LA TRINIDAD, Benguet: A community-based employment generation project to address environmental concerns is underway in this vegetable-producing and mineral-rich province under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/ Disadvantaged Workers or TUPAD program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in partnership with the local government.
Benguet Environment and Natural Resources Office (BENRO) head Julius Kollin explained that 398 recipients of the project will establish fire lines and undertake brushing, ring weeding and preparation of plantation areas of tree saplings come rainy season in identified communal forests in the province. The communal forests include the Puguis CF in this town, Sinacbat CF and Dalipey CF in Bakun, Topdac CF and Abiang CF in Atok, Pudong CF in Kapangan, Ambuklao CF and Bisal CF in Bokod, Pappa CF in Sablan, Binmatao CF in Tuba.
Each worker will be allotted a daily wage of P295. DOLE will go directly to the concerned LGU recipients to pay wages of said workers according to Kollin.
DOLE will also allocate funds equivalent to 20 percent of the total project cost for the purchase of tools, shovels, hand gloves and other materials needed for the project.
Gaby B. Keith