The Department of Labor and Employment Surigao del Norte Field Office (DOLE SDNFO) conducted a series of capacity buildings to several beneficiaries of livelihood assistance in the province under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP).

Three associations namely, Island Paradise Farmers Association Inc. (IPFA) of Brgy. San Roque, United Farmers and Fisherfolk Association (UFFA) of Brgy. Honorado and Del Pilar Makugihon Fishing Association (DPMFA) of Brgy. Del Pilar recently received a total of P2,948,674.00 livelihood assistance last May 1, 2022. The grants received are the following: IPFA with a total of P994,330.00 for the Hog Fattening project, UFFA with P956,062.00 for the Tilapia Culture project, and DPMFA with P998,282.00 for General Merchandise.

These associations participated in the learning session on the DILP implementation on May 19, 2022. Highlighted during the discussion were the duties and responsibilities of the ACP and the beneficiaries based on the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DOLE. Among others, the process of implementation, schedule of procurement, and the period of liquidation of the livelihood assistance as stated in MOA were emphasized. 

A DILEEP Orientation and Financial Literacy training was also facilitated on May 26, 2022. Twenty (20) beneficiaries of livelihood grants from 2019 to 2021 attended the activity. These included seven (7) parents of profiled child laborers who were given individual livelihood assistance, and six (6) associations named: San Isidro Women’s Association, Cantapoy Fishermen’s Association, San Roque Farmers Association, Campo Rice and Corn Farmers Association, New Tubod Tricycles Operators and Drivers Association, and Bangon Mamomoo Association.  

The activity aimed to update the participants on the latest advisories and guidelines of DILP and capacitate them with proper financial literacy in the implementation of their livelihood grants. DOLE SDNFO Head May Velonta, SDNFO DILP Focal Person Jul Christine G. Manseguiao, SDNFO Workers Welfare Services Head Arciazel L. Lagrama, and SDNFO Livelihood Development Specialist (LDS) Reggie Mae Deberto facilitated the discussions during the activity. 

Aside from the overview on the updates of the livelihood assistance implementation under D.O. 173-17 or the Revised Guidelines in the Implementation of DILEEP, the Guidelines on the Kabuhayan Awards under A.O. 32 was also presented. The participants were briefed on the mechanics and criteria, and encouraged to submit their entries. One of the objectives of the Kabuhayan Awards is to recognize and award the outstanding DOLE-assisted livelihood projects both under individual and group categories.

“Dako ako pasalamat sa tag conduct na activity. Mas na encourage kami nga ayuhon paghandle ang livelihood nga gihatag sa DOLE aron pwede kami makaapil sa Kabuhayan Award. Ug ang financial literacy nakadugang ug tabang sa amo kung unsaon namo pagmanage sa among kita sa negosyo nga getabang sa DOLE,” expressed by Ms. Cheryl Piral, President of Campo Rice and Corn Farmers Association.

DOLE SDNFO remains committed to capacitate the beneficiaries of the DILP so that livelihood grants will be sustainable and help in poverty reduction, particularly in the informal sector of the province.