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In Quirino, Ilocos Sur, Workers in Conflict-Affected Barangays Get DOLE Aid
Low-income self-employed workers in far-flung upland barangays in the town of Quirino, Ilocos Sur have been granted with livelihood assistance by the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 1 on September 4, 2021. 
 
Worker associations in Brgys. Patiacan and Malideg were beneficiaries to the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), which aimed to augment the income of the workers through group livelihood undertaking.
 
DOLE RO1 Regional Director Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos and Ilocos Sur Field Office Chief Mary Antonette Avila led the awarding of the livelihood kits to the beneficiaries, along with the officers from the Philippine Army 702nd Infantry Brigade led by its Commander, BGEN Krishnamurti Mortela.
 
“The DOLE deeply understands the predicaments of our workers situated in far-flung and often conflict-affected communities in the region. They usually face disadvantageous situations that limit them in achieving optimal economic and social developments,” RD Ramos said. 
 
She underscored how DOLE Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” H. Bello III has been trailblazing the delivery of DOLE services to the remote communities. “Ito ang serbisyong DOLE na pinalakas, at nais pang palakasin, ng ating butihin kalihim. Nais niyang mas iabot ang tulong ng DOLE sa mga pinakamalalayong lugar at barangay,” RD Ramos remarked. 
 
Patiacan Agribusiness Association, with its 58 members, shall engage into the wholesale-retail of agricultural inputs, such as fertilizers, seeds, insecticides and pesticides. DOLE RO1 gave the group 722 different types of farm inputs amounting to P700,002. The project’s market will be the association members’ themselves, and other village residents who are primarily producers of rice, corn and other high value crops. 
 
Malideg People’s Association, meanwhile, received P500,000-worth of grocery products for its startup Community Mini Grocery.  The 48 members will man the shop, which will be open Monday to Saturday, 6am-6pm.  The project is seen to benefit not only the association, but also the residents of the barangay and its vicinities, as it now brings these basic necessities closer to their homes. 
 
The projects are a result of the collaborative undertaking of DOLE RO1, the 702nd Infantry Brigade, and 69th Infantry (Cougar) Battalion, of Cervantes, Ilocos Sur, in an aim to provide relief to disadvantaged workers as part of the nation’s agenda to End Local Communist Armed Conflict. END/Justin Paul Marbella.
 
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2021-09-06
RD Evelyn R. Ramos
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