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Tricycle drivers in Barangay, Buhisan, Cebu City now into Piso Net and Selling business

 

Cebu City, Philippines. A group of tri-cycle drivers in Buhisan, Cebu City just don’t ferry passengers in their tricycles for a living anymore. They also, this time, are into internet and selling business.

Mr. Abraham Encio, president of the Barangay Buhisan United Tricycle Drivers Association, Inc., said that they became entrepreneurial, while working as tricycle drivers at the same time, because of the livelihood assistance that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) extended to their group.

Ang ubang mga asosasyon maka-kita gyud nga dunay gibuhat ang gobyerno alang kanamo nga mga kabus lang. Mapasalamoton mi nga sa gobyern labi na sa Department of Labor and Employment sa pagsalig kanamo ug sa among katakus sa pagnesyo,” said Encio during the turn-over of livelihood assistance held at their barangay sport complex in Buhisan last week.

The Barangay Buhisan United Tricycle Drivers Association, Inc. received tools, jigs, and equipment worth almost Php500,000 under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), which DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton personally turned-over to the group, together with Chief Emmanuel Y. Ferrer of the Tri-City Field Office (TCFO) recently.

Said materials will be used for their Piso Net and Motorcycle Parts and Lubricants Business.

The assistance that the group received, according to Director Siaton, was in the form of Kabuhayan Enhancement since they already got livelihood assistance from the DOLE three years ago.

“This project is an enhancement of the existing livelihood undertaking of the tricycle drivers which will enable their livelihood to grow into a viable and sustainable business,” explained Director Siaton.

She added that the purpose of the enhancement is to help provide beneficiaries with income that is at least at par with those earning the minimum wage. The Director clarified though that only beneficiaries who have demonstrated genuine care for their livelihood projects by making them lasting, could be provided with Kabuhayan Enhancement.

Barangay Buhisan was the first barangay in Cebu City being visited by Director Siaton. Barangay Captain Greman Barete acknowledged the help that the DOLE extended to the constituents in their barangay and said “Daghan kaayo ug grasya nga nadawat ang Barangay Buhisan gikan sa DOLE. Ug kini dili lang livelihood assistance kung dili lakip na ang provision alang sa TUPAD. Daghan kaayong salamat.”

TUPAD is one of the major components of DILEEP, which is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers for a minimum period of ten (10) days and a maximum of thirty (30) days depending on the nature of work to be performed.

To recall, the Barangay Buhisan United Tricycle Drivers Association, Inc. managed to expand their business after receiving livelihood assistance from the DOLE for the first time in 2016. For now, they already bought three (3) new tricycle units and all the driver-members get to receive their share of business’ gains every December of the year.

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza

 

For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, 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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2019-09-10
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