Forty-eight workers in Tacurong’s informal economy are set to receive their livelihood starter kits after the Department of Labor and Employment released on September 7 the check amounting to P800,997.40 intended for them.

DOLE 12 Regional Director Raymundo Agravante and DOLE Sultan Kudarat Field Office Head Mary Jane Hoksuan personally turned over the livelihood check to the barangay council of San Pablo at the Office of Mayor Angelo Montilla.

Prior to the turnover of check, Director Agravante and San Pablo Punong Barangay Jacob signed the Memorandum of Agreement relative to the implementation of the project.

The project will have to go through the procurement process and once the winning bidders completely deliver all the starter kits for the beneficiaries, payment will be made.

Barangay San Pablo serves as Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) in this undertaking whose beneficiaries are also residents of said barangay.

As ACP, the barangay council is tasked to monitor the individual projects once they start operating.

This livelihood endeavor is under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Project (DILP) that aims to provide tools and jigs to workers in the informal sector.

Informal workers are those who are self-employed and not receiving salaries or wages from any government agency or private company.

The beneficiaries under this project are food processors & vendors, carpenters, dressmakers, welders, and vulcanizing workmen.

Since the project is a grant, the beneficiaries need not be burdened by paying any loan amortization.

Instead, they just have to take care of the tools given to them and make sure that their projects serve as income generators to augment the needs of their respective families. (ASF, LGU Information)