Kidapawan, DOLE provide livelihood assistance to indigents

December 3, 2014 10:34 am 

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Dec. 2 -– The local government of Kidapawan and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) have released some P12 million livelihood assistance to some 1,000 poor beneficiaries.

Mayor Joseph Evangelista said the program was DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) which aims to provide indigent beneficiaries starting kits for decent livelihood.

Under the program, the Kidapawan City government identifies the poorest of the poor in the city while the DOLE provided the seed money to start small business enterprise.

Through the "PESO sa Barangay," the city government identified and validated deserving beneficiaries.

Mayor Evangelista stressed the assistance was not in a form of cash but starter kits.

For example, Evangelista said, if the beneficiary wants to put up a "sari-sari" store, he or she gets goods to sell in the store.

Evangelista also said the beneficiaries need not repay the city government or the DOLE but urged them to form a cooperative so they can additional assistance in the future. (PNA)

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