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DA provides jobs and livelihood projects for unemployed

Manila (25 November) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 2 is set to generate about 14,000 jobs for unemployed individuals by 2009 through the implementation of the Emergency Employment and Livelihood Programs of the government.

Dir. Lucrecio R. Alviar, DA Regional Technical Director for Administration, said the move is response to the memorandum of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to create and implement emergency employment and livelihood programs especially for those in the low and middle income class of the society. DA formulated three projects that is set to generate jobs and livelihood programs.

For Region 2, Alviar said DA will facilitate the identification and development of new agribusiness lands that is programmed for planting rice, corn, fruit trees, vegetables and fish products.

He also said that agriculturist trained farmers and led extentionist all over Region 2 on organic fertilizer production as one way of providing livelihood to farmers and helping them in lowering cost of fertilizers.

DA and NIA will also facilitate the joint project in the restoration and rehabilitation of irrigation canals and small impounding projects and continue farm-to-market roads and other infrastructure projects on agriculture.

"Through these projects we will be able to generate thousands of jobs and livelihood for the people to ensure that those in the lower and middle level will not be greatly affected by the global financial crisis," Alviar said.

For this program, DA 2 will be given a budget of 300 million pesos to implement the projects while NIA will spend billions of pesos for the irrigation projects. (PIA Cagayan) [top]

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