The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) awarded livelihood projects worth over one million pesos for the workers in the informal sector in Metro Manila.

DOLE-NCR Senior Labor and Employment Officer Aurora E. Halcon led the turnover of livelihood assistance for the fifty-one beneficiaries composed of senior citizens and displaced workers who chose either a P20,000.00 worth of Bigasan (rice retailing) or Sari-sari (retail) Store Livelihood Package.

Halcon further said that two of the beneficiaries were former parents of child laborers while others sought help from DOLE to recover and rebuild their existing livelihood undertaking following the economic and social disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of the said number, a total of twenty-six beneficiaries opted for a Bigasan Livelihood Package composed of eight sacks of 50kg rice while the rest preferred a Sari-sari Store Livelihood Package composed of basic goods such as sack of rice, canned goods, snacks, toiletries, and other grocery items.

Beneficiaries thanked the labor department for the assistance, including Ofelia B. Abante, a president of an association for senior citizens in Barangay East Kamias in Quezon City.

“Nagpapasalamat kami dahil naging isa kami sa beneficiaries ng DOLE. Malaking-malaking tulong po itong Bigasan, lalo na sa community namin. Starting point namin ang Bigasan na ito para magkaroon kami ng business ng aming association,” she said.

In her briefing with the beneficiaries, Halcon said that DOLE-NCR shall monitor the progress of the awarded livelihood aid and reminded them to do their part in sustaining the assistance provided by the government.

The awarding of the livelihood projects took place at the DOLE-NCR Regional Office but majority received the assistance at Barangay Bambang, Manila.

END / Hershey Aquino with report from Aurora Halcon