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DOLE extends livelihood assistance to Gingoog Eureka decommissioned combatants

Cagayan de Oro City --- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X) - Misamis Oriental conducted a turn-over ceremony of livelihood projects to Barangay Eureka Farmers Organization (BEFO) involving P300,00.00 fund assistance specifically for the Native Chicken Production Project and another P200,000.00 fund assistance to Barangay Eureka Women’s Association (BEWA) financial assistance worth of Rice Marketing Project on 2 July 2020 in Sitio Moya, Barangay Eureka, Gingoog City.


The project includes the distribution of 180 heads hens, 36 heads roosters, feeds and medicines for the Native Chicken Production Project of BEFO duly received by the Farmer Organization President Ruben P. Binanugan. Ruben, a decommissioned combatant himself expressed gratitude to DOLE-X Mis. Or. PFO for the said livelihood grant intended for their association. Further, the BEFO President encouraged his former comrades active for their cause to join this proactive undertaking. He strongly commended the support of the government for better opportunities, plans and programs that benefit the general public and all sectors including them.


Likewise, 80 sacks of rice, weighing scales, rice containers, cellophanes, tables and chairs were turned over to BEWA’s Rice Marketing Project duly received by its President Marieta Mandokita, who in her acceptance message expressed gratitude to all facilitators specifically to 58IB Commanding Officer LTC Ricky L. Canatoy and his team for the collaborative participation. She was also thankful to DOLE-X Mis. Or. PFO and the LGU-Barangay for the apt response to this vulnerable sector.


As part of the undertaking, DOLE-X conducted orientation on the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) to the beneficiaries for better program management and to successfully allow economic and employment growth in the community. Regular monitoring of the projects is part of the activities to ensure project sustainability and growth. Fund augmentation is granted to association projects that are efficiently and effectively managed, proper bookkeeping, organizational development enhanced and continuing improvements based on viability of project expansion. Organizational development is one of the vital requirements in granting of fund augmentation.


Representatives from different line agencies also shared inspirational messages and expressed their commitment to assist the vulnerable groups aimed to uplift the lives of the poor constituents of Barangay Eureka. Barangay Chairman Porferio Y. Doque conveyed his heartfelt gratitude and was overwhelmed of the assistance they received. He committed to closely monitor the progress of the said livelihood grants to give premium to government efforts and nothing be put to waste. The beneficiaries confirmed their support with a resounding “yes” which made the ceremony more meaningful.


DOLE-X continues to provide quality service, innovate sustainable plans and programs; establish strong linkage; create productive workforce; ensure protection and welfare of workers both from formal and informal sectors. 


Ribbon-cutting was led by DOLE-X Mis. Or. PFO Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Archibald Batica; DILEEP Focal Person Senior staff Alice P. Tinhay; TESDA -X Mis. Or. OIC-Provincial Director Marigold Garrido and witnessed by other line agency representatives namely: Gingoog City Administrator Elvin Restituto; PESO Manager Jessie Reyes; PA Commanding Officer 581B,41ID LTC Ricky L. Canatoy; ACP Representative Emma I. Salvaña; and Provincial Indigenous People Representative Allan Mandokita.


The said activity was also participated by other line agencies: Misamis Oriental Provincial Office, Local Government Unit of Gingoog City, and DOLE-X Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) among others.


As of October 2020, both projects thrived and sustained the beneficiaries’ cost of daily living thus making a tangible impact on their respective lives.  


Binanugan said, “Kani nga proyekto, dako gyud ni nga tabang sa amoa kay tungod niini, nahatagan kami ug paglaum nga aduna kamiy damhun nga kinitaan tungod kani nga panginabuhi kay mahimo ra gyud. Pananglitan kung adunay kalihukan sa barangay, dinhi na sila magkuha sa amoa ug mga manok para ihawon, dili na sila magkinahanglan muadto pa sa silingan na barangay. Mao nakatabang gayod kini dili lang sa amoa, apil napod sa mga katawhan sa Eureka.” (This livelihood project is of great help to us since we are now assured that we have a stable source of income paving the way for our market to be feasible and accessible. Whenever the barangay has an event, the host need not purchase chickens from neighboring barangays but will procure directly to us. Thus, this project is of great help, not only to us, member-beneficiaries but also to the community of Eureka as well.


Moreover, BEWA’s Mandokita said, “Dako gyud among pasalamat sa DOLE sa assistance na ilang gihatag kay nakatabang kini sa mga isig-pamilya sa mga miyembro sa asosasyon ug pinaagi pud sa niining proyekto, nakatabang pud kami sa paglambo sa komunidad. Sa pagkakaron, nakapalit nami ug dugang nga bugas sa among paninda ug dugang na kini sa among gidahom nga kita.” (We are really thankful to DOLE for the assistance granted, benefitting the individual families of the members of the association. We were also able to contribute to the progress of our local community. As of now, we were able to replenish the rice that were given and purchased additional sacks of rice. We expect our income to increase with this development.


End/ Lalaine V. Delima with additional reports from Ronelyn P. Talibon /DOLE-X Mis. Or. PFO



DOLE-X Supervising LEO Archibald Batica (4 th from right) awards the livelihood certificate of Native

Chicken Production Project to BEFA President Ruben P. Binanugan (center) during its Turnover

Ceremony on 2 July 2020 in Sitio Moya, Barangay Eureka, Gingoog City. (Photo source: DOLE-X


Mis. Or. PFO)



DOLE-X Supervising LEO Archibald Batica (2 nd from right) awards the livelihood certificate of Rice

Marketing Project to BEWA President Marieta Mandokita (center) during its Turnover Ceremony on 2


July 2020 in Sitio Moya, Barangay Eureka, Gingoog City. (Photo source: DOLE-X Mis. Or. PFO)


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