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DOLE-X rice trading grant sustains child laborer family amid pandemic

OROQUIETA CITY, MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL --- 48-year-old Jocelyn Pulgeras, a parent of a child laborer, received 10 sacks of rice as a livelihood starter kit worth PhP 10,000.00 of the Department of Labor and Employment’s DOLE Integrated Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) released by the DOLE-X Misamis Occidental Provincial Field Office (Mis. Occ. PFO) on 13 November 2020, here, even during this challenging time of COVID-19 pandemic.


DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO Chief Leonardo G. Rodrigo said Mrs. Pulgeras has six children to raise and cannot afford all the expenses in their day-to-day living. Mr. Pulgeras stopped working as a laborer in a school construction in a nearby barangay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Pulgeras explained that after her husband lost his job, she had been working two-three jobs a day in order to meet their daily needs. She was a utility job order employee of the city in the morning, a part-time janitress in a nearby hospital in the afternoon and did an on-call laundry services.  However, these jobs were still not enough and was compelled to let her eldest 15-year-old son to stop school and apply for work to earn PhP 300.00/day.


“Dako ug tabang akong anak namo kay makadala pa siya ug isda apil sa iyang sweldo isip usa ka mananagat, pero ang problema lang gyud naka-undang na siya ug eskwela ug samot nga nalingaw na siya sa iyang gibuhat. Elementary pa siya gasugod-sugod na ug trabaho sa pangisda kay mu-kuyog-kuyog man siya sa iyang papa ug mga uyuan”, (My son has helped us because aside from his salary, he can bring fish for our meals but the problem is he has stopped school since he already enjoyed his work. He started working as a fisher folk in his elementary days when he accompanied his father and uncles.)


During the child labor profiling, DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO community facilitator identified the Pulgeras family as one of the priority beneficiaries to be given livelihood assistance. She was informed about DILEEP and eagerly applied rice trading business due to its high demand in their community. Also, it would be a promising endeavor since they are located a distance from the city market. According to her, there is already an assurance that this business will succeed because of the sure buyers of rice as a staple food.


Two months after the release of the sacks of rice, Pulgeras already made earnings and was able to roll in her capital and her profit as well. “Kaluoy sa Ginoo, maka-income ko ug PhP 1,000.00-2,000.00 a week sa akong pamaligya sa bugas, nakabalik na akong bana ug trabaho sugod aning tuiga, wala nako ga part-time sa hospital kay hadlok na matakdan sa COVID-19 virus, ni-undang na akong anak sa pangisda ug mubalik na siya pag-eskwela karon June puhon. Kabalo ko nga risgo pud kayo nga muadto sa lawod permi, mag-sige ko ug pangulba,” (Thank God, I am now earning an income of PhP 1,000.00-2,000.00 a week from the rice trading, my husband was able to return to work since the start of the year. I am not anymore work part-time in the hospital because of fear of COVID-19 contamination, my son stopped his work in fishing and will go back to school by June. I am afraid of the risks and always anxious every time he goes fishing at sea.)


Pulgeras emphasized how DOLE’s livelihood starter kits had changed their lives. She was very appreciative to the efforts of DOLE-X to totally eliminate child laborers and because of that, she committed to do her part to improve her rice business as her way of extending her gratitude to DOLE-X and to the personnel who extended their assistance to her.


Chief Rodrigo continuously extends assistance to the public despite of the onset of COVID-19 pandemic in observance to the safety and preventive protocol.


DILEEP particularly seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce vulnerability to risks of the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers. One of the priority groups of DILEEP are parents and guardians of child laborers. Helping them economically is seen as a viable tool to help minimize if not eradicate totally the prevalence of child labor not only in the province but in the country as a whole.


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 the amount of PhP 10,000.00 worth of livelihood starter kits

to the parent of child laborer under DOLE Integrated Livelihood Emergency Employment Program


(DILEEP) on 13 November 2020 at DOLE Mis. Occ. PFO. (Photo Source: DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO)


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