UNDP adopts local livelihood program


Months after the massive devastation brought by typhoons in Mindanao, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has now adopted a program by the Philippine government, which aims to make use of millions of felled coconut trees for housing projects.

Dubbed as the “chainsaw massacre,” the project aims to provide livelihood to hundreds of farmer-beneficiaries in Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley through cash for work program.

“But unlike the gruesome chainsaw massacre movies, the object of the program were millions of felled coconut trees that can be sawn into coco lumber to be used by the local governments and the town folks for housing and rebuilding,” Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Administrator Euclides Forbes said.

Under the program, Forbes said that they have distributed to the farmer-beneficiaries all confiscated chainsaws from illegal cutters of coco lumber.

At present, some 150 chainsaws were now operational, providing much needed mechanical power to cut down felled trees that is barring free passage of relief operations, the PCA chief added.



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