Davao worker groups benefit from DOLE’s P750-K livelihood assistance

January 14, 2013 10:10 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 14 — The Department of Labor on Employment (DOLE) has given assistance to 220 workers from three organizations in Davao region victimized by crises or calamities.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has announced that these workers have benefitted from the Workers Income Augmentation Progarm (WINAP), DOLE emergency employment intervention, which awarded Certificates of Entitlement worth P250, 000 each or P750, 000 in total.

This amount was to be used for the purchase of raw materials and equipment for livelihood projects whose members work in the banana export industry in Compostela Valley and were gravely affected by Typhoon Pablo.

In a a report from DOLE Regional Office No. 11 Director Joffrey Suyao, Baldoz said the regional office is already expediting the canvassing of raw materials and equipment upon the completion and approval of the project proposals of the Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Suyapa Farm-NAFLU-KMU; Freshmax Workers’ Union-FWU-NAFLU-KMU; and Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa San Jose-NAMASAN-NAFLU-KMU.

“We will release the raw materials and equipment to the workers’ organizations before the end of the month,” Baldoz said.

DOLE’s WINAP is part of the regional office’s project intervention dubbed Sectoral Approach in the Generation of Income Projects or SAGIP Mangagawa to prevent, if not minimize, imminent job losses and work displacement after the recent calamity in the hardest-hit municipalities in Davao region.

The WINAP, also dubbed “Dagdagang-Kabuhayan para sa mga Mangagawa” assists organized and unorganized workers in the formal sector who opted to venture into businesses to earn additional income and gain employment for their family members.

For the Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Suyapa Farms-NAFLU-KMU, its 78 members shall benefit from the P250, 000 grant, part of which shall be in the form of raw materials and the rest as additional working capital for workers’ rice trading and meat processing business.

The Freshmax Workers’ Union-FWU-NAFLU-KMU, which has 65 members, and Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa San Jose- NAMASAN-NAFLU-KMU whose members number 77 shall reach receive P250, 000 in basic goods for their consumer stores.

”The livelihood grant shall be used by the workers for their businesses as a source of alternative income,” Suyao said. “This is our way of helping them cope with their displacement from work as a result of the typhoon’s onslaught in the banana industry.”

Each of the workers’ groups shall also receive from the DOLE appropriate technical assistance to fully develop and sustain their livelihood projects, according to Suyao. The livelihood grants will also empower union members by enabling them to run their own businesses.

Baldoz said this was DOLE’s way to provide the workers’ social protection which is its thrust foe 2013.

“In this exigency, the DOLE, through its regional office, is going to full-blast in providing not dole-out relief but sustainable release to lift up the workers from unemployment,” she said.

”The program is borne out of our conscious effort to help low income workers in the formal sector find additional income sources to augment their wages and subsequently raise their economic capability to meet the needs of their families,” Baldoz said. (PNA)



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