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2 Million in livelihood assistance just released by DOLE

 

Cebu City, Philippines. More than Two Million Pesos in livelihood assistance was released this week by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) to its latest pool of beneficiaries.

To venture into new livelihood undertakings under the Kabuhayan program of the DOLE included the Barangay Buhisan United Tricycle Drivers’ Association, Inc. of Buhisan Proper, Cebu City; the Buot Livelihood Association, Inc. of Barangay Buot, Cebu City; and the SUBASPA Multi-Purpose Cooperative of SubaPanas, Subabasbas, Lapu-Lapu City.

The Barangay Buhisan United Tricycle Drivers’ Association, Inc. that will be engaging with Pisonet Café and Retail of Lubricants and Other Motor Parts Project received from DOLE close to P500,00.00. The amount, according to the group, will be benefiting more than forty (40) members including some Senior Citizens and a Person with Disability (PWD).

The Buot Livelihood Association, Inc., for its Rags for Profits – A Community Livelihood Project of the Women and Farmers Of Barangay Buot Project, received almost P600,000.00 livelihood assistance. The grant is expected to help augment the income of over sixty (60) beneficiaries.

The SUBASPA Multi-Purpose Cooperative, on the other hand, got almost One Million pesos for its SUBASPA Farm – Egg Laying Chicken and Quail Project. Said undertaking is eyed to supplement and augment the income of seventy (70) target beneficiaries.

Earlier this week, said associations personally received their checks at the DOLE-7 Regional Office from Director Salome O. Siaton during the turn-over ceremony.

Urging the beneficiaries to value and take care of the assistance they received from DOLE, Director Siaton reminded them of their responsibility to make their livelihood projects sustainable and lasting.

“The different Field Offices of the DOLE will take charge in monitoring the various projects being undertaken by the beneficiaries. If they could determine in their assessment that these projects have actually become sustainable and are still existing, then the DOLE, as a form of reinforcement, can always grant involved associations with the so-called Kabuhayan Enhancement,” explained the Regional Director.

Kabuhayan Enhancement, she said, will enable existing livelihood undertakings grow into more viable and more sustainable businesses that will help provide income that is at least at par with those of the minimum wage earners.

She reminded the beneficiaries though, of how important it is for them to thoroughly understand the content of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that they entered into with the DOLE.

The Regional Director also cautioned them to be extra careful in the procurement of all the goods, jigs, tools, and equipment that their respective projects would require. “Everything has to be in place especially the canvassing of goods and the keeping of records such as the official receipts,” she added, saying further that beneficiaries have to be wary of their obligation to liquidate the funds extended to them.

“No liquidation of financial assistance received, No subsequent access to the DOLE’s livelihood assistance,” Director Siaton reiterated.

She lauded the Tri-City Field Office (TCFO) who was at the forefront in facilitating the release of the livelihood assistance to concerned beneficiaries.

The funds provided to beneficiaries were born out of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) under the Livelihood or Kabuhayan component, which is a grant assistance for capacity-building on livelihood for the working poor and the vulnerable and marginalized workers.

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza

 

For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

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2019-07-23
SALOME O. SIATON
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