323 Bataan fishermen, housewives, OSY benefit from DOLE livelihood assistance

October 4, 2011 9:34 pm 

BALANGA CITY, Bataan, Oct. 4 – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bataan field office has recently released P400,000 in livelihood assistance to disadvantaged fishermen, housewives, and out-of-school youth in Samal and Limay towns.

DOLE regional director Leopoldo de Jesus said that a total of 323 disadvantaged residents of the two towns have benefited from the latest assistance under the labor department’s integrated livelihood program.

Of the total assistance, De Jesus said P200,000 was awarded to the Limay multi-purpose cooperative, whose 258 members are growing mango and cassava for their livelihood.

The cooperative sells its produce of cassava to B-Meg Feeds, a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation, which uses these as animal food additive.

Ma. Cristina Bulandos, manager of the cooperative, said the assistance will be used to acquire heavy-duty cassava grinders.

“Our members, particularly the cassava growers, will no longer grind their cassavas manually. With heavy-duty grinders, they will be able to produce faster and more processed cassava which could result into increased profit,” she said.

De Jesus said the remaining P200,000 was awarded to the Rural Improvement Club of Samal, whose members are low-income housewives, fishermen, and out-of-school youth, reaching a total of 65.

“The club will use the money to purchase fishing tools and implement which they don’t have at present,” he said. (PNA)

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