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BataeƱo Welder NC II graduates received P250-T DOLE Welding Machine Starter Kits


PILAR, BATAAN – Some 10 marginalized Bataeños from Pilar, Bataan are now budding entrepreneurs thanks to a P200,000.00 livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
The livelihood provision was initiated by the Local Government of Pilar, through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO), in partnership with the DOLE Bataan Field Office.
DOLE regional director Zenaida Angara-Campita reported to Silvestre Bello III that the beneficiaries are graduates of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDAs) Welder NC II training program.
“We are glad to be part of this timely endeavor because it gives our newly Welding NC II graduates the opportunity to engage into small businesses through our DOLE livelihood intervention,” RD Campita said, adding:
“We take off from our slogan that the DOLE is “more than jobs, it’s decent jobs,” simply because we want to engage and empower our beneficiaries from the informal or vulnerable sector to achieve success as budding entrepreneurs.”    
The livelihood provision, in form of DOLE Kabuhayan Starter KITS, are portable welding machines with tools recently distributed at the premises of the town’s municipal hall.
Pilar Mayor Alicia Pizarro, Vice Mayor Mar Caguimbal, PESO Manager Solomon Sinson, and Labor and Employment Officer Ricoval Bacuyag, led the distribution of the starter welding machine kits.
The municipal government, for its part, provided its counterpart assistance in form of training and initial payments to social benefit schemes such as the SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG.
DOLE Bataan Field Office head Leilani Reynoso said that all beneficiaries undergone an Entrepreneurship Development Training (EDT) to ensure the proper management of their livelihood projects.
“We capacitated our beneficiaries with the necessary training, particularly on bookkeeping and management, to ensure that they will be engaged to do their best in managing and transforming their portable roving welding-works businesses into sustainable sources of income for their families,” Reynoso explained, adding:
“Through development training, we are assured that our efforts to bridge livelihood opportunities to the vulnerable sector will not go to waste.”
The livelihood intervention was sourced under the DOLE’s integrated livelihood and emergency employment program or simply referred to as “DILEEP.”
END/Jerry Borja/Ricoval Vacuyag
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