Nograles lauds TUPAD for nat’l greening program

October 29, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 231 views

RIZAL 4th District Representative Fidel Nograles has lauded the government for tapping beneficiaries of the “Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers” program or TUPAD for the country’s national greening program.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to mobilize TUPAD beneficiaries as forest rangers.

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

“The MOA is a creative solution to our need for more forest workers, and hopefully, with this, we can better monitor and protect these areas, especially in the face of continued encroachment,” Nograles, who chairs the House committee on labor and employment, said.

Under the DOLE-DENR MOA, the TUPAD beneficiaries will serve as forest patrollers.

They are also tasked with seedling production, establishing plantations, and assisting in forest protection activities supporting the greening program.

According to DOLE, it will set aside funds for payment of the prevailing daily minimum wage in the region where the TUPAD workers are assigned and cover the administrative cost for personal protective equipment and group personal accident insurance of workers who will be hired.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) or its accredited training institutions will provide appropriate skills training and education on environment-related laws, rules, and regulations.

Nograles acknowledged the potential impact of the training that TUPAD workers will undergo in “instilling a green consciousness” among the people.

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

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