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DENR To Give 52,425 Green Collar Jobs

Date Posted: Jul 3, 2009

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently awarded upland farmers 33,387 job contracts or “Letters of Agreements” (LOA) through their Upland Development Program (UDP) that aims to give decent employment to local farmers.


The UPD supports President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s project, Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) which targets to improve the country’s unemployment rate.


DENR Secretary Lito Atienza says that 7,200 applications or “Letters of Intent” (LOI) are now being processed at various DENR offices and are expected to be issued with LOAs early July.


“At the rate the UDP is moving, I wouldn’t be surprised if our target of providing ‘green collar’ jobs to residents in the uplands as well as in coastal areas is attained within the third quarter of the year,” Atienza said, noting that the latest figure on LOIs and LOAs issued altogether represents 77 percent of UDP’s targeted 52,425 jobs.


Aside from giving employment to upland farmers, DENR’s UDP also aims to seek problems with the environment. The UPD plans to reforest the 50,000 hectares of denuded upland areas and about 2,000 hectares of mangrove areas.


“Such opportunities will help give our upland families economic resiliency in dealing with the impact of the current global financial crisis while enabling them to take active part in fighting global warming,” Atienza said.


One hectare will be allotted to every UDP beneficiary to develop into an agro-forestry farm plus a yearly projected earning of around P23,000 from the proceeds of his agro-forestry activities, including a monthly allowance of P3,270.


Each worker will get as much as P19,400 to defray the cost and services for seedling production (P8,500) and planting and maintenance (P10,900).


Secretary Atienza confirmed that DENR has released a total of Php624 million to its regional offices nationwide, including DENR office in Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), following the release of a Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) by the Department of Budget and Management for the UDP fund worth Php1.5 billion last June 11.


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