Ferdinand and Rodalyn (top photos L-R) together with their co-beneficiaries employed at the Company (below)

“We are really impressed with the performance of all the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries we hire. So whenever we need workers here in our production farm, we always hire them and renew their contract after every six months,” Farm Supervisor Engr. Roland Cararang shared.

East West Seeds Company Incorporated in Dingras, Ilocos Norte has been hiring Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries as farm laborers and pollinators. Ferdinand Ramiro, 51, was one of the pioneer employees.  Due to his loyalty, the Company awarded his three children with scholarship.

Engr. Cararang said that they are expanding their Company in the municipalities of Marcos, Banna, and Solsona, Ilocos Norte and assured that they will again consider Pantawid Pamilya as their source of workforce.

In 2016, the Company and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) were linked with a Memorandum of Agreement to employ Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. There are 181 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries hired since then.

Rodalyn Foroganan, 42, reached her fourth year in the Company as an Assistant Lead Man with the assistance of SLP’s Pre-Employment Assistance Fund (PEAF), which was used to buy her farm uniform and secure employment requirements. She is thankful of being employed because she has a source of income to augment the needs of her children in their studies.

PEAF is a modality that provides financial assistance to program participants with guaranteed employment to secure employment application and documentary requirements.  (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)