Kidapawan City, North Cotabato- To support the formation and enhancement of business projects of vulnerable workers in Cotabato Province, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 through its DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Porgram (DILEEP), released a total of Php950,000.00 livelihood checks to Local Government Unit (LGU)-Pikit, Barangay Government Unit (BGU)-Kimarayag and BGU-Upper Baguer of Pigcawayan, North Cotabato on 9 July 2019 at DOLE-Norh Cotabato Field Office, this city.

The livelihood assistance will benefit 98 vulnerable workers who will have a chance to generate sufficient income through their chosen projects like carpentry, beauty culture, sewing, masonry, and welding. The said projects will be jointly monitored by DOLE Regional Office 12, DOLE-NCFO, and respective Public Employment Service Office (PESO)- Managers in order to provide technical assistance and to ensure the project’s sustainability.

Further, RD Cano also witnessed the turn-over of goods and kits composed of grocery items worth Php950,000.00 to Dole-Stanfilco Cooperative (DSC) owned by its wage-earner workers with Dole-Stanfilco Makilala Labor Union as the Accredited Co-Partner (ACP).

DSC is one of the successful livelihood beneficiaries of the department in which from a small consumer store in 2012, the said cooperative is now a proud owner of a 2-storey building which houses its consumer cooperative and generated employment opportuinities to jobless wives and relatives of its members.

RD Cano lauded the officers and project management team of the cooperative for their efficient and effective management of the financial assistance provided by DOLE. “I hope this enhancement to your project will benefit and increase the income of your members and I look forward seeing you as ACP of our livelihood projects in your area,” he added.

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/CDGamboa with reports from MPLatoja