P711-K chili production is DOLE’s first livelihood for Davao Oriental rebel returnees under DOLE-DOST convergence program

Date Posted: June 16th, 2014 03:02 AM

One of the first livelihood projects funded by the DOLE under the DOLE-DOST Convergence on Technology-Driven, Resource-Based, and Sustainable Livelihood is a chili production and processing project that the Philippine Army will implement in 10 barangays in two towns, Baganga and Cateel, Davao Oriental.

“The cost of the project is P711,000 and the DOLE Regional Office No. 11 has evaluated and found viable the chili production and processing enterprise to be viable and sustainable. The livelihood banks on chili as a main material resource and a potential income provider for the people in the area,” said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.

The chili production and processing livelihood is expected to benefit 77 farmer-rebel returnees in Barangays Batawan, Mahan-ub, Ban-ao, Binondo, and Salingmacot, in Baganga, and 197 indigenous farmers and women in Barangays Maglahus, Mainit, San Miguel, Abejod, and Aliwagwag, in Cateel, all in Davao Oriental.

“My hopes are great that this livelihood project, properly nurture, will be a boon to peace in these areas,” said Baldoz, who directed Regional Director Joffrey Suyao to closely monitor the progress of the livelihood.

Baldoz, who was in Davao City as guest of honor at the 6th Social Partnership Activity of the DOLE Regional Office, awarded the check of P711,000 to Maj. General Ariel Bernardo, Commander of the 67th Infantry (Agila) Batallion of the 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army shortly after she had signed as witness to the DOLE-DOST memorandum of agreement on convergence.

The amount is part of the P1,655,300 in grants that the DOLE awarded to four livelihood projects during the event for the benefit of 320 individuals.

The other two were the water refilling station project of the 32-member Limbaan New Corella Water System Cooperative in Barangay Limbaan, New Corella, Davao del Norte, which received P476,000; and the Water Disinfection Process and Tubig-Talino Project of the 100-member Andili Nuevo Visayas Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Brgy. Andili, Mawab, Compostella Valley.

Regional Director Joffrey Suyao, DOST Regional Director Anthony Sales, and DTI Regional Director Ma. Belinda signed the convergence DOLE-DOST agreement. Rep. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, Representative of the 1st District of Davao City and Chairman of the House’s Committee on Labor and Employment, joined Baldoz in awarding livelihood grants.

Secretary Baldoz and DOST Secretary Mario Montejo signed in January this year the DOLE-DOST Convergence on Technology-Driven, Resource-Based, and Sustainable Livelihood aimed in addressing the need for sustainable livelihood and employment opportunities through technology-based and innovation-led entrepreneurship in the country. Under the agreement, the DOLE, DOST, and other partners work together in a convergence program designed to assist local workers, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), and victims of natural calamities in their livelihood undertakings.

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