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September 3, 2010

TACLOBAN CITY  Ė  Reforestation of 150 hectares within the next five years will soon be undertaken at Lake Danao Natural Park (LDNP), a declared Protected Area, in Ormoc City. This developed after the approval by the Protected Area Management Board of a request by the Energy Development Corporation to implement its BINHI: A Greening Legacy Program (Binhi) within the Protected Area.

Binhi is one of the Commitments to Action declared by EDC Chairman Oscar Lopez during the Clinton Global Initiative Meet in Hong Kong in 2008. BINHI serves as its environmental legacy to reforest 1,000 hectares annually nationwide for ten years.

At least 25 hectares each year or a total of 150 hectares for the next five years has been approved by the PAMB-LDNP for reforestation within the park area under the Binhi program. Aside from the ecological benefits that the Program shall bring, it will also provide livelihood benefits to residents within the area who shall be hired to carry out the different reforestation activities. The Park Superintendent (PASu) shall conduct ground verification and provide the map designating the areas for planting.

Regional Executive Director Primitivo C. Galinato, Jr. of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, who also heads the PAMB, lauds the EDC for its initiative in launching the Binhi Program.

The PAMB is the governing body of a Protected Area under the National Integrated Protected Areas System in accordance with Republic Act 7586 or the NIPAS Act of 1992. Chaired by the Regional Executive Director, its membership may be composed of the local government units which has jurisdiction over the area, representatives of other government agencies, non-government organizations and peopleís organizations who may have a stake in the Protected Area.