Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat-The Department of Labor and Employment XII- Sultan Kudarat Field Office released a total of Php 1,092, 531.60 value of starter kits in support to 90 individual beneficiaries of DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) in Senator Ninoy Aquino, this province.

The said beneficiaries were composed of indigenous people, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and parents of child laborers identified by DOLE-SKFO and Local Government Unit (LGU) of SNA.

DOLE OIC- Asst. Regional Director Arlene Bisnon emphasized that the kits are designed to aid their existing livelihood.

“We are happy to know that livelihood program of the DOLE can uplift your living in many ways. We also commend the excellent service of our PESO Office as the partner of the Department in employment and livelihood projects,” said OIC-ARD Bisnon.

Mr. Samuel Cañete, one of the PWD beneficiaries, expressed his gratitude to DOLE and LGU-SNA for the assistance provided to them.

“Wala ko nag ekspektar nga mapilian nga matagaan sang kits para sa sari-sari store. Pag PWD ka, medyo lisod jud pero promise nako nga maka survive gid ko paagi sang livelihood ka DOLE,” said Cañete.

(I never expected that I was selected to have a sari- sari store. Being a PWD is hard and tiring, but I assure you that this will be the way for me to survive a day.)

Mr. Cañete is also optimistic that with the guidance of God they will progress.

The said effort to provide a sustainable livelihood for the town is a collaboration between DOLE and the LGU-SNA. Projects include provision of food processing (cake and pastries, tupig, bibingka, chorizo, empanada, barbeque, and banana chips), welding, carpentry, cosmetology, carwash, vulcanizing, gardening, dress making, upholstery, furniture making, balut vending, sari-sari store, shoe repair, and ice cream production.

DILP 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/KJForcadilla