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In Ilocos Norte, 642 marginalized farmers receive P1.7-M worth of farm equipment from DOLE-RO I

The Department of Labor and  Employment-Regional Office I provided 12  power tillers to 12 farmers’ associations in Batac City and Dingras, Ilocos Norte in line with its thrust of  enhancing the existing livelihood of marginalized workers in the countryside. 

The farm equipment worth P1,758,000 were turned over to the beneficiaries, through the DOLE-Ilocos Norte Field Office, on January 30 in separate awarding ceremonies held at the respective civic centers of the mentioned local government units. 

Citing the report from the DOLE-INFO, Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said the machines will improve the farming efficiency of the recipients, thus help increase their production. Higher production will result in greater income, which is one of the goals of the DOLE livelihood program, he told.  

“Also, the beneficiaries can now save more money because they already own the machines.  Unlike before, where they had to pay high equipment rentals,” Director Lacambra said. 

Batac City is one of Ilocos Norte’s top producers of tobacco, garlic and other high-value crops, while Dingras is touted as the rice granary of the province.  

 

Jonel Cuanang, president of one of the beneficiary-associations, thanked the DOLE-RO I during the awarding ceremony in Batac City, saying that with the power tiller, they can maximize the returns from their farming activities. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez, with report from Leonavella Dadiz-Duldulao, DOLE-INFO

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2018-02-08
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