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Upland farmers get a good start on New Year through DOLE livelihood

For someone who considers farming as life, having mechanical farm implements means greater productivity, ease and income. 

Sixty-four-year-old Juan Bacolod was exuberant as he narrated how he and the members of Tiagan Vegetable Growers Association would benefit from a P1,032,500 worth of livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I.  

On January 16, DOLE-Ilocos Sur Field Office Head Emmanuel Hagad led the turn-over of five hand tractors and five kuliglig to five farmers’ groups in San Emilio, Ilocos Sur as livelihood enhancement under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).  Mayor Ferdinand Banua, who committed P323,500 for 100 pieces of water hose, personally received the equipment in the presence of the beneficiary-associations. 

San Emilio is a fourth class upland municipality bounded by the Abra province and the City of Candon and municipalities of Quirino, Gregorio del Pilar and Lidlidda in Ilocos Sur. 

“Having dedicated myself in the farm for 49 years already, farming has been the lifeblood of my family.  We are deeply grateful to the DOLE for the opportunity to improve our economic conditions,” Bacolod said. 

The association president said the availability of more farm implements in the municipality will enable farmers to achieve greater efficiency and convenience from planting preparation to post-harvest activities.  The equipment rentals will also help beef up their income, he said. 


Regional Director Henry John Jalbuena, who is keen on transforming the DOLE-RO I into a “Model of Excellence in Public Service”, said the office will further fast track the provision of livelihood assistance to marginalized sectors starting this year onwards to boost entrepreneurial activities that will create more employment opportunities in communities.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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