Date Posted: July 16th, 2015 10:17 AM

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday commended the DOLE-National Capital Region after Regional Director Alex P. Avila reported to her that the DOLE regional office has delivered livelihood grants to 113 workers and dependents of victims of the fire disaster that razed Kentex Manufacturing Corporation in Valenzuela City.


“The livelihood awards consisted of jigs and tools that the recipients could use to help them recover from the tragedy,” Avila said in his report to Sec. Baldoz.


Baldoz said that aside from ensuring that the workers’ employer, Kentex, will pay their liabilities, the DOLE Regional Office in the National Capital Region also granted the wish of the workers and their families for livelihood assistance to enable them to move on in their lives.


“We hope that with the help of these livelihood grants, the worker-survivors and the families of those who died in the Kentex fire will recover economically and socially, especially those who lost their kin who could either be the family’s breadwinner or simply providing needed economic support,” Baldoz said after receiving Director Avila’s report.


Yesterday, Avila personally led DOLE-NCR officials composed of DOLE CAMANAVA Field Office Director Andrea Cabansag and her staff in handing out the livelihood grants at the Barangay Hall of Brgy. Ugong, Valenzuela City. Barangay Captain Eduardo Nazar and his officials, as well as Helen Abulencia of the Social Security System attended the awarding.


The grants were each worth P10,000 and are intended by the recipients for various home-based livelihoods, such as rice trading; carinderia; frozen food trading; patis and dishwashing making; sari-sari store; dress making; buy and sell; burger stand; street food vending; and welding.


Of the 113 livelihood beneficiaries, 35 were dependents of those who died from the fire. Regional Director Avila said a second batch of livelihood beneficiaries, who were also victims of the Kentex fire tragedy, will be awarded with similar livelihood projects.


“We are scheduling the next awarding,” he said to the media who covered the event.


Avila pledged to closely monitor the progress of the livelihood projects to ensure that these serve the purpose of helping alleviate the economic condition of the beneficiaries.


At the awarding, the livelihood beneficiaries profusely thanked the Department and DOLE-NCR for helping them move on after the tragedy.


Nagpapasalamat po kami sa DOLE dahil sa tulong na ito. Makakapagsimula muli kami nang paunti-unti,” said Kentex fire survivor Clu Lida Bautista, who was provided with five sacks of rice and equipment for her rice trading business.


Randy Quidem, on the other hand, promised that he will try his best to make his new dressmaking business a success.


Sisikapin ko po na maging successful itong bagong business na dressmaking. Napakalaking tulong po ito para magkaroon kami ng panibagong umpisa at dagdag na kita,” said Quidem. He was given a sewing machine and tools for his new trade.




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