Through the City Government of Tacurong and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), a total of 235 beneficiaries received their livelihood assistance package, the KABUHAYAN Starter Kits, worth Php2.1 million, on February 19, 2016 in a turn over ceremony at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.
Present during the event were City Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito, City Councilors Rodrigo Jamorabon, Psyche Sucaldito, and Wilson Ferrer; and Mr. Alberto Sero, Tacurong-CLGOO. Also present was DOLE Sultan Kudarat Field Office Head, Arlene Bisnon, representing DOLE XII Regional Director, Ofelia Domingo, to help turn over the livelihood kits.
A program under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), the KABUHAYAN beneficiaries received livelihood packages worth up to Php10,000 each in rice trading, salon, meat processing, welding, dressmaking, and hairdressing among others.
The beneficiaries came from the different marginalized sectors of the city including 35 returning OFWs, 30 Persons With Disabilities, 22 kasambahay, graduates of the skills training program of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, and qualified walk-in applicants.
The KABUHAYAN Starter Kit program is a grant assistance for capacity-building on livelihood for the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers. It aims to enable the unemployed poor, seasonal, and low-waged workers to start an individual livelihood, or collective enterprise undertakings.
The Php10,000 start-up capital is used solely for the purchase of raw materials, equipment, tools and jigs, and other support services necessary in setting-up the livelihood.
The KABUHAYAN Starter Kit program was funded under the Bottom-Up Budgeting worth Php1.4 million and Tacurong-LGU’s counterpart worth Php700 thousand. The applications for this first batch of beneficiaries were received in 2015. Applications for the next batch is ongoing and will be approved subject to several requirements set under the DILEEP program.(Yen Robles, Tacurong-LGU)