DOLE NVFO OIC Engr. Joseph B. Sales disclosed that part of the results of a convergence survey program for the vulnerable sectors conducted by the DOLE in 2015 was the identification of the presence of child laborers in some municipalities in the province.
Under RA 9231 otherwise known as, the “Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act” amending RA 7610, the DOLE’s intervention being planned is the provision of DOLE Kabuhayan Starter KITS Project to the parents/guardians of said vulnerable workers. Its implementation is thru the DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).
There were 60 needy families in the municipality of Diadi who were identified to be the beneficiaries of the said program who proposed to engage in Sari-sari Store Livelihood Project.
Initially, these identified beneficiaries attended the orientation seminar and later have undergone a skills training on Food Preparation and series of training sessions on Social Preparation, Values Formation including the basic training on Entrepreneurship Development with Simple Bookkeeping.
On February 14, 2018, during the town’s “Gamutan, Sayawan at Kantahan Sa Araw ng mga Puso” program which was simultaneously celebrated with the birthday party of Mayor Norma U. Miguel, the formal awarding of the livelihood fund to the LGU as the accredited co-partner (ACP) and to the program beneficiaries was held.
Municipal and barangay government officials, special guests and visitors and the constituents of said municipality were able to witness the awarding of the fund intended for the project totaling to P600,000.00. Included in the released fund is the ACP’s counterpart amounting to P137,100.00 where the expenses for the trainings and project space rental was charged.
The DOLE’s Kabuhayan Starter KITS program is a livelihood formation strategy that provides each beneficiary an opportunity to start quickly a small easy-to-earn business undertaking of retailing of prime commodities by providing them with a starting capital.
by Gerardo M. Nicolas
***Article from DOLE Regional Office No. 2