Maasim, Sarangani- A total of forty-three (43) Former Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and disadvantaged workers from the informal sector of this municipality can now jumpstart local economic activities as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 awarded kabuhayan starter kits at Barangay Daliao Gymnasium, today, 09 July 2021.

No less than the DOLE 12 Regional Director Raymundo Agravante together with DOLE-Sarangani Field Office OIC Domingo Baron turned-over the said livelihood package of assistance amounting to P725,530.00 from the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP).

Also present during the said release were Maasim Mayor Zyrex Pacquiao, Vice Mayor, Vicitacion Nambatac, BLGU-Dalio Barangay Captain Alladin Tambingag, SLEO Maria Ligaya Balongo, and Maasim PESO personnel.

Beneficiaries who were mostly women, ambulant vendors, skilled workers, transport workers, and former OFWs are all set to venture on small business undertaking which include dressmaking, welding services, barbeque and food vending, mini carinderia, and transport services.

“Mahigit sampung taon ako sa abroad at nang nakabalik ng bansa noong 2017 ay medyo mahirap pa rin talaga ang buhay dito. Malaking pasasalamat sa DOLE sa tulong pangkabuhayan na aking magagamit sa proyektong mini carinderia,” said beneficiary Jobaina Ibrahim.

In his message, Mayor Pacquiao paid gratitude to DOLE for its continued livelihood formation support and helping the municipality’s informal sector workers cope with the economic challenge brought about by COVID-19 pandemic.

In response, RD Agravante expressed the Secretary’ message to the beneficiaries in saying, “Hangad ng mahal na Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello ang tagumpay ng mga nakauwing OFWs at ng ating informal sector workers sa pagnenegosyo sa pamamagitan ng patuloy na benepisyong hatid ng aming livelihood programs lalung-lalo na ngayon sa panahon ng pandemya.”

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/MLBalongo