ANTIQUE farm laborers who are working in Negros Occidental are being prepared for the eventual shift of the province's agricultural sector to mechanization.
Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao met with Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. Monday, November 13, at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City to talk about the plight of her constituents in the province.
She said there are about 10,000 documented farm workers from her province who are currently working in Negros Occidental, but they have no idea how many remains undocumented.
Cadiao said Marañon told her they need to eventually prepare as Negros Occidental will be shifting to mechanization and won't need intensive labor work force anymore.
She said the Negrense leader wanted to mechanize but doesn't want to deprive the “sacadas” of the work in Negros Occidental.
“We will be ready, but for now we’re dependent on the jobs here because they have no work in Antique,” Cadiao said.
She said they recognize the fact that Filipinos will eventually equip themselves in terms of educational attainment to open more opportunities as the “sacadas” will eventually be phased out.
This is why the young people in her province undergo livelihood trainings, Cadiao said.
The governor had been visiting the Antique farm workers in the province to know their situation.
She also said they received reports of abuses and missing farm workers, and her office is open to help them.
“I just want to give them attention. Check their security, see if they’re fairly paid, and they'll be safe here in Negros,” Cadiao added.