DOLE-X releases PhP11.5M livelihood assistance to Quezon, Dangcagan, Kalilangan, San Fernando, Damul
Malaybalay City, Bukidnon --- The Local Government Units (LGUs) of Quezon, Dangcagan, Kalilangan, San Fernando, and Damulog of the Province received a total livelihood financial assistance of PhP 11,577,400.00 under the Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BUB) and Tulong Pangkabuhayan Para sa mga Displaced/Disadvantage Workers Programs of the Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. X (DOLE-X), through its Bukidnon Provincial Field Office (Buk PFO) on 12 January 2017 at the DOLE-X PFO, this city.
DOLE-X Buk PFO Head Raul L. Valmores turned-over the check to its Accredited Co-Partners (ACP), the said five LGU municipalities, on the livelihood projects granted.
Valmores clarified that qualified co-partners eligible for accreditation in the office are (a) peoples’ organizations; (b) workers’ associations; (c) unions/federations; (d) state universities and colleges/higher educational institutions/ national technical-vocational schools; (e) local government units; (f) cooperatives; and even (g) national government agencies.
LGU-Dangcagan received PhP 3,780,000.00 for the funding of projects on lemon grass and malunggay soap making; cassava trading and marketing; training-cum-production on coffin making; cut flower and vegetable gardening; goat raising project; machine shop; motor parts selling; vulcanizing shop; and baking commercial cake and table skirting.
LGU-Quezon, on the other hand, received PhP 5,725,000.00 for the start-up projects on organic food and household gardening livestock raising; skills training cum production on food delicacies; longganisa and “borloloy” making; skills training cum production on plumbing, carpentry, masonry and automotive machine; and rice and copra trading projects.
Likewise, the local barangay government of Poblacion, Damulog received PhP 1,000,000.00 for the financial assistance on rice trading; egg production; turmeric processing; and food catering services.
On another note, TUPAD was granted to LGU-Kalilangan worth Php 572,400.00 and Brgy. Little Baguio of San Fernando for PhP 500,000.00.
DOLE-X Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante underscores TUPAD as a package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed, and the unemployed poor, for a minimum period of 10 days and a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed.
Quezon Municipal Treasurer Melencio O. Melgazo commended DOLE-X in facilitating the self-employment and group business engagements of his constituents through the said livelihood assistance.
Melencio added that the projects will surely enable them to enhance their income and at the same improve their entrepreneurial skills and capabilities.
Likewise, Dangcagan Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Olive Lepiten thanked, “We are glad that DOLE now allows barangays as ACPs in the implementation of these livelihood projects. We are much willing to help our constituents in the procurement of goods and the implementation of the said projects.”
Valmores also responded, “We are very glad the LGU and the barangays are willing to provide assistance in the implementation. Our efforts in providing programs and services particularly in the areas of livelihood and workers’ welfare in the informal sector become easier when our partner-agencies and clientele manifest their commitment and full support to DOLE are programs and projects.”
“The DILEEP and BUB have served its purpose in uplifting the quality of life and augmenting the income of the Filipino workers in the countryside,” Valmores added.
The DILEEP is DOLE’s contribution to the governments’ agenda of inclusive growth through job generation with emphasis on self-employment and substantial poverty reduction of the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers.
Whereas, the BUB seeks to increase people’s access to local service delivery through a demand-driven budget planning process and strengthen government accountability in local public service provision. The Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) composed of LGUs and Civil Society Organizations representatives identify projects and beneficiaries that will be funded through the required LGU equity-counterpart.
End/Reyna L. Tagailo/DOLE-X Buk PFO
DOLE-X Bukidnon PFO Head Raul L. Valmores (center) awards the ceremonial check to LGU-Dangcagan, Bukidnon amounting to Php 3,780,000.00, and was witnessed by LGU-Dangacan PESO Manager Olive Lepiten and DOLE-X Bukidnon PFO Designated Special Disbursing Officer Reyna L. Tagailo on 12 January 2017 at the DOLE-X Bukidnon Provincial Field Office, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. (Photo source: DOLE’X Bukidnon PFO)