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Workers’ organization in OrMin wins Regional Best DOLE Livelihood-Assisted Project

Annually, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) MIMAROPA is searching for Best Livelihood Project of assisted organizations throughout the region that demonstrated not only sustainable economic growth and success but also provided significant impact to the development and progress of the community.

This year, Sitio Lagunglong Community Development Organization (SLCDO) of Brgy. Water, Baco, Oriental Mindoro was hailed as Best DOLE Livelihood-Assisted Project in the region, under the group category.  The awarding ceremony was held at the Municipal hall of Baco last 05 August 2020.

From humble beginnings, SLCDO was organized through the initiative of its president Jordan I. Fajardo on 05 February 2012 as micro-lending enterprise with few members until it sought the help of DOLE Oriental Mindoro for financial assistance for its banana chips production. SLCDO’s president Fajardo is grateful to his members, to the barangay officials, local government, DOLE and other national government agencies that helped them to become a successful organization.

“Pinasasalamatan ko po ang aking mga kasamahan na sa loob ng pitong taon ay hindi nagsasawa na ibigay ang kanilang sipag at tiyaga upang maitaguyod ang samahan kahit pa sa gitna ng mga unos. Salamat din po sa DOLE sa kanilang bigay na tulong sa SLCDO at iba pang mga ahensya ng gobyerno. Salamat din po sa patnubay ng aming mga barangay officials’ pati na din ang local na pamahalaan ng Baco,” (I would like to thank the members of the association for their untiring support on building our group in spite of struggles we encountered for seven years. Also, my deepest gratitude to DOLE as well as to other national agencies for the assistance given to SLCDO. Thank you also to our barangay officials and municipal officials for guiding our association) Fajardo said during the awarding.

DOLE MIMAROPA Region accredited SLCDO on 24 June 2015 and granted a livelihood assistance amounted to P822,894.00 under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Project (DILP) for their banana chips production. For almost five years of productive operation, SLCDO income increases as their banana chips products are being marketed to the nearby municipalities such as San Teodoro and Puerto Galera.

As an impact to the community, SLCDO was able to provide employment opportunities to their barangay constituents especially the indigenous people whose means of livelihood and income were derived from selling fruits, vegetables and other crops.  SLCDO at present comprises 700 members, and also a recipient of many awards from other national government agencies and organization.

Gracing the event, DOLE MIMAROPA OIC Regional Director Albert E. Gutib congratulated SLCDO for their accomplishments and personally handed the award, a check amounting to P50,000.00 and a plaque of recognition from DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.

“We want to see SLCDO to transform into a community enterprise, in order to have decent and productive employment to the members, fully equipped with social security protections,” Director Gutib said as he challenged them to become more successful and stronger organization.

Director Gutib also acknowledged the barangay officials and the municipality of Baco through Mayor Reynaldo A. Marco for their unending support to the programs, projects and activities of DOLE. Also present during the awarding, DOLE Oriental Mindoro Provincial Director Roderick F. Tamacay reminded the SLCDO officers to take good care of their members especially this time of pandemic just like a good father of a family.

This significant event truly realizes that if you have planted good things, you will also harvest good things. SLCDO will continuously find ways to create remarkable changes in their community as they believe that their micro efforts toward progress and development will soon contribute to the government’s campaign to combat poverty in the countryside.

 

End/Ma. Lesly I. Romero 

 

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2020-08-11
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