DOLE 3 handover Php580,000  livelihood assistance to 2 towns of Aurora

By Jason de Asis


BALER, AURORA, January 21, 2011-The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 3 Led by Regional Director Ernesto C. Bihis hand-over Php580,000 to two (2) Mayors of Baler and Maria Aurora towns today as part of their Negosyo sa Kariton (Nego Kart) project and DOLE Kabuhayan Starter KITS (Knowledge-sharing, inputs acquisition, Training on entrepreneurship and skill acquisition).


Bihis said that Nego Kart and Dole Kabuhayan Starter KITS are the livelihood enhancement strategy programs of the Department which aims to bring improved socio-economic well being of workers in the informal economy, in group sectors with special concerns, and displaced local and overseas wage workers and their families under Pnoy’s Administration continuing to work hand in hand with their partners in its commitment in improving the economic lives of workers from the informal sector towards sustainable livelihood empowerment.


In coordination with the Provincial Government of Aurora and the Municipalities of Baler and Maria Aurora together with its respective Public Employment Service Offices (PESO), the said amount was given to 63 marginalized individuals residing in the two (2) towns while the local  government unit will provide counterpart assistance of Php172,900 for entrepreneurship development training (EDT) as the recipients additional capital outlay and initial payments to social security benefits in ensuring the success of their livelihood projects.


Mayor Arthur J. Angara said that at the start of the year there’s no place than the rich agricultural place of Aurora for DOLE to kick-off its new batches of livelihood opportunities intended for villagers from the disadvantaged sector, adding that 63 beneficiaries, 20 ambulant vendors received their Nego Karts while the remaining 43 individuals will be receiving their starter KITS.


Angara lauded the DOLE for the assistance they rendered to his constituents saying that it serves as a great help to the people of Aurora who are in need. Many people will be assisted by the project so there is a need for the LGU to focus to their business to ensure their success and to continuously gain profit.


On the same day, Mayor Ariel Bitong also received the Nego Karts and the starter KITS of the DOLE. Bitong said that DOLE’s slogans says “More than Jobs” holds true because of their effort and commitment in the developmental program of the government. (Jason de Asis)



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