Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz the other day awarded to Efren Gabiola, President of the Leyte Electric Cooperative (LEYECO) II Employees Union, a check of P352,500 representing the DOLE Regional No. 8’s grant for the restoration of the water refilling livelihood of 116-strong employees’ union.

In a short program at the DOLE regional office in Tacloban City, Secretary Baldoz, together with Regional Director Exequie lSarcauga and Assistant Regional Director Cyril Ticao, handed out the grant to Gabiola in the presence of some union  officials and members and 100 beneficiaries from three Tacloban barangays of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP).

She also handed out checks worth P760,000 in DILP grants of jigs and tools and raw materials to each of the three barangays for their various livelihood programs.

“I am thankful and happy to know that the LEYECO II Employees Union is still alive and strong. Typhoon Yolanda may have destroyed your water refilling station, but your courageous members, as I see them, are very hopeful and raring to start afresh. So, here we are, ready to help the union and its members in ensuring that your business is rebuilt,” said Baldoz.

Baldoz recalled that just before Typhoon Yolanda last year, she had visited Tacloban City to turn-over to the union the water refilling equipment worth P798,365 which the DOLE granted under the DILP.

Shortly after Typhoon Yolanda, she visited the union’s water refilling station and found out that all of its machine and equipment were destroyed by the flood of sea water brought by the typhoon. She promised DOLE’s help to restore the business.

Gabiola, the union president, and his officials thanked Baldoz and the DOLE for the fast award of the grant that will help the union get back on its feet.

“LEYECO II and its 116 members are indeed very grateful to the DOLE for its grant. As we have promised to the Secretary last year, we will continue to nurture our business, rebuild it, and make it grow,” Gabiola said.


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