DOLE set to give pedicabs to Zambo siege victims PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 11:54

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in this city will donate about 100 pedicabs to victims of the 2013 September siege that have displaced over 140,000 people from six villages.

DOLE Zamboanga City Director Ian Lahi said priority recipients of the pedicabs are those head of family whose means of livelihood is driving pedicab to support their daily needs.

“Our office will give  priority to  head of the family whose means of livelihood largely depend on driving pedicab  for their  living,” Lahi said.

Lahi said the fund for the production of pedicabs will be drawn from the “Integrated Livelihood, Emergency  Employment Program” of the department.

According to Lahi, war-torn villages – Rio Hondo, Sta Catalina, Kasanyangan, Mariki and Sta Barbara — will  initially be   allocated 20 pedicabs each.

“After we completed the distribution of pedicabs to the six villages affected by the siege,we will also  give 15 pedicabs to the village of Tulungatung and 10 others to Barangay  Cawit,” Lahi added.

He emphasized that a rigid screening will be done by his office in cooperation with village chiefs and officials before a pedicab will be awarded to a recipient of the village.

Lahi said the pedicabs  will also carry the logo of DOLE and the  program where the funds was taken from to finance the  production of the  pedicabs.

It was learned that a driver rents a pedicab from owner at P40.00 a day, an amount an indigent believes too heavy for them.

The program will also help the IDPs finance their daily expenses and is also aimed at  helping them uplift their economic living conditions.

The program is DOLE’s  way of helping those affected by the siege in this city to meet the daily financial requirements of their family. — Nonoy E Lacson