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With her knowledge and skill in baking, Ann Rhea Gomez wished to have her own oven or pugon so that she can go full blast in her baking business. Her wish has been granted today.

Forty-eight workers in Tacurong’s informal economy received their livelihood starter kits and nego-karts in a turnover ceremony held at the mini-gym of Barangay San Pablo.

Thirty-nine beneficiaries are all residents of San Pablo, while nine others who are parents of children at risk of child labor, came from other barangays in the city.

The beneficiaries of the project are engaging in various businesses such as baking, welding, food vending, dressmaking, vulcanizing and carpentry among others.

The Department of Labor and Employment funded the project under its DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), a grant assistance that aims to provide livelihood for the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers.

DOLE downloaded the funds amounting to P798,309.40 to the barangay council of San Pablo that also serves as the Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) in this undertaking. An additional amount for GSIS insurance coverage of the beneficiaries was also paid by the DOLE.

The Public Employment Service Office of the city government of Tacurong assisted the barangay council in the implementation of the project.

Present during the turnover ceremony were DOLE Sultan Kudarat Field Office representative Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Willie Concepcion together with Donna Baron.

Mayor Angelo Montilla was represented by City Councilor David Salazar, City Accountant Orly Edica, and PESO Manager Allan Freno.

All members of the barangay council headed by Punong Barangay Rodolfo Jacob were present during the event.

The implementation of the livelihood project in San Pablo came in the heels of the council’s passage of a barangay resolution creating its Barangay PESO.

Barangay PESO Focal Person and Barangay Kagawad Ma. Luisa Acosta is grateful to the help of DOLE and the City LGU in the impementation of the program.

Meanwhile, Punong Barangay Jacob appealed to the beneficiaries to really take good care of the starter kits and nego-carts they received.

“Ipamalas natin na hindi nasasayang ang perang inilabas para sa proyektong ito. Gamitin natin ito para makadagdag sa ating araw-araw na kita,” Jacob said. (LGU Information)