITY, Oct 28 (PIA) — A military headquarter in North Cotabato will soon be growing seedlings and producing seeds for the government’s National Greening Program (NGP).


Philippine Army’s (PA) 40th Infantry Battalion based in Barangay San Mateo, Aleosan, North Cotabato, in coordination with the office of Cotabato First District Rep. Jesus Sacdalan and the local office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is establishing a nursery and seed production area inside the army camp.


The initiative is in accordance with President Benigno Aquino III’s Executive Order No. 26, implementing the National Greening Program along government policy to pursue sustainable development for poverty reduction, food security, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.


Once fully developed, the army’s seedling nursery will become one of the immediate sources of planting materials for tree-growing activities in the first congressional district of North Cotabato.


North Cotabato’s first district includes the municipalities of Aleosan, Alamada, Banisilan, Libungan, Midsayap, Pigcawayan, Pikit, Carmen, and Kabacan.


Midsayap Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Jerry Dalauta said their office will provide personnel of 40th IB with technical skills training on establishing and managing seedling nurseries and seed production areas to assure sustainability of the project.


Lt. Col. Roy Galido, commanding officer of 40th IB, is confident the initiative will give a boost to the participation of the military personnel in the greening program because of the sense of ownership that will be developed among them as they produce the planting materials for tree-growing activities.


The government’s National Greening Program aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 hectares of public land within a span of six years, from 2011 to 2016. (PIA12)