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DOLE-CFO sails turbulent Philippine Sea to deliver its services

Calayan, Cagayan - To ensure that no Cagayano will be left behind, the Department of Labor and Employment-Cagayan Field Office (DOLE-CFO) sailed the turbulent Philippine Sea to deliver DOLE’s services to the people of Calayan Island, sending a team to personally deliver DOLE programs on April 19-24, 2022. 

The teams’ resilience and faith were immediately put to test on their first day of travel. Sailing to the island was never easy. They experienced the excruciating heat of the sun, 6-long hours of sail and strong waves that soaked their faces and bodies throughout the journey. In the name of public service, the team successfully hurdled all these challenges. Upon reaching the island, they immediately delivered the services to the people.

The team held a Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program orientation to barangay officials and residents of different barangays in the municipality. “Kaisa niyo po kami sa adhikaing mapabuti ang kalagayan ng bawat manggagawang Pilipino. Hangad naming mas marami pa ang matulungan ng ating TUPAD sa iyong munisipalidad,” DOLE-CFO TUPAD Focal Klarizel Ivy Silawan said.

TUPAD payouts amounting to Php 4,415,950.00 for the salaries of 795 beneficiaries followed the orientation from the islands of Calayan, Camiguin, Dalupiri, and Babuyan Claro. Beneficiaries were filled with so much joy receiving their salaries.

“Kami po ay nagagalak  sa napakalaking tulong na ito, ‘pagkat kahit na ang aming lugar ay malayo at napakahirap ng transportasyon ay minabuti niyong puntahan kami upang maipabatid ang serbisyo ng gobyerno. Maraming salamat po DOLE at lalo kay Sec. Bebot Bello sa kanyang napakagandang programa,” TUPAD beneficiary Benigno said.

Meanwhile, KABUHAYAN Field Office Focal Marissa Corales facilitated the monitoring of 26 Fiberglass Motorized Fishing Boats and 99 Starter Kits. Amidst the scorching heat of the sun, they successfully finished the monitoring of the 2020-2021 DOLE funded fishing boats and starter kits. The kits, which were awarded in 2018, remain operational up to present. During the monitoring, stories of success and failures moved the hearts of the working group.

“Sa likod ng naglalakihang alon na sumalubong sa amin, ay may nakukubling kwento ng tagumpay mula sa inyo. Nakakataba ng puso na masaksihan at maging parte ang DOLE sa inyong tagumpay sa pag-ahon sa kahirapan,” Corales said to one of the beneficiaries.

The team also gave Career Guidance and Employment Counselling to 557 Calayan National High School students, comprising 127 Grade 10, 240 Grade 11 and 190 Grade 12 students. In the said activity, CFO-Labor & Employment Officer III June Keith Quinan emphasized the essence of career guidance especially for high school students. “The DOLE eyes to educate job seekers on understanding Labor Market Information (LMI) through effective education. This activity will guide and prepare you (students), as you choose your path to your future careers by understanding our Labor Market,” Quinan said.

Community facilitators of DOLE-CFO Christopher Louis Batulan and Brownley Jane Baclea-an acted as resource speakers and discussed LMI, Productive Career Choice, and DOLE programs.

“We made history today, because today marks the first time that a national agency through DOLE sailed to enjoin us in our Career Guidance Celebration Week and personally take part in the Career Guidance and Employment Counselling,” Calayan District School Supervisor Nora T. Tabaldo said with so much pride.

DOLE-CFO vows to never cease to provide and deliver DOLE’s services to the public. The courage to press on regardless of calm or stormy seas is a quintessential attribute of public service. ###

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