Mr. Lloyd Ala, a resident of Tacurong City and a former OFW in Oman, received livelihood assistance worth P10, 000.00 from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) 12 intended for a rice retailing business. The livelihood assistance is a project of OWWA under the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH), which seeks to assist returning OFWs in their reintegration. OWWA 12’s BPBH and Insurance Program Manager Kristine Sison and OWWA 12 Family Welfare Officer for Sultan Kudarat Celine Travilla turned over the claim voucher to Mr. Ala on February 11 at the city hall. The LGU’s Public OFW Desk Officer Allan Freno witnessed the simple turnover rite.
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)
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