DOLE grants P1-M livelihood assistance to displaced workers in South Cotabato

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has recently granted Association of Displaced and Active Dolefil Employees (ADADE), a workers group in Polomolok, South Cotabato P1 million worth of livelihood assistance to help its member-beneficiaries finance their Rice and Agri-Veterinary Supply Trading project.

DOLE Regional Office No. 12 Director Albert E. Gutib, who led the turn-over of assistance, said the livelihood grant will benefit some 52 displaced yet active workers-members of the ADADE.

“We hope that with this project, ADADE members will have added income. We will not hesitate to provide additional fund if the project will be monitored to be in good standing,” said Gutib.

Barangay Cannery Site Chairperson Antonio B. Octavio, who stands as the Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) for the project, urged the beneficiaries to extend their full cooperation and encouraged them to be transparent in managing the business.

Octavio explained that this because of the full support being extended by the local government unit of Polomolok to the project. Among this includes provision of a public market stall which will be free of charge for 10 years, and the provision of its counterpart amounting to P100,000.00 for the project.

Meanwhile, Risaly Vela, the association president, expressed his gratitude to the institutions that provided assistance to their displaced member-beneficiaries.

“We thank the DOLE XII, LGU-Polomolok and Barangay Cannery Site, for providing livelihood assistance that will help our members-beneficiaries in their pursuit for economic stability,” said Vela.

Taken from the DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), the assistance forms part of the DOLE’s contribution to the government’s efforts to reduce vulnerability to risks of the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers, either through transitional emergency employment; and promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises.