Child laborers' PWD, Solo Parents Receive DOLE Livelihood Starter Kits

THE REGION
By Apipa Bagumbaran
July 3, 2019

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Financial assistance was also released to 25 beneficiaries by the Cagayan de Oro Field Office, June 11 at the DOLE Activity Center, 3F Trinidad Building. 

The same assistance was also given June 12 to 15 beneficiaries in Camiguin, 20 in Misamis Occidental, 25 in Misamis Oriental, 111 in  Bukidnon, and 20 beneficiaries in Lanao del Norte.

 DOLE-X Misamis Oriental Provincial Field Office, in partnership with its local government unit (LGU) through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in Gingoog City and the PESO of Claveria, distributed the starter kits in celebration of the 2019 Informal Sector Day.

“Kami sa una usa ra ka ordinaryo nga association ug nagapasalamat kami sa DOLE sa pag-grant nila sa among livelihood projects, kani ilang gihatag kaninyo nga proyekto maampingan unta ninyo kani para makatabang sa inyong pamilya,"  Bal-Ason Farmers Producers Cooperative Chairperson Lolita Sanico said.

(Before the DOLE grant, we were just a small association and we are thankful for this grant and we motivate [the beneficiaries] to sustain the projects to help your families)

 Celso Comad, a person-with-disability (PWD) and one of the beneficiaries, also expressed gratitude for the assistance, “Natagaan ko ug starter kit para sa akong project nga fruit stand. Ako isip nga isa ka PWD, wala gyud koy tarong na trabaho pero karun naa ni gi-abot naa gyud ang oppurtunidad para ka nako."

(I am thankful I was given a starter kit for my fruit stand project. Being a PWD parent with no stable work and income, this livelihood assistance would be a great help in sending my children to school)

In Camiguin, Chief Emmaniel Toledo of DOLE Camiguin province disclosed that 15 parents/guardians of child laborers were also granted with starter kits in the form of 6 hog raising projects worth P20,000 each; 1 carpentry project worth P20,000; 4 sari-sari store project worth P20,000 each; and 4 food and snack vending projects worth P20,000 were turned-over during the ceremony. 

 Alma Maestrado, one of the beneficiaries of the hog raising project was very delighted to be assisted by DOLE. She is a solo parent of five children after her fisherman husband was lost at sea since 22 August 2018 due to a typhoon.

The livelihood assistance for the child laborers and their parents is part of the attainment of the objective of Child Labor Eradication by 2025 wherein the government envisions all children stay in school and continue their education. 


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