The Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. X (DOLE-X) – Bukidnon Provincial Field Office (Buk PFO), in coordination with the Bukidnon Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (BTIPC) commemorated the 115thLabor Day, in celebration of the hardworking men and women workers.
A foot parade going to Kaamulan Folk Arts Theater highlighted the event with the theme, “Matatag na Kabuhayan at Trabaho Tungo sa Progresibong Pagbabago.” It recognized the vital role of the Filipino Workers in nation-building and development.
DOLE-X Buk PFO Chief Raul L. Valmores said that workers usually observe this holiday through rallies and demonstrations in airing out their grievances and clamor for reform. “But contrary, this commemoration was a peaceful one – an orderly foot parade around the city was participated by around 5,000 workers from the government, management and labor sectors, unions and workers’ associations,” he added.
Meanwhile, a bloodletting activity, in coordination with the Philippine National Red Cross – Bukidnon Chapter was also conducted by some 18 volunteer blood donors.
Likewise, the Department’s component on the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program – Project Angel Tree was also conducted through a ceremonial turn-over of school kits to about 200 student-beneficiaries from Calawag, Apo Macote, Napulan, Malapgap, and San Roque Elementary Schools. Its actual distribution is set in time of the kick-off ceremony of “Brigada Eskwela” for DepEd Malaybalay City Division.
Valmores explained that the said program provides an array of social services that range from food, clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work and training opportunities made available by sponsors or benefactors (angels) to child laborers and their families.
In partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), some private companies, and DOLE-assisted associations, a Livelihood and Business Fair were also organized. Discussed to some 50 non-wage workers from the informal sector were the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILEEP) towards Community Enterprise Development during the “Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan” (TNK) Job and Business fair at The Garden Party Venue. The project helps existing livelihood ventures transform into viable and sustainable business or community enterprise.
The DOLE Accredited Co-partners were duly recognized with the presence of Impalutao, Dalwangan, Sawaga (IMDALSA); Carmenville Women’s Association; Balik Pinas OFW Bukidnon Association Quezon Chapter Inc.; and Kiburiao Women’s and Valencia RIC.
Jo-ann I. Juntilla, one of the customers, appreciated the displayed products, “I am eager to buy the Bukidnon products during Labor Day! The products are remarkably good for its price.” (Reyna L. Tagailo, LEO III/DOLE-X Bukidnon PFO)