To kick off a week-long flurry of activities in celebration of the Department of Labor and Employment’s 82nd Foundation Anniversary, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the DOLE will mount a livelihood fair from 1 to 4 December 2015 at the DOLE Central Office, specifically along Gen. Luna and Muralla Streets in Intramuros, Manila.

Expressing excitement over this important milestone, Secretary Baldoz said the livelihood fair is one of many activities lined-up to commemorate the DOLE’s 82nd Foundation Anniversary.

“The DOLE celebrates its 82nd Foundation Anniversary on the theme, “82 Taong Mahusay na Serbisyo sa Manggagawang Pilipino”, and this livelihood fair is an activity to make available to DOLE employees and the public goods that DOLE-assisted micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have produced. We urge everyone who has time to attend the livelihood fair and buy the products on sale,” she said.

The Livelihood Fair is spearheaded by the DOLE’s Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, in cooperation with the National Wages and Productivity Commission, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, National Reintegration Center for OFWs, DOLE-National Capital Regional Office, and DOLE Regional Office No. 4-A.

DOLE National Capital Region Director Alex Avila said 30 MSME-exhibitors, most of which are DOLE-assisted livelihood enterprises, will display their products for sale.

The NWPC has also invited partners to sell affordable basic home commodities under its Diskwento Caravan Sales program. The DOLE Organic Employees Association has also identified members engaged in small business who will participate in the Livelihood Fair.

BWSC Director Ahmma Charisma Satumba bared that 10 of the fair participants are MSMEs sponsored by the DOLE-NCR; five sponsored by the OWWA; five sponsored by the NWPC; four sponsored by DOLE Regional Office No. 4-A; two, by the NRCO; and four, by the OEA.

Baldoz said Livelihood Fair visitors would be able to buy ready-to-wear (RTW) apparel; fashion accessories; jewelry; bags; footwear; Christmas decors; handicraft and leather craft; and food items.

Some of the DOLE-assisted MSMEs that have confirmed participation are the Samahan ng mga Gumagawa ng Tsinelas (footwear); Rex Ladies Association (bags and coin purses made of recycled sachet packs); Mga May Kapansanan Kaagapay sa Pag-unlad (chili sauce); Elvira Sambajon (yema); Alma Daang Quebec (peanut butter and pastillas); and MAGISSI (ladies’ accessories).

The NWPC’s Diskwento Sales Partners are Maroth (dried fish); Tongos Food Products (bottled food); Dalisay Sweets (food items); and Goldwin Manufacturing Company (recycled bags).

Secretary Baldoz said the Livelihood Fair will open at 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday after a brief opening ceremony where Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III, cluster head for social protection, will deliver a message.



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