Dumanjug, Cebu, Philippines—The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Regional Office 7 officially turned over to the Santo Niño Augustinian Social Development Foundation, Inc. (SNAF) a vermicomposting project intended to enhance the livelihood of members of the Kahugpungan sa Mamumuong Mag-uuma sa Monte Maravilla (KAMAU-MO) in particular, and of the entire Barangay Kang-actol, Dumanjug, Cebu, in general.
In simple ceremonies held at the demo farm of KAMAU-MO in the said barangay on December 16, 2020, DOLE Cebu Provincial Director Vivencio Lagahid personally presided the turn-over after trekking through rolling hills made slippery by continuous early morning rains. In symbolic gesture, Lagahid handed an over-sized cheque to Fr. Aladdin Luzon, OSA, Executive Director of SNAF, as other DOLE officials, SNAF staff, and KAMAU-MO officers and members witnessed the historic event.
The project is the first externally-funded endeavor involving KAMAU-MO as beneficiary and implementor. Aside from enhancing farming capacities, it promotes an environment-friendly enterprise that aims to contribute to the reduction of local poverty and of other vulnerabilities posed on the working poor.
Lagahid hailed the project as a testament to the growing solidarity among KAMAU-MO members and officers. He cautioned, however, the incipient organization on new challenges that will be coming its way to test its organizational strength in implementing the project. Thus, he encouraged them to use the project as springboard to achieve greater unity even as he committed to continue extending assistance through SNAF.