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PWD, 24 others get livelihood carts from DOLE


Arayat, PAMPANGA, October 20, 2020 - Some 25 individuals from the town of Arayat receive food stalls from the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. III. Each food stall costs P20,000 each, bringing the total project cost to half a million pesos.


The food stall project in Arayat falls under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Project (DILP) that aims to contribute to poverty reduction through promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises.


Fernan Alsaga, a father of two and a person with disability, was one of the beneficiaries of the said program. In 2002, he suffered a serious leg injury during a basketball game which led to the amputation of his lower leg limb the following year. Currently at 51 years old, Fernan strives to support his family’s daily needs by selling leche flan primarily in the nearby wet market.


“Nabubuhay po kami dati sa paggawa at pagbebenta ng leche flan sa palengke. Kaso mula noong na-stroke ang misis ko, madalang na lang po ako makapagdeliver kaya yung mga pinagbebentahan ko po ay kumuha na sa iba,” Alsaga narrated. (We make a living by selling leche flan in the market. But since my wife had a stroke, we can rarely make and deliver our products, so our customers shift to other suppliers.)


Many businesses and enterprises have been largely affected since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Dahil pa po sa COVID, lalong lumiit ang aming kita dahil limitado ang aming kilos. Kung walang order, hindi na rin ako gumagawa,” Alsaga mentioned. (Due to COVID, our earnings even got smaller because movement was limited . I no longer sell leche flan unless pre-ordered.)


According to Regional Director Ma. Zenaida Angara-Campita, the Department, together with the Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) around the region, targets those whose livelihood is greatly affected by the pandemic. “We find them, or they find us through referrals. Every municipality has their own PESO, which residents can approach for possible provision of livelihood or job opportunities,” Campita said.


Along with 24 other beneficiaries, Alsaga expressed his gratitude to DOLE. “Balak ko pong magtayo ng sari-sari store sa aming lugar. Marami pong salamat dahil malaking tulong po ito para makapag-umpisa kami ulit,” Alsaga said. (I plan to put up a sari-sari store here. I am very thankful because this is a huge help, so we can start again.)


Also present during the turnover of livelihood projects were Mayor Bon Alejandrino, mayor of Arayat, and Arlyn Sebastian, PESO Manager.


END/ A. Cunanan

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