TINGLAYAN, Kalinga -- Farmers here recently received farm assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment Office (Dole) in the form of PVC pipes and shovel to direct water from distant springs for their farms and rice fields.

Dole Provincial Officer Dr. Avelina Manganip said that this is their agency's contribution to help those affected especially the farmers and laborers cope with their losses during the long drought brought about by the El Nino phenomenon during the last few months.

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This is part of Dole's mandate to provide assistance to the state's labor sector especially during disaster where Dole has to step in and find ways to mitigate the plight of workers, she added.

She said that the program will benefit some 467 farmers directly affected by the long drought residing in the 20 barangays of Tinglayan.

To ensure that the assistance will reach the beneficiaries, the local government unit of Tinglayan through their Public Employment Services Office (Peso) was tasked to distribute the farm equipment amounting to P143,200.00. Said project according to Manganip was awarded last June 16.

Part of this assistance she said was the P50,250.00 worth of PVC pipes and shovels given to Anggacan, Tanudan benefiting 34 farmers awarded last March 28. (GG Dumallig)