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PIA Press Release
2009/02/18

Basey farmers receive P468,000 livelihood assistance from DOLE

Tacloban City (February 18) -- In line with the directive of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for the national agencies to focus on more livelihood and job generating programs to cushion the impact of the current global economic crisis on the poor Filipinos, the Regional Office of the Department of Labor and Employment recently released P467,510 livelihood assistance to the Local Government of Basey in Samar for its identified beneficiary, the Barangay Sirum Farmers Association.

Director Forter Puguon personally awarded the check to Basey Mayor Wilfredo Estorninos in a simple program held at the Audio Visual Room of the Municipality, with the members of the Sangguniang Bayan headed by Vice Mayor Paul Charles Adona, the department heads, and the officers and members of the Sirum Farmers Association.

The livelihood fund was released through the LGU of Basey since it is the DOLE Accredited Co-Partner in the implementation of its programs and services in the area, Labor Information Officer Virgilio Doroja, Jr., said.

Director Puguon said that the amount is intended for the purchase of farm implement such as rice mill, turtle tiller and thresher, all with complete accessories. Part of the fund will be used for the conduct of seminar on social preparation and entrepreneurship development course for the beneficiaries, Director Puguon added.

The livelihood program of DOLE was strengthened by DOLE Secretary Marianito D. Roque pursuant to President Arroyo's focus on more livelihood program and services for the informal sector.

Director Puguon, in his inspirational talk, gave an overview of the DOLE's programs and services in the two main types of employment, the wage employment where workers work for employers, and self employment through livelihood.

He said these programs and services could be brought to the workers of Basey depending on the priorities of the municipal government.

He also expressed his fervent hope for the LGU Basey to become a model municipality in the province of Samar for DOLE's advocacy on DOLE-LGU closer partnership in the delivery of programs and services to the workers of the municipality.

Mayor Estorninos, for his part, thanked DOLE for the assistance which he said will be of great help to the farmers of Barangay Sirum and to his administration considering that livelihood program is one of his priority programs. (PIA 8) [top]

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