Maasim, Sarangani- In its goal to help raise the income of informal economies in the province of Sarangani, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 turned over kabuhayan checks to Barangay Government Units (BGUs) of Maasim and Maitum, this province on 15 October 2020.

DOLE 12 Regional Director Raymundo Agravante personally handed-over the said checks amounting to P 610,740.00 (BGU-Kabaclan), P 466,625.00 (BGU-Kabatiol) in Maasim and P 511,960.00 (BGU-Wali), P 431,890.00 (BGU-Ticulab) in Maitum. Also present during the release were DOLE-Sarangani Field Office officials, the respective local chief executives and barangay officials of the said DOLE-Accredited Co-Partners (ACPs).

The 125 Beneficiaries, who were mostly self-employed with insufficient income, youth, women, seasonal and displaced workers, persons with disabilities, landless farmers, fisherfolks, former rebels, parents/guardians of child laborers, and victims of armed conflict will venture on livelihood projects on food processing and skills-related trainings.

“Daku nga tabang ang DOLE livelihood lalo na sa gagmay nga vendors pareho sang amuang kakanin vendors. Siguruhon lang namo nga mahikot dayon ang liquidation para madugangan kag mas daghan ang makabenepisyo,” said Maasim Mayor Zyrex Pacquiao.

(DOLE livelihood is a big help for our small entrepreneurs like our kakanin vendors. We will assure for speedy liquidation so we can ask for additional funding and more beneficiaries can benefit with the program.)

“The Department is grateful to LGU-Maasim for helping its informal sector gain extra income through our DOLE Integrated and Livelihood Program and enhancement awaits to sustainable projects of our beneficiaries,” 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