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Hollow blocks production granted for displaced workers in Talisay

Talisay, Camarines Norte -- Access to employment opportunities and income augmentation have been hampered with the implementation of community quarantine and the imposition of travel restrictions due to the present pandemic. In effect, many of our informal workers have lost their jobs.

As a recovery program towards the restoration of lost livelihoods, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol funded the setting-up of self-employment activities in the amount of P483,175 to our twenty-five (25) displaced workers in Barangay San Nicolas, Talisay, Camarines Norte.

The funding assistance which was downloaded last October 2020 in the account of Barangay Council of San Nicolas was solely intended for the purchase of power tools, machines, jigs, supplies and materials for carpentry, masonry, sewing and hollow blocks making.

According to Punong Barangay Efren Ibita, he was thankful for the assistance from DOLE and committed to dutifully conduct regular project monitoring and observe timely submission of monitoring reports through DOLE Camarines Norte Provincial Office.

“Makakaasa po kayo na sa pangunguna ko po ay magsasagawa kami ng regular na pagbibisita sa aming mga benepisyaryo upang maipaalam namin ang kalagayan ng mga proyektong ito upang sa tamang panahon ay matugunan natin ang pangangailangan sa kanilang kabuhayan,” he said.

In his message, Provincial Head, Engr. Arturo P. Corbe said that being the first barangay to avail of the program in the municipality of Talisay, the hope to change the lives of the residents and become a productive member of the community is the primary goal of DOLE.

“We are hoping that you will be able to transform your livelihood into an enterprise that you may also provide employment to others,” he said.

Even if hollow blocks making is rarely a proposed business, it was found to be sustainable in the area as sand, its basic raw material, is abundant along the riverbanks within the barangay.

As shared by Punong Barangay Ibita during the awarding, he shall negotiate with the contractors that the supply of hollow blocks for all its construction projects shall be sourced from the beneficiaries.

If realized, the utilization of local-based resources will be optimized contributing to community development.

With our beneficiaries’ commitment to quality and value for work, we shall ensure a sustainable livelihood in no time.

For 55-year-old Eligardo Pardo who is a construction worker, he could not wait for another day to begin his new found livelihood.

“Sobra po akong nagpapasalamat sa panibagong oportunidad na hatid ng DOLE sa amin. Maliban sa aming regular na construction works, malaki po ang karagdagang kita na maihahatid nito sa aking pamilya. Katuwang ng aking mga anak kami ay magsisikap na makagawa ng magagandang klaseng hollow blocks na kailangan para sa mga construction projects na ang hatid ay asenso sa aming barangay.”

DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) is a flagship program of DOLE which seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers either through emergency employment, promotion of entrepreneurship, and community enterprises.


With a report from Renalyn Alano






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