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DOLE-X honors almost 3k Bukidnon workers on 117th Labor Day


MALAYBALAY, BUKIDNON, 21 May --- To honor the contribution of the working men and women in the province, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X) - Bukidnon Provincial Field Office (BPFO), in coordination with the Bukidnon Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (BTIPC), held a civic parade and a gathering of the 2,953 workers of the labor, management, and government sectors to celebrate the 117th Labor Day on 1 May 2019, here.


DOLE-X BPFO Chief Raul L. Valmores said the events were meant to recognize the efforts of the local workers of the province. He read Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III’s message, “On this special day, we pay tribute and give honor to the Filipino workers. We do this in grateful recognition of their sacrifices and hard work that brought our nation to where it is now.” Bello stressed the immense contributions of Filipino workingmen across the country and around the world which resulted to the national growth that brought honor and pride to the nation.


As part of the tribute, Valmores also said DOLE-X released various livelihood grants worth PhP 7.4 Million to 1,054 displaced, disadvantaged and low-income workers. The assistance is under the DILEEP (DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program) in alleviating the lives of the poor.


Antonio E. Robledo, president of Market Vendors Association of Valencia (MVAVI) and Accredited Co-Partner said, “We are happy to receive such grants, and we are happier that we will be able to help other small workers associations in the implementation of their livelihood projects.” MVAVI received PhP 2,641,700.00 which benefited eight workers associations.


Robledo said Gawad Kalinga Bukidnon Workers Association, Inc.  (GKBWAI), one of the recipients of the DOLE grant amounting to PhP 500,000.00, has already applied for an enhancement project through additional printing equipment because of the bulk of orders and demand for more printing materials. This will allow the association to have more income and possibly hire additional manpower to handle the new equipment.


Robledo further said, “This [livelihood project] will potentially add to the income of the workers, as long as the associations will manage the livelihood projects properly.”


Likewise, Governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr. proudly announced to all the attendees that Bukidnon Province is no longer included in the top 10 list of poorest provinces in the Philippines. “Bukidnon’s poverty incidence decreased by 22% from 54.1% in 2015 to 32.1% in the year 2018. This means the province is now in the top 19 position from being in the top 5 as to poorest among the 81 provinces nationwide. Zubiri acknowledged the feat through the contributions of the local government workers, national government agencies, especially DOLE in improving the income and poor conditions of his constituents.  


Zubiri challenged everyone to continue looking and working forward in one goal. “I envision that the poverty incidence in the province will decrease from 15% to 10%. We can do this if we are united. So, I encouraged everyone to put more efforts against hunger and poverty. Let us support each and everyone, so no one would be left behind.”


The Department, in partnership with its stakeholders and local government units committed to continue the feat and one in bringing all Filipino workers towards inclusive growth.


End/Reyna L. Tagailo, Sr. LEO and Mark Anthony J. Combong, LEO II/DOLE-X/Bukidnon Provincial Field Office


Tripartite groups and participants of the Civic Parade enter the Kaamulan Folk Arts Theater during the 117th Labor Day on 1 May 2019, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. (Photo source: DOLE-X BPFO)


Governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri (2nd from right) receives the certification of recognition after delivering his Labor Day message from DOLE-X BPFO Chief Raul L. Valmores, (3rd from right) with the Board of Directors of the Bukidnon Tripartite Industrial Peace Council during the 117th Labor Day on 1 May 2019, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. (Photo source: DOLE-X BPFO)


DOLE-X BPFO Chief Raul L. Valmores (2nd from right) turns-over the ceremonial check worth PhP 7.4 Million to identified Accredited Co-Partners and informal sector beneficiaries during the 117th Labor Day on 1 May 2019 at the Kaamulan Folk Arts Theater, Malaybalay City. (Photo source: DOLE-X BPFO)


Davao Agricultural Ventures Corporation (DAVCO) Labor Union wins the biggest delegation award with 64 delegates and the longest staying group during the 117th Labor Day on 1 May 2019 at the Kaamulan Folk Arts Theater, Malaybalay City. (Photo source: DOLE-X BPFO)




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