ORIENTAL MINDORO – DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales spearheaded the awarding of livelihood project worth Php562,750.00 to the Municipal Government of Socorro, Oriental Mindoro on July 4, 2019. This amount will cover the cost of raw materials, tools and equipment for the project Vermi Culture with Bio-Organic Fertilizer Composting and Organic Vegetable Farming.

 Honorable Mayor Ma. Fe “Bubut” V. Brondial, the Local Chief Executive of the municipality of Socorro, received the cheque on behalf of the local government unit who serves as the DOLE’s Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) for this particular project.  The ACP shall take care of the procurement of raw materials, tools and equipment necessary in the operation of the project through bidding process and monitor the progress of the project on a regular basis to ensure its proper implementation and sustainability.  Eventually, the organic farming project will bring economic benefit to the 115 individual members of the Samahang Pangkabuhayan Pangkaunlaran ng Malugay.

Overjoyed by this DOLE’s assistance, said beneficiaries headed by Mr. Dominador Remendado Jr. expressed thanks and great anticipation towards success of the project and more ventures in the future out of their organic produce such as production of ampalaya pickles, chilli sauce and paste, and coco jam.   “We are so thankful to DOLE that through their assistance, we can make our town of Socorro the organic vegetable capital of the province,” Remendado said.

The awarding was also attended by DOLE OrMin Field Office Head Engr. Juliana H. Ortega, DOLE OrMin Livelihood Focal Person Ramezes “Rhyme” R. Torres and Municipal PESO Manager Engr. Manuel Delica.

Under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP), DOLE provides livelihood assistance to self-employed workers, low-wage or seasonal workers and others in the informal sector to promote entrepreneurship and community enterprises. This contributes to poverty reduction and reduces the vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers.

End/Mari-jo L. Cordova