Cebu City – After her installation, the new Regional Director of the Department of Labor and Employment, Atty. Ma. Gloria A. Tango, turn-over to a group of 30 urban poor settlers in Quijano, Compound, V. Rama, Cebu City, a project inspired by the GREEN OUR DOLE Program worth P150,000.00 entitled “Trash to Cash “.
Using the six (8) sewing machines, two (2) of which are high-speed, ‘ritazo’ or cloth remnants from the garments factory in Mactan Export Zone in Lapulapu City, the WOMEN OF QUIJANO CALAMBA CEBU, INC., intends to transform these waste or trash from garments factories into cash by making a rag out of it and selling it at P0.75 each.
Director Tango inspired the women and partner accredited co-partner, Lihuk Panaghiusa, Inc., that their project is two-fold, namely: saves the environment by recycling excess materials or trash from manufacturing companies and generating employment opportunities to the members of the informal sector for them to improve the quality of life.
She emphasized in her message that women are partners of development and must continue to explore opportunities that helps them generate income; inspire other women of the community. Being thankful for the crucial social preparation role and providing the production area, Director Tango acknowledged Lihuk Panaghiusa, Inc. as a viable and important partner that gives hope and support to the group.
Through its President Bernadette Vallejos, the beneficiaries committed to take care and improve their productivity for them to meet the demand of their market in Iligan City and Cebu City. She revealed that their rags are sold in two (2) major outlets in Iligan and Cebu City in bulk that requires them to increase production, improve the management of their operation and supply management.
Ms. Vallejos also thanked the support of the Cebu City Social Welfare Department that relentlessly pursued the organization and capability building trainings for them, which was represented by Ms. Margie Donayre.
After the short turn-over ceremony, Director Tango, together with Mr. Seymoun T. Hamoy and Dolorosa P. Jumawan, both Senior Labor and Employment Officers of the Tri-City Field Office, inspected the project equipment such as sewing machines and paraphernalia, materials and production area.
They expect to ship their first bulk order by the end of February 2012. They now continue to look for local markets / buyers as well as alternative suppliers of raw materials for their product. Another plan they revealed to the officials and staff of the Department of Labor and Employment is the on-going screening and training of unemployed women in the area.
The project is part of the DOLE Kabuhayan Program or the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program that seeks to promote income generating projects that are marketable and employment generators in order to improve the lives of the workers in the informal economy. (E.O.VITO with additional reporting from SEYMOUN HAMOY and DOLOROSA JUMAWAN)