Antique ‘sacadas’ receive needed aid

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique — The provincial government revealed that at least 460 sugar migrants, locally known as sacadas, will receive financial assistance during the annual “Bisita Sacada”, or the visit of Antique’s provincial government officials to migrant workers in Negros Occidental, on 7 to 10 December 2022.

Antique Provincial Government Sacada desk in-charge Randy Ardeño said Antique officials, to be led by Governor Rhodora Cadiao, would distribute the financial assistance, along with food packs to their migrant workers to “bring them early Christmas joy.”

He said each sacada would receive P2,000 aid to individuals in crisis situation from the Department of Social Welfare and Development at the Kabankalan Covered Gym, in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

Antique provincial officials will also make a courtesy call on their counterparts in Negros Occidental, and meet with planters and contractors to discuss how to further improve the conditions of sacadas.

The sacada desk-in-charge added that this year’s Bisita Sacada was moved from 15 to 18 November due to the onslaught of severe tropical storm “Paeng” that struck the province last week of October.

Now on its eighth year, the Bisita Sacada has so far resulted in several improvements in the conditions of sacadas, such as their headquarters that are already well ventilated and provided with divisions for privacy.

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