Some twenty-seven individuals from Navotas City each received a Bigasan (rice retailing) Livelihood Project from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on July 23, 2021.

Beneficiaries included self-employed individuals, displaced workers, senior citizens, and bereaved mothers who each received five sacks of 50kg rice.

DOLE-National Capital Region through its CAMANAVA Field Office conducted the awarding of the livelihood project in partnership with the Navotas City Public Employment Service Office (PESO).

Prior to the awarding ceremony, the beneficiaries attended seminars on “Simple Bookkeeping” and “Business Planning Workshop” to further their ability in running their own livelihood undertaking.

In attendance were Congressman John Rey Tiangco and PESO Manager Genesis Sanoy from the City Government of Navotas together with DOLE-NCR CAMANAVA Field Office Supervising Labor and Employment Officer (LEO) Maria Luisa Khristina Oliveros and Livelihood Focal Person Rachel Roldan.

In their messages to the beneficiaries, Tiangco and Oliveros emphasized the value of the seminars, hoping that the lessons learned will enable them to nurture and sustain the livelihood project awarded by the government.

Estrellita N. Castolo, one of the beneficiaries and also a president of an association for the bereaved mothers in Navotas City said: “Napakalaking tulong po nito. Ngayong pandemya ay nalugi ang aking maliit na negosyo at sa tulong na ito mula sa DOLE, maaari na ako ulit makapagsimula.”

The national government, in coordination with the local government units, extend these kinds of programs to the community members who are most in need during these difficult times. Community members are encouraged to reach out to the nearest DOLE office or PESO to evaluate qualifications for the program.

END / Rea Paulyn Mercado and Angelica Fresnoza