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PESO joins Tacurong schools in career guidance week kickoff

The Local Government Unit of Tacurong City, through its Public Employment Service Office, joined various schools in the city in the kickoff of Career Guidance Week through conduct of lectures on labor market trends.

The week-long activity came on the heels of a division memorandum invoking DepEd Order No. 25, series of 2013 which mandates all secondary schools to hold Career Guidance Week every last week of July. On the morning of July 25, Allan Freno, PESO Manager of LGU Tacurong, had a talk in front of more than 500 senior high school students of Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology. His topic covered labor market situationer that included presentation of data on labor force, employment, and underemployment.

He also made a lengthy discussion about key employment generators in various industries including the in-demand and hard-to-fill occupations using the DOLE Jobs Fit 2022 as reference. After his talk at SMIT, Freno proceeded to Tacurong National High School in the afternoon for another round of lecture to more than 800 Grade 10 and Grade 12 students. (LGU Information)

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Balik Hanapbuhay for returning OFWs

Mr. Lloyd Ala, a resident of Tacurong City and a former OFW in Oman, received livelihood assistance worth P10, 000.00 from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) 12 intended for a rice retailing business. The livelihood assistance is a project of OWWA under the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH), which seeks to assist returning OFWs in their reintegration. OWWA 12’s BPBH and Insurance Program Manager Kristine Sison and OWWA 12 Family Welfare Officer for Sultan Kudarat Celine Travilla turned over the claim voucher to Mr. Ala on February 11 at the city hall. The LGU’s Public OFW Desk Officer Allan Freno witnessed the simple turnover rite.

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Feature Story: Padyak ng Pagsisikap

Sa biglaang pagpanaw ng kanyang mister noong taong 2009, hindi nagdalawang-isip si Nanay Enrica Doctor na ipagpatuloy ang pagbabalut.

Hanggang ngayon, sa edad na 67, mag-isa nyang tinutulak ang karitong naglalaman ng panindang balut, mga kendi, at softdrinks mula sa kanilang bahay papunta sa highway.

Nagsimulang magtinda ng balut sa Tacurong si Nanay Enrica at ang kanyang asawa noong taong 2000. Sa puhunang P500, nagtinda ang mag-asawa ng kendi at balut gamit ang isang maliit na mesang may bubong na plastic. Magdamag ang kanilang pagtitinda na minsan ay umaabot hanggang alas-dos ng umaga.

Aktibo silang miyembro ng Tacurong Balut Vendors’ Association. Kaya naman nang mapagkasunduan ng asosasyon na lagyan ng mga gulong ang kanilang mga munting tindahan sa daan, hindi sila nag-atubili. Ayon kay Nanay Enrica, gumastos silang mag-asawa ng P3,000 para dito.

Kahoy ang gulong ng tindahan ni Nanay Enrica kaya naman madalas daw itong nasisira. “Kung may mga bato, amo na maguba sya dayon (Kung may mga batong nadadaanan, nasisira agad),” pagbabahagi niya.

Dagdag man sa gastos ang laging pagpapaayos ay wala syang magawa dahil ito lamang ang kanyang pinagkakakitaan.

Gawa lamang sa tagpi-tagping tarpaulin o trapal ang bubong ng kanyang tindahan. Kapag umuulan, sumisilong si Nanay Enrica sa malapit na gusali at iniiwan ang kanyang paninda.

Mabasa guid ang mga baligya ko pero hindi ko man kaya himuson dayon lalo kung bigla ang ulan (Nababasa talaga ang mga paninda pero hindi ko naman mailigpit kaagad lalo kung biglaan ang ulan),” wika niya.

“Kis-a nagabalintong pa ang baligya namon kung kusog ang hangin (Nabubuwal din ng malakas na hangin ang mga paninda namin),” dagdag pa nya.

Bagong Nego-Karts

Noong 2014, ipinaabot ni Mayor Lina O. Montilla ng Tacurong sa Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ang kanyang kagustuhang tulungan ang balut vendors sa Tacurong.

Nakita ko ang kapisan sang aton mga balut vendors kada hapon nga mag-agi ako sa highway. Nakita ko nga wala sila mga salakyan nagadala sang ila mga tinda (Nakita ko ang pagsisikap ng mga balut vendors tuwing dumadaan ako sa highway. Nakita kong wala silang sariling mga sasakyan upang madala ang mga paninda nila),” wika ni Montilla.

Kasunod ng ilang pag-uusap sa pagitan ng DOLE at LGU, tinulungan ng Tacurong Public Employment Service Office (PESO) ang Balut Vendors Association sa paggawa ng isang proposal para sa Nego-Kart project. Agad itong inaprubahan ng DOLE at pinondohan ng P749,000 sa ilalim ng DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program o DILEEP.

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Hindi maitago ang tuwa ni Nanay Enrica dahil sa kanyang bagong Nego-Kart. Sa araw ng turn-over ceremony, ika-20 ng Nobyembre 2015, makikita syang nakapwesto na sa kanyang Nego-Kart tulad ng iba pang balut vendors.

Ang bawat Nego-Kart na nagkakahalaga ng P14, 980 ay mayroong bagong bisikleta, sidecar, tatlong tray ng balut, rechargeable lamp, at dalawang case ng softdrinks. Nagbigay din ng dagdag na tatlong case ng softdrinks at cooler ang Pepsi-Cola Philippines.

Ini nga bulig para sa mga mapisan naton nga balut vendors. Tani tipigan nila ini kag papag-unon pa guid (Ang tulong na ito ay para sa masisipag nating balut vendors. Sana ay ingatan nila ito at lalo pang pagtibayin),” wika ni Mayor Montilla.

Hindi man daw alam ni Nanay Enrica ang magiging epekto ng bagong Nego-Kart sa kanyang kita, hindi nya mapigilan ang kanyang kasabikan sa ginhawang dulot nito. “Mas madali na, kay tong kariton mabudlay itiklod lalo kung nagakaguba,” ayon kay Nanay Enrica.

Minsan man ay nanghihina dahil sa katandaan, bakas sa mga mata ni Nanay Enrica ang determinasyong ipagpatuloy ang kanyang pagsisikap. Ngayon, isang bagong pag-asa ang hatid ng kanyang bagong padyak.

(JLBillano-Fabreag, LGU-Tacurong City Information)

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Balut vendors bring home new Nego-Karts

Each of the 25 members of the Balut Vendors Association in Tacurong City received a Nego-Kart worth P14, 980 on November 20, 2015.

“Hindi na ini basta mapalid sang hangin. Kay sadto, kung mag-ulan nagabalintong ang amon mga baligya kag mabasa pa kami,” said 67-year-old Enrica Doctor, one of the association members who received the livelihood aid.

Each set of Nego Kart comes with three trays of raw eggs/balut, 2 cases of softdrinks, vest, rechargeable lamp, tin box, and BMX bicycle. In support of the DILEEP of DOLE and LGU-Tacurong, Pepsi-Cola Philippines gave additional two cases of softdrinks, one case of bottled water, and a cooler for each beneficiary.

These were turned over to each beneficiary by Mayor Lina O. Montilla, DOLE-Sultan Kudarat Director Arlene Bisnon, PESO Manager Allan Freno, Councilor Rodrigo amorabon, and representatives of the City Social Welfare and Development Office and Pepsi-Cole Philippines.

Twenty-five more members of said association will receive the same assistance next month.

The Nego-Kart project, funded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), is intended to provide decent livelihood benefiting the marginal workers of the country’s informal sector, specifically the ambulant vendors. The project is a grant, which means that beneficiaries need not worry about repayment. The city government, through the Public Employment Service Office, takes charge in the monitoring of the livelihood project. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)

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LGU receives P1.4M worth of livelihood aid from DOLE 12

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 issued to the city government of Tacurong a check worth P1.4 million as livelihood assistance for the city’s informal sector.

Mayor Lina Montilla and City Accountant Elma Bides received the check from DOLE 12 Director Ofelia Domingo in a simple turnover ceremony at DOLE 12 Regional Office in Koronadal City on November 4, 2015.

The city government and DOLE 12 also entered into a Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of the livelihood project.

The fund is under the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting or GPB, now known as Bottom Up Budgeting or BUB, and intended as livelihood assistance under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) in form of Kabuhayan starter kits or negokarts.

A total of 140 individuals coming from various informal sectors will be the beneficiaries of the livelihood projects.

Among the project beneficiaries are the persons with disability (PWD), former OFWs, electricians and dressmakers. Most of the beneficiaries are graduates of the skills training programs of the Local Government Unit (LGU).

Procurement of tools and materials for the starter kits will undergo the usual bidding process of the LGU.

Meanwhile, the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) will be in charge in the implementation and monitoring of the project. Allan S. Freno

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