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11 Workers Associations in Palawan, recipient of more than Php7M DOLE Livelihood Assistance

A total of SEVEN MILLION SEVENTY-EIGHT THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY-FOUR PESOS (Php 7,078,554.00) representing livelihood assistance was awarded to eleven (11) rural workers associations in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood & Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was made between the DOLE and the Provincial Government of Palawan which acts as the Accredited Co-Partner of the department in the sustainability of the livelihood projects. The specific associations and their projects are as follow:



Name & Nature of Project

Name of Proponent/ACP

Project Location

Total Beneficiaries


DOLE Grant


Auto Repair Shop & General Services

General Services Mechanic Association / BLGU Tagburos, PPC

Bgy. Tagburos, PPC, Palawan, Third District




Home-Made Meat Processing

Bancao Bancao Meat Processing Association / Provincial Government of Palawan

Bgy. Bancao-Bancao, PPC, Palawan, Third District




Multicab/PUJ Repair, Vulcanizing, and Carwash Services

Sta. Lourdes-Hobay Transport Terminal Operators & Drivers Association / Provincial Government of Palawan

Bgy. Sta. Lourdes, PPC, Palawan, Third District




Dress and Clothing Production

Women’s Dress Shop Association of Barangay San Miguel / Provincial Government of Palawan

Bgy. San Miguel, PPC, Palawan, Third District




Sorbetes Manufacturing and Selling

Puerto Princesa Ice Cream Vendors Association / Provincial Government of Palawan

Bgy. Masipag, PPC, Palawan, Third District




Dress Making with Rug Factory

Matahimik Bucana Kabuhayan Association / Provincial Government of Palawan

Bgy. Matahimik Bucana, PPC, Palawan, Third District




Panahian ng mga Kababaihan

Golden Hope Association / Provincial Government of Palawan

Bgy. Sicsican, PPC, Palawan, Third District




Poultry Breeding and Range-Type Broiler Production

New Muslim Care Center of Palawan Workers Association / Provincial Government of Palawan

Bgy. Tagburos, PPC, Palawan, Third District




Pig Farming & Pork Processing

Kaakbayan Pig Farming & Pork Processing Association / Provincial Government of Palawan

Bgy. Tiniguiban, PPC, Palawan, Third District




Meat Processing with Piggery

WPDL Meat Processing with Piggery and Goat Raising Association / Provincial Government of Palawan

Bgy. Bancao-Bancao, PPC, Palawan, Third District




Shells Craft Making

Shells Craft Association / Provincial Government of Palawan

Bgy. Mangingisda, PPC, Palawan, Third District








The DOLE Livelihood Assistance was awarded by Atty. Bernard P. Olalia, DOLE Undersecretary for Regional Operations and concurrent OIC-POEA. He shared that it is his third time to visit Palawan this year to oversee the DOLE programs and services. “Ganyan namin kamahal ang Palawan. Maliban sa regulatory functions ng DOLE gaya ng inspeksyon sa mga pribadong establisyemento, kasama sa aming mandato ang pagtulong sa pagtaas ng employment at ang pagbibigay ng Kabuhayan o Livelihood program ang sagot namin doon. Dahil mahal namin kayo, handang tumulong ang DOLE at dagdagan pa kung kinakailangan,” he said. Usec. Olalia further informed the recipients that the Kabuhayan program has an enhancement phase in which those successful business projects can request further assistance to enable their existing livelihood undertakings to grow into viable and sustainable business that will provide income of at least at par with the applicable minimum wage. 


Atty. Alvin M. Villamor, Regional Director of DOLE MIMAROPA, expressed his heartfelt congratulations to all beneficiaries emphasizing on the recipients’ efforts to fully maximize the grants given to them and be able to shift from informal to a formal employment since the current administration is geared towards federalism.

Provincial Governor of Palawan, Hon. Jose Chaves Alvarez, encouraged the Kabuhayan awardees to make their business projects sustainable. “Hindi dapat abusuhin ang mga tulong na natatanggap sa gobyerno. Everyone must take advantage of the tourism opportunities in Palawan. Sundan ang programa. Sundan ang pagbabago ng turismo.” Governor Alvarez commented that he already asked the Secretary of DOLE, Hon. Silvestre H. Bello III, to increase the livelihood funds allocated in Palawan to be able to reach more people. The Governor also introduced a livelihood venture on goat raising in which he assured support from the provincial government as there is a high demand for export and certain buyers from neighboring countries. To add more, Governor Alvarez also informed the attendees of the importance of napier grass as alternative feeds to livestock especially to those who are into agribusiness. A short audio-visual presentation regarding the Provincial Government’s program in propagating napier grass in Palawan was shown.

Representing Congressman Gil P. Acosta, Third District Representative of Palawan, who spearheaded the organization of the ten rural workers associations, is Atty. Gil P. Acosta Jr., Provincial Information Officer. With deepest gratitude, he thanked the DOLE in giving livelihood grants to the third district residents of Palawan and assured the public that the Office’s programs are designed pro-people. He assured the participants of the continuous support to DOLE in the implementation of its gainful programs and services especially to those belonging to the vulnerable and marginal sector in the Third District.

The awarding was also attended by local officials from the City and Provincial Government such as Hon. Ma. Nancy M. Socrates, OIC Vice Mayor of Puerto Princesa; Mr. Demetrio Lopez Jr., City PESO Manager; and Mr. Richard P. Rebote, Provincial PESO Manager. Also present to witness the turn-over of checks are Atty. Frederico Abuan Jr., DOLE Assistant Secretary for Regional Operations; Mr. Lino Mondragon, Provincial Treasurer of Palawan; Ms. Elisa Espelita, Bgy. Treasurer of Tagburos, Puerto Princesa; and Atty. Jay Bolusa, Provincial Administrator.

The DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program is an anti-poverty and employment creation strategy of the Department of Labor and Employment.


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