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DOLE MIMAROPA awards livelihood to OFW family amid crisis

 

STA. CRUZ, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO - Many Filipinos dream to work overseas for a variety of reasons; some hope for a better life, provide a better education for their kids, financial security, a place you can call your own, and the list is endless. But despite all these, life for an OFW is still uncertain.

On 10 June 2020, the Department of Labor and Employment MIMAROPA Regional Office thru Occidental Mindoro Field Office awarded the sari-sari store commodities (dry goods, toiletries, laundry products, and drinks) worth of PhP20,000.00 livelihood grant to Zenaida Alvarez for her sari-sari store project amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Zenaida and her PWD child, the untimely death of her husband Joemedel P. Alvarez was among the most emotionally difficult experience she and her child could have in 2019.

Joemedel, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia for almost 18 years, had, unfortunately, come to an end of his life due to chronic illness in October.

To keep their life going, Zenaida, a resident of Pinagturilan, Sta. Cruz, requested livelihood assistance to the Office of the President which was immediately acted upon by DOLE MIMAROPA Region through Regional Director Albert E. Gutib. He instructed Occidental Mindoro Field Office to reach out the requesting beneficiary.

“As our government diligently protects the welfare of OFWs including their families left in our country, all livelihood requests shall be responded immediately by our office with all the available resources”, Director Gutib said.

 Upon receiving instruction, DOLE Occidental Mindoro Field Office Head, Carlo B. Villaflores, and OWWA Occidental Mindoro Family Welfare Officer, Vanessa M. Gonda visited the beneficiary to assist and determine the latter’s needs for her livelihood project.

Villaflores, in his message, said, “when families have sustainable sources of income, they gain the capability to support the most basic needs of their life, at DOLE, our livelihood program is geared towards every family in a community to increase income that will later on translate to food, education, healthcare, and poverty reduction.”

Meanwhile, after receiving the basic commodities needed for her store, Zenaida expressed her gratitude to DOLE for the immediate action and the assistance given as it will surely help them amid crisis.

“Lubos po akong nagpapasalamat sa Department of Labor and Employment para sa aking livelihood project na sari-sari store, isa po itong malaking tulong sa amin para makapagsimula muli lalo na sa panahon ngayon na kailangan namin ng kabuhayan”, she said.

Reflecting the government’s commitment, the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce the vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers either through emergency employment, and promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises.

 

End/Gener L. Francisco

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2020-06-16
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