A total of 21 beneficiaries in Quezon City received their livelihood assistance packages from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) worth P523,824.00 on September 13, 2021.

The awarding ceremony was presided by DOLE-NCR Regional Director, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol and DOLE-NCR Quezon City Field Office OIC-Director, Atty. Joel P. Petaca together with the local officials of Barangay Matandang Balara in Quezon City led by Chairman Allan Franza.

Beneficiaries included unemployed and senior citizens whose families are affected by the health crisis. Of the total number of beneficiaries, 11 of them received the Nego Kart Package while 10 received the FreeBis or Free Bisikleta Package.

In his message, Atty. Joel P. Petaca acknowledged and thanked Regional Director, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol for her presence in the activity and DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello’s unwavering efforts to uplift the plight of the marginalized sectors. He also recognized the support of local officials of Barangay Matandang Balara. As head of the Quezon City Field Office, Atty. Petaca expressed his delight of being able to extend the DOLE aid to those in need.

Regional Director Mirasol conveyed her message of support and hoped for the progress of the livelihood assistance granted to the beneficiaries. She added that aside from FreeBis, the Department also provides free bicycles for fully vaccinated workers along with her encouragement to the attendees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The livelihood assistance provided by the Department is under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or Kabuhayan Program that provides grant assistance for capacity-building on livelihood and entrepreneurial ventures for vulnerable and marginalized workers.

Eligible beneficiaries who can avail the DILP or Kabuhayan Program are those self-employed workers who are unable to earn sufficient income, unpaid family workers, low-waged and seasonal workers, workers displaced or to be displaced, marginalized and landless farmers, marginalized fisher-folks, women and youth, persons with disability, senior citizens, indigenous peoples, victims of armed conflicts, rebel returnees and parents of child laborers. However, beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and government employees, including those at the local government units are not eligible.

END / Eilaine Lou Lumagbas-Manaog