The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy (MENRE), through the Forest Management Services (FMS) led by Director Abdul-Jalil S. Umngan, continued the field validation of the BARMM’s flagship Integrated Bangsamoro Greening Program (IBGP) 2021-2022 components survey, mapping and planning, seedling production, and plantation establishment in the projects sites in Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Basilan, and Lanao del Sur provinces on 12-23 July 2022.

In an interview of Forester Manuel Amador Capin, Afforestation and Reforestation Section Chief of the FMS, with the president of one of the People’s Organization in Sitio Lingitan, Brgy. Mandulan, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi regarding the initial gains of the project, the PO president is grateful of the ongoing project implementation. He thanked the Ministry for the community engagement in restoring the mangrove resources. The PO also commits to the project’s sustainability by continuously co-managing the depleting mangrove forest ecosystem.

In line with celebration of the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem adopted by the General Conference of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2015 and commemorated every year on 26 July, the Ministry subscribes to its aim in raising awareness of the importance of mangrove ecosystems as “a unique, special and vulnerable ecosystem” and to promote solutions for their sustainable management, conservation and uses.

IBGP is a banner program of BARMM under the leadership of Chief Minister Ahod B. Ebrahim and is lodged at MENRE. It aims to grow 171.2 million trees/propagules covering about 159,000 hectares in BARMM forest lands. It also promotes poverty reduction, resource protection and management, productivity enhancement, food security and nutrition, normalization process, climate change mitigation and adaptation.