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)
Sixty-four small-time entrepreneurs from the informal sectors of the city resume business as the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Tacurong turned over brand-new Starter Kits and Nego-Karts from the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) of the Department of Labor and Employment Region XII (DOLE 12) on April 7, 2021 at the City Hall Grounds.
Under DILEEP, the beneficiaries of Tacurong were able to receive One Million Pesos worth of equipment, supplies, and insurance.
Equipment such as oven, pans, and LPG tanks; vulcanizing and auto-repainting machineries; and sari-sari store goods and more were taken home by the recipients depending on the type of business they applied for.
Vendors from the informal sector, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), and drug surrenderees composed the recipients of this grant. Meanwhile applicants belonging to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) are exempted to avail this grant since 4Ps provides its own separate assistance.
The DILEEP implementation in Tacurong ensued after City Councilor David Salazar, Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Labor and Employment Chairperson, pushed for a Memorandum of Agreement between City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla and DOLE making the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong an Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) of the program.
In attendance at the turnover ceremony of the Kabuhayan Kits were City Vice Mayor Lino O. Montilla, City Councilors Lalaine Montilla and David Salazar, City Accountant Orly Edica, Executive Assistant to the Mayor Rogelio Garcia, and DOLE Representative Donna Baron. They all echoed the same sentiment to handle the grant with much importance as such, once sustained, can elevate the recipients’ quality of life.
This message was met with acceptance from the grantees and two of them, Kakanin Vendor Milagros Albania and Barber Salmone Fortunato, delivered their profuse gratitude almost tearfully.
The Kabuhayan grant is only one of the many interventions of the LGU to abate the adverse impact of the pandemic. This grant is also a follow up to the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program of DOLE that was also recently carried out this month in the city. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)
DOLE 12 gives P1.48M livelihood check to marginalized sector of Tacurong The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12, through its Sultan Kudarat Field Office, turned over to the city government a check amounting to P1,484,050.00 intended for livelihood projects of 102 beneficiaries belonging to the informal sector of Tacurong City.
DOLE Assistant Regional Director Arlene Bisnon and Provincial Field Officer Mary Jane Hoksuan turned over the check to Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ Montilla during the flag ceremony of the LGU on Monday, July 29, 2019. Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Lino Montilla were also present during the turnover and signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
Two weeks ago, the Sangguniang Panlungsod, through the sponsorship of SP Committee on Labor and Employment David Salazar, passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Montilla to enter into a MOA with DOLE for the implementation of the project.
The LGU serves as Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) in this undertaking, which means that funds for the project will be deposited to the Treasury Office while undergoing the procurement/bidding process. Of the total amount, P984,050.00 is allocated for individual starter kits/nego-karts of 66 beneficiaries that also include fourteen Persons With Disability (PWD) and fourteen drug surrenderers who have completed the six-month community-based rehabilitation under the Tabang Tatap para sa Pagbag-o, Paglaum, kag Pagtuon (TATAPPP).
Some of the starter kits requested by the beneficiaries were welding machines, sewing machines, carpentry tools, compressors for vulcanizing project, and carinderia package among others. Meanwhile, the remaining P501,800.00 of the total amount is intended for the water refilling business, which is an enhancement project of the Tacurong Terminal Vendors Association (TATVA).
In his message, Mayor Montilla challenged the beneficiaries to take good care of the projects given to them. “Ang dalagku nga negosyo nagahalin sa gamay nga proyekto. Updan naton sang kapisan kag dedikasyon ang oportunidad nga ginhatag sa aton”, he said. The livelihood undertaking coursed through the LGU is under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), which gives skilled beneficiaries from the informal sector the opportunity to avail of starter kits or nego-karts.
For the individual project, each beneficiary is eligible to receive kits amounting to P15 to P20 thousand. Group projects could go up to half a million pesos depending on the proposal. The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) is now tasked to facilitate the preparation of procurement documents for bidding of the livelihood projects.
The PESO is also mandated to do the monitoring of projects once they are turned over to the recipients. (ASF, LGU Information)
The Local Government Unit of Tacurong City, through its Public Employment Service Office, joined various schools in the city in the kickoff of Career Guidance Week through conduct of lectures on labor market trends.
The week-long activity came on the heels of a division memorandum invoking DepEd Order No. 25, series of 2013 which mandates all secondary schools to hold Career Guidance Week every last week of July. On the morning of July 25, Allan Freno, PESO Manager of LGU Tacurong, had a talk in front of more than 500 senior high school students of Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology. His topic covered labor market situationer that included presentation of data on labor force, employment, and underemployment.
He also made a lengthy discussion about key employment generators in various industries including the in-demand and hard-to-fill occupations using the DOLE Jobs Fit 2022 as reference. After his talk at SMIT, Freno proceeded to Tacurong National High School in the afternoon for another round of lecture to more than 800 Grade 10 and Grade 12 students. (LGU Information)
After completing their 20-day employment in the city government, the grantees of Summer Program for the Employment of Students or SPES received 60% of their salary on June 7, 2017. The City Treasury Office was in-charged of the releasing.
Under SPES, the grantees will receive the Php275 minimum wage or Php5,500 for the duratiton of their employment. Sixty percent of the salary will be shouldered by the LGU and the rest will be provided by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
SPES is mandated under Republic Act No. 9547 otherwise known as “An Act To Help Poor But Deserving Students Pursue Their Education By Encouraging Their Employment During Summer and/or Christmas Vacations, Through Incentives Granted to Employers, Allowing Them to Pay Only Sixty Per Centum of Their Salaries or Wages and The Forty Per Centum Through Education Vouchers To Be Paid By the Government, Prohibiting and Penalizing The Filing of Fraudulent and Fictitious Claims, and For Other Purposes”.
The program’s objective is to help poor but deserving students pursue their education by providing income through anemployment during the summer.
Before the start of their employment, the grantees underwent an orientation where they were introduced to the workings of the LGU and trained on the conduct of frontline public service providers. The grantees were assigned to the different offices of the city government including the barangays.
At 252 grantees, Tacurong City is among the few LGUs in the province who always have the most number of SPES grantees every year.(YMR, LGU-Tacurong Information)