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Livelihood opportunities made available to informal sector

Cebu City,Philippines.Farmers, fisher folks, drivers, vendors, and unpaid family members, among others or those belonging to the most vulnerable members of the labor force in the country have significantly formed part of the national economy.

With special appreciation afforded to them on May 2 during the Labor Day Celebration for the Informal Sector held in Cebu City, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, together with other top officials highlighted socially relevant livelihood undertakings that they must engage with under the DOLE’s Kabuhayan program.

Kabuhayan, being one of the components of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) pushes for the legitimate kind of activities that will serve as source of viable employment option to generate income among low-income groups.

Atty. Ma. Karina P. Trayvilla, Director of the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) said that the DOLE could grant livelihood assistance to workers in the informal economy under two categories – group and individual projects. 

She said thatfor group projects, an organization with 15 to 25 members could avail of a maximum financial assistance of PHP250,000.00. An organization composed of 26 to 50 members could avail up to PHP500,000.00; while an organization composed of more than 50 members could be granted with a maximum assistance of PHP1,000,000.00.

Under individual projects, DOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod added, beneficiaries can avail of the Starter Kit or NegosyosaKariton (Nego-Kart) up to PHP20,000.00, an amount bigger than the previous grant that’s now provided in the revised guidelines of the DILEEP or Department Order No. 173, Series of 2017.

Eligible beneficiaries of the DOLE’s Kabuhayan Program include those self-employed with insufficient income; marginalized and landless farmers; marginalized fisher folks; unpaid family members; women and youth; low/minimum wage earners and seasonal workers; workers displaced or to be displaced as a result of natural disasters or closure of establishment, retrenchment, and termination; persons with disability (PWDs); senior citizens; indigenous people; parents or guardians of child laborers; rebel returnees; and victims of armed conflict. 

Assistant Secretary Ma. Gloria A. Tango, in her closing message, urged all participants to work hand-in-hand with the Department hoping that all efforts exerted will contribute to inclusive growth and change that everyone aspired for. 

The event, held at the IC3 Pavilion, gathered more than 300 attendees coming from the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), Alliance of Workers in the Informal Sector (ALLWIES) and several workers’ associations.



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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