Eighteen projects in various towns and cities in Western Visayas received a total funding of P3.75 million from the Department of Labor and Employment 6 under the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Programs.
The 15 projects are being implemented under the Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers or TUPAD. The 10 projects were already funded, while the five others are awaiting funding.
The projects are providing emergency employment for about 750 displaced workers, the unemployed, and out-of-school youth, and their families.
Rice husk stove, egg
incubator at OPA booth
A gas-fueled cooking stove powered by rice husks and an egg incubator were among the attractions at the ‘Organik Na Negros’ booth at the Panaad sa Negros Festival in Bacolod City, the Farmers Information and Technology Service and the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist of Negros Occidental said in a press release.
The top-lit, updraft and biomass stove could be used by at home to reduce fuel cost amid the country’s economic and energy crunch, and heavy dependence on foreign oil.
Rice husks, usually free and available from farms and areas surrounding rice mills could be recycled as fuel with little impact on the environment.
DA drawing up plan
to lure investors
The Philippine government wants to lure private investments into the agriculture sector by drafting a master plan, showing that farming is a highly profitable-enterprise, the Department of Agriculture said.
Perks for investors include government backing – from production to marketing.
Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said the only way for the sector to reach its full potentials as a primary engine of growth is for the DA to be able to attract major private investments.