Some 65 fully vaccinated disadvantaged workers in the Municipality of Pateros received livelihood grants in the form of bikes and other delivery equipment thru the BikeCINATION Project of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on May 17, 2022 at the Pateros Municipal Hall.

The BikeCINATION Project, which is under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), aims to cushion the impact of the pandemic by incentivizing informal sector workers who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination doses and to eventually contribute towards gradual recovery of economy.

With the DOLE assistance, said beneficiaries will also have an opportunity to create a small business or complement their existing livelihood.

Each beneficiary received a total of P20,000.00 worth of livelihood grant that were composed of the following: a bicycle unit, insulated carrier bag, water bottle, headgear, front and rear lights, vest, android cellphone, and P5000 worth of electronic load cards.
The DOLE-National Capital Region (NCR) through its PAPAMAMARISAN Field Office (PFO) led the awarding ceremony in partnership with the Municipality Government of Pateros and its Public Employment Service Office (PESO).

To ensure the sustainability of the assistance, PFO livelihood focal Mary Ann V. Teneza conducted a Social Preparation Orientation while PESO Pateros team held Financial Literacy Orientation and Bicycle Safety Orientation.

Mr. Rinaldi Cagalinga, a tricycle driver, said that he is very happy since the DOLE assistance will give him a new opportunity for an additional income to be able to provide the needs of his family by becoming a food delivery driver.

“Sa tulong ng BikeCINATION, madaragdagan ang aming kita! Muli nagpapasalamat ako sa DOLE,” he said.

END / Edelyn Galos and Kristofferson Sta. Cruz