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In Ilocos Sur, families of slain soldiers receive livelihood aid from DOLE-RO I


Two housewives from the Ilocos Sur province have just been granted their wish to have additional capital for their respective micro business activities after receiving livelihood aid from the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I. 

DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra bared that the DOLE-Ilocos Sur Field Office, headed by Emmanuel Hagad, awarded grocery packages worth around P20 thousand each for the beneficiaries on July 25 at the town hall, giving their existing sari-sari stores a boost.  

The beneficiaries, thirty-three-year-old Erna Sheila Losendo from Banayoyo and twenty-nine-year-old Carmi Anno from Galimuyod, both lost their husbands to battles with rebels. 

Erna is the widow of Corporal Neil Anthony Losendo, member of the 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army in Tanay, Rizal. Corporal Losendo died in an encounter with NPA rebels on May 8, 2017 in Infanta, Quezon. Erna was left with a four-year-old child to support.     

Carmi, on the other hand, now has to tend to their two children after her husband, Corporal Elmer Anno was fatally wounded during the war in Marawi City on May 23, 2017. Corporal Anno eventually died on May 27, 2017, and now among the “Fallen Heroes” of the Marawi siege. 

“Lubos po ang pasasalamat namin sa gobyerno sa pagbibigay halaga sa kabayanihan ng aming mga asawa. Makakaasa po kayo na payayabungin namin ang kabuhayan na ito dahil ito ay magsisilbing alaala nila,” Erna said during the awarding of the grocery items. 

The widow has stopped working at the Second Engineering District of the Department of Public Works and Highways after her right leg was fractured due to an accident.  

“Kaya naman napakalaking tulong sa amin itong kabuhayan dahil mayroon kaming mapagkukunan ng panggastos sa araw-araw habang ako ay hindi pa pumapasok sa opisina,” she added. 

Erna and Carmi used a financial assistance from the Office of the President to put up their respective sari-sari stores. 

The latest assistance comes from the DOLE’s Comprehensive Social Benefits Program on Killed In Action/Wounded In Action Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP).  The program offers various interventions such as job referrals and livelihood assistance for the immediate members/beneficiary of the family of KIA/WIA AFP/PNP personnel. 

The awarding ceremony in Banayoyo was graced by Mayor Virgilio Galanga, Vice-Mayor Oscar Gandalera and PESO Manager Luzviminda Reginaldo; while PESO Manager Alberto Gines, Jr. attended the awarding in Galimuyod. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Charity A. Ubilas, DOLE-ISFO

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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