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Manila earmarks funds for environment programmes.

Byline: Gilbert P. Felongco, Correspondent

Manila: The Philippines government plans to spend 2.5 billion pesos (Dh189 million) this year on programmes to promote environmental conservation while at the same time generating emergency employment, officials said.

National Anti-Poverty Commission secretary Domingo Panganiban said the government plans to take in some 114,000 unemployed individuals and turn them into "green collar" workers.

"As of August 14 this year, the government had already obligated around 86.2 million pesos for the two programmes, hiring some 65,377 poor folk in the process," Panganiban said.

He said the government plans to allocate around 1.5 billion pesos for the Upland Development Programme this year while another 1 billion pesos will be set aside for the implementation of the Bantay Kalikasan (Nature Watch) Programme. "Some of the country's poorest communities are located in upland districts or around the vicinity of our watersheds and forest areas, where jobs are often scarce and environmental degradation limits economic growth and the creation of livelihood opportunities."

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