To give them additional income and support their families, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) MIMAROPA Region through Palawan Field Office awarded livelihood projects to Mr. Joebert U. Arado and Ms. Rachel M. Relacion on 21 April 2019 and 21 February 2019, respectively at DOLE Palawan Field Office, Puerto Princesa City. Both recipients received grocery items intended for sari-sari store.

Mr. Arado is a resident of Rio Tuba, Bataraza, Palawan who was a former security guard and lost his job, thus experienced some difficulties in supporting his family’s daily needs. Eyeing to augment their income, he prayed before DOLE to have a mini grocery. Under DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program, Bernardo B. Toriano, OIC Assistant Regional Director and Luis B. Evangelista, Palawan Field Office Head awarded the grocery package amounting to Php 18,928.57 as startup capital for the said business.

Meanwhile, Ms. Relacion is a 50-year-old former bottle supervisor of San Miguel Yamaura Asia Corporation in Cavite. Upon her displacement from the company, she does not have any source of income to support her family. She wanted to establish a small business but do not have enough capital. Having heard the livelihood assistance being granted by DOLE, Ms. Relacion grabbed this opportunity as she submitted the requirements for the said livelihood grant. Upon evaluation and assessment of DOLE, the department approved the amount of PhP 19,982.40 to purchase grocery items for her (Ms. Relacion) dream source of income to be put up at Brgy. Masikap, Puerto Princesa City. Said project was awarded by Ma. Socorro U. Marquez, Field Office Livelihood Focal.

In return, recipients were shortly briefed on the policies and procedures on basic business management to ensure the sustainability of their projects at the same time to become successful in their endeavors.

End/Renell G. Mayo