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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) has awarded P2.7 million worth of livelihood packages to 153 indigent beneficiaries in the town of M’lang in North Cotabato.
Ernesto Coloso, DoLE-North Cotabato supervising labor and employment officer, led the distribution of the DoLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) Kabuhayan starter kits to the beneficiaries from Barangay Poblacion on Tuesday, July 26.
M’lang Mayor Russel Abonado, who was with Vice Mayor Joselito Piñol during the turnover ceremony, said the local government will provide a counterpart funding for “those whose livelihood starter kits will grow and improve.”
The livelihood kits offered by the agency include carpentry, vulcanizing, welding, food vending (banana cue), empanada-making, halo-halo, kakanin (pastel), karinderya (eatery), bakery, cosmetology services, fried chicken, litsonero, and computer printing.
Abonado said M’lang DoLE beneficiaries will be prioritized to set up livelihood booths at the town municipal grounds during the town’s Kinawayanan Festival, which coincides with its foundation anniversary, next month.
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The DILP seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce the vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers through the promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprise.