Dole hit for ‘inaction’ during off-milling season

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Monday, August 11, 2014


THE National Federation of Sugarcane Workers (NFSW) hit the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) for its alleged inaction on concrete projects for sugarcane workers during the “tiempo muerto” or off-milling season.

NFSW-Negros Secretary General John Losande said that for a long time, Dole has been passing on to the local government units (LGUs) its responsibility to assist sugarcane workers during off-milling season when no jobs are available in the sugarcane plantations.

Losande said some LGUs would offer cash-for-work or food-for-work programs which are not enough to address their needs for their families.

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"We have been looking forward for an institutionalized program of the government through Dole," Losande said.

However, Negros Occidental Provincial Director Marivic Mondragon said the DOLE has welfare programs for sugarcane workers like the maternity, health and livelihood projects, among others.

Mondragon said summer jobs and other projects are also offered exclusively to the children of sugarcane workers only.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 11, 2014.

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