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DOLE 12 releases P800K starter kits, nego-karts to informal workers in Tacurong

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)

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DOLE 12 gives P800K livelihood grant to informal workers in Tacurong

Forty-eight workers in Tacurong’s informal economy are set to receive their livelihood starter kits after the Department of Labor and Employment released on September 7 the check amounting to P800,997.40 intended for them.

DOLE 12 Regional Director Raymundo Agravante and DOLE Sultan Kudarat Field Office Head Mary Jane Hoksuan personally turned over the livelihood check to the barangay council of San Pablo at the Office of Mayor Angelo Montilla.

Prior to the turnover of check, Director Agravante and San Pablo Punong Barangay Jacob signed the Memorandum of Agreement relative to the implementation of the project.

The project will have to go through the procurement process and once the winning bidders completely deliver all the starter kits for the beneficiaries, payment will be made.

Barangay San Pablo serves as Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) in this undertaking whose beneficiaries are also residents of said barangay.

As ACP, the barangay council is tasked to monitor the individual projects once they start operating.

This livelihood endeavor is under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Project (DILP) that aims to provide tools and jigs to workers in the informal sector.

Informal workers are those who are self-employed and not receiving salaries or wages from any government agency or private company.

The beneficiaries under this project are food processors & vendors, carpenters, dressmakers, welders, and vulcanizing workmen.

Since the project is a grant, the beneficiaries need not be burdened by paying any loan amortization.

Instead, they just have to take care of the tools given to them and make sure that their projects serve as income generators to augment the needs of their respective families. (ASF, LGU Information)

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PWDs, others receive livelihood starter kits from DOLE, LGU

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)

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