CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – In its effort to improve, develop and sustain the implementation of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) in the city, DOLE-X Cagayan de Oro City Field Office (CDO FO) Chief Emmanuel G. Toledo signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) represented by its Chancellor lawyer Dionel O. Albina on 17 June 2022 at the Performing Arts Theater, USTP Campus, Lapasan, here.
Toledo said the partnership agreement signified the start of collaboration in developing and strengthening the various livelihood aid implementation for Kagayanons. DOLE-X will provide livelihood assistance to USTP community-based organizations thru community outreach program to various barangays. Also, it would further extend assistance to USTP graduates who will venture into entrepreneurship projects.
Likewise, Albina said USTP will continue to provide technical and technology assistance to existing livelihood projects as well as to the projects in the offing. Further, they committed to share and transfer its existing technologies to the livelihood beneficiaries under DILP. In this development, College of Science and Technology Education Dean Dr. Loida S. Lomibao is the focal person in this endeavor.
Albina was grateful for the initiative of DOLE-X in reaching out to their institution and forging partnership with them. “The thrust of the institution is not focused on producing graduates for the different industries, but encouraging students to go into entrepreneurial endeavors in order to help in employment generation and the economy,” he said.
“This MOA signing today is a milestone in providing opportunities to the institution’s graduates who plan to become entrepreneurs in the future,” Albina said. He hoped this exploratory engagement with DOLE-X would lead to other engagements in the future especially on employment facilitation.
Similarly, Toledo expressed his appreciation to USTP leadership for accepting the proposition of engagement. “This is a historic moment, not only for DOLE-X and USTP, but for DILP livelihood beneficiaries who are the most beneficial of this engagement,” he said.
Toledo was hopeful that with this partnership, concerns on project sustainability and as one of the pressing concerns of the department, will be addressed.
DILP contributes to poverty reduction and reduces the vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers through promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises.
End/Akisa G. Boriongan/DOLE-X CDO FO