Sen. Imee R. Marcos has questioned the increase in the budget of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for its reforestation program.
Marcos was referring to P5.15 billion for the DENR National Greening Program for 2021. This is higher by 60 percent compared to the 2020 budget of P3.15 billion.
During a Senate Committee on Finance sub-committee hearing, Marcos noted that DENR must be on the planting mode at any place because there is no growth of trees.
This, according to Marcos, leads to wastage of government funds.
Marcos, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs Committee, said billions of pesos are spent but there appears no evidence that the reforestation program for denuded mountains could be a success.
Target of the DENR National Greening Program is to plant 1.5 billion seedlings in 1.5 million hectares from 2011 to 2028.