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Senior citizens and PWDs in Toledo City, Cebu receive almost 2-Million financial aid from DOLE

 

Cebu City, Philippines. A cooperative and two other workers’ associations, mostly composed of senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs), just received this week close to Two Million Pesos in financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment.

The beneficiaries are all residents of Toledo City, Cebu, shared DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, who personally turned-over the check in a short ceremony held Monday.

The Atlas Mining Community Handicapped’s Association (AMCHA) Multi-Purpose Cooperative, a social enterprise for PWDs in the Province of Cebu and at the same time the one that acts as the DOLE’s partner or conduit in the implementation of beneficiaries’ identified projects, received Php998,330.00 for their Manufacturing of School Furniture livelihood undertaking.

Being the DOLE’s partner in the said endeavor, the Cooperative will be assisting 2 neighboring workers’ associations, namely: (1) the Pundok Panaghiusa ug Tinabangay Men and Women Workers Association and the (2) Lamakan Santa Rosa Men and Women Workers Association. Each received Php500,000.00 for their respective General Merchandising projects.

“After an extensive evaluation and thorough scrutiny on all documents presented most especially on beneficiaries’ project proposals, the Regional Project Management Team found out that they indeed deserve to be granted with livelihood assistance,” said Director Siaton.

It was not the first time for the AMCHA Multi-Purpose Cooperative to avail of the DOLE’s Kabuhayan program, she added. “Seeing the group’s sincerity and how it managed to expand its DOLE-assisted project as well as extend help to other small workers’ associations, the DOLE did not hesitate to accredit it as a partner or conduit in the implementation of the Department’s livelihood program in Toledo City.”

As a project counterpart, the Cooperative will be shelling out more than Php13 Million, an estimated 20% share of their total project cost. The other 2 organizations will both spend over Php100,000.00 as counterpart.

According to Director Siaton, beneficiaries’ counterpart or equity is purposely required in order to communicate the message that the DOLE’s livelihood program is never a dole out thing. It is something, she continued, that is given only to those, who deserve it and those who feel a sense of ownership of their livelihood projects.

She urged the beneficiaries to take care of what government has given them adding that, “They can even showcase their products during the conduct of the DOLE Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan or TNK Job and Business Fairs. In that way, we will be able to help them find a good market for their products. Besides, it’s a joy to see proponents of DOLE-funded projects displaying their products to the public. It’s a way of telling the people that these projects are indeed sustained, alive and operational.”

Cebu Provincial Field Office (CPFO) Officer-in-Charge Vivencio E. Lagahid noted that beneficiaries must be able to put their canvassing and procurement of materials, jigs and equipment in place. More importantly, he added, liquidation of funds must be done within thirty (30) days from the time that all materials needed have been procured.

“For monitoring and evaluation, the AMCHA Multi-Purpose Cooperative will help us do it being the DOLE’s partner or conduit in this endeavor,” he said.

The livelihood assistance extended to beneficiaries was born out of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).

 

 

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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2020-02-14
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