DOLE turns over livelihood project in Butuan City

November 1, 2009 10:58 pm 

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 2 – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Caraga region, the Rotary Club of Metro Butuan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (RCMBMPC), with the Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) and Cane Optimum Metals Engineering Technology, Industries (COMET, Ind.) turned over last week livelihood projects to Los Angeles Women’s Associatiation (LAWA).

One of the projects is the Cassava Flour Production Project (CFPP).

“It took more than a year of planning and inception before the Cassava Flour Production Project finally took off the ground but it's worth the wait," said a LAWA officer, adding that it can deliver bright prospect for them.

The project cost reach to P413,000.

DOLE provided P328,000; the Rotary Club of Metro Butuan Multi-Purpose Cooperative imparted its leg-working and consultancy services as Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) P30,000; the LAWA beneficiaries shared P10,000 food for work and other contingencies; and the Cane Optimum Metals Engineering Technology, Industries (COMET, Ind.) gave P45,000 to realize the project. COMET, Ind. lent the land and brand new building pro bono for at least three to five years for the livelihood project.

The project, including the equipments can produce at least five other types of products: ube flour, coco flour, banana flour, and even dried fish and dried mangoes.

DOLE 13 Assistant Regional Director Romeo Cagas said that DOLE's role is to facilitate employment. "We hope to provide you with additional support – that is if you will handle the project superbly," he said during the turn over ceremony.

The DOLE officer also handed the P50,000 in check, which represents the final tranche of the DOLE's support to LAWA. The fund will be used as seed capital for them to purchase raw materials, such as cassava.

Dr. Aurora Zaportiza, manager of Butuan City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and who represented City Mayor Democrito Plaza II during the turn over lauded the project itself as a collaboration of various actors. She said that her office would be closely monitoring the project to use it as a benchmark or role model. (PNA) FFC/MUC/utb

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