The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected several industries including personal care services. Ace Cedric Rambonga, a 37-year-old beautician who hails from Pandacan, is one of those affected by the health crisis as he lost his small beauty parlor at the height of the pandemic.

“Dahil sa pandemic, napilitan po akong isara ang parlor. Nawalan po ako ng trabaho kaya ibinenta ko ang mga gamit ko sa parlor at ang pwesto,” said Rambonga.

Wanting to recover from the hardship, Rambonga sought assistance of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP). The DILP is envisioned to provide workers with additional income or alternative employment to mitigate poverty.

On March 22, 2022, the DOLE-National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) through its Manila Field Office (MFO) provided Rambonga with a livelihood project worth P20,000.00 and one-year micro insurance coverage to start and operate his beauty parlor.

DOLE-NCR MFO Director Ma. Corazon M. Pepito with labor officers Regina Balasbas and Amicel Maguiguad facilitated the awarding of raw materials needed to kick start Rambonga’s beauty parlor business such as hair iron, hair coloring set, shampoo, scissors, and barber’s comb, among others.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Department of Labor and Employment at sa mga staff dahil sa tulong niyo. Malaking bagay po ito sa akin dahil hindi ko na kailangan manghiram ng mga gamit. Makakapagsimula na ako magservice sa mga clients ko.”

The DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) is one of the flagship programs of the Department that provides assistance for capacity-building on livelihood and entrepreneurial ventures to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce vulnerability to risks of the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers.

END / Aries Librando