May 18, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – One organization and 10 individuals in this municipality are beneficiaries of the Department of Labor and Employment Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or Kabuhayan Program. 

DOLE Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra awarded the check amounting to P1,265,693.30 to Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr., on July 7 at the Mayor’s Office of the Bontoc Municipal Capitol. 

Tudlong thanked the DOLE for continuously assisting organizations, self-employed and minimum wage earners in Bontoc and capacitating them to generate income. He challenged the recipients to manage the projects wisely for it to prosper. 

Former Bontoc mayor now Provincial Administrator Franklin Odsey, who was invited to witness the awarding of the check, congratulated the recipients and advised them to capacitate themselves through various trainings for it to be sustained. 

Under the group livelihood project, the beneficiary is Silver Craft Designer Association comprising 50 members with a project on gong production and blacksmith. The 10 individuals projects are sari-sari stores, hog raising, longganisa production, chili pepper processing, food vending, and enhancement of eatery. 

The local government unit’s counterpart is to conduct capability and skills trainings to the beneficiaries and monitor implementation of the project. It will also provide technical assistance in the preparation of the project proposals. 

The DILP is a grant for capacity building on livelihood to enable the unemployed, seasonal and minimum wage earners to start income-generating projects and enable them to grow into viable and sustainable businesses that provide income.

It is implemented through DOLE’s accredited co-partner (ACP) which is responsible for the delivery of services to the beneficiaries.

As an ACP, Bontoc LGU shall be responsible for the procurement and delivery of equipment, materials, products, tools, and other needs of the beneficiaries for their livelihood projects. – Alpine K. Malwagay