DOLE-NCR, through its Manila Field Office (MFO), hits the ground running in 2017, as it completed in January the month-long awarding of individual livelihood formation projects worth Php 1,218,000 to a total of one hundred and seventy-four (174) beneficiaries distributed around the six districts of the City of Manila.
Successive awarding ceremonies were held on January 19, 20 and 28, 2017, in Tondo, Pandacan and Sta. Cruz, Manila, respectively. MFO Director Leonides P. Castillon, Jr., together with representatives from the barangay and Manila local government unit (LGU), led the awarding of livelihood formation supplies to individual beneficiaries, in form of raw materials, equipment, tools and jigs, such as household retail goods, rice, electronic appliance repair kits, sewing kits and equipment, ready-to-wear clothes, frozen meat goods, cellphone loading kits, baking and cooking ware and equipment, and personal health products, whichever was required of each beneficiaries’ proposed micro business. The beneficiaries were also given year-long GSIS micro-insurance coverage to provide them vital social protection safety nets.
These awarding events were the culmination of a series of preparatory activities, which included the conduct of social preparation seminars and direct administration of allotted working capital for the beneficiaries, facilitated by MFO DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) focal persons Ms. Regina Balasbas, Mr. Caesar Dela Cruz, Ms. Jobelle Leoncio, and Ms. Amicel Maguigad.
All of these activities are in consonance with the Regional Office’s effective implementation of the Kabuhayan (Livelihood) Program, under the DILEEP, with the overarching goal of massive job generation, poverty reduction and reducing vulnerability to risks of the poor and marginalized workers, through promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises. END/Jeremiah T.Carlos