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Vendors receive 1.4 Million worth of livelihood assistance from DOLE

Cebu City, Philippines. Vendors in Mandaue City, Cebu recently received 1.4 Million Pesos of financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment.

The forty-seven (47) beneficiaries, who all come from barangay Canduman received the assistance under the Starter Kit Assistance (SKA) package with each of them being granted with Php29,000.00 to a maximum of Php30,000.00 depending on the requirements of their individual projects.

According to DOLE Tri-City Field Office Head, Director Emmanuel Y. Ferrer, beneficiaries will soon engage with various projects such as Sari-Sari Store (Frozen Foods, dried fish and other items); Fish vending; Barbeque Selling; Eatery/Carenderia; Garment's Bag (Bag Making); Overruns Selling; RTW and Meat Selling; Coffee machine vending; and Snacks Selling (Tempura, Kwek-kwek, hotdog, fisd and squid ball/rolls); among others.

“We have partnered with the local government unit of barangay Canduman for the implementation of the projects. We are optimistic that the barangay officials will be very active in monitoring the sustainability of these undertakings once they are being operationalized,” said Ferrer.

Barangay Canduman, he continued, is one of the many barangays within the Tri-Cities (Cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu) that have been greatly challenged economically by the pandemic.

“A lot of these working poor have lost their livelihood due to border closures, trade restrictions and confinement measures. Because of these, many of them became unemployed and those considered self-employed were prevented to earn for a living,” continued Ferrer.

Just recently, the Department through the Tri-City Field Office released the check amounting to Php1,412,035.00 to  Canduman Barangay Captain Dante A. Borbajo at the DOLE Regional Office.

Being the DOLE’s partner in the implementation of the livelihood projects, said barangay will take charge of the canvassing and procurement of jigs and materials required by each business undertaking as well as the liquidation of expenses incurred. “They will also help us monitor the efficacy of the implementation of the projects,” he added.

DOLE-7 Salome O. Siaton said that Barangay Canduman and the DOLE will work hand in hand in strengthening the interventions provided to beneficiaries. “With the assistance provided to them, we hope that they will be able to recuperate and expand their businesses and become self-sufficient, eventually,” she added.

She urged the beneficiaries to do their share and help Barangay Canduman lessen the number of vulnerable individuals in their community by nurturing the assistance they received from DOLE.






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


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