Negros Oriental, Philippines (09 May 2023). Members of three (3) workers’ associations and three of the Pamplona shooting victims in Negros Oriental received livelihood assistance from DOLE-7 on May 1.

The Sanlagan Okiot Livelihood Development Association (SOFLIDA) of Bais City, as the DOLE-7’s accredited co-partner in implementing the beneficiaries’ livelihood projects, received Php1.1 Million.

The amount, said DOLE-Negros Oriental Field Office (NOFO) OIC-Ma. Teresa D. Tanquiamco, will cover the expenses needed to start operationalizing the businesses of the recipients.

Out of the said grant, Php990,424.00 will finance the group’s Dried Boneless Bangus and Seaweed Farming project. While, around Php120,000.00 will be used to fund the individual Sari-Sari Store Projects of three Pamplona shooting victims and a Piggery Project of another unemployed beneficiary.

For their livelihood starter kits, the 4 individual beneficiaries would each receive Php30,000.00 in livelihood grant.

Previously, twenty-one workers who were profiled as victims of the Pamplona shooting received their individual livelihood starter kits from DOLE collectively amounting to a total of Php630,000.00.

Also receiving their livelihood assistance on May 1 was the Association Agricola De Bais y Tanjay, Inc. The group got Php 994,400.00 for its Farm Mechanization Project benefiting around 100 members.

Moreover, the Kababayen-an Alang sa Paglambo sa Nasudnong Industriya sa Gatas Multi-Purpose Cooperative (KAPANG MPC) of San Juan, Siquijor, likewise received its share after receiving Php1,426,024.0 for its Dairy Milk Production.

The said amount will also benefit some 31 workers, who will soon start manning their livelihood starter kits.

The releases done in Negros Oriental at the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Center during the Labor Day celebration were just a portion of the Php115 Million that DOLE-7 collectively distributed to beneficiaries on May 1 comprising of TUPAD wages and livelihood grants that benefited a total of 19,894 workers both in the formal and informal sectors.


End//LSenarlo-Taniza with reporting from BMDePadua


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