Gov. Rhodora J. Cadiao, lead a team from the Provincial Government of Antique for the Bisita Sacada 2016 that catered approximately 300 Antiqueño sugar migrant workers in Negros Occidental.

Among the team were Provincial Social Welfare Officer Lazaro Petinglay and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Dr. Leoncio Abiera. They gave free medical check-ups and food packs to their fellow kasimanwa. They also they enrolled the Sacadas who still don’t have any kind of insurance to the PhilHealth insurance. They also conducted a spiritual upliftment and advocacy campaign on Anti-trafficking and the Sacada rights.

Last November 22, Gov. Cadiao visited Hacienda Manayao-sayao at Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod with 50 Antiqueño sacadas under milling supervisor Rodel Oliveros.

On the second day, November 23, they went to Hacienda San Antonio in Brgy. San Antonio with 25 sacadas under Alex Importante; Hacienda Teresita in Brgy. Dos Hermanas with 57 sacadas under Eddie Fernando; and Hacienda Gloria and Paz in Brgy. Bagacay with 50 sacadas unded Marcos Untalan Jr., all in the municipality of Talisay.

On their last day in Silay they visited Hacienda Imelda in Brgy. E. Lopez with 45 sacadas under Minerva Flores; Hacienda Bagacay in Brgy. Bagtic with 42 sacadas under Amelyn Samsona; and Hacienda Puyas I, Brgy. Bagtic with 32 sacadas under Federico Galos.

In their three-day visit, Gov. Cadiao led a courtesy call and coordination meeting with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Mayors Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod, Neil Lizares of Talisay and Mark Golez of Silay.

PSWO Petinglay said that an Antiqueño lawyer, based on Negros Occidental, volunteered to help the 23cases of violence towards tha Sacadas.

The Bisita Sacada is an initiative of the Provincial Government of Antique under the leadership of Gov. Cadiao, who prioritized the protection of and the welfare of the Sacadas. It is also a promise by Gov. Cadiao to the Sacadas last year to come back and check their living conditions. The administration also allocated Php 3 million for the livelihood assistance of the Sacadas.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), reported 4,000 documented Sacadas but in reality there were almost 10,000 working in Negros.