PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment thru its Palawan Field Office awarded livelihood grants with a total amount of Php1,117,129.00 for one workers’ association and four individuals on 19 January 2023 at Brgy. Maunlad, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan as DOLE’s Accredited Co-Partner (ACP).

The Maunlad Mushroom Producers Association with 51 members received an amount of Php997,144.00 for the equipment and machinery to be used in their Mushroom Production and Processing project. The objective of the association is to provide and create more job opportunities for its members, as well as for indirect beneficiaries, and to provide the highest possible quality of mushrooms to the market.

Also, the four individuals received a grant amounting to Php30,000.00 each for their projects. Mr. Renante Gadiano will use the grant to enhance his current Sari-Sari Store business where he plans to add selling frozen goods. Ms. Melanie Bacosa, a solo parent and a PWD, will also enhance her Sari-Sari Store which has been operating in her neighborhood for three years. Mr. Rosalito Mirasol, a beneficiary of Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-as (BP2) program, will use the grant to start his Fried Chicken business. Lastly, the enhancement of Ino’s Kitchennette owned by Mr. Emil T. Aquino, a restaurant that serves different sizzling and silog meals.

DOLE Palawan concurrent Provincial Director Mr. Philip D. Ruga, Puerto Princesa City PESO Manager Mr. Demetrio “Bong” Lopez, and Brgy. Captain of Maunlad Hon. Alfredo Mondragon Jr. delivered their messages to the beneficiaries and encouraged them to properly and judiciously run their respective businesses so that direct and indirect beneficiaries can benefit from the assistance of the government, thus uplifting their lives.

The DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or Kabuhayan Program of the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), supports the government’s efforts for poverty reduction and inclusive development through entrepreneurship and community enterprise.