MANILA—Continuous and active monitoring of livelihood assistance is one of the functions of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to assess the progress of the livelihood project implementation and to ensure adherence to guidelines and performance targets towards project improvement.

In 2017, the Bukluran ng mga Nakatatandang Mamamayan (Senior Citizens) sa Lungsod ng Maynila, Inc. was one of those program beneficiaries that were awarded a DOLE aid of over 900,000. As soon as they received the assistance, said association engaged themselves on various livelihood projects in six locations: 1) Doormat Making / Novelty Beads Product (Tondo, Manila); 2) Eco Bag / Foot Rug / Round Rug Making (Tondo, Manila); 3) Novelty Bead Product / Round Rug (Bluementritt, Manila); 4) Detergent Dish Washing Liquid / Fabric Softener / Novelty Beads Making (España, Manila); 5) T-Shirt Making / Round Rugs Making (Malate, Manila); and 6) Novelty Beads Product / Christmas Lantern (Parol) Making / Bayong Making / Round Rugs Making (Pandacan, Manila). These livelihood project areas were spearheaded by district directors, Augusto Pangilinan, Armando Mabahague, Femia Reyes, Winifreda Llamado, Cesar Angeles, and Ramon Amago, respectively.

Like any other entrepreneurs, starting a business is hard work. “It took us more than a year to start selling our products,” said Antonio Morales, President of the association. During the interview of DOLE-NCR Manila labor officers Caesar Dela Cruz and John Rey Abitria, Morales said that their worker-beneficiaries encountered challenges during the initial phase. But with the DOLE training and their heart to pursue the livelihood projects, they were able to create products that they can proudly sell.

DOLE-NCR Manila Field Office said that the association is yet to submit their first progress report in the coming days as of press time.

This livelihood project grant is in line with DOLE-NCR’s active implementation of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) with the objective of providing sustainable livelihood for the marginalized sectors, improving their total well-being and encouraging them to productively contribute to nation building.

For individuals or groups that are interested in availing of the DOLE livelihood assistance program, please visit your nearest Public Employment Service Office (PESO) or DOLE field office.

END / Hershey Aquino with report from John Rey Abitria and Caesar Dela Cruz