DENR to hire Mindanao typhoon victims for reforestation work


Environment Secretary Ramon Paje. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—More than 4,000 residents of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental affected by Typhoon Pablo in December will be hired to assist in the government’s reforestation effort in the disaster-hit areas, the government said on Tuesday.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has earmarked P229.8 million to employ 4,206 residents of the two provinces hardest hit by the typhoon  which killed more than 1,000 people, left scores more missing, and destroyed billions of pesos in crops and infrastructure.

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, in a statement, said the “cash-for-work” project would be implemented through the National Greening Program in partnership with the local government units, and people’s organizations.

Paje described the project as a “twin approach to help affected residents rebuild their lives while taking direct participation in the government’s greening program.”

“Rather than looking at it as a setback, we should take this  as a challenge to bolster the gains of NGP with greater optimism as we overcome  little battles such as those in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental,” he added.

Paje said 15,321 hectares of denuded and open forestlands in the two provinces will be rehabilitated with 7.6 million seedlings to be planted and maintained by cash-for-work beneficiaries as part of the DENR’s resolve to recoup NGP’s losses in Pablo’s aftermath.

Of that amount, Compostela Valley will receive P132 million to cover the cost of rehabilitating 9,198 hectares to be planted with 4.6 million seedlings, while Davao Oriental will get P97.8 million for the planting and growing of 3 million seedlings covering 6,123 hectares.

DENR Region 11 Executive Director Joselin Marcus Fragada said the DENR lost some P90 million in forestry and coastal managements projects alone due to the typhoon.

The agency also lost P28 million worth of seedlings planted under the NGP in 2011 and 2012 to Pablo, consisting of indigenous and fruit trees, including high-value crops like coffee, cacao and rubber trees.

Fragada added that the typhoon victims would be hired on a rotational period of two months per batch, for a total of three batches in each province.

Each batch shall consist of 905 laborers in Compostela Valley and 497 laborers for Davao Oriental.  Each laborer will be paid P226 per day of work.

The NGP is one of the priority programs of the government aimed at reducing poverty, ensuring food security, conserving biodiversity and mitigating the effects of climate change.

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  • Demy Angeles

    Noon pa nyo sana ginawa yan.  Bilis bilisan nyo.  D puro press release. Gutom na ang mga TAO.


    I-hire nyo yung palaging nagra-rally dyan para naman may pakinabang at magkapera pa. Iyon nga lang kung gustong magtrabaho. Marami dyan ayaw magbanat ng buto. Gusto tanggap lang ng tanggap me kalamidad man o wala.  

  • J

    Isama na sa trabaho ang mga taga-squatter. Sa halip na kung ano lang ang tinatanim at kinakamot pagtanimin sila ng punung kahoy sa buong Pilipinas.

    Justiification (sample lang):
    Sabihin na lang na mag 50,000 squatters at babayaran ng 300 pesos kada araw. Sa isang taon gagastos ang DENR ng Pesos 4.125 B. 

    Target ay ang bawat isang tao ay makapagtatanim at makakabuhay ng 10-punu kada araw. Kaya sa loob ng isang taon meron 137.5million na punu. Sa dami nito ma-reforest na ang PH sa loob ng isang taon.

    Sabihin natin na 70% ang mabubuhay na mga punu kaya ang matitira ay 96.35million punu.

    Kung ang 10% punu ito ay pwede na putulin bilang lumber pagkaraan ng 10-taon at bawat punu ay mgabibigay ng 30-board foot na lumber, ang total na board foot na harvest taon taon ay 288.75million board foot.

    Kung bawat board foot ay may halagang Php20 sa mercado ang income ay 5.775 bilyon piso.  May escalation sigurado ang presyo per board foot ang kahoy.

    So sa unang taon pa lang ng anihan ng lumber ay bawi na ang 4.125B na isusuweldo sa mga squatter. Mas malaki ang gastos kung isasama ang cost ng itatanim at logistics ng pagtatanim. 

    Ang mga squatter din ang uupahan mangangalaga ng mga punu.

    Sa dami ng punu pwede na magtayo ng Dendro Thermal Power Plant na ang fuel ay mga sanga ng mga punung na puputulin.

    Gaganda ang environment, may panangalang sa bagyo, at magkakaroon ng maraming trabaho ang iba pang mga squatter kung matututu silang gumawa ng furniture at curvings. Makakagawa ng organic fertilizer mula sa mga dahon, at malang darami ang hayop at ibon na naayun sa kalikasan.

    zzzZZ ‘:8)

  • JasonBieber

    That’s better than nothing.

    But the majority of the victims from typhoon ‘Pablo’ are still receiving nothing in terms of help from the Philippine government. most the help has come from the international community which is somewhat embarrassing that the help is coming from outside more than it is within.

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