Using sign language with an interpreter beside him, twenty-six year old John Michael Billones tried hard to convey his gratitude to the government for the livelihood starter kits he received during a turnover ceremony held earlier today, February 7, at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.

Billones, deaf and mute, is one of the 14 Persons With Disability beneficiaries of the livelihood projects released by the Local Government Unit (LGU) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12.

His kit, amounting to P13 thousand, includes a set of materials for barbecue business such as fabricated steel grill, 15 kilograms of meat, tables & chairs, pneumatic umbrella, cooking pot, and basin among others.

DOLE 12 Regional Director Sisinio Cano, Mayor Angelo Montilla and his spouse Cora Montilla were on hand in giving his livelihood project.

A total of 66 individual beneficiaries received their kits on various livelihood undertakings such as carinderia, halo-halo making, dressmaking, welding, vulcanizing, carpentry, and barber cutting among others.

The project falls under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Project (DILP) that aims to provide tools and jigs for the informal sector to help augment their income.

More than half a million pesos was allocated and funded by the DOLE for this batch of recipients that also included drug surrenderers who had completed the required community-based rehabilitation program.

Also present during the turnover of livelihood projects were City Councilor Remo Flores, City Councilor David Salazar, DOLE Provincial Head Mary Jane Hoksuan, and Rev. Father Daryl Dan Bilbao, DCC.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Eufemia Robles and City Accountant Orly Edica also attended the activity.

Last January, the Tacurong Terminal Vendors Association (TATVA) also received a Water Refilling Business Project worth P500 thousand from the DOLE. (ASF, LGU Information)