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DOLE FreeBis On A Roll In Narvacan, Ilocos Sur
Bicycles that aid marginalized workers in their micro-enterprises are now on a roll in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, thanks to the FreeBis Project of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
 
A total of 250 free bikes were distributed to low-income workers in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur by DOLE Regional Office 1 (DOLE RO1) led by Regional Director Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos on October 1, 2021.  
 
Narvacan municipal officials led by Mayor Luis “Chavit” C. Singson and Vice Mayor Atty. Pablito V. Sanidad Sr. witnessed to distribution of the items. 
 
Each beneficiary received accessories namely helmet insulated bag, reflectorized vest, and raincoat, to ensure their protection as they do their business-on-wheels. They also each received mobile phones with P 5,000 load, as part of package of the project. 
 
Another batch of 250 bikes are to be procured by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Narvacan, to complete the P10 Million project cost awarded by the DOLE RO1. 
 
FreeBis is a special project under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) which seeks to help ease unemployment by providing livelihood opportunities to workers in the formal and informal sectors displaced by the Covid pandemic.
 
RD Ramos expressed excitement that the low-income workers in the town may now hope for enhanced business and increased income through the free bikes. “This is the dream of Labor Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” H. Bello III to all of you: for you to improve your lives and become the drivers of your own success,” RD Ramos remarked. 
 
Likewise, she appealed to the beneficiaries to become good stewards of the project. “May you take good care with these equipment given to you, so that they will be sustained and be helpful to you in the long run,” she said. END/Justin Paul Marbella with reports from DOLE-ISFO.  
 
 
 
 
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2021-10-04
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