In pursuit of generating more jobs and greater economic  opportunities,the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office 1 has awarded livelihood assistance to the Sta. Maria-Sta. Rosa-Namagbagan Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association of San Pablo, Sta. Maria, Pangasinan.

The SMARTNATODA, which consists of 104 tricycle drivers and operators from at least 10 barangays of Sta. Maria, Pangasinan, received the first tranche of assistance amounting to P277,425.00 to fund its Motorcycle Spare Parts Cum Welding and Vulcanizing Shop project.

In simple ceremonies graced by 6th District Representative Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, Ms. Erlinda Villegas, Head of the DOLE-Rosales Field Office, Ms. Teresa Bonavente, Officer-In-Charge of the DOLE-Technical Services Support Division, turned over the check to the Barangay Government Unit of San Pablo.

DOLE 1 Regional Director Henry John Jalbuena said the DOLE livelihood program aims to spur inclusive growth, which is among the main goals of the Aquino administration.

The assistance, he added, consists of tools/jigs and raw materials like welding and vulcanizing equipment and motorcycle spare parts; entrepreneurship/business training; values formation and human relations; and skills upgrading on vulcanizing and welding.  It will also help facilitate the enrolment of the beneficiaries in social protection schemes like SSS and Philhealth.

The government unit of San Pablo committed to fund the construction of a building to house the project.

Workers in the Informal Economy like the 104 members of SMARTNATODA are among the vulnerable sectors who graduate into more productive, remunerative and secure employment or livelihood through bridging or transition opportunities accompanying the DOLE livelihood program.

Jun-Jun Macaraeg, the Punong Barangay of San Pablo, expressed confidence that the project will bring far-reaching benefits to neighboring municipalities like Tayug, Asingan, Rosales and San Quintin, all in Pangasinan.  asv

Last Updated on March 10, 2022 by lopezhn