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Gov't to create 'green collar jobs' - PGMA

Manila (PNA) (10 February) -- The government will put budget-funded energy-independence and environment projects under its P330-billion economic resiliency package to create "green collar jobs."

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said a P2-billion reforestation fund will be put up to provide employment in the re-greening of logged-over uplands in the mountains of Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro, Lanao del Sur and the regenerating of mangroves areas.

Under the Grassroots Entrepreneurship for Eco-Tourism (GREET), the President said, the government will hire workers for coastal clean-up and bay watch projects, the planting and replanting of coconut trees to ensure biofuel feed stock, refitting public utility vehicles and tricycles with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), re-electrification of barangays using solar panels and hydroelectric grids.

The President also said the government will provide jobs through the OYSTER (Out-of-School Youth Serving Towards Economic Resiliency) program like the designating of bike lanes and installing of solar-powered street lights and other clean energy initiatives.

"So, these are part of the Green Collar Jobs that are part of our Emergency Employment Program," the Chief Executive said during the multi-sectoral jobs summit in Malacanang.

Likewise, she said, some 6,000 short-term jobs have been opened up in the government's P650-million poverty mapping project.

She said the Department of Social Welfare and Development will undertake the program once the 2009 budget takes effect in about six weeks.

"Just in time when school is out," the President said, adding that the project will be a major component of the government's Youth Employment in Summer (YES) program. (PNA) [top]

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