Two workers associations from the Municipality of Umingan, Pangasinan recently received livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office 1.

In launching ceremonies graced by 6th District Congresswoman Marlyn Primicias-Agabas and Regional Director Henry John Jalbuena, the Guardians New Hope Brotherhood International, Inc. and Santa Maria Tribal Women’s Association received the first tranche of assistance which amount to P377,175 and P285,750, respectively.

The assistance will help the GNBII, a farmers association, start up an agricultural supplies store and the women’s group venture into a loom weaving business.

“The continuous provision of livelihood assistance to people is one of the strategies of the Aquino administration in fulfilling its anti-poverty agenda,” Jalbuena said.

He said the assistance also entails high sense of responsibility on the part of the beneficiaries, as they are bound to properly manage the projects as stipulated in the Memorandum of Agreement they signed with the DOLE.

“As we have always stressed, our livelihood assistance are not dole-outs.  Our beneficiaries have to really work hard if they want to earn and improve their economic conditions,” Jabuena added.

Ms. Danilla Laus, the STWA President, has expressed her gratitude to the DOLE.  She said the loom weaving project will not only help uplift their lives; it will also showcase the beneficiaries’ craftsmanship and promote their culture.

On the other hand, Ms. Gemma Medenilla, the President of GNBII, said the assistance will greatly address their problem on highly-priced agricultural inputs.  She said the agricultural supplies store will augment the direct beneficiaries’ income and generate employment in the community.

The DOLE fund assistance consists of raw materials, tools, jigs and equipment. asv

Last Updated on March 10, 2022 by lopezhn