Displaced workers urged to grab livelihood opportunities
Iloilo City (14 September) -- Department of Labor and Employment 6 Regional Director Manuel Roldan urged displaced workers in Brgy. Camambugan, Sta. Barbara to grab the opportunities being offered to them by the training cum-production on engineered bamboo products provided by DOLE for their own benefits.
"Value and give time to this training provided for you, for opportunity knocks only once, and if you won?t grab this chance, you might lose it, this is the opportunity for you," said Roldan during the opening of the training held at the Bamboza Engineered Bamboo Technology Plant located in the barangay from September 10 to 14.
Roldan told the beneficiaries that many remain unemployed in the country despite the efforts of the government to address the unemployment problem, citing, in Region VI alone, there are about 232,000 unemployed as of July 2009.
The five-day training equipped the 48 participants who are workers and farmers whose sources of livelihood were affected with the construction of the Iloilo Airport with the needed technical skills in engineered bamboo production.
Under the project, beneficiaries will also be provided aside from the training, with tools, equipment and raw materials to start-off their venture. Their processed semi-finished bamboo products will be sold to Bamboza Engineered Bamboo Technology Plant for processing into engineered or laminated bamboo floor boards, floor tiles, furniture components and sawali boards.
Beneficiaries can also buy the engineered bamboo from Bamboza at a lower price if they opt to produce quality furniture components.
Mayor Dennis Superficial assured beneficiaries of the support of the local government unit of Sta. Barbara to the project which according to him will provide beneficiaries more opportunities to earn a livelihood.
Sta. Barbara along with Cabatuan and Maasin are considered as bamboo producing municipalities in the province where majority of farmers are into backyard or bamboo plantation. (LAFrench/PIA) [top]