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DOLE turns-over 67 sewing machines to TESDA-trained Tagapul-an dressmakers

CATBALOGAN CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office VIII, through its Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales, on Monday June 12, 2017 released and turned-over 800 thousand worth of Sewing Machines to some 67 TESDA-trained dress-makers in the island municipality of Tagapul-an. Samar Vice-Governor James Tan, Tagapul-an Mayor Hon. Vicente Limpiado, Jr., and DOLE Samar Field Office Livelihood Focal Neil D. Moraleta  graced the event.

The livelihood project is a joint undertaking of the LGU Tagapul-an with the DOLE Samar Field Office under the DOLE Kabuhayan Program. Some 67 newly trained dress-makers coming from the 14 barangays of Tagapul-an each received their respective sewing machines during the event. The beneficiaries, mostly women, were identified through the then Bottoms-Up Budgeting (BUB) program implemented in the municipality.

Tagapul-an Mayor Hon. Vicente Limpiado, Jr., in his message, said the project will help provide additional income opportunities to women. “In addition to fishing and farming which is customarily performed by male household heads, this new livelihood will engage women with productive work and thereby enable them to earn with their husbands.,” Mayor Limpiado pointed out.

Tagapul-an PESO Manager Engr. Severino Martires said the beneficiaries are all recipients of the TESDA dressmaking training module under the agency’s community-based skills-development program. “The beneficiaries have all completed the 30-day course and each are NC-II holders,” he said.

The LGU Tagapul-an has likewise tapped the support of the DSWD Regional Office VIII in the provision of corresponding starter kit needed by the beneficiaries to fully operationalize the project. “Their counterpart consists of tools, equipment and raw materials such as scissors, needles, threads, clothes/linens, tape measure, and other materials needed in dressmaking,” Mayor Jun explained.

“The beneficiaries can now already start using their new-learned skills in dressmaking even while they stay at home,” expressed PESO Manager Martires. The initial job-orders that they expect include school uniforms, simple skirts and blouses, pillow cases, curtains, and minor repairs.

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