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DOLE Laguna Brings New Beginning for Drivers and Farmers in Magdalena

For DOLE Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena, livelihood formation assistance is only the beginning for workers in the informal sector to thrive in the midst of dire circumstances that he remarked:


“Sana makatulong sa inyo ang pondong ito lalo na sa panahon ngayon ng pandemy at sana rin ay mapalago ninyo ang proyekto dahil baka sakali mabigyan ulit kayo ng karagdagang tulong kung maganda ang takbo ng proyekto.”


This was the message of Dir. Jalbuena during the awarding of DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program assistance to two workers’ associations in the Municipality of Magadalena namely: Magdalena Transport Cooperative (MTC); and Maravilla-Alipit-Malinao Irrigators Association, Inc. (MAMIA) on 28 December 2020.


Basking in the glory of the moment, Mr. Paterno Sune, Jr., Chairperson of Magdalena Transport Cooperative welcomed the challenge saying:


Makakaasa po kayo na ito ay aming palalaguin at pagyayaymanin para sa kapakanan ng ming mga kasapi at kanilang pamilya. Nagpapasalamat din po kami sa inyong mga kawani na tumulong sa amin upang maging posible at matagumpay ang proyektong ito na tulong pangkabuhayan. Kami po ay taos-pusong nagpapasalamat sa tulong pangkabuhayan na aming natanggap mula sa inyong butihing tanggapan. Maraming salamat po”


The MTC is an association composed of jeepney drivers and other workers in the transport sector. Daily income of members was heavily affected by the pandemic due to social restrictions imposed for health and safety of commuters. Its project dubbed as Automotive Supply and Services Center is expected to provide additional income opportunities that would help alleviate economic hardships during these times. With 174 members from the transport sector, the group received a total grant amounting to Php1,200,000.00 to finance the project.


Meanwhile, the MAMIA represented by its President Mr. Alejo Ciriaco, another recipient association, expressed its gratitude and declared its commitment to make the most of the livelihood grant commenting:


“Sa ngalan po ng samahan ng mga magsasaka ng mamiang bayan ng magdalena, laguna, lubos po kaming nagpapasalamat sa napakalaking halaga na inyong ipinagkatiwala at ito po ay gagamitin namin sa mabuting paraan.”


MAMIA is determined to keep its word with the Rice Milling and Land Preparation Services Hub. The group is comprised of farmers, some of whom are parents of children vulnerable to child labor. While most of the 81 farmers shall work on the rice mill and rice tilling operations, the 39 parents of child laborers shall focus on the bigasan component. Total grant amounted to Php1,250,000.00 enough to run and sustain the project.


To monitor the progress of these projects, DOLE Laguna Provincial Director Guido R. Recio reminded the recipients that:
“Bibisitahin po namin ang inyong proyektong sa loob ng 2-3 buwan upang masigurado ang progress ng inyong proyekto.”
These projects were formed with the technical assistance provided by Mr. Raymond R. Ramos. He will also look after these associations for updates on its growth. This way, they can avail of additional livelihood assistance for enhancement of the project.


With the show of commitment and gratitude at the beginning, these promising organizations are up for the challenge of seizing more opportunities in store for groups with successful projects.

By:
Rudyboy R. Sinay
Labor Information Officer
DOLE Laguna Provincial Office

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2021-01-14
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