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Bataan union group gets P200-T DOLE SLF livelihood assistance anew
CITY OF BALANGA – The Mitsumi Philippines Workers Union (MPWU), over the weekend, received another livelihood assistance amounting to P200,000.00 from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Central Luzon.
The group received their livelihood assistance at their union office housed at the premises of the Mitsumi Philippines Incorporated, Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB), Mariveles, Bataan.  
DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione said that the group received another livelihood opportunity after successfully transforming their rice-trading project, granted by the DOLE years ago, into a successful business.
Dione said that the group was one of the DOLE livelihood beneficiaries handpicked by the regional office and nominated for its DOLE Sustainable Livelihood Framework (SLF) Program.
“The SLF is the DOLE’s strategic approach towards effective and efficient implementation of its livelihood programs which will contribute to the attainment of national goal of inclusive growth,” Dione explained, adding:
“For its efforts, the MPWU was included in our list of beneficiaries we submitted to the Bureau of Workers with Special Concern (BWSC) for the SLF program implementation in the region.”
DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that the new livelihood assistance the group received was for their frozen food products retailing business.
The start-up business include popular Filipino-based frozen food products such as tocino, tapa, longanisa, embutido, and sisig, as well as foreign-based ones like hotdog, French fries, bacon, and hamburger.
The livelihood assistance, which is intended to benefit some 1,072 workers/union members, was sourced under the funding of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program or DILEEP.
DOLE Bataan Field Office head Leilani Reynoso said that the MPWU and other SLF-select beneficiaries were subjected to a Business and Training Needs Analysis (BTNA) by the DOLE and BWSC.
“Based on our BTNA and environmental scanning, the DOLE has assisted the MPWU and other SLF beneficiaries from different parts of the region, in crafting their respective Action Plans in terms of identifying strengths and opportunities in countering weaknesses and threats that may adversely affect their respective businesses and organizations,” Reynoso explained.   
MPWU Union President Edna Robles, on behalf of her co-union members, expressed her warmest thanks and appreciation to the DOLE for its timely intervention.
“Sa ikatlong pagkakataon, nais po naming ipaabot sa DOLE ang aming taus-pusong pasasalamat sa ipinagkaloob ninyo panibagong livelihood project. Tamang tama po ang panibagong livelihood assistance na ito dahil nais naming palawakin ang aming negosyo sa samahan,” Robles said.
MPWU Secretary Evangeline Bagsik, who was excited for the project’s projected impact and benefit to the members, assured that the group will sustain their newly-added livelihood project.
“Dahil po sa tulong ng DOLE, ang aming mga kasamahang manggagawa ay mas lalo pang makikinibang sa proyektong ito para matulungan nila ang kanilang mga pamilya. Tulad ng rice-trading business, umasa po kayo na ito pong frozen food product retailing project ay amin din pagyayamanin,” Bagsik said.
In 2010 and 2014, the MPWU was a recipient of a P500-T and P200-T livelihood grant respectively under the DOLE’s Workers Income Augmentation Program (WIN-AP) for its rice-trading business.
Today, their rice-trading business is now a sustainable additional source of income for its members and their families and likewise has helped in paying the salaries of its 2 employees.
The BWSC will oversee and manage the implementation of the SLF program while the DOLE regional office shall provide its necessary technical assistance to its SLF beneficiaries.
END/Jerry Borja with reporting from Arah Sumang



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