On November 23, 2021, the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) through its Manila Field Office awarded a Sari-sari Store Livelihood Project under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) for the 97 beneficiaries in Malate, Manila.

Said beneficiaries, who are members of the People’s Democratic Hawkers and Vendors Alliance, received individually a P10,000 worth of grocery items such as noodles, canned goods, instant coffee, milk, condiments, toiletries like shampoo, toothpaste, soap, detergents, among others.

Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Ruby Socorro P. Daquigan of DOLE-NCR Manila Field Office team led the awarding of livelihood projects with the assistance of local officials of Barangay 695 – Manila and Philippine National Police (PNP) – Paco Station. Daquigan reminded the beneficiaries that the livelihood assistance is one of the government responses to COVID-19 pandemic and to help resume their businesses as small-time vendors.

“Ito po ay tulong para sa inyo bilang panimula sa pagtitinda na makakatulong sa pang-araw-araw na pangangailangan ng inyong pamilya kaya po ito ay inyong pagyamanin at ingatan,” she said.

The members of the PEDVHA, including Patricia Garado and Ronel Rapirap, thanked the labor department and DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III for the livelihood assistance.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako dahil ito pong groceries na binigay ng DOLE ay malaking tulong po sa akin para madagdagan ang pampuhunan namin sa pagtitinda lalo na ngayong pandemic,” said Garado.

“Maraming salamat po sa binigay ninyong tulong. Makakapagtinda na po kami ulit at makakapagtayo na po kami ng maliit na tindahan, said Rapirap.

DILP is one of the flagship programs of the Department that provides grant assistance for capacity-building on livelihood and entrepreneurial ventures for vulnerable and marginalized workers.

END / Aries Librando