The DOLE and DENR pact appeals to the beneficiaries of the TUPAD for the protection of the forests

The chairman of the House Labor and Employment Committee revealed over the weekend that the government was preparing to bring in beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay saating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) scheme as guards to implement the country’s national greening program.

In a press statement, Rizal 4th District Representative Fidel Nograles said the Ministries of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) had recently signed a memorandum of agreement to mobilize TUPAD beneficiaries as forest rangers.

“This is an excellent program that not only helps address our shortage of forestry workers, but also provides our TUPAD beneficiaries with meaningful and noble work that will directly benefit their communities and the country as a whole” , said Nograles.

“The MOA is a creative solution to our need for more forestry workers, and I hope with this we can better monitor and protect these areas, especially in the face of continued [forest] encroachment,” added Nograles.

Under the DOLE-DENR agreement, TUPAD beneficiaries will serve as forest patrollers. They are also responsible for producing seedlings, establishing plantations and assisting with forest protection activities in support of the greening program.

According to the DOLE, it would set aside funds for the payment of the daily minimum wage in force in the region where the TUPAD workers are assigned, and to cover administrative costs for personal protective equipment and group insurance against injuries. personal accidents of the workers who will be hired.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or its accredited training institutions will provide appropriate vocational training and education on environmental laws, rules and regulations.

Nograles acknowledged the potential impact of the training that TUPAD workers will undergo to “instill a green consciousness” among the population.

“Hindi is a dead end job, boring in Hindi, at maraming matututunan. This is an opportunity to empower our TUPAD workers and instill in them a green conscience that they can pass on to their families and friends,” the legislator said.

Nograles also expressed hope that the MOA would be “just the first step in our efforts to revitalize our forests and mitigate the effects of the climate crisis.”

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