PGMA's upland livelihood project benefits 973 NVizcaya farmers
by Ben Moses Ebreo
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (February 2) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's multi-million livelihood program for upland villagers have benefited 973 farmers in this province, a report released by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources(DENR) here bared.
Robert Apigo, provincial environment and natural resources officer said the Upand Development Project(UDP) beneficiaries were also given 973 hectares or 1 hectare per farmer scattered in the towns of Sta. Fe, Aritao, Bambang, Kayapa, Bayombong, Solano, Bagabag, Quezon, Diadi, Ambaguio, Dupax del Norte and Dupax del Sur.
"These recipients have been given cash support, fruit trees and other planting materials to develop their designated areas," Apigo said.
The UDP covers reforestation, agro-forestry and assisted natural regeneration areas where a recipient is given P15,186.00, P32,195.00 and P11,545.00 respectively.
Aside from the cash support, the recipients were given fruit trees such as citrus, longgan, rambutan and lanzones. Other recipients particularly those developing reforestation and assisted and natural regeneration areas were given tree species abundant in their areas for planting such as Mahogany and GMelina.
The UDP was conceived under President Arroyo's Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP). (PIA NVizcaya) [top]