The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) disbursed a total of Php 1,737,316.00 worth of livelihood assistance for 112 beneficiaries from Quezon City under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Emergency and Employment Program (DILEEP).

Beneficiaries are composed of senior citizens, solo parents, outpatient family members, affected drivers from transport group, and other informal sector workers that are adversely affected due to community quarantine measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections.

A total of 8 types of livelihood packages were distributed during the turnover of assistance: 2 program recipients received a Carinderia Package; 11 recipients of Baking Package; 8 recipients of Sari-sari Store Package; 49 recipients of Bigasan Package; 3 recipients of the Nego-Kart Package; 4 recipients of Rug Making Package 1; 7 recipients of Rug Making Package 2; and 28 recipients of e-Loading Package.

DOLE-NCR Quezon City Field Office Director Joel P. Petaca, labor and employment officers Hannah Jane Postrado and Apolonio Alvarez together with representatives from the Quezon City Local Government Unit spearheaded the turnover of livelihood assistance for the beneficiaries and shared insights on how to sustain the livelihood undertakings.

“Thank you so much po sa matiyagang pag-assist sa amin,” said DILEEP beneficiary Noel Camano, whose income and livelihood had been adversely affected due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“Dati kong source of income ay ang pagbebenta ng ice cream. Nung dumating ang COVID, nawalan na ako ng pagkakakitaan kasi hindi na po ako makagawa at makabenta ng ice cream. Kaya yung kikitain ko dito sa livelihood assistance ay iipunin ko at palalaguin para makapagdagdag ako ng iba pang mga paninda at para mas maganda ang kita,” he added.

The Livelihood or Kabuhayan Program is one of the flagship programs of the labor department that provides grant assistance for capacity-building on livelihood and entrepreneurial ventures for vulnerable and marginalized workers. Individuals or groups that are interested in availing of the DOLE livelihood assistance program may visit their nearest Public Employment Service Office (PESO) or DOLE regional / field office.

END / Eilaine Lou Lumagbas (with report from Hannah Jane Postrado)