Anti-Poverty Plan Boosts Reforestation

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The anti-poverty program in Mindanao has made a hallmark in the contribution to the reforestation efforts of the country, according to the Department of Agriculture's Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP).

The program has released over P40 million for its environment projects and half of it is allotted for reforestation activities in the upland the coastal areas in the country's second largest island.

MRDP is a poverty alleviation program under the DA that aims to improve people's income and governance and sustain the bountiful gifts of nature in Mindanao.

"We're glad that we have our humble contribution for the protection of our natural resources as well as in the reforestation efforts of the country," said program director Lealyn Ramos.

The recent feat of the country as cited for its low-carbon reforestation program came as a "reward when everyone toils to protect ourselves and the country from climate change," Ramos said.

"Our contribution might be considered small but surely it's nothing trivial," she said. …