With the improved implementation of its livelihood and emergency employment programs, the government has provided the vulnerable sectors greater accessibility to its welfare programs.
From July 2016 to October 30, 2017, about 683,715 workers in the informal sector have been assisted by the labor department under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).
The DILEEP is among the government programs meant to augment incomes of families of workers in the informal sector of the economy.
The number of workers assisted represent the beneficiaries under the DILEEP’s two components – the Livelihood or KABUHAYAN, and the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers, or TUPAD.
Under the KABUHAYAN program, about 176,768 workers-beneficiaries were provided access to livelihood and entrepreneurship assistance.
The assistance includes provision of the Kabuhayan Starter KITS, Negosyo sa Kariton (Nego-Kart), and grants to cover the purchase of equipment, tools and jigs, and raw materials. Other forms of assistance are capacity building interventions.
Under the TUPAD program, some 506,947 workers benefited from the emergency employment that provides cash-for-work for displaced and other vulnerable workers.
TUPAD beneficiaries conducted de-clogging of street canals, cleaning, and clearing of road sidewalks, planting trees and basic repair of common public facilities.
The emergency workers received minimum wage, social insurance for accidental death/disability, medical reimbursement, and bereavement assistance for added protection.
The TUPAD beneficiaries also include 2,506 internally displaced persons who were provided with emergency employment for a period of 30-days in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Western Misamis Oriental, with a total project cost of P25.8 million.
Meanwhile, 430 internally displaced persons in Lanao del Norte are currently being provided with emergency employment with a total project cost of P4.4M.
Also, 5,000 informal economy workers from Central Luzon were given P40 million worth of livelihood assistance during DOLE’s 84th-anniversary celebration in early December.
Under the DILEEP’s revised guidelines which was issued early this year, the maximum per capita assistance to beneficiaries has been raised from P10,000 to P20,000. On top of that is the provision of sanitary tools and equipment for livelihood projects and the provision of micro-insurance to emergency employment beneficiaries.
Marginalized sector workers are encouraged to contact or to visit the nearest DOLE Regional Office in their area and avail of the labor department’s assistance.