The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has increased the amount of assistance in its kabuhayan package under the Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).
In a department order, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III raised the livelihood assistance package from P10,000 to P20,000 for individual projects to help vulnerable and marginalized workers, and contribute to poverty alleviation.
“DILEEP is a program that provides alternative employment to the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers. We increased the amount of assistance fund for individual beneficiaries to fully support their livelihood undertakings and help them grow it into viable and sustainable businesses,” Bello said in issuing D.O. 173 recently.
Based on the revised guidelines, individual beneficiaries can now avail Starter Kit or Negosyo sa Kariton (Nego-Kart), up to a maximum financial assistance of P20,000 depending on the project requirement under the Livelihood or KABUHAYAN Program.
The priority beneficiaries of the said livelihood program are the self-employed workers with insufficient income, marginalized and landless farmers, unpaid family workers, parents of child laborers, low-wage and seasonal workers, and displaced workers.
The livelihood program can also be availed by the organizations based on their categorization into micro, small or medium livelihood.
The group livelihood projects can avail a maximum financial assistance of up to P1 million for Medium Livelihood with more than 50 members; P500,000 for Small Livelihood with 26-50 members; and P250,000 for 15-25 members, depending on the project requirements.
DOLE together with its Accredited Co-Partners (ACPs) will also now provide basic sanitary tools and accessories such as gloves, mask, hairnet, apron and others for food related livelihood undertakings of the beneficiaries.
On the other hand, the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the worker-beneficiaries of the Emergency Employment or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program will no longer be required, provided that the work do not fall under hazardous work as defined under Rule 1013 of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards.
END/ Abegail De Vega