Some 2,000 individuals have benefited from the livelihood and cash for work program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). DOLE Palawan Field Office head, Chief Labor and Employment Officer Bernardo B. Toriano said on Friday.
There are more than 1,000 beneficiaries of the emergency employment or cash for work program while 906 individuals have availed of the livelihood program.
Toriano said that some P 8.7 Million has been released by the DOLE to 906 individuals across the entire province of Palawan as part of their Integrated Livelihood & Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) for the calendar year 2017.
Their livelihood activities include baking and operating a bakeshop, virgin coconut oil processing, auto repair shop and general services, home-made meat processing, vulcanizing and car wash services, dress and clothing production, sorbetes manufacturing and selling, dress and rug making, broiler production, pig farming and pork processing, and shell craft making.
Toriano said the funding was released to these individuals based on the project proposals.
For their emergency employment program, Toriano said that roughly 1,000 individuals availed and were provided with employment thru Cash-for-Work, with a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of 30 days.
The program beneficiaries were hired and received a daily wage equivalent to the locality’s standard minimum wage.
Toriano said that they have already assisted some of the fire victims in Bagong Silang, Puerto Princesa City. Aside from calamity victims, some of the beneficiaries were farmers, fishermen, underemployed, and displaced workers.
Toriano said that for 2018, they will also apply the program in the island municipalities.