PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) MIMAROPA through the Palawan Field Office awarded individual livelihood projects to fifty-eight (58) beneficiaries from Puerto Princesa City and Roxas, Palawan amounting to Php 1,202,377.00 from January to May 2021.

Among the approved individual livelihood projects are sari-sari store, rice retailing, grocery store, food business, poultry supplies store, tailoring, carwash business, beauty salon and spa, ukay-ukay selling, and pastry business which cost ranges from Php19,900.00 to Php30,000.00.

Twenty-two (22) out of 58 beneficiaries were parents of child laborers (PCL) profiled in 2019. Aside from referral of the profiled child laborer for assistance to partner-government agencies involved in the department’s campaign to have a child-labor-free country, one form of assistance given is the provision of livelihood projects by DOLE.

Mr. Mher Allan S. Perez, a displaced worker and a person with a disability, is one of the beneficiaries of the Kabuhayan projects. He expressed his gratitude as he received the items for his Online Food Business. “Itong livelihood na ibinigay sa akin ay napakalaking tulong sa mga kagaya ko nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa pandemya. Sobrang nagpapasalamat po ako sa tulong na natanggap ko mula sa gobyerno sa pamamagitan ng DOLE” (This livelihood project is a big help to people like me who have lost their job because of the pandemic. I am very thankful for the government’s help through DOLE).

During the awardings, representing DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao is the DOLE Palawan Provincial Director Luis B. Evangelista. He congratulates the livelihood recipients and encourages them to make their respective livelihood prosper as this will help them and their dependents. He also emphasized to the parents of child laborers that livelihood projects were given to them so their children can focus on their studies and enjoy their childhood.

These livelihood grants were under DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) otherwise known as KABUHAYAN Program which seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce the risks to vulnerability of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers by promoting and providing livelihood assistance and entrepreneurship for workers in the informal sector. This will be the source of viable employment to generate income among the low-income groups.