A P70-million cash-for-work program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development has helped the reforestation of 4,500 hectares in Ilocos Norte province in the last three years.
The cash-for-work on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CFW-CCAM) is in partnership with Governor Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office.
Over the last three years, the program offering temporary jobs has helped preserve rivers, riverbanks and coastline barangays.
It has also been cited for ending the practice of kaingin or burning of trees for charcoal making in many areas where Barangay Ranger Officers are assigned.
On the other hand, the 10-day temporary work has benefited both the elderly and youth especially during lean months where they have no source of income.
Emiliano Rabago, the tribal chieftain in Saguigui in Pagudpud town, maintains at least four hectares of forest land planted with fruit-bearing trees and coffee.
Rabago maintains some 60,000 coffee seedlings, ready for planting to other open and devastated lands in Ilocos Norte.
The province’s greening program covers 12 areas, including Laoag City, Solsona, Dingras, Badoc, Bangui, Pagudpud, Pasuquin, Vintar, Nueva Era, Pinili, Burgos, and Bacarra.
Mangrove planting program along the coastlines and other bodies of water in Ilocos Norte was intensified through the CFW-CCAM.