Stepping up its efforts in ameliorating the lives of workers in the sugar
industry, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 6 launched
yesterday the training program designed for sugar workers and their dependents,
at the Sugar Workers Development Center, Bacolod City.
The training is established to prepare the sugar workers for the
opportunities and challenges in the Philippine market at a 5% tariff because of
the ASEAN Economic Community integration in 2015. This means the locally
produced sugar will have to compete with the low price of sugar from other ASEAN
The training program three development areas include social infrastructure,
wage employment and self-employment.
Atty. Rovel Marasigan (left), hearing officer from ERC conducts a public
hearing in the matter of application for approval of the amended memorandum of
agreement (MOA) and its supplemental agreement (SA) between Central Negros
Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Energreen Power Development & Management Inc.
(ENERGREEN), with prayer for the Issuance of Provisional Authority.*
Virgie Roa (left) and Salvador Acupan (right), Coordinators of Visayan Forum
Inc-Bacolod discuss Human Trafficking, Global Facts and Figures, Profile of
Trafficking Victims, I FIGHT Movement Lecture Forum held at B.S. Aquino Drive,
Bacolod City yesterday.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)
DOLE Region 6 director Ponciano Ligutom explained that the social
infrastructure training program is directed towards social empowerment focusing
on enhancing the organizational and leadership capabilities of the workers,
leaders and their respective organizations.The wage employment is geared towards
technically capacitating the sugar workers to become part of the mainstream
employment sector, and/or acquire the needed skills for employment in different
While the self-employment training program, focuses on developing and
enhancing the entrepreneurial capabilities of sugar workers and their dependents
to prepare them to become competent entrepreneurs.
The trainings were identified from the outputs of the focus group discussions
with field workers, small planters, mill workers and the district level planning