Rural women groups get P1.31M grant from DOLE 2

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan---Eight women associations from rural areas received P1.31 million worth of livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment – Regional Office No. 2 (DOLE 2) in 2013.

The livelihood assistance benefited some 335 women coming from the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino.

“Most women in the rural areas are usually left at home to do the house chores and some of them have seasonal employment.Our financial assistance will enable them to start small business undertakings and augment their family income,” DOLE 2 Regional Director, Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr. said.

“This is an answer to scarcity of wage employment in the rural areas.  By providing them training and livelihood grant, the women in the rural areas will become self-employed and will turn into productive members of the community,” Atty. Rodriguez added.

Among the provinces in the region, Isabela had the most number of beneficiaries totaling to 158 coming from 4 associationswithP641,403 livelihood grant .  The beneficiaries were Vulauan ta Barangay Moldero Association of Tumauini which will venture in wine processing.  Other beneficiaries were Women Workers and Ambulant Vendors of Quirinowith a project of food processing; Inner Circle Ladies Association of Luna with a business of canteen, fastfood, and catering services; and Gomez Rural Improvement Club of San Isidro with meat processing as business enterprise.   

In Cagayan, P326,000 was granted to 2 association-beneficiaries with 104 members.  They were Salungsong Women in Development of Sta. Praxedes with a project of soft broom making, and Ajat Women Association of Iguig with a business of peanut processing.

In the province of Quirino, the Pagsanggiran Ladies Association of Maddela with 44 members received P184,700 livelihood grant with the production of veggie kropek (cracker) and noodles as their project.

On the other hand, the 29 members of the Development for Indigenous Women Association of Sta. Fe in Nueva Vizcaya received P160,000for their business ofube processing. 

Meanwhile, FrannyBalanay, the Public Employment Service Office Manager of Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan said the Salungsong Women in Developmentwho was granted with P176,000 for their soft broom making project is very grateful of the DOLE’s assistance.

“The project is now in its initial phase and is expected to go on its full operationsoon.The project makes the Salunsong women productive and have an additional source of income especially during off season in the farm,” Balanay said.  

The projects of the women association were funded under the DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP).  The program is the DOLE’s contribution to the Aquino Administration’s national agenda of reducing poverty through promotion of livelihood and entrepreneurship.   It also envisions productive, gainful and secure community employment to disadvantaged and vulnerable workers in the informal economy.  (End/RBE)

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3.9M released to 766 trike drivers in 2013

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan---Around P3.9 million worth of livelihood assistance was given to some 776 tricycle drivers and operators by the Department of Labor and Employment – Regional Office No. 2 (DOLE 2) in 2013.

The assistance to the beneficiaries, which are members of some 13 tricycle operators and drivers associations (TODAs), will enable them to undertake business enterprise specifically sales of motorcycle parts and services, according to DOLE 2 Regional Director, Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr.

“Tricycle drivers are vulnerable workers because they don’t have fix income.  Our livelihood assistance to them aims to augment their income and ease them with the burden of repairing their tricycles because they can pay on installment basis or discounted prices of availed motorcycle parts and services,” Atty. Rodriguez stated.   

The Lawyer Director advised the beneficiaries to make use of the assistance properly.

“Financial assistance from the government will not come to you every day. The amount we have given you may be small, but if it is implemented well, it will help lessen your financial burden” Atty. Rodriguez added. 

Among the provinces, Isabela had the most number of beneficiaries totaling to 396 tricycle drivers and operators coming from 6 associations with P1.91 million total worth of assistance.

It was followed by Cagayan with 169 beneficiaries in 2 associations with P0.78 million worth of assistance.

In Nueva Vizcaya, there were 144 beneficiaries in 3 associations with P0.88 million financial assistance.

On the other hand, Quirino province had 57 beneficiaries from 1 association with P0.31 million financial assistance.

 Meanwhile, Rodolfo Pattung, President of the Gattaran East TODA of Gattaran, Cagayan was very elated when he received the livelihood assistance for its association amounting to P330,000.

“We are happy that at last, the DOLE assistance to our association is now in our hands.  We thank you very much for this support.  As president of the GETODA, I promise that we will safeguard this fund and make our project profitable,” Pattung stated.  

As counterpart of the project, the Local Government Units of the recipients conducted a social preparation and entrepreneurship development training to the officers of the TODAs. (End/RBE)


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DOH registers low firecracker related incidents this yuletide season

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan. 2, (PIA) - - As compared to last year’s reports, the Department of Health (DOH) – Center for health Development (CHD) region 2 has registered relatively lower number of firecracker related incidents this Yuletide season.

In the report released by the said agency, there were only 16 firecracker related injury and one stray bullet cases gathered from the different Disease Reporting Units (DRUs) in the region from December 21, 2013- January 1, 2014. 

Dr. Rio L. Magpantay, regional director, said the there was a decrease of 78 percent in cases compared last year’s 76 cases, however, there was one death from Baybayog, Alcala, Cagayan due to ‘red thunderstorm with tail fountain’.

Among the provinces, Isabela registered the highest number of victims with seven, followed by Cagayan-five, Nueva Vizcaya-four and Quirino- one. There was no report from the island province of Batanes.

Among the types of firecracker used, Piccolo has most number of victims with eight while others are due to Labentador, Kwitis, fountain and others.

“We recommend to law enforcers the strict implementation of the Anti Firecracker law and we also do our best to strengthen our advocacy and monitoring to minimize firecracker incidents in the region by the end of the year,” Magpantay said.

Though the new year was already over, the health officials will continuously monitor incidents of firecracker related incidents until January 5, 2014 before declaring the final result of 2014 year end firecracker related incidents. (OTB-PIA2/Cagayan)

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DOH completes 40 hospital, health units project in Cagayan

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan. 2, (PIA) - - Of the forty-four projects funded under the government hospital upgrading and rehabilitation program, forty (40) were already completed before the year 2013 ended, Department of Health-Center for Health (DOH-CHD) Region 2 reported to the Regional Development Council’s  Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RDC-RPMC).

In the report, 17 of the completed projects were district and municipal hospitals including the Cagayan Valley Medical Center, the biggest in region 2 while the other four are still-on going and their target completion will be on the first quarter of 2014. There were also included 17 Rural Health Units (RHUs) and six Barangay Health Stations (BHs) completed.

Health Regional Director Rio L. Magpantay said the projects for the province are estimated to cost 198.54 million pesos from the national government.

“The rehabilitation and upgrading of the major hospitals, including the acquisition of improved hospital facilities and the construction and improvement of the RHUs and BHSs will help ensure the provision of quality health care service delivery especially in the rural areas,” Magpantay said.

The committee, however, noted that all of the projects are supposed to be completed last year but due to some delays, there were some that were not yet completed.

DOH cited issues on lot acquisition for the construction of new health facilities, right of way, modification of the structural design and bad weather conditions during construction phase were noted to cause the delay of construction.

For 2014, Magpantay also stated that they are expecting more project funds for hospital upgrading and health station constructions as they already submitted project proposals for funding for this year not only for Cagayan province but also other provinces of Cagayan Valley. (OTB-PIA2/Cagayan)

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DOT to level-up accreditation of hotels, resorts

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Dec. 5, (PIA) - - The Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 2 will be upgrading the level of accreditation of hotels, resorts and other service facilities in Cagayan Valley Region.

Regional Director Blessida G. Diwa said the mandatory accreditation will further improve service delivery of all service facilities which will eventually help improve the quality service and boost the tourism industry in the region.

She said one of the features of the upgraded accreditation is changing the alphabet classification to number of stars.

“Instead of giving class A, B or C to the hotels, we will accredit them using one-star to five-star to identify which among them met the standard classification of the service facilities for our tourists,” Diwa stated.

She also mentioned that a team of accreditors from the private sectors outside the region will be coming to conduct the rigid evaluation to all service facilities in the region early next year.

“We also request our LGUs to require every operator of these facilities to secure recommendation from the DOT before they issue a business permit to ensure quality service they render to the visitors and tourists,” Diwa added.

Diwa is confident that there will hotels, resorts and even spas that will pass the accreditation tools, especially in the cities and tourism hubs in every province. (OTB-PIA2/Cagayan)

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