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MIMAROPA Region provides livelihood to Ex-Rebels and Indigenous People

Under the DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) - one of the core programs of the department, thousands of self-employed workers who are unable to earn sufficient income, marginalized and landless farmers, parents of child laborers, low - wages and seasonal workers, workers displaced as a result of natural and man-made disasters have been benefited.

Those beneficiaries were provided financial assistance/grants for the chosen livelihood undertakings in the form of equipment, tools and jigs, and raw materials necessary to operate their businesses.  The recipients have no obligation to pay, but they are expected to sustain the operation of their business until it grows into a community enterprise that could accommodate employment for the families of the association’s members and children of the next generation.

Groups of ex-rebels from the provinces of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro have been among the recipients of the livelihood program of DOLE MIMAROPA Region. The Bulalacao Rebel Returnees Association in Bulalacao, Or. Mindoro with 100 members had been awarded P1.10M in Year 2015 for the “Establishment of Payaw FAD with Buoy Markers and Provision of Fishing Gear and Fishing Boats with Engine Project”. The association’s officers and members as well as the LGU-Bulalacao were thankful to DOLE for the trust and aid given them. These ex- rebels have slowly but reintegrated themselves back to mainstream society.

In Occidental Mindoro, 6 groups of ex-rebels with 462 total members from the municipalities of Magsaysay and San Jose were provided with general merchandise, rice trading and computer shop and supplies store projects last November 16, 2017 with an aggregate amount of P2,568,848.00. Out of the 462 members,   143 or 31 % are Indigenous People.

Significantly, the Philippine Army (PA) thanked the DOLE MIMAROPA Region for the invaluable support given as its active partner in achieving sustainable peace, security and development of the people in the provinces of Oriental and Occidental MindoroOn January 24, 2018, RD ALVIN M. VILLAMOR was awarded the Plaque of Appreciation by the 4th Infantry (Scorpion) Batallion, 2ID, PA during the 68th Founding Anniversary celebration held at its new Headquarters at Sitio FF Cruz, Brgy. Cambunang, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro. Roy V. Balleza , Field Office Head of DOLE Occidental Mindoro was likewise awarded a plaque of appreciation for the livelihood assistance provided to the people of Occidental Mindoro.

This recognition only shows the continuous commitment and selfless service of the DOLE MIMAROPA Region to the people within its territorial jurisdiction.

Oriental Mindoro Vice Governor Humerlito “Bonz” A. Dolor, and other stakeholders like DSWD, TESDA, PTIEDO of the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro, the Municipal Mayor of Magsaysay – Occidental Mindoro were also recipients of awards handed to them by Major General Rhoderick M. Parayno, AFP, Commander, 2ID, PA and Guest of Honor and Speaker.

End/Emmanuel Antonio P. Portugal Jr.


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