Beneficiaries of various livelihood projects of the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 1 (DOLE RO1) took centerstage in the celebration of the 2022 Labor Day on May 1, 2022.

DOLE RO1 Regional Director Atty. Evelyn Ramos said the awarding of livelihood aid is a testament to DOLE’s unceasing commitment to uphold the lives of workers not only in the formal sector, but in the informal sector as well.

In Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, DOLE awarded check amounting to 1,918,875 for the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) for the local government unit (LGU) of Umingan, Pangasinan. Representatives of Mayor Michael Carleone Cruz received the check, which shall fund a rice-retail project and procurement of farm implements to benefit 283 constituents.

Another 1,870,000 aid was awarded to LGU Santa Maria, led by Mayor Julius Ramos. It shall fund the implementation of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) to employ 550 emergency workers.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office 1 (OWWA RWO1) led by OIC Director Gerardo Rimorin also awarded livelihood aid to displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Through the Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay Program, nine (9) ex-OFWs got P20,000 livelihood grant each. The National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) also awarded livelihood aid to six OFW beneficiaries.

In Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, DOLE awarded the livelihood aid for Criselda Limon, a marginalized market vendor. She was given P30,000 worth of marketable goods to enhance her small-time enterprise.

This year’s Labor Day celebration centers on the theme, “Matatag na Manggagawa, Matatag na Bansa.” (By Justin Paul D. Marbella)