October 25, 2014

National Greening Program

Project Title   

PhilForest Participation in the National Greening Program (NGP) Rubber Plantation Development, Fruit Trees and Forest Products Plantation Development, and Biomass Production through Corporate Agro-forestry

Background

The participation of the Philippine Forest Corporation (PhilForest) in the National Greening Program covers 1,500 hectares of idle, degraded and untenured forest lands within the 375,091 hectares transferred by the DENR to PhilForest by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between them dated September 1, 2006. They are distributed in three (3) sites located in Bataan, Bukidnon, and Pangasinan with 200, 500, and 800 hectares, respectively to be planted to selected forest species with agricultural crops as intercrop. In brief, the sites may be described as follows:

Project Areas

  1. The area in Bataan will be planted mainly to fruit trees and few selected tree species as follows: Calamansi (Citrus madurensis), Cashew (Anacardium occidentale), Guyabano (Annona muricata Linn), Coffee (Coffea arabica), and Pomelo (Citrus maxima); and for selected tree species to produce forest products raw materials like Bagras (Eucalyptus deglupta), Mangium (Acacia mangium), and Bamboo (Dendrocalamus asper). The tree species and bamboo will serve as raw materials for pulp and paper, and furniture.
  2. The site in Bukidnon will be planted to rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) as the main species with agri crops like sugarcane, pineapple, banana, and coffee as intercrops. There is a great demand for rubber products in the country today and has high potential for export.
  3. Likewise, the site in Pangasinan is aimed for biomass energy production to be planted to fast-growing tree species such as Bagras (Eucalyptus deglupta), Mangium (Acacia mangium), Yemane (Gmelina arborea), and bamboo as the main species  to be intercropped with agri crops and fruit trees like cassava, coffee, peanut, and rambutan. Based on the data of the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), these annual crops and fruit trees are highly in demand in the province and in the neighboring areas.

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Aguilar Site

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Bataan Site

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Bukidnon Site

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Project Components

In the three (3) sites abovementioned, PhilForest has to show how corporate agro-forestry is developed with forest tree species and intercropped with selected agri crops with high demand. In the three (3) sites, it is expected to plant and maintain 400 tree species and 1,200 agri crops per hectare or in the aggregate for the target 1,500 hectares, a total of 6000,000 trees will be planted with 1.8 M agri crops.

Other Components

To make the three (3) corporate agro-forestry development projects sustainably productive and enhance the environment of the project areas, three (3) additional project components are included. These are (a) production of vermicompost to serve as organic fertilizer (b) production of charcoal briquettes from the biomass wastes coming from the corporate agro-forestry projects and (c) construction of project management office (PMO) that will serve as the management office for the PhilForest staff/ workers who will maintain the operation of the projects.

Project Cost

In terms of cost, the three (3) corporate agro-forestry projects and the additional complimentary components will entail a total amount of TWO HUNDRED MILLION PESOS (Php 200 Million) for a period of one year. As projected starting 2nd year, the corporate agro-forestry project will start to earn some revenues from the sale of agri crops and tree seedlings to the DENR regional offices and other NGP stakeholders in the amount of Php 28.5 M until 2016 when the PhilForest participation to the NGP is expected to earn a net revenue of Php 142.14 M. With these earnings, PhilForest is expected to develop an additional plantation with a total area of at least 1,000 hectares. In the succeeding years, PhilForest will continue to develop forest plantations in its idle, denuded and untenured lands to make them sustainably productive.