MANILA–The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has granted a Php 1.2-million livelihood assistance to marginalized workers and families in La Union to engage them in entrepreneurship and transform their own livelihood project into viable and sustainable business.
A total of 175 farmers in San Gabriel, La Union received Php 630,000 livelihood assistance for their two agricultural projects, of which Php 330,000 worth of feeds and fertilizers were provided to 38 women farmers for their Agricultural Supply project while 137 farmers received two rice mills worth Php 300,000.
“DOLE’s livelihood assistance will help our marginalized workers to transform their agricultural projects into sustainable businesses, which will augment their income for the benefit of their families,” Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said, as he turned over the equipment and farm supplies to the beneficiaries.
In addition, 40 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program family beneficiaries in Bacnotan were provided with Php 600,000 worth of livelihood assistance in the form of “NegoKart”, or Negosyo sa Kariton, to help them increase their income and enable it to be at par with the salaries of minimum wage earners.
“The assistance will be used for the purchase of vending carts and enrollment of the beneficiaries to micro-insurance. The local government unit of Bacnotan will also provide them training on business management, proper food preparation, handling and sanitation, and applying for business permit,” said Lacambra.
The livelihood assistance was sourced from the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), one of the labor department’s flagship programs that engages marginalized individuals and groups into entrepreneurship and enables them to transform their livelihood projects to sustainable businesses.