Negros Has Enough ‘Sacadas’

Negros has enough sugar farm workers for now especially those employed during the harvest season, but the inevitable mechanization of the sugar industry will eventually mean the decreasing demand for the “sacadas”.

Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao together with her provincial government staff paid a courtesy visit to Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. at the Capitol, yesterday. Also in photo are Acting Provincial Administrator Lucille Gelvolea (left) and Provincial Social Welfare Development Officer Elena Serenias (2nd from left).*(Richard Malihan photo)

This was a concern discussed between visiting Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao and Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday.

Cadiao said Marañon told her to prepare her province for the eventuality.

“We will be ready, but for now we are dependent on the jobs here in Negros because they have no work in Antique,” Cadiao also said.

She said they recognize the fact that Filipinos will eventually equip themselves in terms of educational attainment to open more opportunities as the “sacadas” will eventually be phased out.

Cadiao is in the province for her annual Bisita Sacada project aimed at checking the situation of the sugar workers from Antique working in the large farm lands in the province.

The Governor said that her office has documented 10,000 sacadas now working in Negros.

However, Marañon said that the sacadas now in Negros “are still enough but he wants more sacadas to work in the province,” Cadiao said quoting Marañon.

She pointed out that the workers now in Negros are already old.

“The younger generation prefer to study in technical or vocational courses if not four-year courses,” Cadiao said.*(NDB)