Displaced sewers from Clark open DOLE-assisted Tee-Shirt Making business

MABALACAT CITY -- 27 displaced sewers of a Clark Freeport-based garment-manufacturing firm recently opened their Tee Shirt Making business at the Madapdap Resettlement in Mabalacat City.
“We are happy to see former workers of Smart Shirts all in high spirits again. Their resiliency and determination by overcoming the adversities of losing their job by venturing into entrepreneurship is commendable. They are now standing proud and tall as employers themselves. This is why it’s just fitting that they deserve this livelihood intervention from us because we want to help those who want to help themselves,” Department of Labor and Employment Regional Director Ana Dione said.
Earlier this year, DOLE awarded P581,000 livelihood grant to the Smart Shirt Philippines’ Workers Union after their firm’s facility was consumed by fire last year.
It was used for purchase of machines and materials for tee shirt making including four single high speed sewing machines, one flatlock for hemming, two four-thread overlock machines, one cutting machine, one cutting table, four electric ceiling fans, fluorescent lights, fabrics, compressors, threads, and a medicine cabinet.
The union shouldered 20 percent or P250,000 of the P831,000 total project cost which was utilized for initial operating expenses for manpower salaries and benefits and building rental.
A net income of P1.4 million is being eyed after a year of operation.
“We are truly grateful for DOLE for giving us another chance in life after our beloved Smart Shirts Plant was razed by fire through this livelihood assistance. Rest assured, that with their help and guidance, we would do our best to succeed and overcome all adversities,” Union President President Ludynella Hamor said.

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