OCCIDENTAL MINDORO – On 21 December 2022, DOLE MIMAROPA through the DOLE Occidental Mindoro Field Office awarded various livelihood grants to five associations in Rizal and Santa Cruz in the sum of Php2,187,490.00 benefitting 202 informal workers under the DOLE Kabuhayan Program.

In the two separate awarding ceremonies led by DOLE OccMin Provincial Director Mr. Peter James D. Cortazar, the identified associations will be granted the indicated amount below through checks which will be coursed through to the LGUs Rizal and Santa Cruz represented by Mayors Ernesto C. Pablo, Jr. and Ernesto P. Torreliza as the DOLE’s Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) for the implementation of the following projects:
1. Barangay Rizal Occidental Mindoro Irrigators Association with project πΈπ‘›π‘”π‘–π‘›π‘’π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘‘ π΅π‘Žπ‘šπ‘π‘œπ‘œ amounting to Php730,000.00 benefitting 90 beneficiaries
2. Samahan sa Ikakaunlad ng mga Kasapi para sa Angat Pangkabuhayan with project π‘€π‘œπ‘π‘–π‘™π‘’ π‘†π‘œπ‘’π‘›π‘‘ π‘†π‘¦π‘ π‘‘π‘’π‘š π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ πΆπ‘Žπ‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘–π‘›π‘” π‘†π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘£π‘–π‘π‘’π‘  amounting to Php565,200.00 benefitting 41 beneficiaries
3. Samahan ng Mangingisda ng Lumangbayan with project πΉπ‘–π‘ β„Žπ‘–π‘›π‘” π΅π‘œπ‘Žπ‘‘ π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ πΌπ‘›π‘ π‘‘π‘Žπ‘™π‘™π‘Žπ‘‘π‘–π‘œπ‘› π‘œπ‘“ πΉπ‘–π‘ β„Ž π΄π‘”π‘”π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘”π‘Žπ‘‘π‘–π‘›π‘” 𝐷𝑒𝑣𝑖𝑐𝑒 (𝐹𝐴𝐷) π‘œπ‘Ÿ π‘ƒπ‘Žπ‘¦π‘Žπ‘œ amounting to Php284,145.00 benefitting 17 beneficiaries
4. Samahan ng Mangingisdang Nangangarap sa Pag-unlad with project πΉπ‘–π‘ β„Žπ‘–π‘›π‘” π΅π‘œπ‘Žπ‘‘ π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ πΌπ‘›π‘ π‘‘π‘Žπ‘™π‘™π‘Žπ‘‘π‘–π‘œπ‘› π‘œπ‘“ πΉπ‘–π‘ β„Ž π΄π‘”π‘”π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘”π‘Žπ‘‘π‘–π‘›π‘” 𝐷𝑒𝑣𝑖𝑐𝑒 (𝐹𝐴𝐷) π‘œπ‘Ÿ π‘ƒπ‘Žπ‘¦π‘Žπ‘œ amounting to Php284,145.00 benefitting 17 beneficiaries
5. Barahan Coastal Women’s Association with project πΆπ‘’π‘Ÿπ‘‘π‘Žπ‘–π‘› 𝐷𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑔𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘€π‘Žπ‘˜π‘–π‘›π‘” amounting to Php324,000.00 benefitting 27 beneficiaries

On the other hand, Mayor Pablo and Mayor Torreliza lauded DOLE for their continual assistance in uplifting the lives of their underprivileged and unemployed constituents, especially those who want to have gainful employment. They also congratulated the beneficiaries and challenged them to sustain these livelihood undertakings as these will empower them as productive members of society.

β€œIt is in the interest of the government that informal workers, whether in times of crisis or not, can get the livelihood support they need for the betterment not only of their personal lives but also of their communities. DOLE is very much honored to be given the opportunity to provide assistance and respond to their call of help… our primary goal is to provide means of living that can withstand over time, aasahan po namin na inyong mapapalago ang munting negosyong ipinagkaloob ng DOLE para sa inyong pamilya”, said PD Cortazar.

Present also in the awarding is the DOLE OccMin Livelihood Focal Person Ms. Mylene A. Lleno, Livelihood Development Specialist Ms. Vanessa M. Gonda, PESO Managers of LGU Rizal and Sta. Cruz Mr. John Carlo Motril and Ms. Lina V. Ramos, and DOST – Occidental Mindoro Provincial Director Ms. Ethelwilda Coronacion.

To make sure the program succeeds, continuous monitoring will be done by DOLE to the associations.

DILP seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce the vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers either through emergency employment, or the promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises.