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Bangsamoro environment ministry to tap MILF fighters as forest rangers

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The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)-Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy (MENRE) is planning to hire tree planters and 400 “palaw” or forest rangers in Maguindanao as part of its P300-million Integrated Bangsamoro Greening Program.

MENRE Minister Abdulraof Macacua said his office will tap some members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)-Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Force (BIAF) who were not yet decommissioned to be the forest rangers.

“Sila ang tunay na mga foresters kasi sila ang mga nakatira sa mga bundok bundok na yan, kaya sila ang pwede nating i-hire para mag gwardiya (sa ating mga kagubatan),” said Macacua during the Kapihan sa Bangsamoro held Tuesday, November 5, at his office inside the Bangsamoro Government Center in Cotabato City.

He said the rangers will be hired for only one year.

The official said his office will conduct capacity training for the tree planters and rangers starting next week.

MENRE is eyeing to plant trees in 6,600 hectares of land in Maguindanao alone, he said. #

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