Rubber program eyed to generate 75-T jobs
by Prix D Banzon
Davao City (13 November) -- The government will generate 75,000 jobs in 27,000 hectares of new farms in the Davao Region with the Rubber Program that will be launched on December 8, 2008 in Davao City.
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE XI) regional director Atty. Jalilo dela Torre said on Wednesday at the Club 888 Forum of Marco Polo Davao, that planting Rubber trees is a livelihood program that they have initiated to help farmers and displaced workers of the region. The Rubber Program is being implemented in coordination with the diffferent local government units.
He said they already had an approved P15 million funding where part of it will be used for the establishment of a nursery and for the bud wood garden.
He said there is great potential of the rubber industry in Region XI even as he said that this kind of industry is already established in Region IX and XII.
Internationally the prospect is big he said and in fact there is a supply gap of 4 million metric tons.
The demand abroad is high in China, India and other European countries and practically in areas that manufactures tires among others, he said.
Torre also said that talks are ongoing in areas under the indigenous peoples (IPs) and they will be holding a Rubber Project Summit with the IPs on November 19, 2000 at the Mindanao Training and Resource Center in Bajada, this city.
Meanwhile dela Torre said the LGUs must commit to the Department to designate areas for the rubber project and they (DOLE) will provide the planting materials and technical support for the proposed rubber tree farm. They intend to process it to the level of semi-processing because it fetches high price.
He also said that they have to discuss with the farmers and technical support group the ideal plant for intercropping between the rubber trees.
On the other hand the rubber industry will be among the agri crops that will be featured for discussion during the Mindanao Investment Conference on November 25 to 26, 2008 at the Marco Polo Davao. (PIA)[top]