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DOLE aids livelihood program in Pasig—curbs drug problem

20 brand new sewing machines were turned over to the officials of Barangay Rosario, Pasig City, on 6 February 2018. Alicia Del Mundo, Supervising LEO of DOLE PAPAMAMARISAN FO was in attendance to facilitate the activity.

Said machines to be used primarily for the livelihood program of Barangay Rosario were formally turned over to its Barangay Captain, Kaye Dela Cruz. 

“These sewing machines will replace the old and defective ones that we have been using for more than 5 years. Although some can be repaired, the new units can produce twice as much output since it functions better than the old models,” said Dela Cruz.

The livelihood products of Barangay Rosario include, but are not limited to, throw pillows, towels, and hotel linen products made from recycled materials. The Barangay is in partnership with Manila Peninsula Hotel to provide products they have made on a wholesale basis.

Some of the beneficiaries are called “surrenderees” or drug-users/pushers who had voluntarily subjected themselves to rehabilitation and reformation under the authorities. 

“You have to give them a source of income; otherwise, they will go back to their old habit. It’s not enough if you only encourage them to exercise in the morning as they will only be tempted to continue pushing drugs at night,” added Dela Cruz.

Another program recipient, Arlene Cabacoy, 42, mother of 8, has been employed under said program for more than a year. 

“This is a good way for us to generate household income,” said Cabacoy.

She thanked DOLE and the barangay officials for the project. 

Each machine is worth P23,000.00 and to be used only by the Livelihood Unit of Barangay Rosario Hall, under the supervision of Jun Igne, Head of said unit. END / Marian Jane Alumbro / IMSD-LCO-2018-02 / GNF18-01

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