The provincial government’s KAAGAPAY (Kausa sa Agrikultura ug Panginabuhian sa Barangay) and Department of Labor and Employment’s TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers) have joined hands to reforest the environment and to give relief to COVID19 and ASF affected workers in the Island Garden City of Samal.
This collaboration dubbed as “TUPAD ug Kaagapay sa Pag-ayo sa Kinaiyahan Project” was launched at Brgy. Peñaplata, Island Garden City of Samal. Through TUPAD, the beneficiaries who are given a 4-hour job daily for ten days, will work towards the reforestation of the environment in addition to the food security program of KAAGAPAY.
Island Garden City of Samal Mayor, Al David T. Uy, said that this will help give income to those who are unemployed.
“Daghan ni, kaning ginahimo nato nga mangrove planting, makatabang ni sa mga mananagat; diha man mutago ang mga isda nga gagmay so makatabang ni sa pagpangisda,” he added.
Uy also said that the tree planting being done will help avoid floods in the city.
In line with this, Provincial Administrator Josie Jean Rabanoz said that 2,000 Nara seedlings will be given for planting in Samal’s botanical garden.
“At the same time, naa pud tay long term nga ginatanaw ni Kuya gob: Ang kaning livestock nato ,” she added.
In response to the African Swine Flu (ASF), Uy expressed his gratitude to the KAAGAPAY program’s goat, cattle, and native chicken dispersal.
“Dili lang COVID ang ni igo sa Samal, asta ASF…Mu tuo mo o dili, hapit na 4,000 ka baboy ang gi massacre didto sa Talicud. Wala nay baboy ang Talicud,” he revealed.
The launching of “TUPAD ug Kaagapay sa Pag-ayo sa Kinaiyahan Project” was also attended by Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Office (PENRO) Head Romulo Tagalo, PENRO personnel, Board Members Jannet T. Maboloc and Franklin D. Gentiles, DOLE IGACOS Satellite Office-In-Charge Jovita Fontilla, and Samal LGU personnel.
(Jan Vincent Leuterio, PIA-XI | Michael Manguhig, RPN DXKT Davao OIC)