Iloilo execs thank DOTr, DOLE for help

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Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, Rep. Julienne Baronda, and Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. recently received the livelihood programs and projects extended by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to the city and the province to cushion the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Ilonggos.

Treñas expressed his gratitude to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III for their love and concern for the Ilonggos.

“We witness these Ilonggo beneficiaries to be given a chance to start over again and to see hope amidst these trying times. All these will not be possible without the love and concern of Secretary Bello and Secretary Tugade,” the mayor said. (

Baronda also thanked the two agencies for their assistance during the pandemic.

“DOTr looked for ways to have (personal protective equipment) and specimens for RT-PCR test shipped since we didn’t have a testing center here at that time. It helped us organize sweeper flights for our stranded Ilonggos and to repatriate overseas Filipino workers,” the congresswoman said.

The DOTr, she added, dispatched the Philippine Coast Guard to transport locally stranded individuals and supplies.

Baronda also credited DOLE for its various programs like TUPAD, GIP and the Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program.

For his part, Defensor thanked Tugade for the airport and port projects of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and Philippine Ports Authority in the province.

“Let me extend the thanks of the people of Iloilo. Salamat sa mga oras na ibinibigay ninyo at sa pag-asikaso sa mga ports sa Iloilo. Salamat sa ating pagtutulungan at trabaho kasama ang CAAP at PPA. Pasalamatan din natin si President Rodrigo Duterte sa mga proyekto na dumaan sa mga opisina nina Secretary Tugade at Secretary Bello,” he said.

The DOTr distributed 25 electric tricycles or e-trikes to the city government of Iloilo after Tugade inked a Memorandum of Agreement with Baronda and Treñas.

A total of 38 beneficiaries also received bicycles under the Bikecination Livelihood Projects and free cellphone loads while 75 individuals benefited from “Trisikad” Project of the DOLE.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration likewise distributed checks for 40 beneficiaries under “Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Program,” Education for Development Scholarship Program and 17 beneficiaries under “TABANG OFW” program.

After the distribution of various livelihood programs, Tugade and Bello led the inauguration of the new P50-million Philippines Coast Guard District Western Visayas Headquarters.