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Former OFW soon to do business with a DOLE bike

Cebu City, Philippines. It did not cross Marichu’s mind that one can do business with a bike. But with what she got from the Department of Labor and Employment the other day in Lapulapu City, without any second thoughts, she changed her mind.

Marichu, 37, used to work abroad as a caregiver but she came back home in January this year and immediately found a job at the Modern Times Printing Corporation located at the Mactan Export Processing Zone (MEPZ), where her husband is working until present.

Things looked just fine for them but when the Covid-19 pandemic came, things changed as fast as when she suddenly lost her newly-found job. “Na-retrench ko pag July 2020. Dali ra gyud kaayo,” she said.  It caught her off-guard especially when she learned that her husband will also be losing his job within the month.

Trying to find her luck once more, Marichu submitted her bio-data at the Lapulapu City Public Employment Service Office (PESO).

Marichu Mantilac is one of the 30 beneficiaries, who received their bikes the other day at the Hoops Dome, Lapulapu City, one of the venues of the DOLE’s 87th Founding Anniversary.

The Freebis or Free Bisekleta project is a new introduction to the menu of services of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) in response to the needs of the workers displaced due to the pandemic.

“Gamiton ni namu ang bike para sa among delivery business. Mamaligya na unya mi ug mo-deliver ug empanada, puto cheese, ug pizza. Mo-delvier napud unya mi ug isda,” said Marichu, who smiled upon checking the accessories and other freebies that went with her bike.

Valued at Php20,000.00, the whole package comes with a complete set of accessories such as raincoats, helmet, reflectorized vest and android cellular phone with Php2,400.00 worth of load.

For the releasing of FreeBis alone, the DOLE shelled out a total of Php600,000.00 covering the 30 beneficiaries.

Lapulapu City Mayor Junard A. Chan tried on one of the bikes and said that the beneficiaries are lucky of being given the jigs and materials by DOLE for their start-up business. “Lig-on gyud ang mga bisekleta nga gihatag sa DOLE,” he said. Thanking the DOLE for the assistance being extended to his constituents, he assured the beneficiaries and the Department for their support all the way, while urging them to take doing business seriously.

DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton said that the release of the FreeBis is a first in Cebu and in the entire Region but definitely will not be the last.

“We have linked with Grab for this so that your delivery business is easily facilitated. But the bottom line of this is that with the kind of assistance given to you, you will eventually become self-employed and self-sufficient. Please take care of the assistance you received from government,” said the Regional Head before the beneficiaries and other social partners of the DOLE present during the celebration.

The DOLE, she said, will be asking help from Mayor Chan through their PESO in monitoring the livelihood undertakings of the beneficiaries.

DOLE Tri-City Field Office (TCFO) Head Emmanuel Y. Ferrer said that it’s a relief knowing that finally, the bicycles and their freebies have been released to the rightful beneficiaries.

“We have been working hard to make all necessary documents in place for this project. It’s also a joy seeing the pandemic-affected workers happy because they received help from the government through the DOLE,” he said.

Looking back, Marichu never imagined having to engage with a delivery business using a bicycle. But she said she felt happy and proud for being a recipient of the DOLE’s FreeBis Project especially during this time of the pandemic.

“Makatabang gyud ni sa amoa bisag sa ginagmay nga negosyo. Makatabang ni namo nga mak-save para sa among mga anak nga nag-eskwela pa hangtod karon. Salamat kaayo DOLE,” she finally said.

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact (032) 2667424/ cpfocamp2@gmail.com (for companies located or employees working outside the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu);09616965058; 09616965057; (032) 5132566; (032) 2343317/ tcfocamp2@gmail.com (for companies located or employees working within the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu);(038) 4110806; (038) 5010277/ bfocamp2@gmail.com (for companies located or employees working in Bohol;(035) 2262778; 09751761424/ nofodolero7camp2@gmail.com (for companies located or employees working in Negros Oriental); and (035) 4809244/ sfocamp2@gmail.com (for companies located or employees working in Siquijor).

 

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2020-12-10
SALOME O. SIATON
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