CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has provided some PHP5.45 million for the livelihood programs of the provincial government of Pampanga.
 
This effort is in line with the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), a grant of assistance to individuals, groups, and local government units (LGUs) with the main purpose of starting, improving, or restoring livelihood projects.
 
DOLE regional director Geraldine Panlilio said on Wednesday that the DILP aims to enable the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers to have enterprise undertakings of their own to improve their socioeconomic conditions.
 
Tayo ay nagbigay ng livelihood checks sa province of Pampanga. Ito yun mga programa na pinondohan ng DOLE under the DILP (We gave livelihood checks for the province of Pampanga. The DOLE funded the programs under the DILP),” Panlilio said in a video interview.
 
She said the priority beneficiaries include sewers, farmers, rice retailers, furniture makers, public transport drivers, and those newly-engaged in small businesses.
 
We are very thankful na kapartner natin sina Governor Dennis Pineda and Vice Governor Lilia Pineda na kung saan sila ang nagde-determine kung sino and dapat tulungan at sila din ay nagbibigay ng karampatang tulong (We are thankful to Governor Dennis Pineda and Vice Governor Lilia Pineda for being our partners where they are the ones who determine the program beneficiaries and they also give support and assistance),” Panlilio said.
 
Under the program, associations with 15 to 25 members may receive a grant of up to PHP250,000 while PHP500,000 will be given to those with 26 to 50 members.
 
Those with over 50 members may get up to PHP1 million.
 
To avail themselves of the program, associations are required to register with DOLE.
 
The DILP also helps solo projects where qualified beneficiaries may get a starter kit or the Nego-Kart (Negosyo sa Kariton) with PHP20,000 financial assistance.
 
Vice Governor Lilia Pineda thanked the DOLE for the livelihood aid that could help her constituents to have new sources of income.
 
She said the assistance will be used for the provincial government’s “kabuhayan” or livelihood program with target beneficiaries of some 2,500 residents.
 
Pineda expressed her support for the DOLE’s commitment to assisting vulnerable sectors and displaced workers. (PNA)