Agusan del Sur—Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) -Agusan del Sur Provincial Office released livelihood assistance last September 24 amounting P495, 774.35 to the Local Government Unit of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur as accredited co-partner for the Farm Supply Project of the Guadalupe Disabled Person Association.

The release of livelihood assistance was the highlight of the event during their 1st Nalandang Festival and 65th Founding Anniversary of LGU- Esperanza, Agusan del Sur. The turn-over ceremonies were facilitated by Mr. Maximo C. Magallen, Jr. DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) Focal, Ms. Pauline D. Jaramillo Municipal PESO Manager, Ms. Divina P. Lagumbay Provincial PESO Manager, the Municipal Administrator Ms. Michelle T. Manpalitan and the Brgy. Captain of BLGU- Guadalupe, Mr. Lagumbay. The beneficiaries were 42 differently-abled members of the said association.

“Salamat DOLE-Region 13 og Director Mantilla ilabi na sa DOLE Agusan del Sur sa inyong livelihood nga gihatag. Dako kaayo ning tabang og tubag sa among pag-ampo para maka dugang income sa among tag-sa ka  pamilya. Salamat kay bisan luyo sa among mga kapansanan andam gihapon mo mutabang sa amoa. Kami magpasalig nga among ampingan og palambuon ang inyong gi hatag nga Farm Supply sama sa inyong pag hatag og Assistance sa mga Tao sa Agusan del Sur ilabina sa amoang mga informal sector,” (Thank you, DOLE-Region, 13 and Director Mantilla, most specially to DOLE- Agusan del Sur for giving us livelihood assistance. This will be a great help for all of us. This livelihood is an answered prayer for each of the members’ family. We are very thankful that in spite of our disabilities, there are still people who are willing to help. We will assure that this assistance will be sustained by our members and of the informal sector,”) said Virginia Calo, the association president.

“It is important that you take care of the funds granted to you by the department since not all rural worker’s associations are given this opportunity. Besides, the main purpose of the program is to give support despite of your conditions. DOLE is hopeful that the project will serve its purpose, that is to improve the lives of the members and to help their children”, said Mr. Magallen.