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DOLE 12 grants Kabuhayan Kits to 64 entreps in Tacurong

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)

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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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Tacurongnons get P1.56M worth of Kabuhayan Starter Kits

A total of P1,560,000 worth of DOLE Kabuhayan Starter Kits were distributed to 156 individuals in Tacurong City on March 17, 2017.

The turnover ceremony on March 17 was conducted for the enlisted program beneficiaries in the year 2016. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) had allotted P1.8 million pesos for 180 beneficiaries. Out of 180, only 156 received their kits during the turnover. The remaining 24 individuals who are market laborer are set to receive their kits next quarter.

Of the 156 beneficiaries, majority or 37 were dressmakers who availed sewing machines; followed by 21 welders who received welding machines. Other livelihood ventures include hog-raising (18 beneficiaries); electrical installation & repair (18); corn vending (18); carpentry (13); carenderia (12); balut vending (3); kakanin vending (3); bibingka making; vulcanizing (3); mechanic (2); baking (2); poultry raising (1); puto kutsinta making (1); halo-halo vending (1); and shake vending (1).

Beneficiaries are composed parents of child laborers, persons with disability, informal sector, and former overseas Filipino workers.

Each individual received P10,000 worth of tools, equipment, and supplies depending on their proposed or existing livelihood ventures.

Ricky Baculod of Barangay Poblacion was among the electricians who received new tools: Daku guid nga butang nga may dugang kami nga mga gamit para sa amon pagpangabuhi.

Baculod was also one of the graduates of Electrical Installation and Repair NCII facilitated by the LGU in partnership with TESDA.

Partnerships

The provision of Kabuhayan Starter Kits is a program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) funded through the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) Program. The BUB Program is under the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Through a Memorandum of Agreement, DOLE transferred the funds to LGU-Tacurong. The LGU then worked on the procurement of the tools and equipment for the beneficiaries’ kits.

Moreover, the Tacurong Public Employment Service Office (PESO) facilitated the enlistment and orientation of qualified beneficiaries for the program. It also assisted beneficiaries in filling in individual profile forms and business proposals.

Moreover, the City Social Welfare and Development Office assisted in identifying PWD beneficiaries.

DOLE-Sultan Kudarat Director Arlene Bisnon expressed her gratitude to the LGU for the productive partnership. She said that the partnership will not end now that the starter kits have been distributed. “We will monitor the status of each livelihood venture to make sure that it is sustainable,” she said.

“Amon guid nga ginapangamuyo nga ang inyo nga mga negosyo mag-lambo para sa inyo pamilya. Tani gamiton ninyo ni adlaw-adlaw sa pagpangabuhi,” addressed Mayor Lina Montilla to the beneficiaries during the turnover ceremony.

Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito, Councilors David Salazar, Welson Ferrer, Lalaine Montilla, and Charito Collado, and DILG Officer Alberto Sero l also expressed their support to the beneficiaries during the program. (JLBF, LGU Tacurong City)

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Tacurong SPES grantees celebrate end of summer job

The SPES grantees of the City Government of Tacurong have successfully completed their 25-day summer employment at the different offices of the local government and other partner establishments. To commemorate such achievement, the city government held a culmination program at Monte Vicenteau Resort on May 31, 2016.

In full support were City Mayor Lina O. Montilla, Councilors Rodrigo Jamorabon and Psyche Sucaldito, Councilor-elect Dave Salazar, CILGOO Alberto Sero, and New Passi Barangay Captain Roger Bernardo. In her speech, the city mayor lauded the grantees on their completion of their summer employment and encouraged them to keep on working hard to finish their education in order to have the opportunity to formally join the workforce, especially the civil service.

During the event, the SPES grantees also enjoyed fun activities including an Amazing Race, yelling competition, parlor games, and the highlight of the event, the macho-gay competition. Prizes were also in abundance to the delight of the students.

Further, each SPES grantee was given a completion certificate handed by the city mayor herself.

Asked about her experience with SPES, sixteen year old grantee Janine Muyco enthused, “It’s so much fun working together with other students but I also learned how difficult it is to earn money.” Asked if she’d come back as a SPES grantee if given the chance, she quickly answered with a smile, “Definitely.” (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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Tacurong SPES grantees join the fun at SPES Day 2016

A cheering crowd of over a thousand SPES grantees from all over the province of Sultan Kudarat congregated to celebrate this year’s SPES Day. With the theme “Kinabukasan Sigurado sa Disenteng Trabaho”, the event was hosted by the Notre Dame of Tacurong College, organized by the DOLE-SK, and held at the NDTC gymnasium on May 12, 2016.

In attendance were Ms. Naomi Lyn Abellana, DOLE-XII Asst. Regional Director, Ms. Arlene R. Bisnon, DOLE-SK Field Office Head, and Jonix Paniagua, President of PESOMASK.

All of LGU-Tacurong’s SPES grantees joined in on the fun, as well as grantees from the Quezon Colleges of Southern Philippines, Notre Dame of Tacurong College, Notre Dame of Lambayong, Archdiocese Notre Dame Schools of Cotabato, Fit Mart Tacurong, Provincial Government of Sultan Kudarat, and the local government units of President Quirino, Isulan, Lambayong, Bagumbayan, Esperanza, and Kalamansig..

SPES Day 2016 began with a parade at seven o’clock in the morning, which coursed from the Tacurong City Hall to the NDTC gym, and followed by a Eucharistic mass. During the program proper, the grantees jump-started the fun by performing each of their energetic yells; games of Pinoy Henyo and touch ball followed.

Simultaneous with the games was an Anti-Illegal Recruitment Seminar, which was held at the conference room of  NDTC. A select number of SPES grantees attended the seminar.

The highlight of the day was the pop dance competition where each participating group rendered their own choreography of one official dance music. After the demonstration, the dance groups performed in a showdown, street style. LGU-Tacurong SPES took home the prize.

Further, a SPES Day tradition was not missed. The Mr. and Ms. SPES 2016 pageant was held in the afternoon. NDTC and LGU-Tacurong took home the crowns as Miss and Mister SPES 2016 respectively. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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