The Department of Labor and Employment Surigao del Sur Field Office (DOLE SDSFO) awarded livelihood assistance worth P2.9M in Madrid and Bislig, Surigao del Sur.

Two associations of landless farmers in the municipality of Madrid received assistance of P1,992,768.00 on May 26, 2022: Songkit Farmers Association at P995,768.00, and Linibunan Irrigators Farmers Association at P997,000.00.

The department also facilitated the release of livelihood assistance to BTRP TODA Three-wheel Drivers in Bislig City for the project BTRP Toda Spare Parts and General Repair Shop. The association received a livelihood grant amounting to P966,272.00 through LGU-Bislig as the Accredited Co-partner on June 01, 2022.

In his message, Association President Crispen A. Ending expressed his gratitude to DOLE and his commitment to maintain the project along with the members of the association. “Mapasalamaton kami sa DOLE sa hinabang para sa amo mga driver, ug sa suporta sa among Mayor ug sa tanan nag tabang sa amo sa kining project nga mahitigayon kami. Ang amo kalipay kuman dili masukod kay matigayon na gayud hapit na an amo mga gipangandoy.” Mr. Ending said.

On the same day, Ms. Lucena Garay, a beneficiary of the DOLE Bikecination program received tools and materials amounting to P24,992.50. Ms. Garay’s skills in cooking will now be complemented with materials to pursue her Kakanin Food Business.

DOLE SDSFO Head Genebelle B. Bal thanked the beneficiaries for their trust in the department’s services. “We are grateful to our beneficiaries for placing their trust in DOLE and for being patient as DOLE continues to deliver its services to the workers in the province. Your patience is not wasted as today you are witnessing the awarding of livelihood projects. We hope that you attain success in your undertakings,” Chief Bal said.

The DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or Kabuhayan Program is one of the flagship programs of the department, which provides livelihood assistance to the vulnerable and marginalized workers, either for individual or group livelihood projects/undertakings.