CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X) Regional Director Albert E. Gutib awarded P3,150,000 worth of livelihood financial aid to Macajalar Wharf Porters Association Federation of Free Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative Chairman Villaruel R. Jumawid, Jr. on 18 July 2022 at DOLE-X, Trinidad Building, here.

 

Gutib said the livelihood grant was allotted to 1,874 beneficiaries from nine groups and 30 individual projects.

 

The projects are (1) peanut butter jam making; (2) mango jam and chili garlic paste making; (3) mini grocery store; (4) water refilling station; (5) general merchandising; (6) Bigasan ng Bayan; (7) dairy goat production with vermi-composting; (8) Bikecination or provision of bicycle for delivery and food services and mobile phone for e-loading business; (9) Wash-a-Minute Laundry Shop; (10) fish vending; (11) bakery enhancement; and various livelihood Starter Kits.

 

ACPs are program partners of DOLE responsible for the direct delivery of services to the target beneficiary. They are the Local Government Units (LGUs), workers’ organizations, other non-profit peoples organizations and non-profit, non-government organizations that have passed the accreditation requirements of DOLE .

The beneficiaries will engage into different livelihood projects to earn income to improve their economic conditions. Some farmers from Barangay Tignapoloan saw the opportunity to produce dairy goats instead of hogs with the African Swine Fever outbreak in the city. Parents of child laborers were also some of the identified beneficiaries to enable them to earn income and sustain them financially for their children to be in school.

 

Also, persons deprived of liberty (PDL) were among the beneficiaries, who after obtaining temporary and permanent liberty, felt like outcasts in the society and feared as thugs in community. The livelihood opportunities are expected to uplift their living conditions and enable them to become self-reliant.

 

Most of the groups are women beneficiaries, in compliance to Section 26 of Republic Act No. 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women, providing livelihood to potential women entrepreneurs. They are active women group from their barangays who wish to have additional income despite being at home most of the time. The biggest group is from a labor union enhancing their bakery project to at least match the demand from their company.

 

Gutib expressed his gratitude to the ACP for its strong partnership with DOLE and for successfully implementing various livelihood projects in the city.

 

Macajalar Wharf Porters Association MPC-FFWC is the recipient of the Best ACP Award during the prestigious Kabuhayan Awards held on 26-28 May 2022 at the New Coast Hotel, Manila.

 

The DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program is one of the flagship programs of the Department which grants livelihood assistance that will contribute to poverty reduction and reduce the vulnerability to risks of the vulnerable and marginalized workers.

 

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Department of Labor and Employment-X Regional Director Albert E. Gutib (third from left)
awards P3.15M check to Macajalar Wharf Porters Association MPC-FFWC Chairman
Jumawid Villaruel, Jr. (2 nd from right) on 18 July 2022 at the Office of Regional Director,
Trinidad Bldg., Corrales Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City. (Photo source: John Mascariñas/
DOLE-X Cagayan de Oro City Field Office)