San Jose, Occidental Mindoro – On 13 January 2022, the Department of Labor and Employment MIMAROPA Region through the Occidental Mindoro Field Office awarded two livelihood checks with a total amount of Php714,095.00 to the Local Government Unit of San Jose as the DOLE’s Accredited Co-Partner (ACP).

The livelihood grant includes Php474,095.00 for the DOLE BikeCination NegoKart Project of 19 workers in the informal sector under the A4 category who have received their 1st and 2nd doses of vaccine by July 2021 onwards. Among the projects to be generated are foods/refreshment, fish, fruits, and rice vending.

The identified beneficiaries included self-employed individuals, home-based workers, underemployed individuals, and senior citizens.

The other check amounting to Php240,000.00 is for the implementation of the project “Adding Value to Rural Products through Food Processing” of the Nagkakaisang Samahan ng Mamamayan para sa Kagalingan ng Pamayanan (NAGSAMAKAPA) Association benefitting 21 members of Brgy. Ansiray. The fund will be used in the production of jellies, wine, and vinegar made up of Spanish plum (siniguelas) which is abundant in their area.

Employment, sustainable income, and recovery, these are just among the possible outcome of these projects. It will help sustain the income of many and minimize initial job losses of the residents in the area.

On the other hand, San Jose Mayor Romulo Festin lauded the Department’s continuous assistance to his constituents to recover from their losses brought by the pandemic and further reminded the beneficiaries to work hard and augment the livelihood assistance entrusted to them.

“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. This way, they will be able to recover from the impacts brought by the pandemic to their livelihood”. DOLE OcciMin FO PD Bernardo Toriano said during the awarding.

DILEEP 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