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DOLE-10 Camiguin aids child laborers’ parents thru livelihood projects

CAMIGUIN (PIA)–The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10 Camiguin Provincial Field Office (Cam PFO), in partnership with the Local Government of Sagay, together with Public Employment Service Office (PESO), released 14 individual projects under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) worth a total of P194, 000 for the parents of child laborers (PCL), February 9, 2023, at the Municipal Gym, Poblacion, Sagay here.

The said projects are the sari-sari store (13) and rice retailing (1) projects. The PCL beneficiaries were profiled and endorsed under the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program, which enables them to prevent any child that may be prone to accidental activities through engagement in work and can be a hinder to their health and educational development.

Mayor Richard G. Uayan, LGU Sagay delivers his message during the turnover of projects to the 14 PCL beneficiaries under Direct Admin, February 9, 2023, at the Municipal Gym, Sagay, Camiguin. (DOLE-Camiguin)

Meanwhile Sagay Mayor Richard Uayan said, “Mapasalamaton kita dari sa lungsod sa Sagay kay natagaan kamo ug pangkabuhayan pamaagi aning programa, hinaot dili ni ninyo sayangan ang oportunidad kay mao kini ang higayon na mulambo ug makatabang sa inyong panginabuhian pamaagi aning mga proyekto na gihatag sa DOLE.”

(We are grateful here in Sagay that you have been given assistance through this livelihood program. I hope the beneficiaries will not take this opportunity for granted to help them improve their lives through the projects given by DOLE)

For her part, DOLE Camiguin Chief Arlyn Bael said, “As the PCL beneficiaries, you are responsible to take good care of your children; they should be filled with care, love and provide them education to learn. Just like your children, you are also responsible to take good care of the projects given to you, nurture and develop your business so that it will help you provide your future needs.”

DOLE-10 Camiguin PFO headed by Chief Arlyn Bael (middle left) assists 14 PCL beneficiaries under Direct Administration worth P194,000, February 9, 2023, at the Municipal Gym, Sagay, Camiguin. (DOLE-Camiguin)

Wendelin Babaison, 71, of Bonbon, and her 10- and 16-year-old grandsons were profiled because they do interesting work selling street food near a dangerous road.

“Dako na kaayo ning tabang ang kaning kabuhayan sa amoang panginabuhian, kay naa na mi negosyo na maka-income gayud adlaw-adlaw ug makapalit na pud ko sa mga panginahanglanon nga gamit sa pag-eskwela sa akoang mga apo. Salamat kaayo sa DOLE ug kang Mayor Uayan na naapil mi ani nga programa.”

(I’m very thankful for this livelihood, it’s a big help for our living because we now have business that can give us daily income that could support the educational needs of my grandsons. Thank you so much DOLE, and to Mayor Uayan for supporting us to be part of this program)

DILP, or the Kabuhayan Program, is the DOLE’s contribution to the government’s agenda of inclusive growth through massive job creation and substantial poverty reduction. It seeks to reduce the vulnerability of the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers by providing them access to grant assistance for capacity-building on livelihood ventures, either for individual or group undertakings.

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