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Social And Economic Impact Of National Greening Program To Farmer Beneficiaries In Davao Occidental, Philippines

Volume 5 - Issue 6, June 2022 Edition
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Author(s)
Grace D. Buencillo, DBA
Keywords
degradation, economic impact, reforestation, social impact
Abstract
The degradation of forests is a worldwide phenomenon which have profound effect not only to the environment, but also other aspects like social and economic well-being of farmers. In the Philippines, the National Greening Program (NGP) has been implemented in 2011 and ended in 2016 but then expanded till 2018. This study was conducted to assess the social and economic impact of NGP to farmer-beneficiaries in Davao Occidental. Descriptive research design was employed and 979 farmer-beneficiaries were randomly selected and interviewed with the aid of a researcher made questionnaire. Results revealed that NGP have not significantly impacted the social well-being of the farmers, but rather on the economic well-being of the farmers as evident by the increased in income brought about by employment/job opportunities related to NGP activities and access to forest products and services. However, farmers noted evidence in the improvement of their social well-being in terms of cultural values and knowledge management. The implementation of NGP can be a way more successful if considerations on social impact to farmers will be integrated in the Program.
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