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Centi inducts new officers of DTC-8

Tacloban City – Through a virtual platform, DOLE Regional Office VIII Director Yahya A. Centi sworn in six (6) newly appointed officers of the District Tripartite Council VIII on 17 July 2020 during the 3rd Quarter Meeting of the council.

The new officers to sit in the sugar council for a period of three (3) years are as follows: Ms. Evelyn D. Borela and Mr. Alexander Aberca from HIDECO Sugar Mill Corporation; Mr. Antonio Miguel F. Varela from Ormoc Sugarcane Planters Association; Mr. Gerardo C. Galo from Occidental Leyte Farmers Multi Cooperative Association; Ms. Eufracia T. de Dios from Unifarm Multi-Purpose Cooperative; and Mr. Manuel C. Briones from Leyte Cane Planters Association. 

Also virtually present during the meeting and witnessed the oath-taking were Mr. Amable Ildefonso C. Roa, DOLE-ROVIII Assistant Regional Director and Mr. Edgar B. Tabuyan, Chief of DOLE-West Leyte Field Office where the sugar industry is located. Heads of other DOLE Field Offices likewise joined the first virtual meeting of the sugar council.

Director Centi congratulated all the new officers and sought their unswerving commitment in being the supportive arm of DOLE in promoting the welfare of the sugar workers in Eastern Visayas.

“Please accept my warm congratulations on your new appointments as officers of DTC here in Region VIII. I welcome you to our family and I sincerely ask for your continued commitment in promoting the welfare of the sugar workers in Eastern Visayas”, said Centi.

During the meeting, Mr. Tabuyan and Ms. Darwinda Labastida, Labor & Employment Officer III and focal on Sugar Amelioration Program (SAP), provided updates on the program implementation in the region.  

When asked on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to the sugar industry, Ms. Evelyn D. Borela said that they are still operational. She said that they are experiencing difficulties in the disposal of their products.

“Well we can somehow say that we are able to cope with the impact of COVID to our industry. We have continued our operations although at first we were having difficulty in procuring our raw materials. Now our main concern is on the disposal of our end products since our customers from Manila are not buying sugar from us due to transport constraints”, said Borela.

DTC is the local counterpart of Sugar Tripartite Council created in each sugar milling district in the Philippines to ensure greater participation by planters, millers and workers in the social and economic programs and policy determination. As to date, there are twenty-six (26) operational DTCs established in the nine (9) sugar producing regions in the country. End/Norma Rae S. Costimiano

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