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Home-based women and OSY get baking livelihood aid from DOLE-RO I

 

Some 30 women and out-of-school youth in Rosario, La Union will soon roll out their bread and pastry production project after receiving their baking equipment from the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I. 

DOLE-RO I Assistant Regional Director Honorina Baga led the turn-over of the project worth P600 thousand to the beneficiaries through Mayor Bellarmin Flores II on October 20 at the Rosario municipal hall.  The two officials were joined by Veronica Corsino, Head of the DOLE-La Union Field Office; Amparo Mabalot, PESO Manager; Janet Mendoza, DOLE-LUFO DILEEP focal person, and other LGU officials. 

The project is funded under the DOLE’s Kabuhayan Starter Kit (KSK) which aims to enable the beneficiaries plan and operate a livelihood undertaking through the provision of package of services consisting of short-gestation trainings, start-up kits, business counseling and marketing assistance. 

“Our goal in providing source of income to communities is to improve the economic conditions of people and empower them towards becoming active development partners of the government,” ARD Baga said. 

Through the project, the beneficiaries who are home-based workers, can use their skills to earn income, put up their own bakeshops and make freshly baked breads or pastries available in their communities.  

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have turned to baking not only for their personal consumption, but also for livelihood. 

Guided by the framework of its 3K (Kalikasan, Kabuhayan and Kalusugan) Program, the local government unit of Rosario partnered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to provide skills training to the beneficiaries from October 10 to November 18, 2019.  It also provided tools to the beneficiaries, which brings its total counterpart to P376,390. 

Speaking on behalf of her co-beneficiaries, Rochelle Argas, 43, expressed their gratefulness to DOLE and LGU Rosario for the livelihood assistance, saying they are deeply touched because their plight has been addressed by the government. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Fredderick Gaerlan, DOLE-LUFO

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2020-10-28
RD Nat V. Lacambra
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