31 parents of profiled child laborers from Barangay Bobon, Butuan City were awarded DOLE Livelihood Assistance amounting to Nine Hundred Twenty-Seven Thousand Three Hundred Sixty-Nine Pesos (Php 927,369.00) for the procurement of different tools and equipment for the individual projects of the beneficiaries.

Grateful for the assistance, one parent shared,” Nagpasalamat mi ug dako sa DOLE sa ilang gihatag nga livelihood. Isa akong anak nga na profiled nga Child Laborer diria sa among Barangay. Wala kami nag dahom na mapili among Barangay ug mahatagan ug dugang panginabuhian sa amo isip isa ka ginikanan. Dako kaayo ning tabang sa among pang adlaw adlaw na panginabuhian ug sa kommunidad dinhi sa among barangay. Amo kani ampingan ang Livelihood na among nadawat gikan sa ahensya sa DOLE. Salamat usab sa among Barangay Captain na kanunay ga supporta ug sa uban pang ahensya sa goberno naghatag niini nga grasya. Amo ni paningkamutan na mulambo pa aron sa mga umaabot aron wala nay anak namo mag laborer.”

The activity was attended by the Punong Barangay of Bobon Aida C. Duran, DOLE Agusan del Norte Field Office (DOLE ADNFO) Head Keith C. Duran, Senior Labor and Employment Officer Maria Chelo Lucero, Livelihood Focal Jenelibeth E. Manzanares, and DOLE ADNFO support staff.

The DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP) is a flagship program of the DOLE which seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce the vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers either through emergency employment, promotion of entrepreneurship, and community enterprises. Under its umbrella is the Kabuhayan or DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP). For this activity, the DOLE DILP aims to improve the economic activity of the family to provide for the basic needs of their children and to eliminate child labor. (KJBA, LEOIII/FNLI, DOLE ADNFO)