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Bello approves P50M livelihood assistance for informal workers to cushion COVID-19 impact

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office No. 02 has recently received P50 million livelihood assistance from its Central Office for the predetermined eligible informal workers associations in Isabela province.

DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III has approved the livelihood fund allocations for the 108 workers associations in the province whose livelihood undertakings were affected due to the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the members of the workers’ associations are small scale farm workers with limited resources to put up their own income-generating activities.

The pandemic has not spared the agriculture sector which is the predominant livelihood undertaking in the province. The impact on agriculture is likely much worse than other sectors especially considering that agricultural produce ensures food security.

Evelyn Yango, Chief of the DOLE - Isabela Field Office (IFO), mentioned that there is a need to support the sector to sustain its productivity so the impact of the pandemic can be cushioned.

Relative to the undertaking, the livelihood teams of the IFO are now in the fields to meet, orient and train eligible beneficiaries on the nitty-gritty of managing a livelihood project. The personnel are reaching out to the ground to ensure that beneficiaries are equipped with basic knowledge on entrepreneurship, and are engaged in project identification and project proposal development.

There will be at least 2,700 informal workers to benefit from the program. The topics to be discussed to the workers during the conduct of the series of DOLE Integrated Livelihood training are the scope of project proposal development and entrepreneurship.

Yango meanwhile hopes to finish the series of training and submit project proposals to the regional office to expedite the disbursement of funds in the early part of October 2021.

DOLE Administrative Order 137-14 serves as guideline in the implementation of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP). This aims to deliver services to eligible beneficiaries through a systematic and rational convergence of services and assistance.

The guidelines give direction to DOLE in ensuring that all intervention or assistance we provide to informal sector and vulnerable workers are properly served,” Yango said. ###

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