More than 1k workers employed for eco park rehab
DSWD CASH-FOR-WORK PROGRAM
AROUND 1,300 workers have been tapped for the cleanup and rehabilitation of the Eco Tourism Park in Barangay Cayanga in Bugallon town since Tuesday, November 15.
The workers, residents from 14 towns in the province, are being paid the regional minimum wage (P340) to clean and maintain the twenty-hectare agroforestry farm through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)’s cash-for work program.
Back in 2018, the Pangasinan provincial government under then-governor Amado Espino III signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in establishing the National Greening Program sites.
The MOA requires the provincial government to adopt a mountainous area where forest and fruit-bearing trees will be planted.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the lack of activity, much of the maintenance work in the park was suspended.
With the workers planting and cleaning the area, some were designated to act as rangers, to safeguard the park. (Ahikam Pasion)
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