The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has granted an additional P200,000 worth of livelihood assistance to a workers’ union in Bataan after they successfully transformed a rice-trading project provided by the labor department into a viable and sustainable business.
The Mitsumi Philippines Workers Union (MPWU) received the additional livelihood grant from DOLE III Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione through DOLE’s Sustainable Livelihood Framework (SLF) Program.
“The SLF is DOLE’s strategic approach towards effective implementation of its livelihood programs to contribute to the attainment of national goal of inclusive growth,” Dione said.
Dione reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that the additional livelihood assistance is intended for the enhancement of the union’s livelihood project and expand their frozen food products retailing business.
The livelihood assistance sourced under the funding of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) will soon benefit 1,072 workers/union members of MPWU.
On their part, MPWU Union President Edna Robles, on behalf of her co-union members, thanked DOLE for its timely assistance.
“Sa ikatlong pagkakataon, nais po naming ipaabot sa DOLE ang aming taus-pusong pasasalamat sa ipinagkaloob ninyo panibagong livelihood project. Tamang tama po ang panibagong livelihood assistance na ito dahil nais naming palawakin ang aming negosyo sa samahan,” Robles said.
In 2010 and 2014, the MPWU received livelihood grant of P500,000 and P200,000 respectively under the DOLE’s Workers Income Augmentation Program (WIN-AP) for its rice-trading business, which now serves as the source of income for its members and employees.
END/Abegail De Vega with reports from J. Borja/A. Sumang