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Child Labor parent-beneficiary receives rice trading business

OROQUIETA CITY, MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, NOVEMBER 27, 2020 --- Maricor Gandamon, one of the 64 parent-beneficiaries, who received PhP 10,000.00 worth of rice trading project during a ceremonial turnover, as livelihood starter kit under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X) - Provincial Field Office (PFO) in Misamis Occidental (Mis. Occ.) on 28 October 2020 at Oroquieta City Gymnasium, this city. Total worth of livelihood projects cost PhP 640,000.00.


Gandamon gladly informed that in just three days from the turnover, she was able to immediately sell nine sacks of rice to her neighbors and plans to expand when her profit permits, “Nalipay ko nga naka-tuyok nako sa akong ginansiya. Paningkamotan nako nga mupadayon ni taman mulambo kay para magaan-gaan ang gastohon sa akong bana ug dili na pud mapugos ug trabaho akong anak.” (I am happy that I am now able to earn my profit within three days. I will make sure to continue this until it will prosper to lessen the expenses of my husband and that my son will not be forced to work.)


32-year old Gandamon is nine months pregnant of her 7th child, consented her eldest 12-year old son to work in the “coprasan” and “bagulan” (charcoal) warehouse every weekend at a nearby barangay from eight o’clock in the morning until six in the evening. She said her son was influenced by his friends to work when he saw them earn PhP 50.00- PhP 80.00 a day. He used his earnings to buy his school projects and allowance for his parents cannot afford his school expenses.




Being pregnant at an early age and had experienced the difficulties in life, she disclosed how she dreamt to finish college and have a sustainable job, but life gave her a different path in which she has to strive hard especially for her children whom she only wished to have better lives.   


In a lighter note, Gandamon gave her commitment to guide her son to be more focused in his studies instead of working. Her positive attitude and eagerness towards success lead her to be more optimistic in her rice trading business, “Sauna ra gyud ko nangandoy nga nay gamay nga tindahan, kung naa nay sobra akong ginansiya, ga-plano ko padak-on ug dugangan akong paninda nga mga kinahanglanon sa pang-adlaw-adlaw, samot na nga nagpuyo mi layo sa sentro. Para ni sa akong mga anak ug dili ni matinuod kung dili tunogd sa DOLE. Dako kaayo ug tabang sa inyong programa para sa mga kabus.” (I wished to have a small store since then. If there is extra on my profit now, I am planning to expand and add more goods that are necessary for everyday living, more so that we are located far from the city proper. This [purpose] is for my children and was made all possible because of DOLE. Your program has helped a lot especially the poor.)


DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO Chief Leonardo G. Rodrigo facilitated the ceremonial turnover and was graced by Oroquieta City Mayor Lemuel Meyrick M. Acosta. Rodrigo emphasized the importance of education and encouraged the parents to let their children finish school because according to him, poverty is never a hindrance towards success. Also present was the Accredited-Co-Partner (ACP) of the project, Paglaum Multipurpose Cooperative headed by the General Manager, Gadwin Handumon who shared his initial steps and trials in order to attain his own business.


Despite the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, Rodrigo commits to extend assistance to the public with observance to the safety and preventive protocol to help control the pandemic.


DILEEP contributes to poverty reduction and reduces the vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers in the informal sector, either through emergency employment, and promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises.


End/Lorraine M. Roa/DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO




The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X) through its Provincial Field Office (PFO) in

Misamis Occidental (Mis. Occ.) releases PhP 640,000.00 livelihood finanancial under the DOLE

Integrated Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) to 64 parents of child laborers with

PhP 10,000.00 each worth of livelihood starter kits on 28 October 2020 at Oroquieta City Gymnasium.

(Photo Source: DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO)


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