Piñol wants families as forest caretakers
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said he wants upland families as caretakers of forests to ensure a sustainable agro-forestry program.
He said his Family-Based Agro-Forestry Program is anchored on the idea of stakeholder-ship where an upland family is designated as the caretaker of an area which has been planted to harvestable tree species.
“For Philippine agriculture to be sustainable and climate change-resilient, trees must once again be grown in the denuded mountains and water flowing freely to the ocean must be managed and conserved in small impoundings, catchment basins and dams,” Piñol said.
He said water conservation and management is most critical to preparations for the effects of climate change.