40 HECTARES SUGARLAND: Converted Into Man-Made Forest

40 HECTARES SUGARLAND: Converted Into Man-Made Forest
40 HECTARES SUGARLAND: Converted Into Man-Made Forest
Part of the 40-hectare man-made forest in Victorias City

Did you know that in Victorias City where sugarcane is king, an enterprising lawyer-businessman has transformed a 40-hectare sugarcane plantation into a man-made forest? Most of the trees are now full grown and some people are calling it a rainforest.

40 HECTARES SUGARLAND: Converted Into Man-Made Forest
Atty. Nordy Diploma is all smiles in the company of his Sunshine friends in his home in Bacolod City.

Responsible for converting the place into a forest park is lawyer Nordy Diploma, 80, who is not only a good legal practitioner but also a sharp businessman.

He learned from the history of Negros Occidental that the province used to be covered with thick forests which were cut to give way to sugarcane plantations. Commercial logging and pollution from the sugar centrals also contributed to the degradation of the environment.

In 1997, lawyer Nordy bought 60 hectares of sugarcane plantation to pursue what some people in Negros called a crazy idea – converting a productive sugar farm into a forest from which no immediate income could be derived.

40 HECTARES SUGARLAND: Converted Into Man-Made Forest
Entrance of the science high school.

Today, Atty. Nordy has the last laugh. He has developed a beautiful forest park with a lot of money-making possibilities. For now, he makes money by selling the trimmings from his trees to the sugar centrals. They use the trimmings as fuel.

40 HECTARES SUGARLAND: Converted Into Man-Made Forest
One of the 17-year-old mahogany trees at the Nordson Forest Park.

Selective harvesting of the trees will make it possible to sustain the forest forever. As of now, a furniture maker has broached to Atty. Nordy the possibility of putting up a furniture factory in the vicinity of the park so he can make furniture for export from the man-made forest. It makes sense because the furniture buyers from Europe and elsewhere would not accept furniture made of wood cut from the mountains.

40 HECTARES SUGARLAND: Converted Into Man-Made Forest
Thousands of acacia seedlings are being nurtured in the nursery.

ACACIA – There are even bigger plans for the forest park. More areas are scheduled to be developed into agroforestry. One lot is being planted now into acacia as it has been observed that acacia grows very fast. The wood could eventually be harvested for making furniture and handicraft items.

Future plans also include the development of nature trails that will enable the visitors to the park to experience for themselves the wonders of a healthy eco-system.

One other vision is to make the forest park as venue for leadership development and skills training. Atty. Diploma said that youth camps will provide a forum for leadership and skills training to produce the leaders of tomorrow from the youth of today.

RESEARCH CENTER – Also, the Nordson Forest Park can become an experiment station to find out which species will grow best in the Visayas. The forest park is an ideal venue for field-testing different tree and plant species, growing techniques, and watershed rehabilitation with the help of various agencies that include UP Los Baños and the World Agroforestry Center.

40 HECTARES SUGARLAND: Converted Into Man-Made Forest

SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL – Atty. Diploma is most proud of the National Negros Occidental Science High School which is found right inside the forest park. He donated three hectares to the provincial government where it built the only public science high school in northern Negros. The school has since become one of the country’s leading science high schools. A total of 279 students who are mostly scholars of their municipal governments are enrolled from Grade 7 to 10.

The students have garnered a lot of awards in various science competitions in the Philippines and abroad. The latest major award was won this year by Ayezza Myrisse V. Candelario, a grade 8 student. She won the gold medal in the 2015 World Mathematics International Finals held in China.

Aside from donating the three-hectare site of the science high school, Atty. Diploma continues to support the school. He is providing a P1,000.00 monthly stipend to each of the teachers to augment their salary from the government.

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4 thoughts on “40 HECTARES SUGARLAND: Converted Into Man-Made Forest

  1. I am very much thankful to Atty Nordy for what he have started unlike Mr Manny Villar he turned rice fields that are no longer productive into subdivisions…Mega subdivisions. Just like my place in Jibao-an, Pavia, Iloilo and
    parts of Oton. What a shame.

  2. Thanks for your contribution in protecting MOTHER EARTH and for helping the future leaders of our country!

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