More pandemic-affected workers in Metro Manila received livelihood grants as the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) COVID-19 social amelioration drive continues.

Together with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Las Piñas, the DOLE-National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) through its MUNTAPARLAS Field Office awarded the BikeCINATION Project for the 28 indigent city residents on October 6, 2021 at Ma. Conception Roa St., Talon 2, Las Piñas City.

DOLE-NCR Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Russel A. Jallorina and DOLE-NCR MUNTAPARLAS Field Office Director Leonides P. Castillon, Jr. led the turnover ceremony together with Las Piñas City LGU’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Red Garcia and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) representative Malou Dayo.

Assistant Regional Director Jallorina expressed his hopes that the livelihood assistance given to the beneficiaries will be nurtured well to help their families during this time of pandemic.

“Alam namin na mahirap maghanapbuhay ngayon. Sana kung ano man po ang matanggap natin, ito ay magamit natin upang makatulong sa ating mga pamilya. Sana sama-sama nating malagpasan ang pandemyang ito,” he said.

Recipients included displaced and disadvantaged workers, graduates of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), and parents of child laborers who have received their two (2) doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

Through the BikeCINATION project of the Department, beneficiaries received bicycle units complete with accessories such as a carrier bag, head gear, back and front light, vest, raincoat and tumbler. Aside from these, each of them were also given android phones with Php 5,000 worth of prepaid load.

Said DOLE assistance was intended as an encouragement to informal workers to be inoculated against the coronavirus disease. More so, the bicycle units awarded are to be used as a tool for capacity-building specifically in food or non-food delivery ventures.

Disadvantaged micro-entrepreneur Joshua Abdullah from Las Piñas conveyed his optimism on using the government assistance to expand his existing business.

“Noong nawalan ako ng trabaho, nagtayo ako ng maliit na business yung meryenda, tusok-tusok. Ngayon, dito sa dumating na blessing kay DOLE, nagpapasalamat ako dahil malaking-malaki ang maitutulong nito sa business. Pandagdag na rin at sana makatulong ito upang mas lumago ang aking existing business,” he said.

Prior to the awarding ceremony, Labor and Employment Officer Eritza B. Molea of DOLE-NCR MUNTAPARLAS Field Office gave beneficiaries an orientation on the BikeCINATION project.

END / Report and photos by Mary Chelsea Espinosa and Christinne Jeremiah Torrecampo