April 12, 2022, Butuan City – The Department of Labor and Employment’s newly-appointed Undersecretary Randy B. Escolango together with Assistant Secretary Mariano R. Alquiza and DOLE Caraga Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao released livelihood grants amounting to P5.8 million to organizations benefitting 476 members.

In Agusan del Norte, two individuals and a group, the Anticala Farmers Association received cash grants for their projects, namely, Furniture Making, Sari-Sari Store Enhancement, and a Water Refilling Station.  Meanwhile, five groups in Agusan del Sur benefited from the cash turnover: La Perian Manobo Tribal Farmers Association received financial support for their Abaca Plantation Project, PEACE Prosperidad Farmers Association for their Abaca Fiber Production project, Montevista Farmers Association for their project on Pre/Post Harvest Facilities, Hillstribe Economic Development Farmers for their Abaca Tangogon Fiber Production and Trading, and United Genuine Manobo Tribes of Bayugan City for their Rice and Corn Production project. Livelihood assistance was also provided to New Tubod Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association from LGU-Tubod, Surigao del Norte for their Motor Spare Parts Trading project.

Present in the awarding were the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Managers of LGU-Prosperidad and LGU-Bayugan who facilitated the informal sector’s groups in completing their proposals and documents for submission to DOLE.  The awarding was also witnessed by Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Regional Director Cheryll P. Elicano, Regional Conciliation and Mediation Board (RCMB) representative Ronabeth B. Cabanas, and Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Board Secretary Earl D. Dela Victoria.

RD Suyao expressed his gratitude to the beneficiaries present during the event. 

“To our beneficiaries, thank you for your trust and interest in availing the programs and services of DOLE Caraga. I hope that you would use this opportunity to grow your respective projects so that this would help not only you, but also your members, your respective families, and most especially your communities.”

The beneficiaries also thanked DOLE for the assistance received as it will help them jumpstart their businesses and earn their keep.



After the awarding, DOLE Caraga proceeded with its April 2022 Management Committee Meeting, joined by USEC Escolango, ASEC Alquiza, and the officials and representatives of DOLE Caraga, RCMB, PRC, and RTWPB.

USEC Escolango opened the meeting by extending his appreciation to all the organizations present in the day’s events. 

“Your presence in this gathering signals your support in my leadership as Cluster Head together with the assistance of ASEC Marnie Alquiza. Thank you for being with us as one department in our quest towards inclusive growth in the region,” he stated.

USEC Escolango also acknowledged DOLE Caraga’s efforts in reducing poverty and inequality through the implementation of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP).

“Ensuring livelihood and employment opportunities for the poor and most vulnerable will continue to be strengthened and improved, and I am very confident that we can collectively make a positive difference in the lives of our workers in this region,” USEC Escolango shared.

During the discussion, each organization shared their respective department’s accomplishments for the 1st quarter of 2022, which were lauded by both USEC Escolango and ASEC Alquiza. The meeting also tackled on areas in the department that could be improved to deliver consistent service excellence to the Filipino workers. With the guidance and insights from USEC Escolango and ASEC Alquiza, the meeting ended on a positive note.

To conclude the day’s events, ASEC Alquiza congratulated the participants for a job well done in meeting their targets and deliverables from the previous years up until the present. ASEC Alquiza also left a brief reminder to the participants in his closing remarks.

“As public servants, let’s remind ourselves that we are here to help our fellow Filipinos, to make their lives easier. So let’s do our best in serving the public. The success and future of our department and country lies upon us,” ASEC Alquiza said.