The Department of Labor and Employment is eyeing more livelihood grants to various communities in the Western Visayas, as it allocated about P60 million for this program this year.
Regional director Johnson Cañete said giving livelihood programs is one of the ways to generate jobs, especially to registered associations that have no financial capacity.
DOLE turned over P2 million in livelihood checks to a group from Brgy. Buenavista in Murcia for bamboo craft livelihood, and to a group of citizens, PWDs, and farmers from Brgy. San Isidro in E.B. Magalona town during its Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan Job Fair in Bacolod City yesterday.
Each of these communities will get P1 million under the DOLE Kabuhayan Program.
Cañete said that to help these communities, the agency assists them in creating job proposals, and monitoring how they spend the grants to them to apply for additional funding from DOLE.
He said these communities in Negros Occidental had been site validated before being given the grants, and their proposals have shown that there will be a return of investment.
“Once a year we assigned our project focal person to visit and monitor the project in the community,” he said, adding that to encourage these beneficiaries to maximize the grants, DOLE gives awards to the best livelihood projects yearly.
Meanwhile, the event also included a turnover of school supplies to about 200 Negrense child labor beneficiaries of the agency.
The fund for this program came from their walk for-a-cause project on May 1 where DOLE-Neg. Occ. raised about P100,000, the highest of those from the other provinces of the Western Visayas.*MLG
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