Department of Labor and Employment
February 18, 2021
From housewives to tailor masters
THE labor department once again waved its wand of ameliorating magic for the rural poor when it made a group of marginalized women in Guimaras happy with a potentially thriving tailoring business.
Director Cyril Ticao went to the island province himself to check the garments production project of the Guimaras Field Office and the head honcho of DOLE Region 6 came away impressed.
RD Ticao noticed positive changes to the livelihood project. “Imagine, they were only making pot holders and doormats before. Now, they are producing school and office uniforms and shirts,” Ticao gushed.
“It’s a clear sign that the department is helping create development in the countryside,” Ticao said. And this observation was itself echoed by Amelita Penafiel, one of the project beneficiaries, who said that their income has increased, especially now that they accept repair work and bulk orders. “Ang proyekto nakabu lig gid, parehas kahapon kag subong, nakabaton kami sang bayad halin sa nagapa-repair,” (The project helped a lot. For instance, we have income doing repair works for walk-in customers for the past two days.)
“Through these sewing machines, the beneficiaries earn for every piece of work or a percentage of the income of the association for every project,” explained Labor and Employment Officer Anthony Felmo Silveo.
He also suggested that a maintenance slip should be kept to keep track of the condition of the equipment. DOLE Region 6 provided one zigzagger machine, two electrical sewing machines, and four manual sewing machines to the 200 beneficiaries.
DOLE’s budget for the said project amounted to P250,000. RD Ticao was also delighted with their plans. The beneficiaries shared that with additional capitalization, they are looking into curtains, pillowcases, shorts, and pajamas as additional merchandise.