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In Marabut, Samar, Tricycle Drivers and Operators open own Motorparts Trading, Welding and Vulcanizi

CATBALOGAN CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment Samar Field Office (DOLE-SFO) here on Friday June 23, 2017 turned-over total of over 600 thousand worth in fresh capital consisting of motorcycle parts, accessories, welding and vulcanizing equipment to a group of Tricycle Operators and Drivers in Marabut, Samar.

“The turn-over is part of a livelihood assistance (Motor Parts Trading, Welding and Vulcanizing) project under the Bottoms-Up Budgeting (BUB) Program for some 62 members of the Marabut Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (MTODA),” DOLE-SFO Provincial Head Edgar Tabuyan revealed.

Also released during the simple turn-over ceremonies held at the covered court of Brgy. Tinabanan, Marabut, Samar were tools, jigs and equipment for 16 haircutters and three (3) massage therapists.

“The project will enable us to open a new motor parts trading, welding and vulcanizing business,” said the 30-year old MTODA President Jeffrey Verginesa who is himself a tricycle driver.

And that was what actually happened on Friday. Jeffrey led his group in opening their motor parts trading store in the afternoon right after the turn-over ceremonies.

“We the members built this ourselves as our counterpart to the project,” Jeffrey said referring to the store located along the Maharlika Highway in Brgy. Tinabanan.

“There are actually over a hundred MCH drivers here including the sixty MTODA members who actively joined and supported us in this project,” Verginesa added.

Locally built and designed tricycles are the primary mode of transportation in the area. Several haba-habal are also plying the far-flung areas. “We need not go to Basey or Tacloban anymore since we now have our own store for our maintenance needs,” Jeffrey pointed out.

The welding equipment includes welding machine, acetelyn tank and other accessories they could use in starting their own side-car fabrication business.

Marabut Mayor Hon. Elizabeth S. Ortillo, who likewise graced the event with her presence, commended her Public Employment Office Manager Dolores Grabillo for spearheading the project. She likewise thanked DOLE for always supporting the livelihood projects in her municipality. 

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2017-07-18
JOEL M. GONZALES
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