P1.8M aid to Cebu farmers, fisher folks

Date Posted: June 5th, 2017 11:32 AM

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) granted a P1.8 million worth of livelihood assistance to eight farmer-fisher folk associations in Cebu for the sustainability of their All Season Fishing project, which will augment the income of at least 436 fishermen and their families.

 

“More workers in the informal sector in Central Visayas including our fishers and farmers availed of the benefits of DOLE’s livelihood program. This livelihood assistance will enhance and sustain their livelihood,” DOLE Regional Director Elias A. Cayanong said.

 

The Mancilang Fisherfolks Association received P587,800 worth of livelihood aid while both Barangay Poblacion Small Fishermens Association and Kodia Fisherfolks Association received P215,000 livelihood grant.

 

Among other fisher folk associations which were provided with livelihood assistance include Bunakan Fisherfolks Association with P175,000, the Bunukan Small Squidding Association with P179,000 and the Kapunungan sa Gagmayng Mananagat ug Mag-uuma sa Sitio Caltex with P125,000.

 

Two associations of farmers and fisherfolks were also granted livelihood aid worth P175,000 and P135,000 to Tabagak Fishing and Farmers Association and Tarong Fishermen and Farmers Association, respectively.

 

Cayanong also encouraged enterprising groups and individuals to avail the Livelihood and Kabuhayan Program under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) to transform their livelihood projects to sustainable businesses.

 

“We are encouraging everyone to take the opportunity of availing themselves of the DOLE’s livelihood or kabuhayan program. All they have to do is present to us feasible and viable project proposals,” said Cayanong.

 

He clarified though that beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and the government employees, including those at the local government units, are not qualified to avail of the program.

 

“For group projects, the amount to be released as livelihood assistance would depend on the category of the undertaking. An organization of 15-25 members or a micro-livelihood project, can avail of a maximum financial assistance of P250,000. Small livelihood or an organization of 26-50 members can avail of a maximum of P500,000 financial assistance,” explained Cayanong.

 

An organization composed of more than 50 members, he added, can avail of a maximum financial assistance of P1,000,000, saying further that livelihood grants would likewise depend on the project requirements.

 

For individual projects, beneficiaries can avail of the Starter Kit or Negosyo sa Kariton (Nego-Kart), up to a maximum financial assistance of P20,000.

 

DILEEP is one of the labor department’s flagship programs that engages marginalized individuals and groups into entrepreneurship and enables them to transform their livelihood projects to sustainable businesses.

 

END/ Abegail De Vega with report from LSenarlo-Taniza

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