The barangay that grows the most number of trees under the pocket forest program conceived by Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo will receive P1 million from the provincial government as cash prize, a Philippine Information Agency press release said.
This was disclosed by Degamo during the recent launching of the National Greening Program, and the 87th township anniversary in Ayungon, Negros Oriental.
The cash prize is aimed at further motivating communities to see to it that the planted trees are grown. “The cash award will also be used to implement environmental projects in the barangay,” Adrian Sedillo of the Capitol said.
Early this year, the governor has allocated around P5.5 million for the creation of pocket forests in all 557 barangays across the province, with each village given P10,000 to undertake the project.
The mini-forest project is spurred by the governor's aim of to protect and improve the environment in the province and as a local counterpart to the national government's greening program, the press release added.*
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