CALAPAN CITY, ORIENTAL MINDORO –On 17 May 2021, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) thru its Oriental Mindoro Field Office awarded livelihood grants amounting to Php1,306,856.00 to the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro as the Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) for 5 workers’ associations benefitting a total of 130 individual members.

The livelihood projects which cost from Php250,000.00 to Php300,000.00 are: Coco Vinegar Production by the Coconut Vendors Association of San Vicente North, Calapan City; Handicraft Making by Bansud United Tribe of Mangyan’s and Aita’s Inc. of Pag-asa, Bansud; Mushroom Production by Samahang Kapit Bisig ng Happy Valley of Happy Valley, Roxas; Chili Powder Processing by Samahang Magpapatubig ng Mansalay, Inc. of Roma, Mansalay; and Tindahang Nayon (Variety Store) by Samahan Pangkabuhayan ng Maralitang Mamamayan of San Pedro, Mansalay.

The officers and members of the workers associations manifested gratitude for having been chosen as beneficiaries. Samahang Kapit Bisig ng Happy Valley president Rolando Faminiano said, “Kami po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa DOLE sapagkat natugunan ang kahilingan ng aming samahan at kami po ay nangangako na hindi sasayangin bagkus aalagaan naming na mapalago ang aming kabuhayan” (We are very thankful to DOLE for the grant of livelihood request to our association and we promise to nurture this opportunity given to us.)

DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao, in his message to the beneficiaries said, “kami ay nagpapasalamat sa pagtangkilik sa programang pangkabuhayan ng DOLE. Nawa’y mapalago ninyo ang inyong negosyo. Sa paglago ng negosyo, hindi lang kayo at ang inyong pamilya ang matutulungan, kasama rin ang inyong kumonidad upang lalong umunlad ang ating probinsya” (We thank you for availing the livelihood program of DOLE and we hope that you would take care it. A growing livelihood business not only helps its members but also its community and the economy of the province as well).

Meanwhile, Oriental Mindoro Provincial Governor Hon. Humerlito A. Dolor congratulated the beneficiaries and remind them to foster the livelihood grant with concern, dedication and love as well as cooperation among members of the association.

The Livelihood projects are designed to generate employment and additional income among the marginalized and informal sector as they start to recover gradually from the financial and economic difficulties brought about by COVID-19 global pandemic.

The DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or Kabuhayan Program supports the government’s approach to poverty reduction and inclusive development through entrepreneurship and community enterprise.