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DOLE OrMin releases P2.5M livelihood grants, a first in 2017

DOLE Oriental Mindoro awarded checks in the aggregate amount of TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED EIGHTY FOUR THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND THIRTY PESOS (P2,584,530.00) to the constituents of Bansud and Pinamalayan through their respective Local Chief Executives  (LCEs) as the DOLE’s Accredited Co-Partners on January 16, 2017. It was the first release of livelihood assistance for this year in the region.

 Bansud has P384,530.00 for the 33 members of Proper Tiguisan Overseas Filipino Workers Association for the Establishment of Bakery, while Pinamalayan has a total amount of

P2.20 Million for the three (3) associations benefitted, as follows : Inclanay Pot Makers Association ( with 22 members) -  P250,000.00 for Pottery Making; Samahan Ng Pinagpalang Manggagawa Ng Pinamalayan ( with 75 members) -  P750,000.00 for Meat and Food Processing project; and Young Progressive Vendors Assn. of Pinamalayan Public Market, Inc. ( with 146 members) – P1.20 Million; for Fruits and Vegetables Wholesaling and Retailing. 

The three (3) projects in Panamalayan are all under the Pinamalayan’s Bottom-Up

Budgeting (BuB) Program and all proposals were approved by the DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Alvin M. Villamor.

 The grants will be used for the procurement of raw materials, equipment, and tools necessary in the operation of the business, and a year coverage of insurance to every member below 65 years old.

 During the awarding, Engr. Juliana H. Ortega - DOLE-Or Mindoro Field Office Head, congratulated all recipients of the projects, and apprised the officers and members of the associations that DOLE is expecting for the success of each project (its sustainability and growth) which could be possibly attained through the harmonious working relationship between and among themselves. She also pointed out that DOLE, in close coordination with the LGUs through the PESOs, will continuously monitor the operation of their business for the period of three (3) years. “Should there be business operation related-problem/s that may arise in the future, the association’s president or his authorized representative may contact DOLE-FO for guidance and assistance,” she added.

 As Engr. Ortega continued, she addressed words of gratitude to the LCEs for the support provided to DOLE-Or. Mindoro in the implementation of DOLE’s programs and services in year 2016 through the effort of their Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs).

 “In the past, the PESO accomplishments in employment facilitation service have significant contributions in the overall performances/accomplishments not only of DOLE-Or Mindoro and DOLE MIMAROPA but of the entire department. This year, DOLE expects more from LGUs as we offer the different programs and services applicable in their area particularly the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) and DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment program (DILEEP).  Our Regional Director, Atty. Villamor, always welcomes submission of sustainable and feasible project proposals with complete requirements,” she disclosed.

 From the LGUs side, Hon. Angel Saulong,  and Hon. Aristeo V. Baldoz, Mayors of Bansud and Pinamalayan, respectively,  were both very appreciative as they handed the checks. Both LCEs said that LGU (thru the PESO) will always be there to monitor the progress of the business and to regularly link with DOLE for the updates.  To have the grants immediately be utilized by the proponent associations, both LCEs instructed the  PESOs and the Bids and Awards Committee to have the projects be immediately posted for bidding process. On Engr. Ortega’s appeal for LGUs’ support in the implementation of this year’s DOLE’s programs and services, both assured full support to DOLE in the interest of the service to the target clients especially their less fortunate constituents.

On the other hand, the presidents of the associations, were also grateful to DOLE for the trust given and for recognizing their capability to operate their respective livelihood projects. They said, the trust given by DOLE will serve as an inspiration and a strong challenge for them to exert their best effort to keep up the operation of the business. Combined with their aspirations, commitment and diligence, these officers expressed hope that in the future their business will grow into a community enterprise and will generate jobs/ employment for the next generation.

 Ramezes R. Torres and Mary Ann B. Dudas,  DILEEP Focal Person and Alternate DILEEP Focal Person, respectively, Enrique N. Mocling and  Manuel I. Regencia, PESO Managers & staff of Pinamalayan and Bansud, respectively, and Crezeila Marquez - OWWA Family Welfare Officer, were also present during the awarding. 

Other lined-up livelihood grants are to be released to other associations with promising livelihood projects this year upon completion of all requirements of the program.



LCO Designate, DOLE-Or. Mindoro                          


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