DOLE XII Gives Assistance

DOLEXII Intensifies Employment through livelihood assistance

Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 12 distributed livelihood assistance amounting to 2million to the beneficiaries of On November 6 for Alabel, Saranggani, General Santos City, and South Cotabato and on November 8 for Cotabato City.

There were 300 beneficiaries who benefited from the livelihood grants for the four areas mentioned. Thirty-eight (38) wage workers, 75 from the women sector,25 from the youth, 41 Persons With Disability (PWD) and 128 from the informal sector.

DOLE XII Regional Director Ofelia B. Domingo emphasized the importance of sustainability during the distribution of the livelihood grants to the beneficiaries. " The assistance given by the department is a small amount to give you the start-up capital, but we hope that you can make something from it," she said.

Dole Integrated livelihood program (DILP) is the DOLE’s contribution to the Aquino Administration’s national agenda of reducing poverty through the promotion of livelihood and entrepreneurship and transforming them into community enterprises through convergence of services. It envisions productive, gainful and secure community employment to disadvantaged and vulnerable workers in the informal economy. DILP also endeavors to transform the Philippine society so that every Filipino can enjoy a better and dignified quality of life, consistent with the national goals of inclusive growth, poverty alleviation and job creation.

"Manong" Elmo, a PWD from General Santos City, was out of words when he was given the chance to speak during the distribution in General Santos City. With his new dried fish vending business, he can now support his family and feel more useful as a person and not as a burden on his family.

For DOLE Region XII, as of October 31, 97% of the 15M budget for the DILP has been utilized with a total of 4, 157 beneficiaries.(cdml/dolelco)

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