Around 374 beneficiaries from Parañaque City received emergency employment opportunities and livelihood grants from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in partnership with the City Government of Parañaque through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO) during the nationwide launching of the Duterte Legacy Caravan on September 30, 2021 at Palanyag Gymnasium, Barangay San Dionisio, Parañaque City.

With the theme, “Duterte Legacy: Barangayanihan Caravan towards National Recovery,” the countrywide activity enjoined the participation of government agencies across different regions for the whole-of-nation approach in informing Filipinos of the efforts and accomplishments of the Duterte Administration. The Caravan also hoped to offer on-ground services to constituents and reach the grassroots level.

Said activity was led by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and different government agencies. In his video message, PCOO Secretary Jose Ruperto Martin Marfori Andanar emphasized the importance of the Caravan to extend the basic government services to a greater number of people. He also outlined the landmark programs, policies, and triumphs of the current administration following the “Tapang at Malasakit” agenda.

Through a virtual platform, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III underscored the contribution of the DOLE in the national outcome. Upholding its commitment of decent and productive employment, he mentioned the actions of the DOLE for workers in both formal and informal sector within and outside the country, including the Department’s various social amelioration programs in response to the current health crisis, such as the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) for workers in the informal sector, COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) for workers in the formal sector; and DOLE-AKAP for the retrenched or repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs); among others.

On the same day, DOLE-NCR awarded the TUPAD, BikeCINATION, and Kabuhayan Project under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) to 374 beneficiaries—18 of which were beneficiaries of the livelihood enhancement support and start-up capital through the Nego Kart Package amounting to P540,000 to venture into sustainable micro-enterprises. DOLE-NCR Regional Director, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol led the awarding ceremony together with DOLE-NCR MUNTAPARLAS Field Office Director, Leonides P. Castillon, Jr., and officials of the City Government of Parañaque led by Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez.

A total of 56 bicycle livelihood packages were also distributed to qualified beneficiaries to help support their food delivery business. Said package included a helmet, water bottle, vest, light reflector, P5,000 worth of load card, and a brand new android phone. Such projects under DILP is a strategy of the DOLE to take advantage of the thriving industries amidst the pandemic.

Moreover, DOLE-NCR also facilitated the orientation of 300 beneficiaries under the TUPAD program. Said beneficiaries are entitled to a minimum wage in NCR at 537 per day, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), and an accident insurance plan in exchange for a 14-day community work that includes cleaning, disinfection, common service facilities repair, and farming projects.

Meanwhile, among other agencies that participated in the event were DSWD, DPWH, TESDA, POEA, and PhilHealth Corp. The Philippine National Police (PNP) secured the orderly and peaceful conduct of the event and have imposed strict health protocols and social distancing during the activity.

END / Christinne Jeremiah Torrecampo and Mary Chelsea Espinosa