RONALD O. REYES
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) released on Thursday, October 8, P400,000 worth of livelihood grants to some 20 fishermen in Biliran towns under its integrated livelihood program (DILP) funds.
“We are all facing this pandemic with a strong commitment to bring opportunities closer to our workers and we are thankful as well to the help of the Province of Biliran,” said Engr. Emmanuel Dela Cruz, OIC-chief of DOLE-Biliran Field Office, during the turnover of check to the Provincial Government.
“This will really bring joy and hope to our beneficiaries especially this time of Covid-19 pandemic,” added Gretchen Stephanie Espina, executive assistant of Biliran Governor Rogelio Espina.
The money will be used for the procurement of wooden fishing boats with motor engine to be distributed to the beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, De la Cruz said the labor department “will always and in all ways work for the provision of opportunities and hope to the Filipino workforce.”
Earlier, 33 locally stranded individuals and beneficiaries from the first batch of “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa” program also received livelihood support from DOLE amounting to P656,700.
Each beneficiary received eight sacks of rice and one unit of weighing scale for their rice vending business.
The beneficiaries were from Alang-alang, Babatngon, Palo, Tanauan, Tolosa, Barugo, Burauen, Capoocan, Dulag, Mayorga, Tunga, Julita, Dagami and Jaro, all in Leyte. (SunStar Philippines)