The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 said it has generated a total of 59,656 jobs to upland and coastal communities through the implementation of the national greening program (NGP) in 2014.
The jobs generated mainly benefited farmers, fisherfolks and their families in various identified NGP sites in Central Visayas.
“Providing jobs and livelihood opportunities to our farmers and fishers in the region while improving and rehabilitating our forests and coastal resources are actually the objectives of NGP,” said DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo.
Of the total, Negros Oriental got the largest number of employment with around 23,370 jobs, followed by Cebu with 22,383 jobs, Bohol with 11,816; and Siquijor with 1,996 jobs.
After four years of NGP implementation, DENR 7 has already contracted with over 207 people’s organizations (PO) in all four provinces.
According to Montejo, DENR recognizes the huge help provided by the POs in ensuring effective and successful implementation of the program.
“Aside from the people’s organizations which are our primary partner in this project, we also acknowledge the very strong support provided to us by our local government units, academe, and other stakeholders,” Montejo added.
To recall, DENR 7 has reported a 102 percent accomplishment in NGP in 2014 which produced over 15,967,171 seedlings, and reforested around 20,296.97 hectares in Central Visayas. – CebuHeadlines.com