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In Aurora, parents of children-at-risk are now entrepreneurs through DOLE livelihood aid
SAN LUIS, AURORA – Some 13 marginalized residents in San Luis town are now budding entrepreneurs thanks to a P164,714.00 livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and employment (DOLE).
The provision of livelihood assistance was initiated by the Local Government of San Luis, through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and the DOLE Aurora Field Office.
In addition, the livelihood provision coincides with this year’s World Day Against Child Labor anchoring the theme “In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labor.”
DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that the beneficiaries, who are parents of “children-at-risk,” received their livelihood at Brgy. Nonong, San Luis, Aurora.
“As we observe this year’s World Day Against Child Labor, we continue to converge with our counterparts from the local government units, through their PESOs, and other partner agencies in providing livelihood opportunities for marginalized individuals and groups. We are hopeful that our recipients will be engaged and enabled to become formidable entrepreneurs,” Dione said.
The livelihood assistance, in form “DOLE Kabuhayan Starter Kits” are start-up businesses on rice or vegetable trading, “sari-sari” store, buying and selling scrap, ballot vending, and “merienda” selling, among others.
DOLE Aurora Field Office head Engr. Pedro Fernando Jr., San Luis PESO Manager Roselito Dadero, Brgy. Captain Enrily Senejo, and other local officials led the distribution of starter kits.
Engr. Fernando said that all beneficiaries have undergone an Entrepreneurship Development Training (EDT) to ensure the proper management of their livelihood projects.
“It is important for us that our beneficiaries be given the right capacity building in order to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills in managing their livelihood and hopefully transform them to sustainable businesses,” Fernando explained.
The provision of livelihood assistance opened a window of opportunities and new beginnings says Zyra Fabio, on behalf of her co-beneficiaries.
“Ako po, sampu ng aking mga kasamahan, ay nagpapasalamat sa DOLE, kasama ang lokal na pamahalan at barangay, sa ipinagkaloob ninyong tulong pangkabuhayan sa amin. Umasa po kayo na ito po ay aming pagyayamanin upang makatulong sa aming mga pamilya,” Fabio said.
The livelihood assistance will also enable parents to send their children to school says Andrei Joel Senoja, a child of one of the parent beneficiaries.
“Maraming salamat po sa pagtulong ng DOLE sa aming mga magulang dahil hindi na po sila gaanong mahihirapan sa pagtustos sa aming mga pangangailangan sa pagaaral at kami naman po ay nangangakong magsisikap sa aming pag-aaral at balang araw, kami naman po ang tutulong sa kanila,” Senoja said.
END/Jerry Borja with reporting from DOLE Aurora Field Office



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