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CV’s 1st sustainable livelihood association formed

Cebu City, Philippines. The Department of Labor and Employment organized the first Sustainable Livelihood Association of rural workers in Central Visayas.

The Sustainable Livelihood Association of Negros Oriental (SULANO) is the first of the many to come as the Department takes bold steps in organizing and federating existing DOLE-registered and recognized associations and groups.

SULANO is composed of 20 workers’ associations that have formed part of the region’s Sustainable Livelihood Framework (SLF), a DOLE strategic approach towards the effective and efficient implementation of its Livelihood or Kabuhayan Program.

Among the members of SULANO are the following, namely: Tambulan Agrarian Reform Community Association; Bateria Livelihood Association; La Libertad Multi-Purpose Cooperative; Manseje Farmers Association, Inc.; CLA-Malamboon,; New Namangka Farmers Association; Luyang, Cluster Level Association; Lumad Nagkahiusang Association sa Barangay Jilocon; Community Ajong Multipurpose Cooperative; Calindagan Fishermen Association; Dauin Vegetable Growers Association; Bato Basak Farmers Association and Rural Improvement Club; Kampo Farm Association; Zamboanguita Small Coconut Farmers Cooperative; Casalaan Casaksakan Farmers Association; Tayawan Women Livelihood Association; Bayawan Dairy Farmers Cooperative; Kalumboyan Rural Improvement Club; and Bolbog Small Farmers Beneficiaries Association.

DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, who administered the online oath taking ceremony of the newly elected set of officers, underscored the purpose and importance of organizing sustainable associations and other groups for the DOLE to easily connect and assist them with their needs.

Encouraging the SULANO officers and members to start planning for the next 5 months and for the succeeding years, Director Siaton said, “This organization should live and should come up with realistic and doable plans by way of sharing each other’s experiences and best practices. To the leaders, you should be able to establish a clear direction for the group. Identify where you are going and how you will be able to get there.” She urged the group come up with their vision, mission, goals and objectives.

The SULANO will be part of the many other federations and organizations to be created in Region-7. Putting emphasis on how fast communication would be able to reach to intended groups and associations when federated or organized, Director Siaton said she would also encourage the same with the rest of the groups that have been recognized by DOLE such as the contractors and sub-contractors registered by the Department under D.O. 174 and the like.

“Although member associations and groups are independently going about their separate undertakings, however, as one, they could also work together to be able to achieve bigger and better results,” added the Regional Head.

To date, the Region also has an existing federation of Family Welfare Committees of establishments coming from different industries, which is the Central Visayas Family Welfare Federation.


End//LSenarlo-Taniza with reporting from NOFO


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



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