Baldoz turns over 30 computers, P1.6-M in livelihood grants to the youth, fishermen, and women workers in Cebu Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz recently turned over 30 computers and released P1.26 million in livelihood grants to identified youth entrepreneurs, fisherfolks, and women workers in Cebu under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program. The turnover coincided with Secretary’s visit to Cebu as guest speaker at the National Wages and Productivity Commission’s Area-Based Consultation on the Two-Tier Wage System aimed to intensify advocacy efforts and to discuss policy concerning the implementation of the wage reform being pushed by the DOLE. Members of the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Boards of Regions 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 attended the consultation organized by the NWPC. Baldoz, in turning over the 30 computers, lauded the Labor Tripartite Council in Education and the Industrial Tripartite Council-Business Process Management/Information and Communication Technology, as well as DASH Engineering Philippines, Inc., the ITC-BPM-ICT member that donated the computers, for their computer donation project. “Your project is the highest exercise of corporate social responsibility and will go a long way in keeping child laborers in school,” she said. The 30 computers will go to Northern Cebu Colleges in Bogo City and will specifically benefit the out-of-school youth of Barangay Calang, one of the target barangays of the DOLE Regional Office under its Child Labor Free Barangay Project. Accompanied by DOLE Regional Office No. 7 Director Chona Mantilla, Baldoz also released P1,263,265.60 in livelihood grants to four workers associations for their various livelihood projects under the DILP. One of the recipients, the Cebu City chapter of the Pro-Life Youth Philippines, received P400,000 for its event coverage and promotion business. Jhonar C. Montayre, President of Pro-Life Youth-Cebu, thanked Secretary Baldoz for the grant assistance, saying the amount will provide her members a source of income and opportunities for personal advancement. The other livelihood grantees were the NKC Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative, which received P400,000 for its small lending business; Pakna-on Multi-Purpose Cooperative, P300,000 for its fishing livelihood; and the Carmen Drivers and Conductors’ Association, which received P163,265.60 for its motor spare parts enterprise. “You have to make good in your livelihood because the grant assistance you received came from taxpayers’ money and is only entrusted to us. You were lucky to be the recipient of the government’s assistance,” said Baldoz. During the turnover ceremony, Baldoz also met with the members of the Sama Badjao Tribal Community Association who thanked the DOLE for its DILP grant of P272,487 which the group used to purchase fishing gears for its members. END EYFerrer (32)416-6167; 266-9722

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