More than a hundred members of the Banga Famers Watershed Development Cooperative (BFWDC) convened for its General Assembly Meeting last February 10, 2014 at the Training Center in Banga, Wao, Lanao del Sur.
The meeting was aimed at raising their awareness and participation on the status and progress of the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP)-Mindanao Rainforest Initiative (MRI) in which Barangay Banga was chosen as one of its project sites.
In his welcome address, BFWDC Chair Ronilo Charias called for the continuing cooperation and commitment of the members throughout the ENGP-MRI implementation. “We should sustain the outgrowth of the rainforestation project for our coming generations,” the Chair noted.
ENGP-MRI Project Manager, Dr. Norma V. Llemit, expressed the stronghold partnership of the Hineleban Foundation Inc. and BFWDC from the head start of the project. Hineleban envisions to restore the primary forests in the province through intensive rainforestation in the denuded mountain ranges.
The Hinel eban Foundation promotes the planting of calliandra seedlings as nurse crop. Dr. Llemit said that the fast growing calliandra is a good jumpstart to reforestation since it is a nitrogen-fixing species and it is the only species that can effectively control the growth of cogon.
In behalf of Mayor Elvino Balicao Jr., LGU Executive Assistant Col. Bobby Balicao enunciated his heartfelt gratitude to Hineleban for identifying Barangay Banga as recipient of ENGP. “We are privileged for the scientific and technical assistance of Hineleban in this project. It is a timely initiative to address the severe effects of environmental degradation,” he added.
The ENGP is a joint undertaking of DENR-Central Office and ARMM, Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur, LGU Wao, Hineleban Foundation Inc. and the People’s Organization, BFWDC (Emmilou R. Gonzaga-Social Marketing and Advocacy Specialist).