Government to reforest lands affected by ‘Pablo’-A A +A
Monday, January 28, 2013
MANILA -- Some P34.6 million has been allotted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the reforestation of upland areas damaged by typhoon "Pablo" (international name: Bopha) last month.
DENR-Davao Region Executive Director Joselin Marcus Fragada said the rehabilitation of the areas (4,372 hectares in Compostela Valley and 4, 291 hectares in Compostela Valley) shall be done through the cash for work scheme.
"Through the cash for work scheme, members of people's organizations (POs) and barangay residents will be hired for a continuous period of 90 days for site preparation, hauling of seedlings and the actual tree planting. They shall be paid using the social mobilization fund of NGP (National Greening Program) following the minimum wage law, which is presently at P301 per day," he said.
According to Fragada, around 7,533 hectares of tree plantations established from 2009-2012 under the Upland Development Program and NGP have been damaged by Pablo, which also killed over a thousand people in Davao region. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)