SAN JOSE, Occidental Mindoro – To help the marginalized workers recover from the impacts brought by the COVID-19 pandemic to their livelihoods, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through Occidental Mindoro Field Office awarded a total of P1, 636,795.00 on 15 January 2021 to two barangays in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro intended for the implementation of various livelihood projects of 98 beneficiaries.

Under DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), Barangay Central as the DOLE’s Accredited Co-Partner through its Chieftain Orlando T. Loasauro received the amount of P1,136,795.00 to procure raw materials, tools and jigs for the chosen livelihood projects of 57 beneficiaries such as establishment of canteen, sari-sari store, dry goods store, hog raising, hog and poultry supply, and food processing which all shall be made accessible to the residents of the said barangay.

Consecutively, another awarding of livelihood check was conducted at Barangay Bubog headed by Chieftain Don Aris L. Espiritu, the amount of P500,000.00 benefitting 41 members of the San Jose Guardian Brotherhood Association.

The said amount shall be used in creating two units of “baby basing” in Brgy. Bubog and provision of a motorized banca that shall be used for fishing in the prescribed locations in the municipal waters of San Jose.

With the provision of these livelihood assistance, improvements in the lives of the rural beneficiaries through increased income, diversification of income sources, improved basic needs and services, access to productive resources and increased agricultural yield plus household food security can be achieved.

The barangay leaders lauded the Department’s timely response in helping their constituents to recover from their losses brought by the community quarantine due to COVID-19.

Provincial Director Bernardo B. Toriano, as he represented DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao, personally handed the livelihood checks and said, “Somehow during the previous year, we all have been in a gutter, but at the end of the day, all we need is hope and strength, and things will be better. The DOLE’s livelihood assistance is a timely intervention in providing additional income and alternative source of employment for the vulnerable sectors of the community.

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, and promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises.

End/Gener L. Francisco