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9.3-M in livelihood assistance released on Labor Day in Cebu City

Cebu City,Philippines.More than 700 workers in the informal sector are to benefit a total of PHP9,365,630.01 funding released by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) during the 2-day Labor Day Celebration held at the IC3 Convention Center of Cebu. 

On May 1, DOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod and DOLE-7 Regional Director Alvin M. Villamor handed over the amount of PHP7,165,960.00 to the local government unit (LGU) of Samboan, Cebu for sixteen (16) associations and 636 members involved. 

“We’ve learned that beneficiaries would be using the financial assistance for tailoring, carenderia, soap making, bakery, handicraft production, and other livelihood undertakings,” said Director Villamor. 

According to Cebu Provincial Field Office (CPFO) Chief LEO, Maria Grace V. Diaz, the amount that each association received ranged from PHP100,000.00 to as high as PHP900,000.00. 

On the same day, where President Rodrigo RoaDuterte served as honorary guest, the University of San Carlos-KapamilyaNegosyo Na (USC-KNN, Inc.), an accredited co-partner of the DOLEalso received fundingin the amount of PHP1,359,791.00 for the individual projects of its members. 

“The financial assistance will help in the group’s implementation of its integrated livelihood program which is seen to benefit fifty-six members,” said Director Villamor, who urged all recipients to take care and nurture what they received from government. 

On May 2, the Labor Day Celebration for the Informal Sector, the Bacayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Bacayan, Cebu received the amount of PHP340,259.01 benefiting fifty-six (56) members. Beneficiaries, the DOLE-7 Head added, would use the assistance for their Meat Processing project. 

The Department also released PHP499,660.00 to another group -Tubod Ville Women’s Association. The Toledo City-based group has twenty (20) members who will engage with Internet Café business. 

The Provinces of Bohol and Negros Oriental had their own version of the Celebration where livelihood grant releases also took place. 

The releasing of livelihood grants was only one of the highlights of the 2-day event apart from the Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan (TNK) Job and Business Fair; Medical and Dental Mission; and One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO); among others. 




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

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