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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office 9 Zamboanga Peninsula continuously exerted efforts in empowering kasambahays as well as implementing the Family Welfare Program (FWP) of the Department.

This was reported by the technical staff of the Women Workers Development Division (WWDD) when they proceeded to the Zamboanga Peninsula last August 13 to 16, 2019 to document the best practices in empowering household workers or kasambahays.

In this regard, significant programs were conceptualized to improve the lives of the domestic workers such as learning sessions and skills trainings; assistance in the formation of organization for kasambahays; scholarships through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; and provision of livelihood projects in the form of starter kits, among others.

Moreso, a meeting with the stakeholders and Family Welfare representatives was held to present the significant contributions of the groups in the implementation of Batas Kasambahay.

Mercedita Gaballo, President of ZamPen Association of Kasambahay discussed the activities undertaken by their group.

“We conduct regular monthly meetings to talk about the issues and concerns encountered by kasambahays. We also hold social responsibility activities such as mangrove planting and clean-up drive,” she said.

Also, some establishments within the region which implement the FWP were visited, namely, Permex Producer and Exporter Corp., Universal Canning Inc., Goodyear Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GARBEMCO), Zamboanga Del Sur II Electric Cooperative Inc., and Phil Pioneer Rubber Prod. Corp.

Most of the establishments provide medical health care through annual check-up, free supplements and medical allowances. Also, orientations on family planning and responsible parenthood were conducted by these businesses as a compliance to one of the dimensions of Family Welfare Program.

Moreover, these business organizations have their respective lactation stations and are implementing the 40-minute lactation break. Further, they also received a Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace award from the Department of Health.



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