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DOLE’s 97-M livelihood funds benefit almost 12,000 in 2018

Cebu City, Philippines. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7), last year, released more than PHP97 Million benefiting almost 12,000 beneficiaries all over Central Visayas.

Beneficiaries, who were given opportunity either to engage with temporary employment or self-employment undertakings, all availed the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP), the Department’s contribution to the government agenda of inclusive growth.

“In 2018, we were able to surpass our target and managed to cover more DILEEP beneficiaries. The same could be credited to the concerted efforts of all program implementers from various field offices of DOLE-7,” said Regional Director, Atty. Johnson G. Cañete.

The DILEEP, he explained, has two main components – Kabuhayan or Livelihood Program and the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) or so-called Emergency Employment Program (EEP).

Given premium by the program are vulnerable workers especially those in the informal economy, whose income is not enough to sustain even their basic needs and those so-called displaced workers whether in the formal or informal sectors, who became unemployed, underemployed, or have lost their livelihood due to closure of establishment, economic crisis, retrenchment, termination, and natural disasters or calamities, among others.

Under Kabuhayan, the DOLE produced for the year, a total of 7,462 beneficiaries against the annual target of only 4,866, shelling out over PHP75 Million for the livelihood projects of qualified and deserving individuals and groups or associations.

With TUPAD or EEP, the second component of DILEEP, the Region tallied a total of 4,332 actual beneficiaries, who were given temporary or emergency employment releasing more than PHP21 Million to cover the beneficiaries’ wages, personal protective equipment (PPEs) and group micro-insurance.

As a whole, the DOLE registered a total of 11,794 workers benefiting the DILEEP or an accomplishment rate of 153.35%.

“With the implementation of DILEEP, it is the humble intention of DOLE to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce vulnerability to risks of the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers,” said Director Cañete.

The DOLE, he said further, is now endeavoring to promote for sustainable livelihood undertakings under its Kabuhayan Program, saying that there is a specific committee closely looking at project proposals being submitted in order to validate not only their integrity but also their feasibility and viability.

“We want our beneficiaries to realize that the assistance provided to them is a form of empowerment especially if they are given the opportunity to avail the livelihood program. The idea of dole-out should be scrapped from everyone’s vocabulary because they could never be granted with any assistance if they don’t deserve it, to begin with,” the DOLE-7 Head stressed.

Even with the Emergency Employment Program, he added, beneficiaries should also be able to equate government’s aid with work, which could vary from rendering social or economic projects to agro-forestry community projects.



For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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