Press Release
Department of Labor and Employment
14 August 2019

On August 8-9, 2019, at least 88 beneficiaries of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) took part in the 2019 Livelihood Summit dubbed with “Sa Ika-uunlad ng Bayan, Kabuhayan ang Kailangan”, held at the Almont Inland Residences, Almont Inland Hotel in Butuan City. Aimed to capacitate the enrolled beneficiaries to the sustainable livelihood framework, the sharing of good practices in implementing livelihood projects was the main subject of the summit.The summit commenced with an opening salvo presented by Hugis Dance Project of the Libertad National High School, followed by the welcome remarks of the DOLE Caraga Regional Director, Chona M. Mantilla. She expresses her warm welcome to each participant with words of encouragement to sustain the livelihood grant provided to them by the department. She shared with them the story of Nick Vujicic, an Australian Christian evangelist with an extremely rare disorder. But in spite of the absence of his legs and arms, he was able to make good for himself and shared his strong will to others and served as an inspiration.

Rodrigo O. Roble, the Senior LEO of DOLE Region XI served as the guest speaker with the themed presentation, DILP: Initial Gain, Success and Best Practices in Davao Region. Being awarded as 2019 Best DILP Program Implementer, he imparted the different stories of their beneficiaries and the strategies they use in coming up with a sustainable livelihood project. He made mention that in an association, it is important to keep a financial record and be transparent in all the transactions to ensure the sustainability of the project.

In the afternoon session of Day 1, Romer S. Amante, technical staff of the High-Value Division of the Department of Agriculture presented Vegetable and Fruit Production, which gave a lot of very good feedback from the participants especially that they have learned a lot that they could make use of.

The two-day summit comprises of 2 breakout sessions: (1) Technical Seminar for Profitable Aqua Farming conducted by the Caraga Sales Supervisor of Santeh Feeds Corporation, Welbert C. Ortua for the fisherfolk beneficiaries and; (2) Food Safety Orientation conducted by the Agusan del Sur Provincial Head of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The summit ended with a commitment setting from the presidents of the selected associations from all over the region, Sammuel D. Cassion of Tungao United Drivers and Conductors Association Inc. in Agusan del Norte province, Dante Dacera of Socorro Hollow Block Making Association in Surigao del Norte province, Elizar B. Ortuyo of NURSIHA Enforcement Team in Surigao del Sur province and Celso H. Suquib of San Jose Lobster Grower Association in the Province of Dinagat Islands. Unanimously, their commitments include the assurance of making the livelihood grants provided to them by the department to be sustainable and progressive.