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DOLE Clinic rolls out in Antique’s farthest municipality

A beautiful hidden paradise in the Province of Antique, Caluya is blessed with pristine cool waters, blissful blue skies and long-stretched untainted seashores covered by sugary white color sand comparable to or beyond that of Boracay Island. Only a few would dare to travel in this island because of its inaccessibility which can only be reached through a three-hour ferry ride from the mainland of Libertad that take off only at night time due to sea condition.

Caluya, an island municipality which has a total land area of 132.13 square kilometers, is composed of 18 barangays, six of which are island barangays wherein majority of the residents are mostly seaweeds farmers.

In its desire to bring the government’s employment programs and services closer to the people in the grassroots, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 6 recently rolled out the DOLE Clinic in this island, the farthest municipality of Antique Province. 

The DOLE Clinic was held in the municipal hall of Caluya attended by 150 local folks, specifically barangay officials as well as officers of various organizations and rural workers associations on the island.   

The various DOLE programs and services were presented to the participants.

The DOLE Antique Field Office head, Ms. Lorraine S. Villegas, led the interaction with the Caluyanhons, entertained all their queries, attended to their concerns, and facilitated the provision of possible assistance.

The Clinic was also brought to one of Caluya’s island barangays, Barangay Sibato, a six-minute boat ride from Caluya and a recipient of DOLE’s livelihood program in 2014 for its Seaweeds Farming amounting to P999,998.00, benefiting 100 seaweeds farmers.

Ninety-five local folks expressed their appreciation for the visit and the opportunity to mingle with DOLE employees, and for the learnings on the DOLE’s programs and services.

DOLE Antique Field Office Head Ms. Lorraine S. Villegas and staff brave the rough sea just to bring the DOLE Clinic to the people of Caluya, the farthest island municipality in the Province of Antique. The local officials appreciated the efforts of the DOLE personnel for bringing the agency’s employment programs and services closer to the people of that island.



Villegas, along with her staff, also visited three other barangays and interacted with the local officials who signified their intentions to avail of DOLE’s Tulong Pangkabuhayan Para sa Ating Disadvantaged (TUPAD) workers to enhance their existing livelihood projects on banana and seaweeds processing. 

DOLE Clinic is a mechanism to bring the DOLE closer to the community by providing pre-employment facilitation, labor standards enforcement, dispute resolution, and livelihood assistance. 

Dir. Caňete
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