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Sec. Bello, III grants support to former rebel, OFWs and informal sector workers


Ilagan City, Isabela – Breaking-free from the shackles of the armed struggle has become a reality for a former rebel from Isabela province as DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello, III led the awarding of a Starter Kit to put up a sari-sari store and bigasan worth P19,608.60 during a simple ceremony held at the Provincial Capitol of Isabela yesterday.

The former rebel, for her part, showed her gratitude for the assistance provided to her to start anew with a family comprising of 4 children. She said the assistance will go a long way towards making sure her family is provided constant support.

The Secretary also led the provision of financial assistance to thirty (30) displaced OFWs worth P30,000 each as part of the agency’s DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), a program that provides workers with additional income and alternative employment.

Secretary Bello, III remarked in his speech the need for the beneficiaries to use the assistance provided to put up businesses that can sustain them through the pandemic and hopefully flourish for a stable source of income later on.

Meanwhile, 374 beneficiaries from Peñablanca, Cagayan shall benefit from the agency’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program as the Secretary awarded a check worth P2,096,644.00 to the town’s LGU on the same venue. The amount shall be used for the salaries and GSIS insurance of the said beneficiaries.

The TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced, underemployed and seasonal workers.

Assisting the Secretary in the awarding was DOLE RO2 Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Sofia E. Matote, DOLE Cagayan-Batanes Field Office Chief, Prexie Caronan and DOLE Isabela Field Office Head, Evelyn Yango. ###

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