An­tique gov­er­nor to visit 2,000 sacadas in Ne­gros

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

AN­TIQUE Gov­er­nor Rhodora Ca­diao is set to ar­rive in the Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal on Novem­ber 15 to 18 to visit sug­ar­cane farm work­ers, or sacadas, in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal who are res­i­dents of her prov­ince.

In the pre­vi­ous years, there were 7,000 sacadas from An­tique who worked in the prov­ince. But now, it was al­ready down to 2,000, based on the record pro­vided by the provin­cial gov­ern­ment of An­tique.

Al­though the num­bers have re­duced, most of the sugar planters in the prov­ince are re­ly­ing on sacadas from other prov­inces like An­tique for the har­vest of the sug­ar­cane plan­ta­tion.

Lack of farm work­ers has been one of the ma­jor prob­lems of the sugar in­dus­try in the prov­ince as most of the work­ers now are al­ready into con­struc­tion be­cause of big­ger pay and eas­ier jobs.

Ca­diao’s visit will be her fourth as part of her sacada pro­gram.

The gov­er­nor will visit the town of Mur­cia and La Car­lota City or a to­tal of 22 ha­cien­das where there are con­firmed work­ers com­ing from An­tique.

The Sacada Desk is a pro­gram ini­ti­ated by Ca­diao to take care of these mi­grant work­ers in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal af­ter re­ceiv­ing re­ports of mal­treat­ment and abuse by landown­ers.

Ca­diao said she wants the num­ber of mi­grant work­ers work­ing in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal to go down by im­ple­ment­ing a com­pre­hen­sive liveli­hood pro­gram and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

With Ca­diao dur­ing her visit here are rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the An­tique Provin­cial Health Of­fice, Provin­cial So­cial Wel­fare and Devel­op­ment, Depart­ment of La­bor and Devel­op­ment and the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice.

The gov­er­nor, in co­or­di­na­tion with the lo­cal gov­ern­ments of Mur­cia and La Car­lota, will also con­duct a med­i­cal mis­sion for the work­ers.*

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