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Institute for Labor Studies researchers Maria Isabel Artajo, Paulina Kim Pacete and Stephanie Flores presented their research proposal for the process evaluation of the Social Amelioration Program in the Sugar Industry - Socio-economic Program Related Fund (SAP-SEP) and tracer study of the SAP-SEP's Education Assistance Program (EDAP) during the first meeting of the National Sugar Tripartite Council (STC) for 2017 in Dumaguete City last March 24, 2017.

The DOLE-Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), the SAP Program Manager and STC Secretariat requested the ILS to conduct a process evaluation of SAP-SEP to improve program reach and effectiveness and to establish the initial monitoring and evaluation database for the EDAP.

The proposed study was met with strong support and endorsement from the STC members and chairperson, including DOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod who lauded the initiative for its potential contribution to the council and key industry stakeholders. Usec. Maglunsod also requested to make the program more responsive to the needs of its target beneficiaries. With the STC's approval of the proposal, ILS will start work on the research, which is expected to be completed in November 2017.

The STC is the tripartite mechanism and advisory body established to effectively implement the SAP under Republic Act 6982. The Council is composed of ten members: Secretary of Labor or duly authorized representative as Chairperson; one representative from the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA); four members from management (two representatives from the millers' sector and two representatives from the planters' sector), and four members from the labor sector (two representatives from mill workers, and two representatives from field workers).

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