MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte August 11 (PIA) - The National Greening Program (NGP) covering the municipalities under the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)-Maasin City will complete its yearly planting of trees earlier this year.

The NGP, an environment protection undertaking initiated by the Aquino administration aims to plant 1 billion trees by 2015, CENRO-Maasin City Officer Edilberto Caidlang disclosed in an interview with PIA-Southern Leyte Monday.

About three months before this year ends, the goal of planting trees to 655 more hectares shall be completed by October 8, 2014, CENRO Officer Caidlang reported.

He said, more than 5,000 hectares in the province were planted with trees in its fourth year of implementing NGP from 2011- 2014, so far.

There are two CENRO offices operating in the province – CENRO Maasin City and CENRO San Juan. CENRO Maasin City will hopefully be able to plant trees in 2,800 hectares area while CENRO San Juan plans to plant trees in an estimated 2,200 hectares of land.

Caidlang said that 500 trees shall be planted in every hectare within the NGP implementation which includes the planting of indigenous trees, rattan, bamboo and mangrove trees.

He noted that Southern Leyte is greener compared to the rest of the five provinces in the region.

That the RA 9175, the log ban law created by former Congressman Roger G. Mercado declaration over Southern Leyte has greatly contributed to the protection of environment in the province, Caidlang added.

It can be seen over the satellite map as TV footage during the GMA weather updates that Southern Leyte exudes having the greenest province not only in the region if not across the nation, it was learned.