DENR seeks for slightly lower budget of P24B for 2019
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is seeking a slightly lower budget of P24.17 billion for 2019 to bankroll some of its environmental programs, mainly those that are focused on forest rehabilitation and protection and biodiversity conservation.
The agency’s 2019 budget proposal, which is P740 million less than its current allocation of P25.72 billion, represents only 0.64 percent of the proposed P3.757 trillion national budget for next year.
Despite a lower budget, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the agency will “still be able to effectively carry out its mandate of protecting the environment and rich natural resources in the country.”
“The DENR does not need a bigger budget to carry out its mandate. All we need is to be prudent and judicious in spending our budget and make sure that every single centavo is spent efficiently for programs promoting environmental protection,” Cimatu said.
The DENR is asking Congress almost P6 billion to finance the government’s reforestation and forest protection projects for next year, with the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) getting the lion’s share among DENR programs.
“The ENGP has the biggest chunk of the budget, followed by forest protection and anti-illegal logging, as well as our continued support for biodiversity conservation,” Cimatu said.
For 2019, Cimatu said the DENR targets to cover some 143,187 hectares and produce 138.2 million planting materials.