DENR boss lauds EDC initiative to develop reforestation manual

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje has commended the Energy Development Corp. (EDC) for coming up with a reference manual on reforestation, saying it could be a useful tool for the highly acclaimed National Greening Program (NGP) and other reforestation projects of the government.

The three-part module, titled “A Field Manual on Forest Reforestation Using Indigenous Species,” provides a step-by-step guide to reforestation and forest-management practice.

“Through the reforestation manual, we hope more people in our partner agencies will learn new and innovative approaches on planting trees that will continue the NGP’s success,” Paje said.

The NGP, which is mainly implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), is the flagship reforestation program of the Aquino administration that seeks to cover 1.5 million hectares with trees by the end of 2016. However, President Aquino issued in November last year Executive Order 193 creating the Expanded NGP that aims to reforest “all remaining unproductive, denuded and degraded forestlands” by 2028.

“The reforestation manual serves as the compass to lead the participants of NGP to efficiently achieve the necessary targets that will eventually culminate as another achievement for the DENR and its partners,” Paje said.

EDC, the largest producer of geothermal energy in the country, has been a partner of the DENR since 2011 in the implementation of the company’s own reforestation program called Binhi.

Binhi, a main strategic partner of the NGP, involves rescuing and securing endangered plant species by planting mother trees and producing even more seeds.

Negros, Leyte, Albay, Sorsogon, Cotabato and Nueva Ecija are just some of the host provinces of Binhi, whose main objective is to plant 1,000 seedlings every year for 10 years.

Published by the Visayas State University, the manual’s three modules contain basic guidelines and strategies on how to conduct a successful reforestation activity in a certain area with different conditions.

EDC President Richard Tantoco said the manual was drawn from the experiences of their employees who have implemented the Binhi program, together with the best practices in reforestation from national and international perspectives.



  1. Kindly correct – the field manual is entitled Forest Restoration using Indigenous species and not Forest Reforestation. We are already veering away from the conventional one-size fits all reforestation practices and design. We are now into forest restoration with customized configuration depending on the level of degradation.

    Also the BINHI objective is to restore 1000 hectares of degraded lands in the country every year not just to plant 1000 seedlings/ year.

    Lastly, “the new manual that EDC has created is published by the Visayas State University”. It is us, EDC who published it with technical inputs from VSU.


    1. Hi. My apologies for the error. The article was based on a press statement issued by the DENR-Public Information Division – Strategic Communication and Initiative Services. Nevertheless, thank you for bring this up.

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