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In La Union, 688 informal sector workers benefit from over P3-M DOLE livelihood assistance

 

The Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I awarded P3,353,012.25 total livelihood assistance to the City of San Fernando and Bacnotan, La Union to boost the projects of 688 informal sector workers. 

Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra led the turn-over of equipment and raw materials to 648 beneficiaries in the City of San Fernando on February 5 in the presence of Councilor Ramon Laudencia, DOLE-La Union Field Office Head Agnes Aguinaldo and LGU and DOLE-LUFO staff. 

The projects included retail of motorcycle parts cum welding, vulcanizing and repair shop; ube processing; farm implements and sardines making. 

Director Lacambra said the assistance will enable the beneficiaries to maximize gains from their existing livelihood, ensure their sustainability and transform abundant resources in their areas into saleable commodities to earn additional income. 

“Our livelihood program aims to enable our informal sector workers to improve their economic conditions by increasing their capacities towards attaining more viable and more profitable self-employment activities,” the Regional Director said. 

Elizabeth Yomol, 43-year-old resident of Ilocanos Sur, told during the event that with the capital equipment and raw materials from the DOLE-RO I, their association can produce more and reach broader markets. Ilocanos Sur is a coastal barangay with abundant supply of galunggong or round scad, milkfish, tamban or sardinella and squid.  

She said their association’s bottled sardines are now available at the La Union Pasalubong center, famous local restaurants and other places like Manila and Dagupan City by way of consignment. 

On the same date, OIC-Assistant Regional Director Honorina Baga led the turn-over of 40 units of vending carts to ambulant vendors in the municipality of Bacnotan.  The assistance worth P600,000 came from the DOLE’s Negosyo sa Kariton (NegoKart), an individual project which aims to assist ambulant vendors in diversifying their products to help augment their income and ensure the sustainability of their small businesses. 

Mayor Francisco Angelito Fontanilla, Vice-Mayor Ma. Minda Fontanilla, Public Employment Service Office Manager Divina Fontanilla, Department Heads, DOLE-LUFO Head Aguinaldo and staff were also present during the event. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez, with report from Fredderick L. Gaerlan, DOLE-La Union Field Office

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2018-02-21
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