Bagac town is known for its delicious cashew products, now being sold outside the province and in Metro Manila.
Earlier, the Bagac cashew growers asked Gov. Garcia for funding assistance, prompting him to immediately ask the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), through Vice governor Bondyong Pascual to authorize him to enter into an agreement with DOLE and grant 20 percent equity. The SP immediately approved Garcia’s request. With the approval of said request, Bagac cashew growers’ seed capital will be given 15 days after a Notice of Proceed issued by DOLE.
Meanwhile, around 7,000 indigents in the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales who were displaced by tropical disturbances and torrential rains last year are bound to benefit in the Tulong Alalay para sa mga Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) program of DOLE.
“TUPAD is an emergency employment undertaking of our agency wherein the head or member of an affected family will perform community works for 10 days, earning P336 per day,” DOLE Regional Director Raymundo Agravante said. The community works they will work on include sandbagging, dredging, street cleaning, and estero cleaning and de-clogging.
“DOLE has allotted P32.4 million for this which covers salaries and provision of personal protective equipment and insurance to the beneficiaries. Partner local government units, on the other hand, would be providing hand tools and equipment. They are also tasked to monitor their performance,” Agravante added.