The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through its Cagayan Valley Regional Office has committed anew to help the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) continuous implementation of the National Greening Program through the provision of 14 Government Internship Program (GIP) beneficiaries and 35 Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program beneficiaries.
DOLE-2 Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales said the GIP beneficiaries shall render service for the DENR for three months while the TUPAD beneficiaries shall render service for 60 days, with a daily wage of P420.
The beneficiaries shall provide additional manpower to accelerate the survival and growth of bamboo and other trees planted in a 38-hectare plantation situated in the provinces of Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino.
The said commitment comes after a memorandum of agreement was signed among the DOLE, DENR, and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the engagement of TUPAD and GIP beneficiaries to further sustain bamboo reforestation and promote the bamboo business industry, initially employing about 11 GIP beneficiaries for the said effort.
“Through the GIP, the beneficiaries are allowed to earn a living [while] also augmenting government efforts to address climate change through massive planting activities,” DENR RO2 Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan said.
Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales meanwhile underscored the DOLE’s efforts to continually augment the program needs of partner agencies through the provision of GIP and TUPAD assistance.
“The regional office shall endeavor to partner with government agencies to further our mandate on labor and employment and our partnership with the DENR and DTI ensures the continuity of this goal,” RD Gonzales said.