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P2.1-M worth of kabuhayan kits turned over to marginalized Tacurongnons

Through the City Government of Tacurong and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), a total of 235 beneficiaries received their livelihood assistance package, the KABUHAYAN Starter Kits, worth Php2.1 million, on February 19, 2016 in a turn over ceremony at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.

Present during the event were City Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito, City Councilors Rodrigo Jamorabon, Psyche Sucaldito, and Wilson Ferrer; and Mr. Alberto Sero, Tacurong-CLGOO. Also present was DOLE Sultan Kudarat Field Office Head, Arlene Bisnon, representing DOLE XII Regional Director, Ofelia Domingo, to help turn over the livelihood kits.

A program under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), the KABUHAYAN beneficiaries received livelihood packages worth up to Php10,000 each in rice trading, salon, meat processing, welding, dressmaking, and hairdressing among others.

The beneficiaries came from the different marginalized sectors of the city including 35 returning OFWs, 30 Persons With Disabilities, 22 kasambahay, graduates of the skills training program of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, and qualified walk-in applicants.

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The KABUHAYAN Starter Kit program is a grant assistance for capacity-building on livelihood for the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers. It aims to enable the unemployed poor, seasonal, and low-waged workers to start an individual livelihood, or collective enterprise undertakings.

The Php10,000 start-up capital is used solely for the purchase of raw materials, equipment, tools and jigs, and other support services necessary in setting-up the livelihood.

The KABUHAYAN Starter Kit program was funded under the Bottom-Up Budgeting worth Php1.4 million and Tacurong-LGU’s counterpart worth Php700 thousand. The applications for this first batch of beneficiaries were received in 2015. Applications for the next batch is ongoing and will be approved subject to several requirements set under the DILEEP program.(Yen Robles, Tacurong-LGU)

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Feature Story: Padyak ng Pagsisikap

Sa biglaang pagpanaw ng kanyang mister noong taong 2009, hindi nagdalawang-isip si Nanay Enrica Doctor na ipagpatuloy ang pagbabalut.

Hanggang ngayon, sa edad na 67, mag-isa nyang tinutulak ang karitong naglalaman ng panindang balut, mga kendi, at softdrinks mula sa kanilang bahay papunta sa highway.

Nagsimulang magtinda ng balut sa Tacurong si Nanay Enrica at ang kanyang asawa noong taong 2000. Sa puhunang P500, nagtinda ang mag-asawa ng kendi at balut gamit ang isang maliit na mesang may bubong na plastic. Magdamag ang kanilang pagtitinda na minsan ay umaabot hanggang alas-dos ng umaga.

Aktibo silang miyembro ng Tacurong Balut Vendors’ Association. Kaya naman nang mapagkasunduan ng asosasyon na lagyan ng mga gulong ang kanilang mga munting tindahan sa daan, hindi sila nag-atubili. Ayon kay Nanay Enrica, gumastos silang mag-asawa ng P3,000 para dito.

Kahoy ang gulong ng tindahan ni Nanay Enrica kaya naman madalas daw itong nasisira. “Kung may mga bato, amo na maguba sya dayon (Kung may mga batong nadadaanan, nasisira agad),” pagbabahagi niya.

Dagdag man sa gastos ang laging pagpapaayos ay wala syang magawa dahil ito lamang ang kanyang pinagkakakitaan.

Gawa lamang sa tagpi-tagping tarpaulin o trapal ang bubong ng kanyang tindahan. Kapag umuulan, sumisilong si Nanay Enrica sa malapit na gusali at iniiwan ang kanyang paninda.

Mabasa guid ang mga baligya ko pero hindi ko man kaya himuson dayon lalo kung bigla ang ulan (Nababasa talaga ang mga paninda pero hindi ko naman mailigpit kaagad lalo kung biglaan ang ulan),” wika niya.

“Kis-a nagabalintong pa ang baligya namon kung kusog ang hangin (Nabubuwal din ng malakas na hangin ang mga paninda namin),” dagdag pa nya.

Bagong Nego-Karts

Noong 2014, ipinaabot ni Mayor Lina O. Montilla ng Tacurong sa Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ang kanyang kagustuhang tulungan ang balut vendors sa Tacurong.

Nakita ko ang kapisan sang aton mga balut vendors kada hapon nga mag-agi ako sa highway. Nakita ko nga wala sila mga salakyan nagadala sang ila mga tinda (Nakita ko ang pagsisikap ng mga balut vendors tuwing dumadaan ako sa highway. Nakita kong wala silang sariling mga sasakyan upang madala ang mga paninda nila),” wika ni Montilla.

Kasunod ng ilang pag-uusap sa pagitan ng DOLE at LGU, tinulungan ng Tacurong Public Employment Service Office (PESO) ang Balut Vendors Association sa paggawa ng isang proposal para sa Nego-Kart project. Agad itong inaprubahan ng DOLE at pinondohan ng P749,000 sa ilalim ng DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program o DILEEP.

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Hindi maitago ang tuwa ni Nanay Enrica dahil sa kanyang bagong Nego-Kart. Sa araw ng turn-over ceremony, ika-20 ng Nobyembre 2015, makikita syang nakapwesto na sa kanyang Nego-Kart tulad ng iba pang balut vendors.

Ang bawat Nego-Kart na nagkakahalaga ng P14, 980 ay mayroong bagong bisikleta, sidecar, tatlong tray ng balut, rechargeable lamp, at dalawang case ng softdrinks. Nagbigay din ng dagdag na tatlong case ng softdrinks at cooler ang Pepsi-Cola Philippines.

Ini nga bulig para sa mga mapisan naton nga balut vendors. Tani tipigan nila ini kag papag-unon pa guid (Ang tulong na ito ay para sa masisipag nating balut vendors. Sana ay ingatan nila ito at lalo pang pagtibayin),” wika ni Mayor Montilla.

Hindi man daw alam ni Nanay Enrica ang magiging epekto ng bagong Nego-Kart sa kanyang kita, hindi nya mapigilan ang kanyang kasabikan sa ginhawang dulot nito. “Mas madali na, kay tong kariton mabudlay itiklod lalo kung nagakaguba,” ayon kay Nanay Enrica.

Minsan man ay nanghihina dahil sa katandaan, bakas sa mga mata ni Nanay Enrica ang determinasyong ipagpatuloy ang kanyang pagsisikap. Ngayon, isang bagong pag-asa ang hatid ng kanyang bagong padyak.

(JLBillano-Fabreag, LGU-Tacurong City Information)

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Balut vendors bring home new Nego-Karts

Each of the 25 members of the Balut Vendors Association in Tacurong City received a Nego-Kart worth P14, 980 on November 20, 2015.

“Hindi na ini basta mapalid sang hangin. Kay sadto, kung mag-ulan nagabalintong ang amon mga baligya kag mabasa pa kami,” said 67-year-old Enrica Doctor, one of the association members who received the livelihood aid.

Each set of Nego Kart comes with three trays of raw eggs/balut, 2 cases of softdrinks, vest, rechargeable lamp, tin box, and BMX bicycle. In support of the DILEEP of DOLE and LGU-Tacurong, Pepsi-Cola Philippines gave additional two cases of softdrinks, one case of bottled water, and a cooler for each beneficiary.

These were turned over to each beneficiary by Mayor Lina O. Montilla, DOLE-Sultan Kudarat Director Arlene Bisnon, PESO Manager Allan Freno, Councilor Rodrigo amorabon, and representatives of the City Social Welfare and Development Office and Pepsi-Cole Philippines.

Twenty-five more members of said association will receive the same assistance next month.

The Nego-Kart project, funded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), is intended to provide decent livelihood benefiting the marginal workers of the country’s informal sector, specifically the ambulant vendors. The project is a grant, which means that beneficiaries need not worry about repayment. The city government, through the Public Employment Service Office, takes charge in the monitoring of the livelihood project. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)

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LGU receives P1.4M worth of livelihood aid from DOLE 12

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 issued to the city government of Tacurong a check worth P1.4 million as livelihood assistance for the city’s informal sector.

Mayor Lina Montilla and City Accountant Elma Bides received the check from DOLE 12 Director Ofelia Domingo in a simple turnover ceremony at DOLE 12 Regional Office in Koronadal City on November 4, 2015.

The city government and DOLE 12 also entered into a Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of the livelihood project.

The fund is under the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting or GPB, now known as Bottom Up Budgeting or BUB, and intended as livelihood assistance under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) in form of Kabuhayan starter kits or negokarts.

A total of 140 individuals coming from various informal sectors will be the beneficiaries of the livelihood projects.

Among the project beneficiaries are the persons with disability (PWD), former OFWs, electricians and dressmakers. Most of the beneficiaries are graduates of the skills training programs of the Local Government Unit (LGU).

Procurement of tools and materials for the starter kits will undergo the usual bidding process of the LGU.

Meanwhile, the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) will be in charge in the implementation and monitoring of the project. Allan S. Freno

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President Aquino signs into law amendments to PESO Act

Keeping true to his commitment of improving the employment facilitation programs in the country, President Benigno Aquino III signed into law on Monday the amendments to Republic Act No. 9759 or the PESO Act of 1999.

The signing, witnessed by Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, Congressman Karlo Alexei Nograles, DOLE officials and PESO national officers, was done on the opening day of the 15th National PESO Congress at PICC on Monday attended by more than a thousand Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Managers coming from 16 regions in the country.

President Aquino, in his message delivered after the signing, said that when he assumed office in 2010, he pledged to institute reforms in the delivery of employment programs and the signing of the law before his terms ends is keeping true to that promise.

He said that higher placement rate of jobseekers in the last five years speaks of the dedication of the PESOs in addressing unemployment in the country.

The amendatory law seeks to create PESOs in all provinces, municipalities, cities and other strategic areas throughout the country.

Among the salient features of the PESO amendatory law are the creation of permanent plantilla positions for PESO personnel and the improvement of labor market information and employment facilitation service through computerized systems of monitoring, coordination, and reporting.

The law provides that the LGUs shall include in their regular annual budget the funding support for the establishment, operation and maintenance of the PESO while the Department of Labor and Employment or DOLE’s annual budget for the PESO shall be intended for technical assistance, training and supervision.

The number and salary grade of PESO personnel in a given Local Government Units (LGU) shall depend on the resources of the LGU.

PESO acts as conduit of DOLE in the implementation of employment-related program.

From the current 1,591 LGU PESOs that were established, only 391 are institutionalized through Sanggunian resolutions allocating budget and creating plantilla positions.

PESOs that are not institutionalized have difficulties in carrying out their core functions since the PESO Managers are only acting on designated capacity and most are operating solo. In other words, they are managers who have no personnel to manage.

The historic signing of the law is a welcome development to the government’s desire of reinvigorating all PESOs in the country.

Furthermore, a CITATION was awarded by the Department of Labor and Employment to the TACURONG CITY PESO “through its Local Chief Executive Honorable Lina O. Montilla and PESO Manager Allan S. Freno by being Top Regional Performer in 2014, thus earning the nomination for the National Best PESO Award (Component City/Independent Component City Category)”.

The citation was conferred by DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz during the 15th National PESO Congress held at PICC in Pasay City on October 26, 2015.(ASFreno)

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