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DOLE awards P725k livelihood assistance to Fishermen, TODA in Occidental Mindoro

 Occidental Mindoro – To help the marginalized workers recover from the impacts brought by the COVID-19 pandemic to their livelihoods, a total of 96 beneficiaries from two workers’ associations composed of fishermen in Sta. Cruz, and Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA) in Mamburao, are set to benefit from the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) MIMAROPA Region.

On 27 July 2020, DOLE Occidental Mindoro Provincial Director (PD) Bernardo B. Toriano represented the DOLE MIMAROPA OIC Regional Director Albert E. Gutib, as he personally handed the livelihood checks to the Barangay Local Government Unit of Seven (7) in Mamburao amounting to Php469,770.00 as the DOLE’S Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) in implementing the livelihood project of the proponent beneficiary, West Mindoro Deep Sea Fishermen Livelihood Association (WMDSFLA) benefitting 35 members.

The said amount was intended for the installation of six (6) units of “payao” in the prescribed sea-waters of Mamburao.

With the provision of the said devices, it is expected that there will be an increase in the volume of fishes captured by the members, thereby also increasing their income.

Likewise, it will ensure that there will be an alternative source of goods for the association during bad weather conditions when sailing of boats is not allowed.

Maraming salamat po sa DOLE MIMAROPA, malaking tulong na po ito para sa aming samahan na mga mangingisda na may pagsisimulan sa kabuhayan lalo na sa panahon ngayon ng krisis,” (Thank you DOLE MIMAROPA, this livelihood assistance granted to our association of fishermen is very timely and helpful especially this time of crisis) Eugenio R. Barba said, president of the association.

On the same day, PD Toriano also awarded the livelihood check amounting to Php255,275.00 to the Barangay Local Government Unit of Mulawin, Santa Cruz intended for the Motorcycle Spare Parts and Vulcanizing Shop Project of the Mulawin Uno Dos Tricycle Operators Drivers Association (MUDTODA) benefitting 61 members.

“The establishment of this enterprise in Santa Cruz will not only help the members of the association but also the other tricycle drivers in the municipality as this would offer quality and affordable choices of products”, said Roderick A. De Boda, president of MUDTODA.

The barangay leaders lauded the Department’s timely response in helping their constituents to recover from their losses brought by the community quarantine due to COVID-19.

“In this time of crisis, the DOLE’s livelihood assistance is a timely intervention in providing additional income and alternative employment for the vulnerable and marginalized sectors of the community. This way, they will be able to recover from the impacts brought by the pandemic to their livelihood.”, PD Toriano said during the awarding.

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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