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DOLE-7 releases half a million worth of livelihood assistance in Bohol

ADDITIONAL beneficiaries are to start soon with their business projects after collectively receiving more than P500,000.00 from the Department in the province of Bohol.

Department of Labor and Employment 7 (DOLE 7) -Bohol Field Office (BFO) Officer-in-Charge Angelie T. Salgados reported to DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton that funds have been released to beneficiaries of DOLE’s livelihood program in a ceremonial turn-over held at the New Provincial Capitol Building, Barangay Cogon, Tagbilaran City.

Witnessed by Congressman Edgar M. Chatto, members of the Panaghiusa sa Mga Gagmay’ng Magpatigayon saTagbilaran (PAGMATA) and three more individuals received livelihood funds for their new business undertakings.

According to Salgados, PAGMATA members will soon venture into Production of Souvenir Items Projects. “They are expected to produce sandals, bags and other souvenir items,” she said, adding that the other three individual beneficiaries will engage in food selling and tailoring business.

The assistance that beneficiaries received, falls under the Individual Projects category that granted each one of them Php20,000.00.

“After canvassing and procurement of goods have been carried out, beneficiaries will receive the tools, jigs and materials required by their respective projects,” said Salgados.

She said that to ensure that recipients are socially ready for the DOLE’s assistance, they were provided with the necessary technical assistance in the form of some trainings on simple bookkeeping and project management.

Siaton congratulated the latest additions to the pool of DOLE livelihood program beneficiaries.

She urged them to work hard and do their best in sustaining their individual projects. “It’s not every day that DOLE provides financial assistance. The Department does not just give it to anyone. It means to say that the DOLE’s livelihood beneficiaries received the assistance because they deserve it after their respective project proposals have passed the standards of the Regional Project Management Team,” added Director Siaton.

Under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), livelihood projects are categorized into Group Projects and Individual Projects.

Beneficiaries under Group Projects could be granted a maximum financial assistance of One Million Pesos depending on the number of members that comprises the group or association and their project requirements. Those under Individual Projects, on the other hand, could be given up to Thirty Thousand Pesos depending on the project requirements