DSWD 7 extends P5,000 cash aid to sugar mill workers in Northern Cebu

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AFTER having been on a one month work suspension, workers of a sugar milling company in the northern part of Cebu received financial assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7.

The 240 workers who have been on "No Work, No Pay" for a month received P5,000 pesos cash aid from the agency to support their families in this crisis.

DSWD 7 said that administrative staff and factory workers gathered to receive their financial assistance from the agency in the municipal gym of Medellin, Cebu.

Oliver Ian Sanjorjo, President of Associated Labor Union (ALU), the labor union of the company, revealed that this is the first time that has happened to the establishment that they have suspended their work for one month, in his 25 years of working with the company.

"Nagpasalamat mi sa DSWD og sa local government namo dinhi nga naa sila gihatag nga ayuda para namo," Sanjorjo said, emphasizing that his work in the company is their family’s main source of income just like his other co-workers.

He added that after the milling season in the middle of May, employees go into forced leave or vacation for days with pay, and then they go back to work to do some repairs and services to prepare for the next milling season.

The company suspended their work from July 15 until August 15, leaving employees with no salary during those supposed working days and seeking assistance from the government.

The local government of Medellin also provided 10 kilos of rice during the distribution. (HBL with PR)