Koronadal City- Seventy one individuals coming from South Cotabato were the latest to avail of DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12.The beneficiaries received their livelihood starter kits through the DOLE-South Cotabato Field Office released on 05 April 2019, at the South Cotabato Provincial Capitol Covered Court, this city.

The set of beneficiaries were the third and final batch of the 328 target beneficiaries from the total amount of Php5,152,500.00 livelihood grant. The said amount was given last July 12, 2018 to the Provincial Government of South Cotabato as the Accredited Co-Partner of DOLE 12.

The beneficiaries were mostly self-employed with insufficient income, underemployed, farmers, youth, women, and senior citizens who will venture on their livelihood projects such as sewing, carpentry, vulcanizing, welding, car wash, carinderia, negokart, peanut butter making, turon making, manicure/pedicure, and cosmetology.

The DOLE assists beneficiaries who lack capital and who are interested to further improve their existing businesses in order to uplift their family’s income and eventually raise their socio-economic status.

“DOLE livelihood program continue to empower the working poor by giving them livelihood assistance and motivating them to go into entrepreneurship,” said DOLE 12 Regional Director Sisinio Cano. He also added that beneficiaries were given business-related seminars before the release of their starter kits.

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