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In Negros, 3.9 Million livelihood funds given to 200plus workers

Negros Oriental, Philippines. Six different associations from the province of Negros Oriental received this week P3.39 Million worth of livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7), shared DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton.

Benefiting the assistance taken from the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) were the Apolong Women’s Association from the town of Valencia; CLA –Malig-on of Barangay Cabcaban in Bindoy; and the Rural Improvement Club of Barangay Poblacion in Zamboanguita.

From Guihulngan City, three (3) additional associations also received financial assistance from the DOLE, namely: Association of Coastal Residents of Barangay Tinayunan; Tacpao Livelihood Association; and the Bateria Livelihood Association (BALA).

The Apolong Women’s Association received P752, 308.00 to finance their Catering Services and Dine N’ Breakfast Project. A total of P450, 850.00 was released to the CLA –Malig-on to finance their Hogs and Swine Feeds for All Stages of Production venture. The Rural Improvement Club of Barangay Poblacion was apportioned with P402,300.00, which would be used by its farmer-members.

The Association of Coastal Residents of Barangay Tinayunan was given P462, 425.00 for their new motorized banca’s. To fund their Cattle Fattening and Organic Fertilizer Production, the Tacpao Livelihood Association received P545, 725.00. The Bateria Livelihood Association, on the other hand, got P783,850.00 as a form of enhancement assistance for its Rental Services for all Occasions project.

DOLE-Negros Oriental Field Office (NOFO) Chief Marites G. Mercado reported that more than 200 members from said associations would benefit from the livelihood assistance provided by DOLE in the province.

Chief Mercado commended the groups for diligently complying with the requirements to make them eligible beneficiaries of the program.

During the turn-over ceremony, Mercado encouraged beneficiaries to make the most out of the assistance provided to them by government and said further, “Kami sa DOLE gusto nga makita ang inyong tagsa-tagsa ka organisasyon mupadayon sa pag lambo.  Layo na kaayo ang inyong naabot sukad sa adlaw nga medisisyon mo nga magtukod ug organisasyon alang sa usa ka tumong ug tinguha. (We at the DOLE would want to see your respective organizations sustain your livelihood projects. You have gone already this far from the day you all decided to organize yourselves while heading toward one and the same direction and goal.)

It can be recalled that in 2014, the Bateria Livelihood Association (BALA) received its first livelihood assistance amounting to P730 Thousand, which the group used for their Tables and Chairs Rental Services.

Said project, according to Mercado, flourished and expanded to catering and laundry services eventually allowing the group to purchase a motor cab. As of now, she added, BALA is servicing clients all throughout the Negros and Cebu Provinces.

Director Siaton said that efforts made to address the needs of the informal sector workers demonstrated the Department’s strong advocacy on poverty alleviation and livelihood capacity-building for the working poor and the vulnerable and marginalized workers.

“Provision of livelihood assistance is one of the flagship programs of the DOLE under the DILEEP. And the DOLE will continue to do its part as an implementing arm of government in making sure that there is no gap in the delivery of basic services to the clientele it serves,” she said.


End//LSenarlo-Taniza with reporting from BlessMDePadua of NOFO

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

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