Kidapawan City- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 facilitated the release of Php 3,103,980.00 worth of livelihood starter kits and checks to the municipalities of Arakan and Pigcawayan in Cotabato Province.

The said turn-over of livelihood assistance was led by DOLE 12 Regional Director Raymundo Agravante and DOLE-North Cotabato Field Office (DOLE-NCFO) Head Marjorie Latoja. The Local Chief Executives, PESO Managers, and Barangay Captains were also present during the release.

Municipality of Arakan received a total of Php 2,013,101.00 which was distributed to three (3) Accredited Co-Partners (ACPs) namely Brgy. Government Units (BGUs) of San Miguel (Php 925,710.00), Kabalantian (Php 505,831.00), and Poblacion (Php 581,560.00). Of these amounts, 117 beneficiaries are expected to benefit on the said livelihood aid.

Further, Pigcawayan was awarded with Php 1,090,879.00 livelihood grant for 187 recipients. These qualified individuals were beneficiaries from BGUs of North Manuangan (Php 221,893.00), Central Panatan (Php 235,754.00), Poblacion 3 (Php 249,895.00), Malu-ao (Php 204,269.00)), and Buluan (Php 179,068.00).

Beneficiaries’ chosen projects include food vending, carwash services, welding, pastry nd bread making, vulcanizing, hollow block making, and street food vending.

“Dako gid nga bulig ang programa sang DOLE sa pareho namon nga pobre, lalo na karon sa panahon sang pandemic,” beneficiary Ramon said

(DOLE’s program is a big help for poor citizens like us especially in this time of pandemic.)

“The department especially our personnel in the field offices are working hard to deliver and materialize livelihood projects for our highly vulnerable sectors in time of economic crisis brought by COVID-19 pandemic,” said RD Agravante.

DILP is a flagship program of the DOLE which seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers either through emergency employment, promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises. End/CDGamboa/MPLatoja