The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Regional Community Group of Philippine Army in Region 12 on Wednesday, April 13, have inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on “Adopt-A-Mountain” program to support the DENR-12 sustain the maintenance and protection of graduated National Greening Program (NGP) sites and to boost the department’s reforestation program in the region.

DENR-12 Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Felix S. Alicer said that aside from the support of the Armed Forces in protecting the environment, they have extended it by helping the restoration of country’s forest cover through the “Adopt-A-Mountain” program of the DENR.

“The protection and conservation of our natural resources does not solely depend on the DENR. The help of the community and other national government agencies is needed in order to attain this objective,” RED Alicer said.

Col. Florencio P. Politud, Jr. said that there is an excellent partnership between the DENR and military in the implementation of various programs of the government.

He said that in his previous assignments, he accomplished a lot of tasks related to environmental protection, specifically the anti-illegal logging campaigns.

“Environmental protection is one of the mandates of the Philippine Army. This action is a manifestation of our duties and functions on how to help our government,” Col. Politud, Jr. said.

The agreement between the parties intends to accelerate the maintenance and protection of 779 hectares established NGP plantations within the four (4) provinces of Region 12.

The MOA was signed by RED Alicer and Col. Politud, Jr. and was witnessed by Maj. Dennie M. Pajel, Maj. Judito O. Virtudazo, DENR-12 Regional Executive Assistant Daphny Dorris P. Domingo, Regional eNGP Coordinator Forester Jamel C. Tawantawan and Forester Ramil O. Lansao.

DENR Administrative Order No. 98 dated October 1, 1998 stipulates that the “Adopt-A-Mountain” program general aims to accelerate the revegetation and regreening of denuded and degraded forestlands.