Misamis Oriental — Marawi siege displaced worker Amenoden Guro was a recipient of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Integrated Livelihood Program’s Sari-Sari Store Project worth P22,000 on 23 May 2022 at DOLE-X Misamis Oriental Provincial Field Office (Mis. Or. PFO), Cagayan de Oro City
DOLE-X Mis. Or. PFO Chief Errol A. Natividad said Amenoden’s wife, Fatimah received the goods from DOLE-X Regional Director Albert E. Gutib, on his behalf since he is currently in the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) due to stroke. Paceman Multi-Purpose Cooperative was the Accredited Co-Partner who purchased the goods from DOLE-X funds.
Natividad said Amenoden was displaced from his former job as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. But in 2013, due to Saudization, wherein Saudi companies are required to hire Saudi Nationals on a quota basis, he was repatriated and went back to Marawi. When the May 2017 war took place in Marawi, they were relocated in Opol, Mis. Or. thru his sister who is a resident.
Fatima said her husband used to find odd jobs to make ends meet, but because of his paralysis from his 2015 stroke attack, he had a hard time looking for a job. She was then the breadwinner of the family. She sold dry goods such as clothes, sandals and a small sari-sari store.
“Noong 2021, narinig ko po sa kaibigan na kapitbahay ko na pwede raw kami maka-avail ng livelihood program sa DOLE, kaya nabigyan po kami ngayon na malaking tulong po sa pamilya ko. Nakakadagdag po ito sa panghanap-buhay namin. Lalo na po ngayon na nasa ICU po ang husband ko at kailangan po madagdagan ang kita. Nahihirapan po ako maghanap ng trabaho kasi po undergrad ako. Ang pagbebenta po ang alam kong pamumuhay pero nahihirapan ako kung paano madagdagan ang sari-sari store namin kaya po malaking pasalamat ko sa DOLE-X na nabigyan kami ng assistance. Malaking tulong talaga ang DOLE sa pamilya ko. Salamat po sa DOLE,” Fatima said.
[Last 2021 I learned about DILP through a neighbor and friend. She told me to avail since we are qualified. This assistance is a big help to my family especially now that my husband is in ICU. Additional source of income is badly needed. It was difficult for me to find a job since I am only an undergraduate. Selling is the only way I know to earn a living but I had a hard time looking for additional funds to add products in our sari-sari store. I am very grateful to DOLE for giving us this assistance for it is a great help to my family. Thank you DOLE!]
DILP is a flagship program of DOLE that opens economic opportunities to the vulnerable and marginalized workers such as victims of armed conflict by providing them access to grant assistance for capacity building on entrepreneurial ventures, for either individual or group undertaking.
End/Lalaine D. Paduganan/DOLE-X Mis.Or. PFO