April 14, 2024

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is bolstering the production of native tree and bamboo species through the establishment of new forest nurseries and the restoration of existing ones across DENR field offices nationwide.

A DENR order also sets guidelines for the establishment and maintenance of forest nurseries.

Department Memorandum Order (DMO) 2023-03 aims to guarantee the availability of free seedlings of native species for individuals, government agencies, non-government organizations, and tree-growing advocates.

Seedlings will be distributed at no cost to requesting parties in accordance with the order.

The DMO mandates existing and fully operational nurseries (EFONs) to produce a minimum of 15,000 seedlings of indigenous and endemic tree species annually.

If EFONs are cultivating both native tree seedlings and bamboo culms, the minimum annual target is set at 10,000 seedlings (75 percent native trees and 25 percent bamboo).

Newly established and rehabilitated nurseries are exempt from the initial year’s seedling production targets.

In subsequent years, they would be expected to produce a minimum of 15,000 seedlings annually.

In cases where space is limited, seedling nurseries can be constructed in “strategic areas” outside DENR premises through partnerships and memorandums of agreement with local government units, academics, community groups, and non-government organizations.

The DENR’s directive underscores its commitment to biodiversity promotion and support for the local bamboo industry by cultivating native planting materials and bamboo species, noting the importance of producing environmentally and economically valuable bamboo species to bamboo resource productivity, accessibility in the Philippines, and the creation of urban green spaces.

DENR Asec. and Forest Management Bureau Director Arleigh Adorable underscored the advantages of native trees, which are well-suited to local environmental conditions.

He said native trees play a crucial role in providing ecosystem services, supporting local wildlife, and establishing green spaces in urban areas where a significant portion of the country’s population resides.

Some of the popular native tree species include narra, guijo, kamagong, red lauan, white lauan, tindalo, yakal, and molave. – Press release