Koronadal City- In its aim to help the vulnerable sectors in the region, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 released a total of Php 4,103,118.00 livelihood checks and starter kits to 294 beneficiaries in the municipalities of Alabel, Glan, and Malungon, Sarangani Province.

The said turn-over of checks was spearheaded by DOLE 12 Regional Director Raymundo Agravante and DOLE-Sarangani Field Office Head Conrado Artatez. Witnessed to the said awarding of checks and livelihood starter kits were local chief executives, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) managers, and barangay officials of the respective towns.

On 15 July 2020, Barangay Government Units (BGUs) of Nagpan and Tamban of Malungon received the livelihood checks amounting to Php 547,623 and Php 513,290.00

, respectively. This assistance will benefit 100 beneficiaries for the two barangays. On the same date, 118 beneficiaries who belong to working poor and drug surrenderers were recipient of Php 994,100.00 starter kits.

Further, on 16th of July, this department awarded the livelihood checks to the Local Government Unit of Glan and BGU-Bagacay of Alabel amounting to Php 998,170.00 and Php 1,040,935.00, respectively.

The beneficiaries’ chosen entrepreneurial undertakings were kakanin making, food vendings, barber/beauty parlor services, welding, vegetable gardening, carpentry services, and among others.

“DOLE is one the most important national agencies that reaches out with our poor communities in helping them at this time of pandemic,” said Glan Mayor Vivien Yap.

RD Agravante in his message acknowledged the efforts of the LGUs through their PESOs in lasting partnership to help curb poverty in the region. “The department hopes that more individuals will venture into entrepreneurship because this will be an added income for the family especially during this pandemic time,” added 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/MLBalongo