Aimed at improving the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) and the Social Amelioration and Welfare Program (SAWP), the Department of Labor and Employment-Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (DOLE-BWSC) initiated consultation meeting with the DOLE-Regional Implementers from regions 2 & 6.
The five-day joint consultation meeting on the implementation of the SAP and SAWP and the policy discussion on SAP aims to identify policy gaps and to map out operational strategies in addressing policy and operational constraints.
The SAP, funded though the lien collected from the mills and planters has been providing assistance to both the mill and plantation sugar workers through the distribution of cash bonuses, granting of maternity and death benefits and provision of access to socio-economic projects like livelihood assistance, educational support or scholarship, skills training, medical missions, emergency and calamity assistance.
Like any other programs, SAP has faced challenges encouraging its implementers to continuously improve. Thus, compelled by the need to improve the lives of the workers, Director Ponciano N. Ligutom of Region 6, in his message, challenged the participants, who are the front liners in the implementation of these programs to think outside the box, to lookfor better strategies in doing familiar things and to maximize the opportunity of being together to resolve issues and make things better.
“Una vida que no es compartida Es una vida que no es digna de ser vivida, ” ( A life that is not shared, is a life that is not worth living.) Ligutom quoted in his message. He remindied each one that what is important is to make these programs more meaningful to the lives of its intended clients. Thus, he encouraged everyone to improve the ways things are done, specifically in SAP and SAWP.
The activity was highlighted by the presentation of the (1) Sugarcane Industry Roadmap and initial commitments to Human Resource Development (2) SAWP Performance and Assessment, (3) SAP Performance and Assessment and (4) some Administrative Concerns followed by lengthy discussions on the Proposed Amendment to DOLE Department Order No. 114-11, Proposed Guidelines in the Hiring and Employment of Migratory Sugar Workers (MSW’s) and Guidelines in the Provision of Adequate Temporary Dwelling Facility for MSW’s.
The consultation was conducted on November 16-20, 2013 at Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental.