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DOLE-RO I releases over P138-M for livelihood of 27,781 marginalized workers


With almost P140 million disbursements for livelihood and emergency employment last year, the DOLE-RO I is undoubtedly one of the frontline agencies when it comes to the anti-poverty drive of the government.

Taken from the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), the assistance aims to transform 27,781 marginalized workers into poverty warriors either by engaging them in self-employment endeavors or making their existing small businesses grow into sustainable enterprises.

DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said of the amount, P19,061, 072.85 was released for the livelihood of 2,330 farmers, minimum wage earners, self-employed with insufficient income, youth, dependents of soldiers Killed in Action (KIA), rebel returnees, seasonal workers, persons with disabilities and senior citizens.

The livelihood projects include provision of farm implements, negosyo sa kariton, starter kits, food processing, mushroom production, swine fattening, carabao-based enterprise, culinary services, production of chili products (enhancement), sari-sari store, vegetables and fruit vending.

On the other hand, 25,451 displaced workers, marginalized workers with insufficient income, underemployed, youth, senior citizens, women, minimum wage earners, unpaid family workers and seasonal workers benefitted from P119,601,554 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, cleaning of surroundings and dumpsites, repair and rehabilitation of public facilities and flood mitigation, among others.

Of the regional accomplishments, Ilocos Sur had the biggest contribution with P61,445,987.50 releases for 11,574 beneficiaries.  A total of P14,239,787.50 was disbursed for 3,515 workers in Ilocos Norte.  In La Union, 3,166 workers were assisted with P16,520,683.  Pangasinan had its share as follows: Western–P2,973,861 for 591 beneficiaries;  Central –P17,115,095 for 4,849 workers and Eastern – P21,824,759.85 for 3,897 beneficiaries.

The DILEEP is aligned with the government’s agenda of poverty reduction through the creation of sustainable enterprises or provision of emergency employment. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from TSSD

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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