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Baganga’s Mangrove Forest restored: A National Greening Program (NGP) Success Story

PKDA Vice-Chairman Agapito Ignacio


Members of the Poo Kinablangan Developers Association (PKDA) which are beneficiaries of National Greening Program (NGP) in Baganga, Davao Oriental expressed gratitude for the government’s assistance when their community was battered by Typhoon Pablo in 2012. 


Baganga’s Mangrove Forest restored: An NGP Success Story
Mangrove area in 2015


Baganga’s Mangrove Forest restored: An NGP Success Story
Mangrove area-2015


The super typhoon destructed the municipality’s mangrove area which caused the loss of livelihood of the coastal community. There were even reports that the residents resorted to slaughtering endangered species such as sea turtles due to scarcity of food. 


Baganga’s Mangrove Forest restored: A National Greening Program (NGP) Success Story
Beneficiaries' fresh catch


In 2015, the DENR XI aimed to restore the community’s livelihood by rehabilitating its mangrove area.  Through NGP, the office handed over cash assistance to PKDA as the selected Peoples Organizations or POs which the beneficiaries used to purchase propagules for the replanting of mangroves.


Baganga’s Mangrove Forest restored: An NGP Success Story
CENR Officer Dave Fabila site visit


As of 2020, a total of 234 hectares has been planted with mangrove mostly with Bacauan and Pototan species.  


Baganga’s Mangrove Forest restored: An NGP Success Story
PKDA's Floating Restaurant


With the remaining cash that they had, they were also able to establish a “Floating Restaurant” as their additional source of income. It is exclusively managed by the PKDA members. Though its operation was temporarily stopped due to Covid-19 pandemic, they’re still looking forward for a comeback.


Baganga’s Mangrove Forest restored: An NGP Success Story
A member of the PKDA maintains their floating cottage

     

“We are grateful for the opportunity that the government gave us. We are now enjoying a better living condition. Thank you as well to DENR that despite our far-flung area, you reached out to us.” PO Chairman Hermes Bonsay expressed. 

 

Rehabilitated Mangrove Area- 2020 - Baganga’s Mangrove Forest restored
Rehabilitated Mangrove Area- 2020


DENR XI-Baganga CENR Officer David Fabila, Jr. also attest to the program’s success. “Right now, we can see that the project is successful in terms of socio-economic upliftment and environmental rehabilitation.”, he said. 

NGP is a reforestation program of the DENR which likewise aims to alleviate the poverty in the country.

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