Department of Labor and Employment
September 19, 2020
DOLE helps give birth to backyard business amid pandemic
Staying at home amid the pandemic made a lot of Filipino workers reinvent themselves.
In various ways, their manner of earning a living ‘evolved’ into new professions they never dreamed of. Such was the experience of around 170 members of the Hublag Evelio, Inc. (HEI) in Antique who found themselves to be ‘managers’ of a Backyard Layer Chicken Project through a P3.4 million livelihood assistance from the labor department.
Under the project, each member sets up and operates a backyard poultry business and turned its members into micro entreprenuers.
HEI, a non-government organization, partnered with the Antique Catholic Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ACWMPC) as its marketing arm. It also linked up with bakeshops and other potential buyers of eggs produced by the project.
At the start, the project yielded 900 eggs per month, according to Fr. Edione R. Febrero, who is executive director of HEI. “That’s a good start,” he said.
The priest thanked the Department of Labor and Employment for supporting the project through its Kabuhayan Program. Febrero also expressed his gratitude to DOLE for giving HEI the opportunity to become Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) in the implementation of its Kabuhayan Program and for approving their project.
The backyard chicken project benefitted displaced farm workers from the municipalities of Hamtic, San Jose de Buenavista, Sibalom and Belison.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III called on the new poultry raisers to continue working hard and to keep trusting on the government. “Don’t surrender to the challenges posed by the crisis. Instead, allow it to reinvent yourself in such a way that you defeat the virus,” he said.
Bello also assured DOLE’s relentless support for those affected by the outbreak. “The Labor Department will never stop helping displaced employers and workers as long as it has the resources to do so,” he said.
The Labor chief also reminded them not to forget the safety and health protocols required by the government to help stop the transmission of Covid 19.
“Let’s strike a balance between our livelihood and health. That way, we can triumph over this pandemic,” he said.
For his part, DOLE Regional Director Cyril Ticao urged the project beneficiaries to nourish their newly-found sources of income.
“Let this opportunity boost your resiliency against the pandemic,” he said. NIEZEL ANEN T. SABRIDO