Masbate workers get P43.2 M DOLE aid

Informal sector workers in the province of Masbate, some of them recovering from the recent typhoon Jolina, received P43.2 million worth of livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Saturday, Sept. 11.


Some 3,600 displaced or disadvantaged Masbateño workers, including returning OFWs and youth interns, received from the labor department pangkabuhayan programs, such as the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) worth P3.3 million, and Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) amounting to around P34.8 million.


Led by Labor Secretary Silvestre ‘Bebot’ Bello III, the DOLE team also awarded P4.7 million stipend for the beneficiaries of the Government Internship Program (GIP) and nearly P240,000 DOLE – AKAP assistance and social benefits for OFW families.


Bello also awarded the DOLE Safety Seals to Masbate-based Filminera Resources Corporation and Philippine Gold Processing and Refining Corporation for complying with the health and safety standards of Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF – EID).


“Ang utos ng ating Pangulo, ang kuwarta sa tao. Inyo ‘yung pera. Hindi niyo utang sa akin yan, hindi niyo ‘iyan utang sa DOLE. Iyan ay pera ninyo, dapat lang na mapunta sa inyo,” Bello told the beneficiaries as he also reminded them to take care of their livelihood programs.


Among the DOLE grantees are selected vaccinated essential workers who received bicycle units with complete accessories and mobile phones under the DILP’s Bike-Cination Project.


Welcomed by Masbate local chief executives and DOLE Region V headed by Director Ma. Zenaida Angara-Campita, Bello was also joined by Undersecretary Benjo Santos Benavidez, OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, DOLE NCR Director Sarah Buena Mirasol, and BWSC Director Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla.