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Farmers, Vendors in Bohol Receive Php2.7M Worth of Livelihood Assistance from DOLE-7

Bohol, Philippines – More than 200 farmers and vendors in Bohol are now proud owners of farm implements and other equipment worth Php2.7 million for their livelihood projects, thanks to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7).

The beneficiaries are members of seven workers’ associations in San Miguel, Bohol, which is the accredited co-partner of DOLE-7 in implementing the projects.

The farm implements and other equipment were handed over to the beneficiaries by the DOLE Bohol Field Office (BFO) and the LGU-San Miguel last Wednesday, January 31, 2024.

The Corazon Women’s Association, which will engage in restaurant and catering services, received jigs and materials worth Php337,488. The Bugang Farmers Association, the San Jose Women’s Association, the Kagawasan Farmers Association, and the Cam-ba-san Irrigators’ Association, which will offer farm implements rental services, received materials and equipment worth Php249,400, Php146,120, Php243,288, and Php999,696, respectively.

The Hagbuyo Women’s Association, which will venture into egg production, received Php249,928 worth of jigs and equipment. The Bugang Women’s Association, which will undertake swine fattening, received Php498,482 worth of materials and equipment.

According to DOLE-BFO Chief Maria Eloida E. Cantona, the remaining jigs and equipment for the egg production and swine fattening projects will be delivered to the beneficiaries within the week.

Chief Cantona, who represented DOLE-7 Regional Director Lilia A. Estillore, personally handed over the farm implements and other equipment to the beneficiaries in San Miguel last Wednesday.

San Miguel Mayor Ian Mendez, Acting Municipal Agriculturist Felix Lucip, PESO Manager Yevgeny Lanoy, Agricultural Technologist Ananias Nuez, and Agricultural Technologist Artemia Y. Hamo also attended the event.

Aside from the financial assistance, DOLE-7 also provided the beneficiaries with a group personal accident insurance for one year through the GSIS.

Chief Cantona expressed her hope that the beneficiaries will take good care of the farm implements and other equipment they received from DOLE-7. She also said that the LGU-San Miguel, as a partner, will help DOLE-7 monitor the progress and implementation of the projects.

For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Information Officer, by sending an email at [email protected].