Some 159 eligible resident-beneficiaries of Parañaque City received over P1.5M worth of livelihood grants through the Kabuhayan Program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), as part of the agency’s income-alleviating strategy for inclusive growth through massive employment generation and job creation of vulnerable and marginalized Filipino workers.

The MUNTAPARLAS Field Office (MTPLFO) of the DOLE-National Capital Region (NCR) in partnership with the City Government of Parañaque’s Public and Employment Office (PESO) organized the distribution of the entrepreneurial packages to the qualified beneficiaries on June 4, 2022, at the City Quadrangle, Parañaque City Hall, San Antonio, Parañaque City.

Mayor-elect Eric Olivares, MTPLFO Director Leonides P. Castillon, Jr., and Assistant PESO Manager Amie Martin led the ceremonial awarding of 1,590 sacks of rice to said beneficiaries that were comprised of underemployed, displaced workers, and individuals from the vulnerable sectors such as the parents of child laborers (PCLs), senior citizens, and persons with special concerns.

According to MTPLFO Community Facilitator Suzette Anongos, 32 out of the 159 recipients are said to be PCLs. Said activity was also a timely initiative of the DOLE in line with the observance of the Child Labor Prevention Day last June 12.

The DOLE’s Bigasan Livelihood Assistance, which affords the beneficiaries with working capital to jumpstart a rice-retailing business venture, aims to minimize the vulnerabilities of economically-stricken individuals by providing viable opportunities for self-employment and a stable income stream.

Before the awarding, MTPLFO Livelihood Focal Eritza Molea conducted entrepreneurial development training for the beneficiaries, focusing on financial literacy to help them manage the livelihood grants. In her social preparation seminar, Molea also advised the newbie entrepreneurs to regularly monitor their savings, investments, and income through bookkeeping in order to gain fruitful and sustainable benefits from their business undertaking.

Meanwhile, the MTPLFO head urged all the beneficiaries to make the most out of the livelihood provision of the government to help improve their family’s living conditions, especially during this health crisis. He emphasized that the labor department shall consistently intensify measures to improve the lives of the vulnerable and marginalized sector through various employment programs.

END / Christinne Jeremiah Torrecampo with report and photos from Eritza Molea