June 17, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Ten individuals are the recent beneficiaries of the Department of Labor and Employment’s Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or Kabuhayan Program.

Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr., Senior Employment Labor Officer Marshall Pachingel of DOLE-Provincial Office, and Bontoc Employment Officer III Jenelyn Caluza led the turnover of Kabuhayan kits to the recipients on May 22 at the Bontoc Municipal Capitol. 

Among the livelihood project proposals that were approved are food processing, food vending, hog raising, and sari-sari store. 

Tudlong thanked the DOLE for continuously assisting various organizations, self-employed, seasonal workers, and minimum wage earners in Bontoc and capacitating them to generate income. 

He encouraged the recipients to manage their livelihood projects wisely for it to prosper, adding the failure or success of their livelihood projects depends on how they will manage it. He advised them to capacitate themselves through various training for it to be sustained. 

He assured the municipal government will continue to strengthen its collaboration and linkages to partner agencies for more livelihood opportunities.

Caluza said as counterpart, the municipal government will monitor the implementation of the project.

It also provided technical assistance during the preparation of the project proposals. 

The municipal government is also processing the project proposals of the April 11 fire victims to avail of the program. 

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

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

As an accredited co-partner, the municipal government received the financial grant allotted to the recipients and shall be responsible for the procurement and delivery of equipment, materials, products, tools, and other needs of the beneficiaries for their respective livelihood projects. – Alpine L. Killa-Malwagay