In Bicol, livelihood awards highlight DOLE’s 77th anniversary

December 6, 2010 11:33 am 

MANILA, Dec. 5 — The grant of livelihood awards in the form of the Kabuhayan starter kits and Negokart to some 300 beneficiaries, which include 25 blind masseurs, are few of the highlights of the Department of Labor and Employment’s 77th Year Anniversary celebration in the Bicol region this year.

This was the report of DOLE-Region 5 regional director Atty. Alvin Villamor who said on Saturday that the awards form part of the regional office’s outreach programs which the DOLE is embarking on to mark its anniversary on December 8.

“We will celebrate the anniversary of the DOLE by highlighting our programs and services following the directive of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz”, he said.

On Dec. 6, Villamor will lead the DOLE’s seven attached agencies grouped under the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) in a flag-raising ceremony in Legazpi City and follow this up with a year-end press conference dubbed “Ulat sa Bicol”. Some 50 members of the Bicol media will attend the press conference.

After the press conference, the regional office will conduct the following:

(1) Release of the P400,000 emergency employment program and 1,000 pieces dust mask for the victims of Mt. Bulusan eruption;

(2) Release of Kabuhayan Starter Kit to 25 blind masseurs;

(3) Turn-over of 30 Negokart to beneficiaries from Camalig, Albay;

(4) Awarding of P50,000 to the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) as regional winner of the search for the Best Family Welfare Program;

(5) Release of the remaining funds to complete the P7.5 million livelihood grant to various beneficiaries;

(6) Awarding of scholarship grants to 20 OWWA scholars; and

(7) Recognition of NCMB’s TIPC 3 regional winners.

TESDA regional director Conrado G. Barres, OWWA regional director Jocelyn O. Hapal, NCMB regional director Susana A. Quimpo, NLRC executive labor arbiter Atty. Jose Del Valle Jr., PRC regional director Elenita D. Tan, RTWPB board secretary Rosendo D. Belo will join Atty. Alvin M. Villamor in leading the celebration.

Also signifying intention to join the RCC family are Albay Provincial Board Member Ralph Andes, Legazpi City Mayor Geraldine Rosal, Juban Sorsogon Mayor Jimmy Fragata and Sorsogon City Mayor Llovic Dioneda whose local government units and constituencies are recipient-beneficiaries of the livelihood awards.

“Our celebration on Dec. 6 is only the beginning. We still have lot of activities for the month-long anniversary celebration,” Villamor said, adding that the regional office has lined up other outreach activities, which include:

(1) Conduct a Project Angel Tree-Gift Giving and Feeding program for the children of displaced families at the San Andres Resettlement Site, San Andres, Sto. Domingo, Albay (Dec. 7);

(2) Orientation on Wage Order No. 14 and on Anti-Human Trafficking, Anti-Child Labor, and Anti-Illegal Recruitment to 57 members of the Regional Development Council (RDC) Regional Information Advocacy Committee (Dec. 8);

(3) Mass offering for the Bulusan Victims and Bicolano workforce (Dec. 8);

(4) Advocacy workshops on Anti-Human Trafficking, Anti-Illegal Recruitment and Anti-Child Labor in schools region-wide (Dec. 12);

(5) Family Day Celebration for OFW Family and Family Circle (Dec. 12); and

(6) Soft-opening of OWWA-POEA One-Stop-Shop at the Naga City Hall (Dec. 15). (PNA)

DCT/PR/rsm

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