Department of Labor and Employment VI Regional Director, Ponciano Ligutom, urged DOLE personnel in Western Visayas to be proactive community organizers and catalysts of sustainable rural development, a press release from DOLE said.
Ligutom made the remarks during the recent Basic Organizers Training for Sustainable Community Development held at the newly-constructed Sugar Workers Development Center, Cottage Road, Bacolod City.
The seminar, which was attended by some 30 DOLE staff from its various offices and programs from throughout the region.
Ligutom said the DOLE personnel could be more effective in serving the rural workers when they are equipped with the appropriate orientation and skills on community organizing and development, the press release said.
The week-long Basic Organizers Training was facilitated by the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement-Negros Office.
Among the resource persons were PRRM-Negros Chapter Chair Isagani Fernandez, PAP 21 Executive Director Joel Alapar, and PRRM-Negros Area Manager Edwin Balajadia.
Other highlights of the training were an over-night community integration with members of the Fisherfolks Association for Coastal Development, that is based in Brgy. Gargato, Hinigaran, and the crafting of a re-entry plan, the press release said.*