Some 69 fully vaccinated disadvantaged workers in Muntinlupa City 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 March 22, 2022 at the City Quadrangle, Muntinlupa City 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 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 load cards. The DOLE-National Capital Region (NCR) through its MUNTAPARLAS Field Office (MTPLFO) led the awarding ceremony in partnership with the City Government of Muntinlupa’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO).

In his opening remarks, DOLE-NCR Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Russel A. Jallorina said that while the government continues to provide livelihood assistance, the efforts of the beneficiaries also play an important part to help uplift their lives.

“Nararamdaman naman namin yung hirap na naranas niyo ngayong pandemic. Kaya kahit papaano sana ay makatulong ang mga bisekletang ito upang maiahon kahit paano ang ating mga buhay. Pero tandaan po natin, walang ibang makakatulong sa atin kung ‘di ang ating mga sarili. Tuloy-tuloy lang ang ating pagpupursigi; tuloy-tuloy lang ang ating paglaban,” he said.

To ensure the sustainability of the assistance, MTPLFO Director Leonides P. Castillon, Jr. conducted a Social Preparation Orientation with labor officer and livelihood focal Eritza B. Molea while PESO Muntinlupa team held Financial Literacy Orientation and Bicycle Safety Orientation.

As a former construction worker, 62 year-old Ranie Panes said that the DOLE assistance gave him an alternative solution by becoming a food delivery driver to help provide the needs for his family.

“Matagal na rin po ako dito bilang construction [worker]. Sumali po ako para magkaroon ng konting kabuhayan para makatulong po ako sa aking pamilya…Malaking bagay po yun,” he said.

END / Ericka Escalada and Christinne Jeremiah Torrecampo