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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

DOLE, TIPC lead labor day celebration in Pagadian City

By Claro A. Lanipa

PAGADIAN CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Zamboanga del Sur Field Office in coordination with the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC) spearheaded the observance of Labor Day last Friday, May 1, at the city’s covered court here.

To highlight the celebration, over P800 thousand DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) livelihood funds and more than P700 thousand worth of kabuhayan starter kits were turned- over by DOLE-Zamboanga del Sur field Office officer-in-charge Camilo Encilla Jr. to four people’s organization in the province  and 63 parents of child labor workers in this city.

In his welcome remarks, TIPC vice chairman Levi Cabatcha said “it is in this celebration that we give honor to our workers either white-collar job, professionals, skilled workers and all other types of laborers to include the kasambahay (household help) workers.”

“We consider them the living heroes, for they are the backbone of our society in the upliftment of our socio-economic development and progress,” Cabatcha emphasized.

“In other words, they are our partners in economic growth and stability in order to become globally competitive in terms of manpower and production in the near future,” he added.

Meanwhile, TIPC chairman Mayor Romeo Pulmones said in his message as read by Public Employment Service Officer (PESO) Manager Virginia Almerol that “with the prevailing economic uncertainties, his administration is finding ways and strategies with regards to providing employment and livelihood for our constituents.”

“Employment and livelihood opportunities for the city’s unemployed sector is one of the top priorities of this administration since I assumed office in 2013,” Pulmones stressed.

“We want jobs wherein workers can grow as persons and develop positive attitudes and habits in the context of this year’s theme - Disenteng Trabaho at kabuhayan Alay Natin sa Bayan,” the mayor said.

On the other hand, 17 other parents/fishermen of child workers in barangay Dumagoc here were also given one pumpboat  worth P10 thousand each. Other recipients were given complete sets of kitchen utensils and carpentry tools for them to start their own livelihood.