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P-Noy to DENR: Turn idle lands productive

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines – Make all idle lands in the country productive.

This, according to Cagayan Valley Environment Regional Executive Director Benjamin Tumaliuan, was the tall order of President Aquino to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for all idle lands turned into agro-forestry and bio-fuel ventures.

Tumaliuan said the order, coursed through DENR Secretary Ramon Paje, was in tune with the new administration’s thrust to further enhance food security, environmental protection and livelihood generation.

This, Tumaliuan said, would mean making productive some 7.5 million hectares of idle lands nationwide.

“Here in Cagayan Valley , we should then keep the ball rolling in the sense that we have many idle lands,” Tumaliuan said.

“We are now conducting an inventory on various types of land in the region and very soon we will have the complete information on these, as well as those areas which are geo-hazards and flood-prone,” he added.

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Tumaliuan said that once the inventory of available idle lands is finished, this will be posted in all DENR offices for the information of those interested to utilize these lands.

 “Once the Department has come to an agreement with interested individuals or groups, they will be awarded various types of land tenurial instruments to enable them to make the land productive for mutual economic benefits,” Tumaliuan said.

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