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DOLE’s P344M livelihood & emergency employment aid help 85,582 marginalized workers in Central Luz
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – In 2016, some 85,582 marginalized workers from different parts of Central Luzon benefited from the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLEs) Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).
 
The DILEEP is a livelihood flagship program of the DOLE that engages marginalized individuals or groups into entrepreneurship and enables them to transform their livelihood projects to sustainable businesses.
 
Last year, the DOLE Regional Office No. 3 released some P344,365,202.50 livelihood assistance in form of entrepreneurial, capability-building, and emergency employment to said beneficiaries.
 
DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione said that the livelihood assistance created some 5,774 livelihood projects benefiting rural, women, youth, indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized workers.
 
“We want to engage our marginalized workers from all over the region to become budding entrepreneurs through our livelihood interventions so that they can start their careers anew and succeed in their small businesses in order to provide a better life for their families,” Dione said.
 
Of the total beneficiaries, 35,249 were provided livelihood assistance sourced under the DILEEP’s regular and Bottoms-up-Budgeting (BUB) projects intended to capacitate them for livelihood formation, enhancement, and restoration. 
 
Livelihood projects include Negosyo sa Kariton (Negokart), Starter KITS, Community Enterprise Development (CED) Program, DOLE-Adjustment Measurement Program (AMP), Workers Income Augmentation (WIN-AP), and Youth Entrepreneurship Support (YES).
 
Dione noted that some parents of children-at-risk or former child laborers, in consonance with the Child-Labor Program (CLP), were also among the recipients of the livelihood assistance.
 
Aside from this, eight family-awardees of the Commission on Population’s (POPCOMs) Eight 100 Millionth Symbolic Pinoy of Central Luzon were also recipients of various livelihood projects.
 
All beneficiaries have undergone an Entrepreneurial Development Training (EDT) to ensure the proper management of their livelihood projects and turn them into formidable and sustainable businesses.
 
The remaining 50,333, on the other hand, were provided with emergency employment assistance under the regular, BUB, and special-funded projects of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD).
 
The TUPAD beneficiaries were tasked to perform social community works such as basic repair of common public facilities, cleaning/clearing of road side walks, and de-clogging of canals.
 
The DOLE’s livelihood intervention paved way for new opportunities in life says ambulant Agnes Ocampo--a Negokart recipient from Macabebe, Pampanga--on behalf of her co-beneficiaries.
 
“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa livelihood assistance na ipinagkaloob po ninyo sa amin. Malaking tulong po ang Negokart na ito sa pagbabago ng aming pinagkakakitaan dahil dati nagrerenta pa po kami ng kariton sa halagang P1,200.00 kada buwan. Ngayon, sa tulong ng gobyerno, mas lumaki na po ang aming kinikita para sa mga araw araw na pangangailangan ng aming pamilya,” Ocampo said.
 
Meanwhile, Loida Punzalan, another beneficiary, who is one of 40 Aetas who received a rice-trading livelihood assistance from Bamban, Tarlac, also thanked the DOLE.
 
“Kami po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa DOLE sa ipinagkaloob nilang tulong pangkabuhayan sa amin. Dati, ang mithiin lamang namin ay kahit hindi na kami yumaman, basta makakain lang nang sapat ang aming mga pamilya, ayos na, pero dahil sa mga natutunan po namin sa inyo, nais na naming mapa-unlad ang pangkabuhayang proyektong ito at makatulong sa iba pa naming kasamahang katutubo,” Punzalan said, adding:
 
“Umasa po kayo na mas lalo pa naming pagsisikapan, sa abot ng aming makakaya, ang pagpapalago ng aming mga tulong pangkabuhayan na ipinagkaloob po ninyo sa amin.” 
 
Dione credits the DILEEP’s successful implementation to its strong partnership with the Local Government Units, Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), and other partner agencies.
 
“It has always been about genuine partnerships with the LGUs, particularly its respective hard-working PESOs, and other partner agencies for the success of the DILEEP. We are grateful for your continuous support and cooperation in championing the marginal sector,” Dione said.
 
The DILEEP, in 2017, will continue to provide easier access to livelihood and emergency employment opportunities as well as social protection for marginalized/vulnerable workers of the region.
 
END/Jerry Borja with reporting from Andre Bustos and Ferdinand Capati

 

 

 

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