CATBALOGAN CITY -- Some 84 parents and guardians of child laborers in Catbalogan City received livelihood assistance amounting to P4.8 million from the Department of Labor and Employment - Regional Office 8 through its Samar Field Office on August 2, in Brgy. Payao, this city.
The beneficiaries received various tools, equipment, and materials for their respective projects such as food vending, fishing, small transport and motor parts shop.
The livelihood assistance of DOLE aims to provide the parents/guardians of child laborers access to decent livelihood opportunities to help augment the families’ income for the sustainability of the children’s basic needs and education, thereby keeping them away from dangerous workplaces.
The activity was attended by City Mayor Dexter Uy, Labor and Employment Officer Ma. Chulla Corpuz representing DOLE-SFO Head Engr. Aleksei Ceasar Abellar and PESO Manager Maila De Guia.
Mayor Uy expressed his profound gratitude to DOLE and its regional director, Henry John S. Jalbuena and the DOLE-SFO team for all the support and assistance extended to the city then and now.
He likewise reminded all the beneficiaries to do their best for their businesses to become successful.
“We hope that you will value and give importance to this opportunities given to you by the government. We hope that you will get to sustain your livelihood undertaking to help your family especially the children so they may be able to go back to school,” Mayor Uy said.
The livelihood assistance was released under the component of DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or KABUHAYAN Program, a flagship program of DOLE that provides assistance for capacity building in livelihood and entrepreneurial ventures for the vulnerable and marginalized workers. (LDL/GMT/Norma Rae S. Costimiano with a report from DOLE SFO)