Started: July 2019
Completed: December 2019
The National Greening Program (NGP), established through Executive Order no. 26, issued in 2011 by President Benigno S. Aquino III, is a forest rehabilitation program that aims to plant and grow 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares nationwide in six years. The project, which is led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), intends to mitigate climate change, enhance forest stock to absorb carbon dioxide, and reduce poverty by providing alternative livelihood. In 2016, the DENR Region 3 accomplished an annual target of 5,700.28 hectares. The target sites were distributed in the Provinces of Aurora, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, and Zambales. The DENR Region 3 tasked CELPA, Inc. to conduct a performance evaluation to assess the planted seedlings' survival rate and provide valuable recommendations for improving the project. The validation team was Forester Dana Marie C. Mejia, Forester Byron Ray F. Martinez, Forester John Paul Christian Flores, Forester Irish Jane P. Salangsang, Ljane D. Salas, Krystel Cyrill P. Calica, and Jhon Ronel A. De Asis.