The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 issued to the city government of Tacurong a check worth P1.4 million as livelihood assistance for the city’s informal sector.

Mayor Lina Montilla and City Accountant Elma Bides received the check from DOLE 12 Director Ofelia Domingo in a simple turnover ceremony at DOLE 12 Regional Office in Koronadal City on November 4, 2015.

The city government and DOLE 12 also entered into a Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of the livelihood project.

The fund is under the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting or GPB, now known as Bottom Up Budgeting or BUB, and intended as livelihood assistance under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) in form of Kabuhayan starter kits or negokarts.

A total of 140 individuals coming from various informal sectors will be the beneficiaries of the livelihood projects.

Among the project beneficiaries are the persons with disability (PWD), former OFWs, electricians and dressmakers. Most of the beneficiaries are graduates of the skills training programs of the Local Government Unit (LGU).

Procurement of tools and materials for the starter kits will undergo the usual bidding process of the LGU.

Meanwhile, the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) will be in charge in the implementation and monitoring of the project. Allan S. Freno