838 East Visayas
informal sector workers get P8.337-M aid from DOLE in 2011
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – Some
838 informal sector workers in Eastern Visayas have availed of around
P8.337 million worth of livelihood assistance under the
DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program for Workers in the
Informal Economy (DILP-WIE) in 2011.
The beneficiaries from
the six provinces of Region 8 received the livelihood assistance in
the form of tools and equipment, production and skills training as
well as upgrading to capacitate them to pursue their income-generating
activities, Mr. Virgilio Doroja, DOLE Information Officer said.
A total of 337
projects were implemented with the support of 22 accredited
co-partners (ACPs), Mr. Doroja added.
For Northern Leyte,
among the projects implemented were Integrated Aquaculture and Bangus
Cage Project at Barangay 1 of Babatngon town to enhance the livelihood
of some 31 fisherfolks.
Other projects include
a massage therapy and sari-sari store, a formation project for one
person with disability in Burauen, Leyte; school chair and other
furniture production, an enhancement project for 28 persons with
disabilities in Tacloban City; and starter kit projects, namely,
native delicacies making, commercial cooking and fish processing for
20 parents of child laborers in Babatngon, Leyte.
In Western Leyte, 20
bee hive farmers from Barangay Lamak, in Hilongos town received
financial assistance for the establishment of bee colonies to enhance
their livelihood while 37 fisherfolks from Barangay Matapay, also in
Hilongos, were granted financial assistance for the establishment of
deep sea fish shelter.
workers in Southern Leyte availed a total of P2.847 million to fund
200 projects such as the enhancement of 29 members of Bacolod Women’s
Health Organization root crops processing in Hinundayan town.
For displaced workers
affected by typhoon in Saint Bernard town, funded were livelihood
formation for displaced workers in Barangay Catmon; welding shop and
allied services for 12 workers from Barangay Mahayahay; TUPARIN
formation project for 43 displaced workers from Barangay Tambis; and
livelihood formation for 13 displaced workers from Barangay Mahayahay.
Moreover, at Libagon
town, 14 women vendors were provided 14 Nego Karts to enhance their
livelihood; while at Silago town, 26 women were granted funding for
the Puntana Vege-Garden Park.
In Maasin City, 48
fishermen were granted assistance for small scale project while 63
informal sector workers were provided starter kit for livelihood
In Biliran province,
60 informal sector workers in Naval availed of the funding to enhance
their suman production while 65 from Cabucgayan town were provided
funding for enhancement of their coco-wine production.
Further, in the
province of Samar, 85 informal sector workers were granted funding to
enhance their individual projects while in Calbayog City 20 ambulant
vendors were provided Nego Karts.
In the province of
Eastern Samar, 23 members of the Busilak Women’s Association were
granted funding for their Busilak Canteen and Sari-Sari store; while
42 fisherfolks from Borongan City were granted financial assistance
for the acquisition of 42 fishing paddle banca with gillnet.
In the province of
Northern Samar, 100 fishermen from Allen town were granted funding for
small scale fishing project; 17 women from Allen were given funding
for their weaving handicraft project; 25 women from Bobon town
received funding for their Pinangat and Pinato Making project.
The DILP-WIE provides
productive, gainful and secure employment to marginalized and
unprotected workers. It provides integrated livelihood interventions
for livelihood enhancement, livelihood formation, and income