Butuan City (May 1) – This year’s labor day celebration gives more meaning to the lives of 99 members of Rural Workers Associations as they received livelihood assistance during the said occasion.

The Ipil-ipil Women’s Organization, Canonocan Women’s Organization and Purok Hospital Women’s Organization were among the recipients of livelihood assistance. The representatives of the associations were delighted because of the support extended to them by the officials of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Marihatag. The Honorable Mayor Raul T. Cubil, Vice Mayor Rebecca S. Polinar , together with the two Sangguniang Bayan Members and PESO  Manager  Ms. Jocelyn Ombon of the said Municipality,  received P630 thousand worth of livelihood assistance.

ACP/ Beneficiaries Project Title Beneficiaries Amount Released
Ipil-Ipil Women’s Organization Dressmaking and Tailoring 43 243,550.00
Canonocan Women’s Organization Small Scale Egg Production 24 249,250.00
Purok Hospital Women’s Association PHOWO Small Scale Laundry Shop 32 137,260.00

 The livelihood program is in support of the government’s thrust to reduce poverty through livelihood in order to help the workers and the private enterprises adjust to the growing competitive environment.   It aims to bring about viable and sustainable businesses for informal sector workers which constitute nearly half of the country’s employed. These workers are economic units outside the scope of legal and social protection because they are normally not registered and with very low levels of income and productivity.

DOLE-Caraga, together with the Province of Surigao del Sur believe that with holistic support, the informal sector can contribute immensely to the development of the economy, particularly through employment generation. Skills training, teambuilding and productivity seminars will be given to the women-beneficiaries in partnership with the Province of Surigao del Sur and the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board.

The LGU of Marihatag, Surigao del Sur, is the accredited co-partner of DOLE for the livelihood assistance.