Butuan City— The Jaka Equities Corporation Employees Development Cooperative (JEC EDC), a beneficiary of the Department of Labor and Employment Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), proudly opened their water refilling station last August 8 at Jaka Compund, Brgy. Marcos, Magallanes Agusan del Norte.

The grand opening activities started with the blessing of the establishment officiated by Rev. Celso Laluna. After the blessing, Mr. Norman C. Bersalote, DILEEP Focal Person of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Agusan del Norte Provincial Office, graced the turned-over ceremonies of the 383 thousand-worth livelihood assistance.

“In spite of these trials we have encountered during the procurement process and realization of the establishment, I am thankful that the cooperative was able to surpass the challenges with the help of the Department of Labor and Employment and the Local Government Unit of Barangay Marcos,” Mr. Bersalote said during his message. He also congratulated the officers as well as the members of the JEC EDC.

Barangay Kagawad Briccio E.Burias, representative of Barangay Marcos, greeted the JEC EDC officers and employees for the success of their grand opening. In his message, Burias emphasized how grateful they are to be the accredited co-partner of DOLE in the said project.

“Being the accredited co-partner of this project, we are very thankful because it will be very helpful not only to the constituents of Brgy. Marcos, but also to the residents of the neighboring Barangays,” Burias said.

Engr. Apollo N. Gicum, one of the Board of Directors of JEC EDC gave thanks to DOLE Caraga Regional Office and Agusan del Norte Provincial Office for quickly facilitating the realization of the project.

“DOLE never got tired of working and facilitating the realization of this water-refilling project, from evaluation of proposal, compliance of requirements, processing and issuance of check, turning over of the check to the accredited co-partner, and here we are, reaping the fruit of all [our] efforts,” Engr. Gicum said in his response.

The ceremonies culminated with the cutting of ribbon by the representatives of DOLE, Brgy. Marcos, and Jaka Equities Corporation Employees Development Cooperative.

KIM F. LABASTILLA