TACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE – After years of driving pedicabs owned by private operators, forty (40) ‘sikad’ (pedicab) drivers are now roaming around the streets of San Jose, Northern Samar with their own units.
This was made possible after the Department of Labor and Employment through its Northern Samar Field Office released brand new steel pedicabs to the beneficiaries.
The turn-over ceremony was held recently at the municipal hall of San Jose, Northern Samar and was led by DOLE NSFO Head Patria Bigcas with the presence of former San Jose Mayor Damian Luzon, the newly-installed Mayor Clarence Dato, PESO Manager Fe Maurice Tornea, and the beneficiaries and their families.
The five hundred thousand worth of 40 units of pedicab is expected to augment the income of the driver-beneficiaries who, prior to the DOLE livelihood assistance, had to pay the owners or operators a boundary of at least P50.00 per day.
Speaking in behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. Eddie Fugado, 43 years old, expressed his gratitude to the DOLE for the livelihood intervention and vowed to take care of it in the hope that it will bring about better quality of life for him and his family.
DOLE Regional Director Elias A. Cayanong, in a message relayed by DOLE NSFO Head Bigcas, said that the livelihood assistance is a manifestation of the government’s recognition of the significance of informal sector workers in the development of the local economy.
“This is also one of the government’s measures in resolving the issue on unemployment and underemployment in the country and all that I can hope for is that this could be an avenue for the prosperity and development of the municipality of San Jose”, Cayanong added. (DOLE 8 New Release)