Butuan City, Agusan del Norte – One hundred twenty-nine (129) farmers and agrarian reform beneficiaries in Butuan City who were affected by the pandemic benefited the total of Php 1.7 million grant from the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) facilitated by DOLE Agusan del Norte Provincial Office.

A total of Php 820,000.00 livelihood grants were released for the Fitness Gym and Sports Training Development Project of Buhang Homeworkers Association and a starter kit of Fishing project to Ms. Evelyn Llano in Brgy. Buhang. A Water Refilling project amounting to Php 960,000.00 was also awarded to De Oro Agrarian Beneficiaries Cooperative in Brgy. De Oro. These livelihood projects were all supported by the Barangay Local Government Units (BLGU), Municipal Public Employment Service Office (MPESO), and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Butuan City.

The beneficiaries were thankful for the livelihood grants that would serve as a long-term alternative source of income. As pointed out by Buhang Punong Barangay Anecita Loja, “Nagapasalamat kami, uban sa akong mga opisyales nga kami nakadawat ani nga livelihood gkan sa DOLE mao kini ang una nga kami nakadawat ani nga livelihood, daku among pasalamat ug manghinaut kami na mapalambo gayod kini sa maong association aron makatabang pa sa ubang lumulopyo drea sa among barangay.” (We, the officials of Brgy. Buhang, are very grateful to have received the livelihood grant from DOLE. We hope that the project will flourish so that it can help the entire community of the barangay.)

DILP is one of the governments’ multifaceted program, which seeks to contribute poverty reduction thru the provision of livelihood projects to poor, vulnerable and marginalized Filipinos especially those who are greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.