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Malacañang thanks DOLE-7


Cebu City, Philippines. Malacañang, through the office of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, thanked the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 7 (DOLE-7) for responding to and acting on a request for assistance sent by a carpenter from Pinamungajan, Cebu.

In a letter addressed to DOLE-7 Regional Director, Atty. Johnson G. Cañete, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, Salvador S. Panelo is grateful to the DOLE-7 for giving due attention to the request of Mr. Arnold Portes to be provided with livelihood assistance.

He noted of the Department’s prompt response afforded to the request of Mr. Portes, whom he said, was also furnished copy of the actions taken by DOLE-7 particularly by the Cebu Provincial Field Office headed by Chief Maria Grace V. Diaz and the Technical Support Services Division-Employment Workers’ Welfare (TSSD-EWW) headed by Chief Ma. Nancy Z. Abad.

Portes, a native of Dakit Poblacion, Pinamungajan, earlier sought help from Malacañang for an alternative livelihood undertaking.

“After the matter was relayed to the DOLE-7, the TSSD-EWW and CPFO assisted him by way of providing him an individual livelihood starter kit (LSK),” said Atty. Cañete.

The 67-year old, he continued, was also assisted in crafting of his project proposal for his Merchandising/Sari-Sari Store project worth almost PHP20,000.00.

The project was borne out of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP), an advocacy that is one with government’s agenda of poverty reduction and inclusive development.

Under Department Order No. 173-17 or the Revised Guidelines in the Implementation of the Department of Labor and Employment Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP), livelihood projects are categorized into group projects and individual projects.

Under the Individual Projects category, beneficiaries can avail of Starter Kit or Negosyo sa Kariton (Nego-Kart) up to a maximum financial assistance of PHP20,000.00 depending on the project requirement.  

“We afford the same treatment to all the requests for assistance that would come to the Office. If it’s an intention to avail of our livelihood program then we make sure that all prescribed rules and regulations of livelihood implementation are being observed,” explained the DOLE-7 Head.

He said that the Office will be scheduling very soon of the final date for the turn-over of Portes’ livelihood assistance.



For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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