With DOLE’s assistance of P10-K each, 47 former OFWs, mostly women, start their livelihood in Region 9

Date Posted: April 28th, 2014 02:13 AM

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz awarded P10,000 each un livelihood assistance, or a total of P470,000, to 47 former OFWs from Zamboanga City and the four other provinces of Region 9, most of whom are women, to either jumpstart or expand their small livelihood businesses.

The livelihood assistance is the DOLE’s National Reintegration Center for OFWs’ intervention to distressed OFWs who have come back for good in the country.

“The 47 women-beneficiaries are former OFWs who have given up their adventure in foreign lands and have decided to stay for good in the country to be with their families,” said Baldoz, who was in Zamboanga City as guest of the DOLE Regional Office in its launching of various DOLE programs and services in the region.

Of the 47, 31 beneficiaries are from Zamboanga City; four are from Isabela City, Basilan; two beneficiaries are from Zamboanga Sibugay Province; five are form Zamboanga Del Sur; and five beneficiaries came from Zamboanga Del Norte.

Baldoz, who personally awarded the checks to the recipients with the assistance of DOLE Regional Office No. 9 Director Sisinio Cano, said the livelihood grant is part of the DOLE’s twin strategies of to enhance access to emergency employment and livelihood and protection of migrant workers which seek to strengthen social protection for vulnerable workers, a key planned outcome of the Department.

“Through convergence, the DOLE facilitates and provides access to emergency employment and livelihood opportunities to shield vulnerable workers and their families from risks due to natural and man-made disasters and enable them to rebuild their lives with better access to social protection and sustainable income sources,” Baldoz said.

“Also, the protection of OFWs is a major mandate of the DOLE. It protects and promotes the rights and welfare of OFWs and their families through the provision of social, economic, and legal programs and services in pursuit of President Aquino III’s economic vision of “a government that creates jobs at home, so that working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity; and when its citizens do choose to become OFWs, their welfare and protection will still be government’s priority,” she added.

Of the 47, fourteen, namely, Merilyn M. Abdurahman, Mary Ann B. Bantillo, Munira S. Dumpasan, Anisa R. Iraji, Salma J. Kahalan, Karsum M. Mashud, Cherrilyn A. Oaking, Elvira R. Tangod, Mariluo C. Tejeros, Amelita B. Tindugan, Charelyn S. Vergara, Juliet A. Briones, Jeanne B. Ybanez, and Evelyn T. Zamora are enaged in carenderia operation.

Three of them, namely, Suzette B. Angel, Maria Luisa A. Medina, Jean E. Quijano make peanut butter; while May C. Querijero, makes a local sweet delicacy, yema. Lourdes D. Dolar is into bed-sheet making, while Dexter P. Pasilan is into tuna chorizo preparation.

Eight of them, namely, Maricel M. Dahunan, Alrajid S. Alama, Analie O. Alavarez, Riza T. Araddi, Rina B. Asi, Ana S. Datuan, Juliet C. Gemina and Maricel B. Gallon are into barter and buy and sell businesses. Four of the group, namely, Nur-in L. Jumah, Catalina D. Mananquil, Ederlyn V. Mariano and Mary Grace A. Mijan, are street vendors selling fruits, fish, and vegetables. Bryan Cesar R. Kalaw, operates an automotive shop min Zamboanga City, and Joy Marie M. Luzana sells rice, also in the city. Wilda K. Nonnong is engaged in lokot-lokot making; Marites T. Palmero operates Satti House; Bethilda B. Ramos owns a dress shop; and Shenalyn S. Taji makes doormat.

Seven of them, namely, Mercedita I. Paredes, Marietta S. Solamillo, Dorothy B. Gemina, Ailyn Y. Aberin, Fe A. Mangogtong, and Geltrude D. Bason are into small piggery operation. Jonathan R. Magsayo, has a small home bakery; Irene A. Escorpizo owns a cake shop; and Rochelle V. Lood, computer shop.

Baldoz, who is all praises to the women OFWs who have settled home, said they have the correct and wise decision, even as she encouraged them to nurture their home0based business to increase their income.


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