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Sixty-four small-time entrepreneurs from the informal sectors of the city resume business as the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Tacurong turned over brand-new Starter Kits and Nego-Karts from the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) of the Department of Labor and Employment Region XII (DOLE 12) on April 7, 2021 at the City Hall Grounds.

Under DILEEP, the beneficiaries of Tacurong were able to receive One Million Pesos worth of equipment, supplies, and insurance.

Equipment such as oven, pans, and LPG tanks; vulcanizing and auto-repainting machineries; and sari-sari store goods and more were taken home by the recipients depending on the type of business they applied for.

Vendors from the informal sector, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), and drug surrenderees composed the recipients of this grant. Meanwhile applicants belonging to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) are exempted to avail this grant since 4Ps provides its own separate assistance.

The DILEEP implementation in Tacurong ensued after City Councilor David Salazar, Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Labor and Employment Chairperson, pushed for a Memorandum of Agreement between City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla and DOLE making the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong an Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) of the program.

In attendance at the turnover ceremony of the Kabuhayan Kits were City Vice Mayor Lino O. Montilla, City Councilors Lalaine Montilla and David Salazar, City Accountant Orly Edica, Executive Assistant to the Mayor Rogelio Garcia, and DOLE Representative Donna Baron. They all echoed the same sentiment to handle the grant with much importance as such, once sustained, can elevate the recipients’ quality of life.

This message was met with acceptance from the grantees and two of them, Kakanin Vendor Milagros Albania and Barber Salmone Fortunato, delivered their profuse gratitude almost tearfully.

The Kabuhayan grant is only one of the many interventions of the LGU to abate the adverse impact of the pandemic. This grant is also a follow up to the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program of DOLE that was also recently carried out this month in the city. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)