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Underemployed workers rehab farm-to-market road

Negros Oriental, Philippines.  Underemployed workers, who benefited the DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) just rehabilitated a 2.5-kilometer long farm-to-market road in the outskirts of Barangay Candabong, Majuyod, Negros Oriental.

The rehabilitation of said road achieved two (2) objectives, according to Negros Oriental Field Office (DOLE-NOFO) head, Ms. Martites G. Mercado, since the project did not only provide emergency employment among thirty (30) identified beneficiaries but also made the once impenetrable road now passable.

The DOLE shelled out more than Three Hundred Thousand Pesos for the wages and personal protective equipment (PPE) of said TUPAD beneficiaries, who rehabilitated said road for thirty (30) days.

The Department, added Mercado, likewise enrolled the beneficiaries under a group micro-insurance for one year.

What used to be a never ending dilemma of some 200 households residing in the said mountainous barangay was now a thing of the past. During the inauguration held last month, farmers recalled how they used to lift their harvest and endure the 14-kilometer distance before reaching Barangay Poblacion, where they sell their farm produce.

“We always endure transportation issues especially during rainy days in hauling our harvest from the farms up to the drop off point in Upper Candabong because the haba-habal (motorcycles for hire) could not reach the harvest sites,” he said.

Most often, he added, farmers had to carry heavy loads of harvest themselves and walk, which most of the time, damaged the crops. But with the rehabilitation of their road, he said further, they do not have to walk anymore or rely on other laborers in hauling their harvest, which most of the time adversely affected their income.

“Salamat sa DOLE sa gihatag nga higayon nga nakatrabaho mi ug 30 ka adlaw. Dako ang among kalipay nga nakatagamtam mi tarong nga dalan. Tungod niini dili na kami maglisod ug pagdala sa taas sa among mga utanon tungod kay makaagi na ang habal-habal nga us aka dakong alibyo kanamong tanan mga mag-uuma ug resident,” Abrasado happily said.

Apart from the good news that the project gave to the farmers, the residents of adjacent sitios especially those in Habayhabay and Dalagitan would also benefit from it since motorcycles could now easily traverse the newly rehabilitated road.

Negros Oriental 1st District Representative, Hon. Jocelyn Limkaichong thanked the DOLE for its programs and services especially those that benefit the marginalized sector. She also commended the community for working together in projects that benefit the majority of the residents.

The newly rehabilitated road is also seen as a potential come on for tourists, who want to explore and visit a waterfall and the Amomas River that are only about 2 kilometers away from the main road.

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza with reporting from BMDePadua of NOFO

For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel Senarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com

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2018-12-17
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