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DOLE Helps Ilocos Norte Informal Workers Boost Livelihood
The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office I (DOLE ROI) extended aid to informal workers in Ilocos Norte enhance their livelihood, to increase their income as a way to improve their lives. 
 
Through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), low-income marginalized workers in the towns of Paoay and Vintar were given grants which were used to procure equipment, implements and units that will help them boost their livelihood undertakings. 
 
In Paoay, 60 individuals engaged in backyard hog-raising benefited from DOLE’s Hog Fattening Project with a total fund allocation of P999,900. It funded the purchase of 120 piglets, commercial feeds, and biologics and vitamins distributed among the beneficiaries. The amount was turned over on August 16, 2021. 
 
In Vintar, DOLE grants P1,416,864 to the Vintar Federated Tobacco Growers Association, Inc. on September 9, 2021. The group shall procure diesel-fed and electric water pumps, and rolls of irrigation hoses, to benefit its 154 members who are landless and marginalized tobacco farmers.
 
The farm equipment will be rented out by the association to members and non-members. With a minimal rental fee of P100 per day, the association is assured of the upkeep of the tools, which are seen to grow the yield of the local farmers. 
 
The awarding ceremonies were witnessed by local officials namely Mayor Larisa Foronda, Vice Mayor Amado Victor Racimo Jr., SB Member Ferdinand Mabanag, Municipal Agriculturist Dr. Myra Simon, Local Revenue Collection Officer III Ms. Betty Albano and PESO Manager Angela Sucab of Vintar; and Paoay Municipal Agriculturist Ms. Germeline Pascua and PESO Manager Ms. Rosalina Palapas. 
 
DOLE Ilocos Norte Field Office led by Chief Susan Maynes facilitated the awarding of the project. 
 
“Truly, the DOLE is committed to help improve the quality of lives of informal workers through livelihood intervention,” DOLE Regional Director Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos said. “This is the brand of public service which Labor Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” H. Bello III aggressively pushes for and aims to sustain,” she concluded. END/Justin Paul Marbella and Leonavella Duldulao. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2021-09-10
RD Evelyn R. Ramos
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