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“Dakayo ti Inspirasyonmi”: Marginalized Workers Inspire Strengthened DOLE Services in Ilocos
“Dakayo ti inspirasyonmi” were the words that echoed among the crowd of residents of conflict-affected communities in Ilocos Sur, during the distribution of aid by Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 1 (DOLE RO1) and other government agencies on July 27, 2021 in Brgy. Bugbuga, Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur. 
 
The words were Iloko for “you are our inspiration”, which rang true in the message of Regional Director Atty. Evelyn Ramos as she addressed the 63 beneficiaries of DOLE’s livelihood starter kits. 
 
They are poor, marginalized workers whose dreams for robust personal economic pursuits are curtailed by the presence of local communist armed conflicts (LCAC) in their communities in nine towns in Ilocos Sur.  
 
Others are former members of underground mass organizations, who now have withdrawn their support from anti-government activities, and made the choice to return into the fold of the law.  
 
“These workers who live in the margins of the society are the most vulnerable to rebel influences. We understand their economic needs, and this truly inspires us in DOLE to work doubly hard to address their concerns,” RD Ramos said. 
 
The efforts are part of the initiatives of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC).
 
The DOLE’s livelihood starter kits are to complement the skills of the beneficiaries, which range from carpentry to welding, and from baking to dressmaking. 
 
While some of the beneficiaries are already skilled, the others underwent training provided by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). 
 
This is to ensure that the beneficiaries can capitalize on their skills, through proper competency, matched with right tools and equipment, RD Ramos said. 
 
Through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), the starter kits amounted to P15,000 each, with a total project cost of P945,000 granted by DOLE. 
 
“Truly, these skilled workers are our inspiration in DOLE to push our services even further and stronger, especially in the disadvantaged and marginalized barangays. This is the essence of our duty in public service – to give every Filipino access to gainful employment as a way to improve their lives,” RD Ramos remarked.  END/Justin Paul Marbella and Sherwin Abalos. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2021-07-28
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