As she announces DOLE’s P1.574-B livelihood budget for 2014
Baldoz’s challenge to the public: Help us monitor our livelihood programs

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday urged stakeholders and DOLE partners, including beneficiaries, to monitor progress of livelihood projects funded under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) to ensure that not a single centavo of taxpayers’ money is wasted; that beneficiaries themselves are improving their lives from the livelihood assistance; and that their livelihood projects are contributing to the growth of the communities and the local economies.

Baldoz issued the challenge as she announced the DOLE 2014 budget for the livelihood assistance program amounting to P1.574 billion, divided into two components: (1) P690.022 million for the DILP funded under the DOLE’s regular budget in the General Appropriations Act, which are directly released to the DOLE regional offices; and P883.98 million under the supplemental budget for Typhoon Yolanda, which the Department of Budget and Management has yet to release.

Baldoz said the DOLE is targeting 190,000 informal sector workers, including women, unemployed youth, and disadvantaged workers to benefit from its regular livelihood assistance, while another 102,011 beneficiaries are expected to be benefited by the Typhoon Yolanda special budget.

“We have started to release our regular livelihood assistance, but last week, I have ordered for faster releases. Today, I enjoin the public, particularly DOLE stakeholders and partners, to help us monitor the progress of the livelihood projects funded from the DILP budget so that our workers will already know what to expect and how to prepare to access them,” she said, adding:

“Continuous and active monitoring of our livelihood assistance is in line with President Benigno S. Aquino III’s agenda of transparency, accountability, and integrity in all government transactions.”

On the other hand, the DOLE has also a share of the Bottoms-up-Budget (BUB), which has a livelihood component, intended for poorest of the poor in 1,200 identified municipalities. For 2014, the DOLE’s BUB budget is pegged at P326.843 million. The DOLE will also provide short-term employment to 200,000 students and out-of-school youth nationwide under its Special Program for the Employment of Students, or SPES, which has a budget of P500 million. Last year, 167,569 students and out-of-school youth benefited from the SPES.

Regionally, the regular DILP budget is distributed as follows:

National Capital Region: P58.782 million, consisting of regular DILP, with a budget of P53.747 million and BUB budget of P5.053 million; Region I:  P36.004 million, consisting of regular DILP budget of P29.583 million, and BUB budget of P6.421 million;  Cordillera Administrative Region P43.946 million, consisting of regular DILP budget of P43.226 million, and BUB budget of P720,000; Region II:  P49.106 million, consisting of regular DILP, with a budget of P32.477 million and BUB budget of P16.629 million;

Region III: P43.366 million, consisting of regular DILP budget of P36.093 million and BUB budget of P7.273 million;  Region IV-A:  P67.710 million, consisting of regular DILP budget of P39.579 million and BUB budget of P28.131 million; Region IV-B:  P32.297 million, consisting of regular DILP budget of P27.624 million and BUB budget of P4.673 million;  Region V:  P98.397 million, consisting of regular DILP budget of P53.480 million and BUB budget of P44.917 million;

Region VI:  P62.243 million, consisting of regular DILP budget of P50.327 million and BUB budget of P11.916 million;  Region VII:  P79.863 million, consisting of regular DILP budget of P54.420 million and BUB budget of P25.443 million;  Region VIII:  P75.874 million, consisting of regular DILP budget of P42.858 million and BUB budget of P33.016 million;  Region IX:  P50.817 million, consisting of regular DILP budget of P35.057 million and BUB budget of P15.760 million;

Region X:  P123.290 million, consisting of regular DILP budget of P55.258 million and BUB budget of P68.032 million;  Region XI:  P51.384 million, consisting of regular DILP budget of P27.586 million and BUB budget of P23.798 million;  Region XII:  P60.437 million, consisting of regular DILP budget of P46.434 million and BUB budget of P14.003 million; and Caraga:  P43.081 million, consisting of regular DILP budget of P25.005 million and BUB budget of P18.076 million.

The ARMM has a BUB livelihood budget of P3.268 million, while the DOLE Central Office has been allocated a regular DILP budget of P37.268 million.

“With available seed money given by Congress, I, therefore, direct all DOLE regional directors, together with program and field implementers, to work as a team and in convergence with other government agencies and partners to help our people achieve inclusive livelihood for the informal sector, women, unemployed youth, and disadvantaged workers of the country,” Baldoz said.

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