The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 1 has awarded various livelihood projects to marginalized and low-income workers and worker groups in Ilocos Sur, in an aim to help boost local economy.

Through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), the Department aims to contribute to the government agenda of inclusive growth through massive job generation and poverty reduction.

“We extend these livelihood support to informal workers in Ilocos Sur so that through their livelihood undertakings, they also help in the economic revitalization in the province,” said Regional Director Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos.

On September 9, DOLE through Assistant RD Honorina D. Baga gave out 500 units of mobile phone with P5,000 load to poor residents of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur. The smartphones are a component of the DILP FreeBis Project, where disadvantaged workers are given bicycles and other tools which they can use to immediately roll out micro-enterprises in their barangay. The bicycles were given to the same beneficiaries earlier this year.

On September 10, DOLE Ilocos Sur Field Office led by OIC-Head Charity Ubilas awarded P1.1 Million-worth of Egg Laying Production Projects to seven people organizations (POs) in Qurino, Cervantes and Narvacan. Benefitting 160 low-income individuals, the projects are part of DOLE’s commitment in the whole-of-nation approach to ending local communist armed conflict (ELCAC).

The POs, whose members are disadvantaged workers with livelihoods curtailed by previous armed conflicts, are as follows: Cattle Land Egg Laying Assoc., Bucnit Egg Laying Assoc., Suagayan Egg Laying Assoc., Madapoy Federated Assoc., and Patungcalo Org., all in Quirino; Remedios People’s Assoc. in Cervantes; and Mata East Farmers Assoc. in Narvacan.

On September 17, DOLE awarded Fishing Paraphernalia that benefit eight fisherfolk associations in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. With DOLE’s counterpart at P987,440, the projects shall boost the harvests of 80 fisherfolks belonging to the fishermen groups from barangays Becques, Bimmanga, Dardarat, Farola, Libtong, and Pudoc West.


Last Updated on September 21, 2022 by Justin Paul Marbella