Arakan, Cotabato – As part of its continuing mandate to help vulnerable workers gain employment and entrepreneurial opportunities especially this time of pandemic, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 awarded a total of P3,193,004.00 DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) checks and starter kits for one hundred sixty-four (164) beneficiaries of this municipality on 29 July 2021.

RD Raymundo Agravante together with North Cotabato Field Office Head Marjorie Latoja released the said checks to two (2) Accredited Co-Partners, the Barangay Local Government Units (BLGUs) of Datu Mantangkil (P1,421,637.00) for 74 beneficiaries and Ma. Caridad (707,006.00) for 35 recipients. Also present during the release were Arakan Municipal Administrator Leonardo Reovoca, representing Mayor Rene Rubino, Sr., PESO Manager Helma Labao, and the barangay officials.

On the same date, the Department awarded the kabuhayan starter kits amounting to P1,064,361.00 for 55 beneficiaries of BLGU-Binoongan. The said individuals chosen projects include food vending (balut, street foods, litson manok, banana cue), barber shop, carpentry, beauty care, cakes and pastries, dress making, car wash services, halo-halo, dressmaking, vulcanizing, furniture making, and among others.

“Kinanglan gid namon karon ang bulig pangkabuhayan projects sang DOLE kay pigado gid tungod sa pandemya,” said beneficiary Edelberto Lovino.

(We really need the DOLE livelihood projects now that we are experiencing economic crisis especially this time of pandemic.)

In his message, RD Agravante convey the Department’s Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello’s mission to help more workers and ease the impact of COVID-19 pandemic through the provision of DOLE flagship programs.

“Hangad ng aming masigasig na Secretay Bebot Bello na matulungan maging ang mga indibidwal lalung-lalo na ang sa malalayong lugar na higit na apektado ngayong may pandemya. Aasahan naming inyong mapalago ang kabuhayan projects at munting negosyo dagdag kita para sa pamilya,” added RD Agravante.

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