In compliance to the National Greening Program (NGP), the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) planted 3,481,812 trees in 6,932 hectares of land as of December 2011.  By province, the number of hectares planted were 1,086 in Abra; 1,181 in Apayao; 1,424 in Benguet; 984 in Ifugao; 1,450 in Kalinga; and 807 in Mountain Province.    

 

                The data came from a report presented by Director Augusto Lagon of the Forest Management Bureau of DENR-CAR during the Watershed and Environment Management Committee meeting held in May 24, 2012 at the RDC Hall, Botanical Garden, Baguio City.  The committee, headed by DENR Regional Director Clarence Baguilat, is a recently organized committee of the RDC.

 

From the period 2004-2009, CAR lost 6,812 hectares of its forest cover which DENR estimated to be 668,801 hectares as of end of 2003.  In 2009 alone, it lost 1,760 hectares.  This was the second highest loss of forest cover in the 6-year period, next only to the 2,883 hectares lost in 2006. 

 

In the 2009 data, the biggest loss of forest cover came from Benguet which accounted for 79 percent of the loss or a total of 1,362 hectares.  In far second is Mountain Province having lost 273 hectares.  Kalinga, Ifugao, Apayao and Abra lost 42, 25, 15 and 12 hectares respectively. 

 

Director Baguilat said the region will try its best to achieve the 100,000 hectares NGP target for the region from the period 2011-2016.  President Benigno S. Aquino III ordered the planting of 1.5 billion trees covering about 1.5 million hectares through Executive Order No. 26 which he signed in February 2011.