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DOLE-RO I pours in P2.6-M to Ilocos towns for livelihood and emergency employment


The DOLE-Regional Office I released P2,674,560 worth of livelihood and emergency employment assistance to two municipalities of Ilocos Sur on March 25, 2021. 

In separate awarding ceremonies, Regional Director Evelyn Ramos led the turn-over of checks amounting to P1,728,000 to Sta. Cruz for the fishing paraphernalia of 138 fishermen and P946,560 to Tagudin for its 174 Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced (TUPAD) workers.

Mayor Teresita Valle thanked the DOLE for its “invaluable support to the fishing sector.” 

“This generous help from the DOLE-RO I under the leadership of Atty. Evelyn Ramos really means to the LGU of Sta. Cruz which is home to industrious and hardworking fishermen from 13 coastal barangays,” Mayor Valle said. 

She said one way of empowering vulnerable workers like fishermen is providing them necessary tools such as motorized boat and fishing gears.  

Mayor Roque Verzosa, Jr. also expressed gratitude for the TUPAD assistance as he hoped for continuing partnership between the DOLE and the LGU of Tagudin to provide inclusive service to people, especially in light of the ongoing crisis. 

The TUPAD workers will be engaged in short-term employment for 16 days and will receive the prevailing minimum daily wage rate in the region.  They will be covered by micro-insurance and provided with personal protective equipment (PPEs) like buri hat and long-sleeved shirt.

“Our aim under our Kabuhayan and Emergency Employment programs is to empower our vulnerable informal sector workers towards growth and development.  To carry out this task, we need the support of all our LGUs,” RD Ramos said. 

She mentioned that the Duterte administration is fully committed to reducing poverty incidence to just 14 percent or lower by 2022 and make economic expansion inclusive for all Filipinos. 

“Kabuhayan” and emergency employment are the two components of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), which seeks to reduce poverty and attain development by promoting community enterprises and increasing the capacity of vulnerable informal sector workers against risks caused by economic downturns, calamities and disasters. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Sherwin Keith T. Abalos, DOLE-ISFO

RD Evelyn R. Ramos
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