The Provincial Environment Management Office said the workers’ associations earned P753,828 in the recent People’s Organizations Product Selling event, at the Capitol in Bacolod City, from June 18-30.
The trade, that was part of the activities for the Provincial Environment Month celebration, was participated in by 20 associations of workers from all over Negros, who sold produce and handcrafted accessories.
Luisa Tutor, Upland Ecosystem Management coordinator and senior environment management specialist of PEMO, said the workers and the event really materialized PEMO’s vision, which includes three main elements: healthy environment, sustainable economic growth, and empowered communities.
“We really see that they were empowered in this event. (We invited them but) they were really the ones who took the initiative and facilitated their activity. There was very little intervention from the province,” she added.
PEMO Wilfred Peñalosa had earlier said the independence and freedom given to the workers teach them to know their value and how they can use it.
“Economic growth isn’t just when you cut down a tree and use the wood to gain money,” Peñalosa said. “It’s when the workers know the value of the trees or resources they use, protect them, and make it a sustainable process that protects the community and their profit as much as the environment.”
Other than the profit, Tutor said the sellers also gained awareness for their businesses and formed bonds and partnerships.*SCL
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