DENR National Capital Region Assistant Regional Directors, Al O. Orolfo for Management Services and Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr. for Technical Services conducted an ocular inspection of National Greening Program (NGP) sites inside the La Mesa Watershed area in Quezon City early Thursday morning, 6 August 2020. They were accompanied by Foresters Aida Esguerra, Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Chief and concurrent East Field Office (EFO) Chief Environmental Officer, and Ruel Gallibu.
The NGP is a convergence initiative of the DENR, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Agrarian Reform, with the DENR as the lead agency. In general, it is aimed at rehabilitating all unproductive, denuded and degraded forestlands in the country.
DENR National Capital Region established NGP sites at the La Mesa Watershed area to help protect and improve its holding capacity as one of the main sources of potable water for Metro Manila and enhance urban biodiversity. DENR in partnership with different private and civil society organizations has planted indigenous and native tree species inside the 2,659-hectare proclaimed water reservation area.