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Uplifting the lives of unserved workers in far-flung town in Cam Sur

Garchitorena, Camarines Sur - Situated in the coastal and mountainous terrain of Caramoan Peninsula, Garchitorena, a 4th class municipality is considered as among the poorest town in the province of Camarines Sur, composed of 23 barangays with 29,436 people.

Transportation via bus ride takes around 5-6 hours from the nearest city which is Naga. However, with its geographic orientation, it may take longer hours to reach the far-flung areas through a motor boat.

Given the geographical disadvantage, challenges in economic and social services in the island are apparent. This includes, among others deficiencies in basic public utility services such as water and electricity.

The distance to better health facilities also has a great impact to the overall health status of the population. According to Garchitorena Mayor Leda S. San Luis, they have the highest rate of malnutrition and incidence of tuberculosis among the towns in the province.

This sheer inaccessibility deprives their people of basic needs such as social, education, health services, and gainful employment and sustainable livelihoods, calling for peculiar and innovative approaches to meeting these minimum basic needs.

DOLE’s Intervention

In keeping with Labor Secretary Bienvenido “Benny” E. Laguesma’s promise of a “more responsible and responsive institution that reaches out to needy workers, especially those in rural and far-urban areas, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol, led by Regional Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara – Campita personally visited the said town for a dialogue with Mayor San Luis and some workers’ associations.

According to Mayor San Luis, while the major economic activity of her constituents is fishing and agriculture, lack of income and productive resources to ensure sustainable livelihoods have been one of the top concerns of the people.

With the eagerness of the Local Government of Garchitorena, she tapped all the national government agencies to build fruitful partnerships in the implementation of all programs and services.

And as support to people suffering from these challenges, Campita introduced the programs and services of the Department to help the most vulnerable barangays (villages) and communities stand on their own feet and become more resilient.

She initially committed to provide livelihood assistance on dressmaking and meat processing projects to two (2) groups of workers and bring emergency employment or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) to 200 informal workers.

Nais po naming ipadama sa ating mga manggagawa lalo na sa yung mga nasa  impormal na sektor at higit na nangangailangan, na sa panahon ng kagipitan at mga suliranin sa trabaho o kabuhayan, palaging andito po ang presensya ng DOLE upang tumulong at magbigay ng inspirasyon sa karamihan,” Campita expressed.

One with government’s agenda of poverty reduction and inclusive development, the DOLE implements the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP).

The program seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce the vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers either through emergency employment, and promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises.

/ISO PR Code:2022_gud_Oct_20_ Uplifting the lives of unserved workers in far-flung town in Cam Sur


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