Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat – In its bid to help ease the post-effect of COVID-19 pandemic to informal and displaced individuals in the region, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 released the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) check amounting to Php 1,272,329.50 for 98 individuals of the municipality of Lambayong, this province on 09 July 2020.

RD Raymundo Agravante led the ceremonial release of livelihood check together with Brgy. Captain Nendel Ricafort of Barangay Local Government Unit of Mamali as the department’s Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) while Lambayong Mayor Ferdinand Agduma and DOLE-Sultan Kudarat Field Office Head Mary Jane Hoksuan acted as witnesses.

Beneficiaries were mostly self-employed women, youth, senior citizens, parents/guardians of child laborers, and displaced workers with insufficient income.  These beneficiaries chose various livelihood start-ups such as auto repair, food vending, carpentry, carenderia, carwash services, vulcanizing, welding, hollow block making, among others.

Mayor Agduma in his message vowed to improve their supervision and monitoring efforts during the program implementation. “Asahan niyo pong pagbubutihin namin ang supervision at monitoring ng programa sa aming bayan,” said mayor Agduma.

“The department will continue to assist our vulnerable sectors and displaced workers to help them recover economically after this pandemic season. We also hope that their business venture will grow and become sustainable even after this pandemic end,” 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/KForcadilla