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DOLE’s livelihood benefits 50 vendors in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

SAN JOSE, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO - Since the COVID-19 pandemic began as a health crisis, it has also triggered a serious unfolding economic crisis especially on the poor and marginalized workers in the province of Occidental Mindoro.

To help them recover from the impacts brought by the pandemic to their livelihoods, the San Jose Vendors Association through its 50 members received a livelihood package from the Department of Labor and Employment MIMAROPA Region under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP).

 On 14 September 2020, Representing DOLE MIMAROPA OIC Regional Director Albert E. Gutib, Provincial Director Bernardo B. Toriano of DOLE Occidental Mindoro together with Municipal Mayor Romulo M. Festin personally awarded the livelihood package to the members with a total worth of P277, 500.00 consisting of basic commodities, medicines, disinfectants, refrigerator and school supplies for the association’s sari-sari store and general merchandise project in Barangay Ambulong, this municipality. The awarding was held at the lobby of the municipal government.

Barangay Ambulong is an island barangay in San Jose and can be reached from the mainland at an approximately 1 to 1 ½-hour travel time by sea transportation.

With the establishment of such trading in the locality, it would not just provide a sure income for their members but will also ease the living of the residents in the barangay as it would lessen their expenses in transporting goods from mainland to their area.

It will also ensure that there is an adequate source of basic needs for the residents during bad weather condition when sailing is not allowed.

Maraming salamat po sa DOLE MIMAROPA, malaking tulong na po ito para sa aming samahan na may pagsisimulan sa kabuhayan lalo na sa panahon ngayon ng krisis. Asahan po ninyong palalaguin at magbubunga ang tulong na ipinagkaloob ninyo sa amin” said Antonio R. Angeles, president of the association. (Thank you very much DOLE MIMAROPA, this is a big help to our association to start up our livelihood especially this time of crisis. Rest assured that we will nurture this livelihood assistance granted to us)

PD Toriano in return reminded and challenged the association during the awarding, “Trust, in every way, is the most valuable asset and the most precious resource in an organization. When there is trust, it will affect every area of your life, either business or personal. If you want to succeed, you need to be concerned with cultivating trust and credibility, be trustworthy in little things so you can be trustworthy with greater things.” he said.

DILP 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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2020-09-15
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