Tacurong City – A group of livelihood beneficiaries with various projects were the latest to avail of the DOLE Integrated and Livelihood Program (DILP) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12, amounting to a total of Php 984,050.00 released at Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center, this city, on 07 February 2020.

The said livelihood assistance will benefit 66 qualified individuals who will venture on various livelihood undertakings such as carinderia, halo-halo making, dressmaking, welding, vulcanizing, carpentry, and barber cutting among others.

DOLE 12 Regional Director Sisinio Cano and City Mayor Angelo Montilla were on hand in giving this livelihood project. Also present during the release was Mary Jane Hoksuan, the  DOLE-Sultan Kudarat Field Office Head.

14 Persons with Disability (PWDs)  and drug surrenderers who had completed the required community-based rehabilitation program  were among the recipients of the kabuhayan project.

John Michael Billones, a deaf and mute, and one of the 14  PWD beneficiaries tried hard to convey his gratitude to the government through the use of sign language.

“Dako gid ang pasalamat ko sa gobyerno kay natagaan kami nga mga PWDs sang prayoridad nga mga matagaan livelihood livelihood assistance,” Billones’ interpreter said.

(We are really thankful to our government for prioritizing us, the PWDs, in the grant of livelihood assistance.)

RD Cano on his part expressed his gratitude to LGU-Tacurong City for the continued partnership in DOLE employment and livelihood programs.

“LGU-Tacurong City is one of our strongest local government partners in the region in improving the lives of  our constituents in the informal sectors,” said RD Cano.

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/ASFreno/CDGamboa