After the successful simultaneous regionwide bamboo growing activity last September in celebration of the 2022 World Bamboo Day, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cagayan Valley has partnered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to ensure survival of the planted seedlings.
 
DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan, DOLE Regional Director Joel Gonzales and DTI Regional Director Romleah Juliet Ocampo represented by Assistant Regional Director Winston Singun signed yesterday the memorandum of agreement with funding support from the Government Internship Program (GIP) of the DOLE.
 
The Program provides internship opportunities for high school, technical-vocational, or college graduates who want to pursue a career in public service in either local or national government. Through this, the interns will be assigned in the 14 different sites regionwide to conduct maintenance and protection activities like replanting, weeding, brushing, and watering from November this year to January 2023.
 
Under the MOA, the DOLE shall facilitate and supervise the implementation of the GIP and shall assign the interns to perform the functions identified by the DENR. It shall also facilitate the payment of the interns equivalent to the prevailing minimum wage in the region and issue a certificate of completion upon fulfilment of the agreement.
 
The DENR and DTI shall identify place of assignments of the interns and shall submit accomplishment reports and other pertinent documents to the DOLE. They shall also adhere to the DOLE guidelines and procedures stipulated in the agreement.
Regional Director Bambalan expressed her appreciation to the DOLE and the DTI for always supporting the DENR’s greening efforts in the region.
 
“This partnership supports our concept of bamboo growing. Through this program of the DOLE, we will ensure the growth and survival of the bamboos we planted last September,” the regional environment chief said.
 
She added the importance of growing bamboo in mitigating the effects of climate change as it can sequester more carbon than any other types of trees and can aid in riverbank stabilization.
 
Aside from their assistance in the maintenance of bamboo sites in the region, DOLE Regional Director Gonzales has also committed to deploy 50 Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or TUPAD beneficiaries for cleaning and greening the Regional Government Center in support of the Solid Waste Management Program of the DENR.
 
The MOA signing was witnessed by DENR Assistant Regional Director Marcos Dacanay, DOLE Assistant Regional Director Jesus Elpidio Atal Jr. and other officials and personnel of the three agencies. #