Jagna, Bohol – At least six (6) Rural Workers Association (RWAs) of the recently “Ipo-Ipo”-hit barangays in the town of Jagna, Bohol availed of the total of P.9 million pesos financial grants from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) last November 21, 2012.
Gov. Chatto was instrumental in the release of the financial grants when DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz immediately acted upon his request for the said victims.
Chatto who was represented by Consultant Billy Tiongco, together with Jagna Mayor Bicbic Abrenilla and Vice-Mayor Exam Lloren, led the turn-over of the grants and lauded the DOLE for its continuing support in the different livelihood programs and services of the provincial government of Bohol.
For his part, Mayor Abrenilla also thanked the Bohol Integrated Development Foundation, Inc. (BIDEF) Chaired by Fr. Victor Bompat who assisted all the way in the project identification and project proposal preparations. BIDEF acted as the Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) for the beneficiary-organizations
The barangays of Bunga Mar, Ipil, Cantagay availed of the projects on Payaw, Drift Gill Net Fishing, Fish Trading and Free-range native chicken production.
DOLE Bohol Chief Labor and Employment Officer Wilson Cenas revealed that DILP provides productive, gainful and secure employment to marginalized and unprotected workers in the communities.
He said that DOLE provides integrated livelihood interventions not only in Livelihood Enhancement to enable the existing livelihood undertakings of self-employed workers in the informal economy grow into viable and sustainable businesses that provide income at par with the minimum wage earners, but also Livelihood Formation to enable the long – term unemployed poor in the informal economy to engage in livelihood undertakings to make them productive, particularly the youth, women, disabled persons and Indigenous Peoples.
Also, Cenas said that there are also intervention in the Formation/Enhancement of Income-Augmenting Livelihood projects wherein it intends to assist the workers in the formal economy in engaging into business to augment their wages/salaries. Their business activity will provide them with additional sources of income from their share in the profit and employment of their family members.
END/EYFerrer with reporting from Gerry A. Guidaben (Sr. LEO) - BFO
For more information on this report, you may contact Mr. Emmanuel Y. Ferrer – Regional Labor Communication Officer at telephone number 0(32) 416-6167/266-2792.