News Release
Department of Labor and Employment
October 29, 2020

Carpenters learn ‘how to fish’

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

This was the essence of the assistance given by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to wood carvers of La Union Province through a project under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).

Under the program, beneficiaries are given tools, equipment and training for livelihood by the government instead of cash grants, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.

In the case of Cares Indigenous People Association (CIPA), an association of wood carvers in Baranggay Cares, Pugo, La Union, they received from DILEEP special gadgets and apparatus worth almost P1 million so they can pursue furniture-making business amid the lingering global health crisis.

“The tools and equipment worth P999,940.00 given to CIPA are necessary in furniture-making, an industry where majority of the people in Pugo are engaged in,” Bello explained. “Infact, Pugo is so busy making furnitures that it landed in the One Town-One Product (OTOP) program of the government,” he added.

DOLE-Regional Office I Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra led the awarding of the production assets to CIPA. Pugo Mayor Priscila Martin joined the occasion to show her support to the livelihood project.

Lacambra said the project is actually a partnership between DOLE and the local government of Pugo under DILEEP where the municipality donated P250,000 for the construction of a factory, training costs and microinsurance of the beneficiaries.

On the other hand, the CIPA contributed P250,000 for the lot, overhead costs and their corresponding share to the microinsurance, he added.

Lacambra said the project aims to enable carpenters in Pugo to gain access to equipment and tools for woodcarving and furniture making through the rental business of the association.

“The project will benefit both members and non-members in terms of employment generation, income augmentation, lower equipment rental costs and capacity for development,” he said. END/ Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Fredderick Gaerlan, DOLE-LUFO


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