In view of the month long observance of the National Labor Day, the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) prepared an activity for the workers in the informal sector (WIS) on May 21, 2021.

With the theme “Kaligtasan, Katatagan at Pagbangon mula sa Ekonomiyang Pagkasadlak Dulot ng Pandemya,” the activity included an awarding ceremony for the beneficiaries of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Project (DILP) and Free Bisikleta (FreeBis) in Metro Manila.

Livelihood award

2014 DILP beneficiary Masville Scrap to Riches (MS2R), Inc., a manufacturer of rugs made from scrap fabric cloths based in Parañaque City received the DOLE livelihood enhancement grant worth P400,000.00 in the form of textiles, fabric buttons, threads, and other related materials.

Apart from their best-seller rugs, MS2R had manufactured and sold various ready-to-wear garments, office or school uniforms, curtains, and bed covers. They had also provided employment opportunities to single mothers and displaced women workers in their area, which also paved way to earn their first recognition from DOLE in May 2019.

The organization continued to succeed until mid-March 2020, when MS2R joined the rest of the business owners that also suffered from the economic consequences of the COVID-19.

“Marami kaming stock ng mga school uniforms na hindi na namin naibenta nitong 2020 so nahirapan yung samahan namin at yung business namin talagang nag-suffer nitong pandemic,” said Owner and President Hemedina Calingacion who received the grant on behalf of MS2R.

“Pero awa naman ng Diyos tinulungan kami ulit ng DOLE-NCR,” she added, attributing their business recovery following their quick shift to producing washable facemask for clients, including DOLE-NCR, during the earlier period of the pandemic to help sustain their operations.

“Malaki pong pasasalamat namin sa DOLE-NCR mula po nung 2020 nung pandemya. Malaking tulong po sa ating mga members na mga mananahi na na-orderan ng maraming face mask. Salamat din po sa assistance na ipinagkaloob po sa amin ng DOLE ngayong 2021,” she said.

At present, MS2R allowed its members to work from home using the previous sewing machines provided by the labor department together with a fresh set of awarded livelihood materials to work with and sell for potential clients.

Awarding of DOLE FreeBis

Meanwhile, the regional office also awarded DOLE Free Bisikleta (FreeBis) to five (5) beneficiaries out of 23 displaced workers from Greenhills Shopping Mall.

The first batch of bicycles were awarded to Jacob Lumangan, Andronico C. Arcena Jr., Emely C. Arsena, Agustin Bryan Vyncent R. Agustin, and Constantino Josue, Jr.

The assistance included a helmet, android cellphone with e-loading wallet worth P2,000.00, reflectorized vest, and long-sleeved TUPAD shirt.

Virtual seminar

On the same day, the regional office also held a separate virtual orientation for the 230 WIS participants on different programs and services that can be availed from government agencies and private sector.

Guest resource speakers include Director Chito F. Sace of the Urban Farming Innovation Center – Agricultural Training Institute at Department of Agriculture; Senior TESD Vignette D. Navasero at Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); and Siomai MC owner Maria B. Abas who shared her knowledge and experiences when starting a small business

Similarly, DOLE-NCR Chief LEO Lorna R. Obedoza, Supervising LEO Rey D. Sanglay, and Senior LEOs Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes and Aurora E. Halcon shared the labor department’s programs and services that can also be availed by the participants.

Representatives from Public Employment Service Office in NCR were also present and extended further assistance to the participants who have jurisdiction in their respective areas.

END / Hershey Aquino