Dole orders discount caravans for workers

IN A bid to alleviate the effects of the rising prices of commodities to workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) directed its regional directors to organize Diskwento Caravans all over the country in the third quarter of 2014.

Based on Dole Administrative Order 351-2014, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the regional directors will be coordinating with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the holding of the Diskwento Caravans.

"You are instructed to coordinate with all regional directors of the Department of Trade and Industry in organizing the Diskwento Caravans," said Baldoz.

She said Dole regional directors are urged to hold Diskwento Caravans preferably within the grounds of the city/town halls identified by the local government unit and after pay days.

Also, Baldoz said their filed officials are give preference to densely-populated by low-income households.

"This is one way to augment their income to enable them to cope with rising prices of basic goods and services," said Baldoz.

In 2011, the Dole had also organized 14 caravans in Metro Manila, which benefitted 62,172 workers.

Dole noted that it did not organize Diskwento Caravans in 2012 and 2013 because of stable prices.

And in the National Capital Region (NCR), Baldoz said 13 Diskwento Caravan are already set to be held in the different Metro cities.

At the Diskwento Caravans, to be made available at discounted prices are canned goods, noodles, rice, juice, coffee, processed meats, condiments, milk, medicines, school uniforms, bags, shoes, bath and detergent soaps, and basic apparel, among others.

The schedule of the caravan is as follows: September 10 in Caloocan City Hall; September 15 in Pasig City; September 18 at the Malabon Amphitheater; September 25-26 in Marikina City; October 10 at the Las Piñas City Hall; October 15 at the Quezon City Hall Plaza; October 24 in Manila; November 7 in Makati City; November 18-19 in Muntinlupa City; 3rd week of November in Pateros; 2nd and 3rd week of December in Taguig City; and December 15-20 in Valenzuela City.

"We are urging workers and their families to watch out for, and go to, these Diskwento Caravans in their areas and avail of basic commodities at discounted prices," said Baldoz. (HDT/Sunnex)

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