DOLE turns over P732-K in grants assistance to workers’ livelihood rehabilitation in Bohol

Date Posted: April 28th, 2014 02:10 AM

Tagbilaran City--Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz joined here Bohol Gov. Chatto and DOLE Regional Office No. 7 Regional Director Chona Mantilla in encouraging worker-survivors of the Bohol earthquake to hold fast to their dreams for a better future, saying the government is committed in lending them a helping hand to rebuild their lives.

"The DOLE’s commitment to support you and the province of Bohol in its rebuilding effort continues," said Baldoz, as she and Gov. Chatto awarded five checks worth P732,152.40 to five workers' organizations for their livelihood businesses.

The financial grants--released under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program, or DILP--represented the latest DOLE assistance to worker-survivors of the earthquake. A total of 286 workers will benefit from the livelihood grants.

First of the recipients was the Gotozon Balsa Performers' Association of Loboc, Bohol, whose 92 members are engaged in tourist entertainment. It received P269,402 for the rehabilitation of its floating raft destroyed by the Bohol earthquake.

Secretary Baldoz and Gov. Chatto also handed out a check of P118,400 to the Anda Senior Citizens Association of Poblacion, Anda, Bohol, for its 76 members' goat-raising business; and a check of P106,500 to the Lundag Farmers Association, also in Anda, Bohol, for its dairy goat-raising business.

The association has 37 members, 33 of whom are men and four women. The Anda OFW Returnees and Beneficiaries Association received P100,000 for its malunggay kropek business. A total of 41 individuals will benefit from the grant. FInally, the Baucan Norte Farmers Association, in Balilihan, Bohol, received P137,850 for its dairy goat-raising enterprise.

The association has 39 members, 25 of whom are men and 14 are women. After the Bohol earthquake last year, the labor and employment chief released P1.098 million for the restoration of the livelihood enterprises of eight workers' associations with a total membership of 360 worker-beneficiaries.

The awarding of the latest financial grants coincided with the opening of the two-day 2nd Visayas Occupational Safety and Health Summit where Baldoz delivered the keynote speech. The theme of the 2nd Visayas OSH Summit is “Enhancing Industry Competencies through Occupational Safety and Health”.

In her speech, she hailed the participation of OSH practitioners and advocates representing industries and the DOLE's tripartite partners, urging them to continue working with the government by sharing best practices and valuable inputs towards the application and sustained practice of occupational safety and health among companies and industries Visayas-wide.

Baldoz thanked local government officials of the province led by Governor Chatto and Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geenell L. Yap II for their support to DOLE programs and projects.

She explained that she had directed the DOLE regional office to closely monitor the business activities of the grantees and to provide them other necessary technical assistance and field support to ensure the realization of their businesses' productive potential.

Any queries about this release? Please call the DOLE Regional Office No. 7 and ask for Emmanuel Ferrer at (032) 266-9722 or (032) 236-6795, or DOLE Hotline 527-8000.

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