CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Undersecretary (USEC) lawyer Randy B. Escolango together with Assistant Secretary (ASEC) Engr. Mariano R. Alquiza awarded P33,879,246.95 worth of livelihood grants and emergency employment wages to 4,985 informal sector workers in the region on 20 May 2022 at Luxe Hotel, this city.

DOLE-X Regional Director Albert E. Gutib said the senior officials were on their regional visit in support to the program implementation of the office.

USEC Escolango awarded ten Accredited Co-Partners (ACPs) or the program partners of DOLE responsible for the direct delivery of services to the target beneficiaries the checks for the said livelihood financial assistance. They are the workers’ organizations, peoples’ organizations, and non-government organizations, and all local government units that have passed the accreditation requirements of DOLE.

These were (1) Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) of Buntawan amounting to P1,020,000 to purchase the projects on goat raising, meat processing, rice trading, sari-sari store, and hog raising of 90 beneficiaries; (2) Jimenez Municipal Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) worth P700,000 to buy the goods on rice trading and frozen products to 60 beneficiaries; (3) Paglingkawas Women Federation (PAWFED) at P8,180,000 to procure the goods on motorcycle parts and services, boneless bangus processing, bacas processing supplier; hog raising, among others to 860 individuals; (4) Aloran Trade MPC at P1,680,000 for the rice retailing and agrivet store, rice trading, and starter kits for 176 beneficiaries; (5) Kahugpungan Sa Masilakong Mananagat (KASAMMA) Organization at P2,008,216 for the enhancement of rice feeds and basic commodities, abaca fiber trading and production, brewed corn coffee, bamboo and amakan making, among others for 366 beneficiaries.

(6) Rural Bank of Talisayan Employees and Savers MPC at P3,018,244.95 for projects on canteen, tailoring services, candle making, goat production, among others for 496 beneficiaries; (7) Valencia Rural Improvement MPC at P5,985,000 for vulcanizing, motor parts, among others for 398 individuals; (8) Maven Center for Learning and Entrepreneurship Incorporated at P2,300,000 for home-based salons and Negokarts (Negosyo sa Kariton) of 102 beneficiaries; (9) PN Roa Canitoan Transport Cooperative at P822,736 worth of salaries for the emergency employment of 200 disadvantaged/displaced workers under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced workers (TUPAD) program; and (10) Mana Millenium Technical School at P8,165,050 total of salaries for the emergency employment of 2,237 workers.

The said projects are under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).

“We are so proud to have you as our ACPs in the implementation of our DILEEP. We, at DOLE, hope that you keep up the great work in helping our beneficiaries for many years to come. Daghang salamat!” Escolango said.

Likewise, ACP PAWFED Chairperson and beneficiary of Merkado sa PAWFED livelihood project Blenda Desierto said, “Kung wala mo [DOLE-X], wala kami. Ang DOLE naa gyud permi sa among tapad.” (If you [DOLE-X] are not here, we would not be here. DOLE is always at our side.)

“Salamat sa DOLE, kay na kab-ot namo ang kalambuan,” (Thank you DOLE for we have reached progress.) 2019 Buko Pie Making project beneficiary Ruth Modequillo said.

Gutib said this is just the start for the entrepreneurs. DOLE-X will continue to assist these existing livelihoods to grow into more sustainable enterprises and provide more employment opportunities.

DOLE-X Assistant Regional Director Estrella Pahalla said, “Naririnig naming kayo [livelihood beneficiaries] sa DOLE-X. We are here to make lives better and better, for you.”

USEC Escolango and ASEC Alquiza are both in-charge of the DOLE’s Mindanao Regional Operations, Professional Regulations; Conciliation-Mediation, Labor Arbitration and Maritime Cluster.

DILEEP contributes to poverty reduction and reduce the vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers either through emergency employment, and promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises.

TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, the underemployed and vulnerable ones for a minimum of 10 days but not to exceed 90 days, depending on the nature of work.

End/Mildred E. Dablio with additional reports from Charlton James R. Busa/DOLE-X

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Department of Labor and Employment-X’s Accredited Co-Partner Paglingkawas Women Federation (PAWFED) Chairperson and beneficiary of Merkado sa PAWFED livelihood project Blenda Desierto (3 rd from right) receives the check from DOLE Undersecretary Atty. Randy B. Escolango (2 nd from left) and Assistant Secretary Engr. Mariano R. Alquiza (2 nd from right) with DOLE-X Regional Director Albert E. Gutib (rightmost), DOLE-X Assistant Regional Director Estrella U. Pahalla (leftmost) and DOLE-X Lanao del Norte Provincial Field Office OIC-Chief Atty. Safrali Cabili (3 rd from left) during the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program Awarding on 20 May 2022 at Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. (Photo by: Abdalati Dagideban/DOLE-X)

 

Department of Labor and Employment-X’s Accredited Co-Partner Manna Millenium Technical School President Nieves B. Camacho (3 rd from left) receives the check representing the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced workers Program (TUPAD) wages of 2,237 workers from DOLE Undersecretary Atty. Randy B. Escolango (2 nd from left) and Assistant Secretary Engr. Mariano R. Alquiza (2 nd from right) with DOLE-X Regional Director Albert E. Gutib (rightmost), DOLE-X Assistant Regional Director Estrella U. Pahalla (leftmost) and DOLE-X Cagayan de Oro City Field Office Chief Emmanuel G. Toledo (3 rd from right) during the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program Awarding on 20 May 2022 at Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. (Photo by: Abdalati Dagideban/DOLE-X)