KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Mar. 20 (PIA) -- More than 200 women in Tampakan town in South Cotabato and General Santos City recently received support from the Department of Labor and Employment intended to beef up their income-generating capacity.
According to a report from DOLE 12, some 162 women dressmakers in from 26 barangays of General Santos City received sewing machines as livelihood support under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB)
DOLE 12 OIC Regional Director Albert Gutib said the livelihood project costs P1.057 M and were handed out the beneficiaries after they completed a technical vocational course in dressmaking.
“We hope to see every beneficiary to make quality dresses, bags and rugs after we have provided the necessary equipment. Please make use of it and generate more income for your families,” OIC- Regional Director Gutib said.
Addressing the beneficiaries, General Santos City PESO Manager Alex Banguiran encouraged beneficiaries to sustain their self-employment by learning more techniques in dress, bag and rug making.
“You need to be more creative in making your products for you to stand out among the rest so that you can move forward and succeed,” Banguiran said.
To Helen Matematico, a mother of 5 children, a resident of a resident of Barangay Buayan and one of the recipients of the sewing machines, the help is an opportunity to improve their lives.
"I am thankful to DOLE and the city government for this opportunity to earn more for our family. Thank you so much," Matematico said.
Meanwhile, 50 women in Tampakan town in South Cotabato also received livelihood assistance through DOLE's BuB program.
These women, Gutib said, are members of the Lampitak Women’s Association and Tampakan Beauty Care Services Association who received starter kits to begin small businesses in beauty care, carenderia and rice cake making.
“We urge you to use the livelihood assistance to your advantage and make your dreams come true. Please save your money for the future of your children,” DOLE 12 Assistant Regional Director Abellana told the beneficiaries.
Both aids were handed out to the beneficiaries in time with the celebration of March as Women's Month. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from DOLE 12)