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DOLE RO2 gives away bicycles to pandemic-hit workers



Tuguegarao City, Cagayan – A total of 10 beneficiaries from the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela received free bicycles as part of a simultaneous launching of the Free Bisikleta (FreeBis) Project by the labor department yesterday.

The said beneficiaries also received cellphones and load provision in a move to enhance their new livelihood venture.

The event, done in partnership with private partners, was simultaneously broadcasted with similar events in agency regional offices in the National Capital Region (NCR), Region 3, Region 4A and Region 5.

Beneficiaries of the project were self-employed workers, unpaid family workers, minimum wage earners, locally-displaced workers, repatriated OFWs and women workers who were affected by the imposition of community quarantine.

The regional launching was attended by Isabela Governor Rodolfo T. Albano III, Chair of the Regional Development Council (RDC), Tuguegarao City Councilor Atty. Raymond Guzman, Ilagan City Vice Mayor Kyrill S. Bello and Atty. Ma. Rosario Mamba Villaflor, Chief of Staff of the Provincial Local Government Unit of Cagayan.

Regional Director Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos meanwhile urged the beneficiaries to use the assistance given to them to good use as it represents an innovative livelihood opportunity.

Itong naibigay sa inyong bisikleta, cellphone at load ay maaari ninyong gamitin upang magkaroon ng pagkakakitaan. Alagaan ninyo ito at makakasiguro kayong meron kayong pagkakakitaan sa lalong madaling panahon,” Director Ramos said.

Mark Salinas, 21, one of the beneficiaries of the Freebis Project, meanwhile was thankful for the assistance given as it opens an opportunity for them to earn an income during this pandemic which has curtailed some of their livelihood opportunities.

Maraming salamat sa DOLE sa binigay nila sa amin. Malaking tulong po ito sa amin lalo na ngayon na hirap na hirap kaming kumita para sa aming mga pamilya,” Mr. Salinas uttered.

Private partners such as Basteakoy, AR3 Food, Pampanguena and Adrinel’s also joined as establishments availing of the delivery services to be provided by the beneficiaries.

The labor department hopes to conduct a similar activity before the end of the year as it looks to help workers rebound from the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to workers in different sectors. ###

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