SOME 30 more Bantay Gubat and Bantay Dagat personnel will be hired by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.
Community Environment and Natural Resources Office II head Charlie Fabre emphasized the need for more extension workers to help them in their campaign to combat climate change.
Twenty workers will be deployed as forest guards or Bantay Gubat and sea wardens or Bantay Dagat.
The remaining ten will be assigned in the information, education and communication campaigns to be carried out in the barangay and municipal levels.
Local residents will be given priority in the hiring.
Fabre said that Environment Secretary Lito Atienza is still waiting for funding from Malacañang before hiring additional workers.