The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Luzon recently forged a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Eagle Cement Corporation (ECC) and Solid North Mineral Corporation (SNMC) to further forest protection in Bulacan.
DENR Regional Executive Director Paquito Moreno, Jr. reported that under the MOA, said corporations will adopt over 34 hectares of forestland areas in Barangay Talbak in Doña Remedios Trinidad.
He added that a non-commercial nursery research center, a forest ranger outpost and a 2.15-hectare seedling nursery would also be established in the area.
“The adoption of this forestland area adds a significant boost in our long-term forestland management, especially so that putting up a forest ranger station will be supplemental in our efforts to safeguard this area from any illegal forest activities,” Moreno said.
Under the MOA, the ECC and SNMC will provide the funds for the development of the adopted area and ensure that seedling production will be continuous throughout the validity of the agreement.
The DENR, on the other hand, will provide the necessary technical and scientific assistance in the nursery establishment and maintenance and seedling production.
Since 2011, DENR Region 3 has already established more than 122,000 hectares of plantations within watersheds and forestlands in the region.