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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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DOLE turns over water refilling business project to terminal vendors

The Tacurong City Terminal Vendors Association (TATVA) received another livelihood project from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the form of a water refilling station.

DOLE Regional Sisinio Cano and Field Office Head Mary Jane Hoksuan turned over the project together with Councilor David Salazar who represented Mayor Angelo Montilla during the turnover rites held this morning of December 20, 2019.

Former Mayor Lina Montilla and DTI Provincial Director Felisa Sinobago also attended the turnover ceremony.

The water refilling project is located at 3rd Block, TACEA Village, New Isabela, Tacurong City.

After the blessing and ribbon-cutting, a program was held at Edjin Pension House followed by the association’s Thanksgiving and Christmas Party.

In his message, Director Cano said that he is glad that TATVA is already acknowledged as one of the best in the region in terms of livelihood projects implementation.

He also thanked the city government and DTI for guiding the association in all its undertakings.

DTI and the LGU PESO helped the association in preparing the project proposals and feasibility studies.

Before DOLE and LGU entered into a Memorandum of Agreement, the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Lino Montilla passed and approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign the said agreement.

The water refilling project, amounting to half a million pesos, falls under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Project or DILP and is already an augmentation since individual members had already received their nego-karts in 2013.

In 2016, TATVA also received a project from the Local Government of Tacurong that it used in putting up a grocery store.

After two years of operation, TATVA had exceeded its target on sales and was able to hit an average gross sales of P8 Million annually.

It even expanded its business operation by opening a carinderia beside the grocery store.

TATVA’s success in business paved way for it to be declared by the DOLE as regional winner of Best Livelihood Project in 2018.

The association currently has 33 active members.

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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.


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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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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