In a bid to help the city government in its efforts of restarting the local economy hardly hit by the COVID-19, the Department of Labor and Employment continues to provide it with various interventions, the latest of which is the hiring of twelve government interns deployed in the barangays where they reside. These interns will work under the Government Internship Program (GIP) of the DOLE that aims to provide young workers opportunity to work in government agencies. Basically, the program serves as a training ground for future government employees. The interns’ tasks are anchored in the national government’s National Employment Recovery Strategies (NERS) as well as the DOLE’s Mission RACE or Rebooting Economies through Community Engagement that aims to create concrete strategies to deal with workers displaced by the pandemic. Under the Mission RACE program of the DOLE, each GIP beneficiary or government intern will be called as Healthy Economic Recovery officers or HERO. One of them, named as Local HERO, will be assigned to the City LGU PESO and will be tasked to supervise the implementation of the program at the barangay level. As to the selection of barangays provided with GIP slots, the first eleven Barangay LGUs that have established their respective Barangay PESOs were prioritized. These barangays are: Tina, New Carmen, San Rafael, Lancheta, Upper Katungal, Rajah Muda, San Antonio, New Lagao, Baras, San Pablo, and New Isabela. The government interns will complement the LGU’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) to carry out community engagements in the form of livelihood trainings and profiling of labor market situations in the barangays. By generating a true picture of the barangay’s labor market, the government can subsequently identify and implement the necessary interventions to help the economy. The beneficiaries started rendering their duty in their respective barangays on June 1 and will continue their immersion in the next six months. Their outputs will be used by the DOLE and the City LGU in identifying specific interventions to be implemented. (LGU Information)
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)
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)
Drug surrenderers, PWDs to receive P1M livelihood package from DOLE
Persons With Disability (PWD) as well drug surrenderers who have completed the community-based rehabilitation program comprise the
66 beneficiaries who are set to receive various livelihood package individually from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12.
The DOLE has already granted LGU Tacurong City the eligibility to receive livelihood projects amounting to P1 after reviewing the proposals submitted earlier.
The Certificate of Availment was awarded by DOLE Regional Director Sisinio Cano earlier today at SM General Santos City in time with the conduct of 2019 Kalayaan Job Fair.
The project is under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), which gives a skilled beneficiary from the informal sector the opportunity to avail of starter kits or nego-karts amounting to P15 to P20 thousand.
Some of the individual starter kits requested by the beneficiaries were welding machines, sewing machines, carpentry tool, compressors for vulcanizing project, and carinderia package among others.
The check for the project is expected to be downloaded by the DOLE to the LGU before the end of this month. After that, procurement will undergo the standard bidding process.
A total of 767 unemployed residents from 19 barangays of Tacurong City have received their wages for the work they rendered under the TUlong PAnghanapbuhay para sa Disadvantaged workers (TUPAD) program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
DOLE started giving out wages of the beneficiaries on June 3 coursed through M. Lhuillier. Each beneficiary received P4, 125.00 as compensation for a 15-day work. Aside from the wages, the DOLE also provided personal protective equipment (PPE) to each worker in the form of long-sleeved shirts and hats (salakot).
The beneficiaries rendered work in April after the DOLE was able to get an exemption from the Commission on Elections.
TUPAD, which provides emergency or temporary employment to the unemployed/underemployed residents or displaced workers due to natural and man-made calamities, is one of the flagship programs of DOLE under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).
Under the TUPAD, the DOLE pays for the salaries, micro-insurance premium, and personal protective equipment (PPE) of the beneficiaries who will be engaged in community projects such as eco-tourism, repair and/or improvement of common public facilities, de-clogging of canals, debris clearing, basic repair of public infrastructure, repair and/or rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads and similar facilities, tree planting, seedling preparation, and other similar activities.
Pablito Jayme, a farmer from Barangay New Passi, said that the wages he received was a huge help to sustain the needs of his family. He was one of the many farmers affected by the long dry spell brought by El Niño in the area. “Malaking tulong ang trabaho na ibinigay na DOLE dahil nasusustentuhan ang pangangailangan ng pamilya ko habang wala pang produkto an gaming sakahan,” Jayme said.
Mayor Lina Montilla conveyed her thanks to the DOLE saying that the temporary employment given to the unemployed and displaced workers in the city helped them cope with the effects of the long dry spell. “I know that all LGUs were given the opportunity to avail of the emergency employment program; I’m thankful that our city was a beneficiary to this,” the mayor said. (LGU Tacurong City Information)