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9,112 benefit from DOLE-RO I livelihood and emergency employment

 

Last year, some 9,112 marginalized workers in the region benefitted as the DOLE-Regional Office I released P53,257,453 in total assistance under its DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).

The DILEEP is aligned with the government’s agenda of poverty reduction through the creation of sustainable enterprises or provision of emergency employment.

DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said P29,693,37 was released for the livelihood of 3,014 farmers, fishermen, technical-vocational graduates, self-employed with insufficient income, women, dependents of Marawi victims/Killed in Action, ambulant vendors, seasonal workers and persons with disabilities, among others.  

The livelihood projects include provision of farm implements and fishing paraphernalia, negosyo sa kariton, starter kits, food processing, tour guiding, beekeeping, culinary services, sewing, hog fattening, smoked fish production, perfume making, sari-sari store and cattle raising.

On the other hand, 6,048 displaced workers, fishermen, farmers, minimum wage earners and seasonal workers benefitted from P23,564,075 in the form of wages, personal protective equipment and social protection under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) or Emergency Employment Program.

The beneficiaries were engaged in community projects such as coastal clean-up, cleaning/clearing of barangay roads, declogging of canals, repair and rehabilitation of public facilities and flood mitigation.

Of the regional accomplishments, Ilocos Sur had the biggest contribution with P13,440,435 releases for 2,278 beneficiaries.  A total of P11,618,100 was disbursed for 1,903 informal sector workers in Ilocos Norte.  In La Union, 1,565 workers were assisted with P7,802,583.  Pangasinan had its share as follows: Western–P8,065,450 for 1,390 beneficiaries;  Central –P7,231,438 for 2,110 workers and Eastern – P4,919,447 for 764 beneficiaries.

“Our communities abound with human resources and natural raw materials. With the infusion of capital assistance, these resources can be mobilized to create enterprises that can provide employment and growth,” Director Lacambra said. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from TSSD

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2019-01-22
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