LABOR DAY IN CARAGA. The Department of Labor and Employment in the Caraga Region, led by Director Joffrey Suyao (4th from right), opens the 121st Labor Day celebration on May 1, 2023 in Butuan City. Aside from the job fair, the celebration in the region also features a Kadiwa ng Pangulo and the release of PHP16.7 million worth of livelihood aid to 1,041 beneficiaries. (Photo courtesy of Butuan City PIO)

BUTUAN CITY — At least 12 farmer’s cooperatives and associations from this city and Agusan del Norte joined the Kadiwa ng Pangulo product displays in time with the celebration of the 121st Labor Day on Monday.

Aside from the 12 farmer’s cooperatives, four other farmer’s associations are also displaying their farm products at the Almont Inland Hotel and Resort here, Department of Labor and Employment in the Caraga Region (DOLE-13) Director Joffrey Suyao told local reporters.
“On display at the Kadiwa ng Pangulo are farm products and produce straight from the farms and sold at lower costs,” Suyao said.
He also thanked the various farmer’s cooperatives for their cooperation during the Kadiwa ng Pangulo display activities and for the celebration of the Labor Day.

3K job vacancies

Aside from the displays of farm products, DOLE-13 is also conducting a job fair offering 3,073 vacancies for jobseekers all over the region.
“Around 50 employers are also joining during our job fair where they will directly conduct interviews for applicants and instantly hire,” Suyao said.

Among the agencies joining the fair include the Philippine Statistics Authority, Bureau of Internal Revenue, National Bureau of Investigation, Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth, Social Security System and the Professional Regulation Commission.

Suyao said other agencies such as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Tourism will also open their booths to demonstrate the region’s in-demand skills and provide information on training opportunities.

The three agencies, he added, will also provide the jobseekers with the available entrepreneurship development programs and facilitate the Trabaho, Turismo and Asenso programs.

P16.7-M livelihood aid

In time for this year’s Labor Day celebration, the DOLE-13 will also facilitate the release of PHP16,771,808 worth of livelihood grants to the different associations that are being jointly supported by DOLE and local government units.
Likewise, some 1,041 associations will receive grants in the form of machinery and equipment needed in their existing livelihood projects.

The highest number of beneficiaries are from Surigao del Norte with 435, who are set to receive PHP6,682,812 worth of support, and in Surigao del Sur with 259 beneficiaries set to receive PHP3,997,632 worth of machinery and equipment.
A total of 240 beneficiaries in Agusan del Norte will also get their PHP4,020,739 worth of livelihood projects, 84 in Agusan del Sur with PHP1 million project, and in Dinagat Islands with 23 beneficiaries and PHP1,070,625 worth of projects. (PNA)