Tantangan, South Cotabato – In Region 12, Parents of child laborers in this sleepy town now see a brighter future for their children after receiving their DOLE Kabuhayan Starter Kits.
In an interview, Dante Mandolan, 42, a farmer and resident of Purok Paglaum, Barangay Maibo, Tantangan said the DOLE starter kit which consists of farm inputs (herbicide, fungicide, insecticide and fertilizer) will be a good start for them to go back to corn farming.
“Nangin mabudlay gid sa amon ang epekto sang El Nino, wala na gid kami makuhaan sang panginabuhian liwan sa pag uling kag nito sang panahon sang tag ilinit. Dako gid ang amon pagpasalamat kay sang pag abot sang panahon sang ulan, nag abot man ang bulig sang DOLE kag makaumpisa na kami sang pagtanum sang mais. Naga plano naman kami nga pabalikon ang amon mga kabataan sa ila pag eskuwela karon nga tuig,” Dante Mandolan said.
A B’laan farmer, Dante and his wife who have five children admitted that the oldest three had no choice but to stop schooling because of financial constraints.
“Piliton gid namon nga makatapos ang amon mga kabataan sa ila pag eskuwela, kag amon nga halungan ang bulig sang DOLE pinaagi sa paggamit sang maayo sa mga farm inputs,” Mandolan said.
DOLE XII OIC-RD Albert E. Gutib personally handed the DOLE Kabuhayan Starter Kit Check worth P436,020.00 to Tantangan Mayor Benjamin Figueroa Jr. , Barangay Maibo Chair Jose Cabayao and parents of child laborers. A total of 44 parents of child laborers will be the beneficiary of the livelihood program.
“We urge the parents of these child laborers to send their children to school, our department will continue to be of help to stop child labor in the region,” RD Gutib said.
RD Gutib added that the regional office will also provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) such as industrial face masks, boots, and hand gloves for the beneficiaries to ensure their safety while working in their farms.
Tantangan Mayor Figueroa also expressed his gratitude to DOLE for its continued support to his poorest constituents and is committed to find ways to help the marginalized sector.
“We do have plans to ensure that our IP brothers and sisters can cope up and live a better life with their families. Aside from corn farming, we are now studying the seed propagation of Giant Ipil-ipil for charcoal making which can be a source of income by IP communities residing in the mountainous areas of Tantangan,” Mayor Figueroa said.
The DOLE Kabuhayan (DK) Starter KITS Project is a livelihood formation strategy that is intended to bring about improved socio-economic well-being of workers in the informal economy, in groups/sectors with special concerns, and displaced/disadvantaged workers (local and overseas) and their families.
The project will provide a livelihood starter KITS consisting of a package of services that will enable the target beneficiaries to start quickly a livelihood undertaking and become self-employed. It aims to engage them in sustainable self-employment through easy to learn livelihood undertakings.
The project targets the poor and long-term unemployed especially those to the following special sectors: out-of-school youths, women, parents of child laborers, Indigenous People (IPs), physically/occupationally disabled, urban poor, elderly persons, landless farmers/ fisher folks and other workers in the informal economy, and displaced / disadvantaged (local and overseas) workers, OFW returnees and their dependents, either individually or as groups.
Article from DOLE Regional Office No. 12 Website