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Marginalized workers in Antique receive livelihood assistance from DOLE

Barangay Sinundolan is one of the 45 barangays in the mountainous municipality of San Remigio, Antique.  It was one of the hardest hit barangays when Super Typhoon Yolanda struck the Island of Panay in 2008.

                                     

Sinundolan has a total land area of 4,145 hectares with population of 2,019 and around 419 households.  Despite its hilly location, water supply is abundant which comes from a natural spring flowing freely in every household.  Like its neighboring barangays, it has arable soil conducive and favorable for farming and with wide green grazing lands advantageous for raising animals. 

 

Most of its residents comprised of small animal growers, landless and seasonal farm workers, and rice, fruits and vegetable farmers have insufficient income to provide for the basic needs of their families. They also have no access for funding assistance to put-up, sustain and restore their livelihood undertakings.

 

As part of its vigorous effort to provide livelihood assistance to the marginalized sector, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 6 recently turned over various items to the 98 beneficiaries of the different livelihood projects worth Nine Hundred Eighty Thousand Pesos (P980,000.00). 

The beneficiaries are parents of child- laborers, fruits and vegetable vendors, livestock growers, and farm laborers whose average monthly income ranges from P1,000 to P2,000.

 

Twenty-nine of them opted for swine fattening, four are into ginger production, seven into native chicken-raising, 29 others into cattle raising, three opted for rice trading, 25 into banana production, three for food vending and one into vegetable production.

 

While receiving the various items for their livelihood projects during the turnover ceremony, the beneficiaries were teary-eyed in gratitude and excitement. For them it is a great opportunity to receive such assistance, to make it grow and increase so as to lift their economic status.  

 

Cheryen Tandayag, one of the 29 beneficiaries for Swine Fattening Project who was carrying her piglet during the picture taking, shared her hopes that someday they will be suppliers of swine not just in San Remigio but in its neighboring municipalities.

 

Enrily Solomon, another beneficiary who proudly paraded his cattle during the turnover ceremony, expressed his appreciation to DOLE and encouraged his fellow beneficiaries of Cattle Raising Project to take care of their animals and let it grow in number after a year or two.

 

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan member of the Province of Antique, Jessielito Pio Sumande, present during the turnover ceremony challenged the beneficiaries to break free and resign from poverty, to send their children to school to get proper education, and to dream big. 

 

He said that he hoped to see the beneficiaries, five to ten years from now, riding in a car instead of a cow or a carabao by making use of these opportunities and by taking care of the livelihood projects entrusted and given to them by the government no matter how small it is.

 

DOLE-Antique Field Office Head Lorraine S. Villegas expressed her optimism that the projects will have a more meaningful impact to the beneficiaries and serve its very purpose which is to promote inclusive growth among Filipinos particularly the working poor in the countryside.

 

 

She also hoped to hear from them one or more success stories pertaining to their livelihood undertaking next year.

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2017-06-17
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