56 parents in T’boli, South Cotabato engage in livelihood with P560-K in DOLE livelihood grants

Date Posted: January 21st, 2014 07:35 AM

Parents of child laborers in Kematu, T’boli, South Cotabato are now engaged in income-generating home businesses after the DOLE regional office had awarded them livelihood starter kits worth P10,000 each.

“We have identified 56 parents in Kematu, T’boli whose children are working as magbabanlas in a nearby mining site. We have determined that one of the best ways to relieve these children of the burden of earning a living to contribute to their family’s income is to empower the parents themselves to ear. We have given them the livelihood they know best,” said DOLE Regional Office No. 12 Director Ofelia Domingo.

She said that four of the parents received livelihood starter kits for their beads-making home business; two received beauty parlor set consisting of manicure, pedicure, and foot spa kits; nine received starter kits in dress making; and 41 parents received starter kits for their respective food businesses.

Commending the DOLE regional office, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said the earning potential of these home businesses should already make the parents realize that their children should remain in school and shun child labor.

“Child labor is a menace. It stunts the emotional and professional growth of our children. We should work together to eliminate it,” she said.

Director Domingo further reported that the regional office has also released livelihood starter kits worth P623,000 to 123 informal sector workers in Banga, South Cotabato similar to the kits for the parents of the child laborers.

The livelihood grants are all under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program, under which the DOLE Regional Office No. 8 had already processed a total of 33 livelihood projects worth at least P15.101 million as of 31 October 2013 benefiting 4,157 beneficiaries.

“The informal sector in the region has received the largest share of our DILP grants this year, getting 80 percent. We have 29 livelihood projects, we hope to complete before the year ends,” said Domingo.


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