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DOLE releases P1.9 Million for livelihood projects in Oriental Mindoro
ORIENTAL MINDORO – Determined to bring life-changing assistance, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) thru its Oriental Mindoro Field Office (OrMin FO) awarded livelihood grants to the local government units (LGUs) of Roxas, Bansud, and Pola, Oriental Mindoro, as accredited co-partners (ACPs) of the two associations and 38 individual beneficiaries in the total amount of P1,979,7700.00 last 07 October 2020.  
Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Kababaihan at Mangingisda ng Sitio Bucana (SNKMB) of LGU Roxas was very thankful to receive P221,850.00 intended for poultry farming as the chosen livelihood project of the association with twenty-one (21) members headed by its president Robinhood B. Veloso Jr. as he said, “Kami ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng tumulong sa aming asosasyon para magkaroon ng ganitong pagkakakitaan. Ito ay malaking tulong sa amin at sa aming barangay dahil pag lumago itong livelihood na binigay sa amin ng DOLE ay pwede naming mabigyan ng trabaho ang aming ibang kabarangay. Asahan ninyong ito ay aming iingatan, mamahalin at palalaguin lalo na ngayong may pandemic.” (We are very thankful to all those who assisted our association to have another source of income. This is a big help to us and to our community because it will create more employment opportunities should it become successful.  Rest assured that we will take good care of it, love it, and make it grow especially in this time of pandemic)
Meanwhile, in line with the department’s campaign against all forms of child labor, DOLE handed a check worth P758,670.00 to LGU Bansud for the procurement of tools, jigs, materials and equipment for the various individual livelihood projects of thirty-eight (38) parents of child laborers identified during the 2018 profiling activity of the department. 
“Sana marami pang assistance na maibigay sa aming munisipyo ang DOLE lalo na ngayong pandemic dahil nauubos na rin ang aming kaban. Maraming salamat sa DOLE sa lahat ng mga tulong na ibinibigay dito sa munisipyo ng Bansud,” Bansud Mayor Ronaldo M. Morada said during his acceptance speech. (We wish that DOLE will give us more livelihood projects especially this time of pandemic as our funds are already depleted. Thank you to all the assistance that were given to our municipality).
On the other hand, 143 members of Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Kababaihan ng Maluanluan (SNKM) in the Municipality of Pola received livelihood grant from DOLE worth P999,250.00 for the enhancement and improvement of their Gummymansi at Luyamansi production project which began last 2018 with starting capital of P20,000.00.
DOLE OrMin Provincial Director Roderick F. Tamacay lauded the team’s perseverance and good management as he said, “With the emotional narration of SNKM president Delia D. Llamelo that they started only with Php 20,000.00 funds and now has Php 100,000.00 savings, we at DOLE feel at ease that this almost 1M grants to your organization is worth it. Take good care of it. This is for the future of your family, the future of your generation.  Hopefully, after two to three years, your organization has created big impact in your barangay”.
Moreover, representing DOLE MIMAROPA OIC Regional Director Albert E. Gutib, Assistant Regional Director Atty. Erwin N. Aquino graced the awarding ceremonies as he said “Pagyamanin po natin ang ibinigay na assistance dahil hindi lahat ay napagkakalooban ng ganitong pagkakataon.  Ito ay mula sa ating gobyerno para kayo ay matulungan. Kung ito ay inyong mapapalago pwede pa namin kayong bigyan ng pondo para sa enhancement ng inyong proyekto.” (Let’s nurture this government assistance because not all were provided with this opportunity. It is from our government to help you. If you can grow it we can still give you additional fund for the enhancement of your project)
The DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or Kabuhayan Program of the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), DOLE, supports the government’s efforts for poverty reduction and inclusive development. 
 End/Ma. Lesly I. Romero

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