Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz expressed full support to the nationwide observance on overcoming extreme poverty, a weeklong activity spearheaded by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) on 17 to 23 October 2015, citing the Department’s contribution to poverty alleviation specifically through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).
Anchored on the theme, “Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination”, the celebration aims to highlight the adoption this year of the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations’ General Assembly.
“The DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program or DILEEP is a program that particularly targets the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers by providing them assistance either in the form of working capital or emergency employment,” Secretary Baldoz said, citing the Department’s contribution to the government’s fight against poverty.
“Through the DILEEP, the DOLE continues to provide decent employment and livelihood to vulnerable workers to help them and their communities become self-reliant so that in effect, they become the government’s partners in eradicating poverty,” Baldoz continued.
For the first semester of 2015, the DILEEP has provided 43,487 beneficiaries with livelihood assistance amounting to a total of P302 million.
The Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), in coordination with DOLE Regional Offices, continues to provide assistance to vulnerable workers through the DILEEP.
In September, 249 DILEEP beneficiaries from Zamboanga del Norte received a total amount of P1,617,841.75 for their various livelihood activities.
It includes the Mahayahay Association, the Barangay Sulangon Youth Food Processing and Production Association, the Al Hadaya Farmers and Fisherfolks Association, the Balubuan Farmers and Fishing Association, the Dansullan Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, as well as 24 marginalized farmers in Labason and 28 marginalized workers in barangay Baybay.
In the City of Dapitan, the Mahayahay Association, composed of 30 members, received an amount of P209,480 for their Seine “Pameret” fishing expansion and enhancement project.
The Barangay Youth Food Processing and Production Association, located in Barangay Sulangon, Dapitan City, received an amount of P175,981.75 for the life skills training, self-employment and livelihood for their 26 out of school youth members.
Meanwhile, two fishing enterprises in Zamboanga del Norte, namely Al Hadaya Farmers and Fisherfolks Association and Balubuan Farmers and Fishing Association, received DILEEP assistance for the provision of fishing boats with complete fishing accessories.
The Al Hadaya Farmers and Fisherfolks Association, received an amount of P453,900 for their 39 members; while the Balubuan Farmers and Fishing Association, received an amount of P223,400 for their 34 members.
The Dansullan Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, composed of 68 members and located in Barangay Dansullan in Polanco, received an amount of P225,900 for the establishment of their bakery.
Lastly, 24 marginalized farmers in Labason received starter kits amounting to P163,200; while 28 marginalized workers in barangay Baybay in Liloy, received an amount of P165,980 also for their starter kits.
Meanwhile, Mayor Bentham P. Dela Cruz of Amlan, Negros Oriental thanked the DOLE in advance for the anticipated turn-over of 150 fishing boats to his municipality tentatively scheduled on the first week of November.
“The livelihood program reforms the Department implement does not end in the grant of financial awards to beneficiaries, but continues—through monitoring and evaluation, as well as through technical assistance—to ensure that grantees sustain their livelihood, generate employment, and lead to transformed lives,” Baldoz finally said.
To highlight the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, a national ceremony will be held in Rizal Park, Manila on 21 October to be attended by various basic sectoral representatives and NAPC member/partner agencies, the DOLE included.