MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN – Some 155 workers in the informal sector got P310,000 worth of Kabuhayan projects as part of the month-long Labor Day celebration for the informal sector on 14 June 2022 at Villa Paraiso Resort and Apartelle, this municipality.
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X) Camiguin Provincial Field Office (Cam PFO) Chief Arlyn Z. Bael said the financial aid is thru the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP).
Two individual projects received P30,000 each worth of sari-sari store and fishing project enhancement on the said day thru direct administration.
Moreover, 153 Bonbon Sagay Upland Farmers Association (BSUFA) members with their ABACA Fiber Trading and Production Project amounting P250,000 of abaca seedlings and fiber also benefitted from the DOLE aid. The seedlings and fiber were officially turned-over on 16 June 2022, at Bonbon, Sagay, this province.
BSUFA Chairman Lolito A. Yamba said, “Sa tanan nagpaluyo aning hinabang, mapasalamaton kami uban sa akong mga miyembro na natagaan ug natabangan ang amoang proyekto hilabi na sa mga tagsa-tagsang ahensya sa gobyerno, salamat kayo sa inyong supporta kanamo. Sa DOLE-X, salamat kaayo sa dugang na capital sa among abaca project, dili gyud namo ni sayangan ug amoa pang palamboon kini”.
[Thank you so much to all the support to all the government agencies behind our project. Thank you to DOLE-X for the additional financial capital for our abaca project. We will not put to waste your aid and we hope to enhance this.]
Bael said the beneficiaries were also capacitated through learning sessions in sustaining their projects received. Resource speakers from Kahugpungan Sa Masilakong Mananagat (KASAMMA) and Bureau of Internal Revenue were invited.
Yamba said BSUFA was established on 18 March 2013 by virtue of DOLE Registration of Workers Associations (RWAs). They started a Consumer Store Project with the members’ capital shares. Various government agencies saw their potential and supported them thereafter.
“We then ventured into Abaca Production Project thru the fund assistance from Department of Agriculture worth P2.5M of equipment, building, seedlings and other materials, which started us to operate a plantation and production. We then became a primary supplier of Abaca in the entire province,” Yamba said.
With the dedication of the farmer-members and through the guidance of Mindanao Abaca Sustainability Initiatives (MASI) facilitator, another assistance was given to the association from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) worth of P990,000 on the purchase of additional equipment.
Bael was in full hopes for the sustainability of the project. “We are very grateful of the opportunity for DOLE to be a part of this project since it boosts the agricultural economic activity and generates income for the workers in the informal sector especially the Sagay abaca farmers,” she said.
In support during the turnover ceremony were Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Margarita R. Flores; MASI Facilitator James Semitara; ACP-KASAMMA President Fernando S. Ocaba and wife Teresita Ocaba; Sagay Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Reynardo N. Pabatao; Local Government Units through their PESOs; and PESO Camiguin Federation officers.
Bael was hopeful that fear will not get through the vulnerable workers even in the pandemic, when all come together as a community. The event was anchored on the theme, “Manggagawa sa Inpormal na Sektor, Matatag na Ugnayan Tungo sa Matatag na Pagbangon.”
DOLE-assisted livelihood program provides livelihood beneficiaries access to livelihood opportunities and protection thereby alleviating them from poverty and be constructive contributors to their communities and the entire province of Camiguin.
End/Jovelyn V. Perez/DOLE-X Camiguin PFO