DOLE helps restore livelihood of Ibajaynons destroyed by "Frank"
by Venus G. Villanueva
Ibajay, Aklan (26 November) -- More than a hundred barangay folks whose sources of livelihood were destroyed by Typhoon Frank will have their much-needed assistance from the government with the recent turnover of a check amounting to 234,000.00 from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
The check was received by Ibajay Mayor Maria Lourdes Miraflores during a ceremonial turnover ceremony in the municipality as one of the highlights of the information caravan conducted by DOLE in celebration of the government agency's 75th year of existence.
The information caravan was joined by DOLE's other partner agencies like the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philhealth, Social Security System (SSS), Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWPB), Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
DOLE-Aklan Provincial Head Joselito dela Banda said the check will be used by the group of Ibajay in the restoration of their livelihood projects which were destroyed by Typhoon Frank.
The assistance given to Ibajay folks is part of DOLE's pro-poor program service.
The program enables self-employed workers in the informal economy who lost their livelihood resources due to natural calamities and disasters restore their lost livelihood undertakings.
Fish preservation, coco coir making, food processing, and sari-sari store operations are among the livelihood activities of Ibajaynons which will be restored through the financial assistance of DOLE.
At the information caravan in Ibajay, partner agencies took turns in presenting their programs and services to the audience, composed of barangay officials, entrepreneurs, farmers and fisherfolks and municipal employees.
Philhealth, represented by Jose Frederich Diaz also turned over to Mayor Miraflores 723 Philhealth cards for her constituents during the information caravan. The Philhealth cards were issued under the indigency program through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) recently forged between Philhealth and the Ibajay mayor.
Diaz said more Philhealth cards would be released for Ibajay in 2009 through the MOA, and under the universal coverage program assisted by Congressman Florencio T. Miraflores and Governor Carlito S. Marquez.
The information caravan in Ibajay was the second one conducted in the province. The first was conducted in New Washington on Nov. 25. In New Washington, two OFW organizations also received assistance from DOLE. The fund extended will be used by the organizations for their livelihood activities too. (PIA) [top]