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DENR Caraga issues 8,322 job and livelihood program certificates

by Herzon F. Gallego

Butuan City (19 June) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga has awarded 8,322 job contracts under the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during the celebration of the 111th Independence Day and Service Fair on June 12,2009 held at the Inland Resort Convention Hall in Butuan City.

Secretary Joseph H. Durano of the Department of Tourism in his capacity as Cabinet Officer for Regional Development (CORD) of Caraga Region was at hand to give the job certificates and livelihood programs to 8,322 beneficiaries coming from the different places in the region.

Secretary Durano was assisted by DENR Regional Executive Director Edilberto S. Buiser, Regional Technical Director for Forest Management Services Virgilio dela Cruz, and Director Letty Tan of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

RED Buiser said the job contracts and livelihood certificates consisted of 3,550 livelihood assistance through Upland Development Program, 4,192 job certificates for Bantay Gubat, 450 job certificates for Bantay Dagat, 112 extension officers and 18 certificates under the Executive Order 782.

DENR Secretary Lito Atienza has earlier directed the Departmentís regional offices nationwide to extend full cooperation to the DOLE in providing emergency employment opportunities to workers affected by the worldwide financial meltdown.

A total of P126,415,000 has been allocated by the DENR through the CLEEP to fund the livelihood programs and allowances of emergency workers.

The livelihood assistance for upland development program are distributed in Agusan del Norte, 722, Agusan del Sur, 803, Surigao del Norte, 861, Surigao del Sur, and Dinagat Island, 205.

The funds for emergency employment program was distributed to Agusan del Norte,488 Bantay Gubat, 12, extension officers; Agusan del Sur 1,991 for Bantay Gubay, 200 for Bantay Dagat and 53 extension workers; Surigao del Norte, 356 for Bantay Gubat and 250 for Bantay Dagat and 16 extension workers.

There were 1,307 persons who were hired through the Bantay Gubat in Surigao del Sur and 50 in Dinagat Island.

The DENR Regional Office has hired 18 persons under the EO 782.

Moreover, the Ecosystems Research and Development Services led by OIC, Regional Technical Director Jermias Bruzon has distributed 20,000 "malungay" seedlings and 20,000 other planting materials like " Palawan Cherry" and "Batanes Pine" flowering tree species during the job fair. Apart from its high nutritional value, the malungay is also useful in soil stabilization. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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