Ka­pam­pan­gans re­ceive over P20-M DOLE fi­nan­cial aid

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CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO – Some 4,741 marginal­ized Ka­pam­pan­gans from dif­fer­ent parts of Pam­panga prov­ince on Wed­nes­day re­ceived P20,239,612.56 fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the De­part­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment ( DOLE) .

The fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, ini­ti­ated by the DOLE and Provin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Pam­panga, was dis­trib­uted at the Pam­panga Capi­tol Grounds dur­ing the start of the 446th “Aldo Ning Ka­pam­pan­gan” festi vi ti es.

The event is also DOLE Cen­tral Lu­zon’s kick-off ac­tiv­ity com­mem­o­rat­ing the la­bor agency’s 84th Found­ing An­niver­sary an­chor­ing the theme “Traba­hong Maran­gal Para sa La­hat, Sabay Sabay Nat­ing Ian­gat.”

DOLERe­gional Di­rec­tor Atty. Ana Dione said that the liveli­hood aid was sourced from the DOLE In­te­grated Liveli­hood and Emer­gency Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram, oth­er­wise known as DI LEEP.

“We are hon­ored again to be an av­enue of liveli­hood and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to our Ka­balens at the wake of the prov­ince of Pam­panga’s 446th “Aldo Ning Ka­pam­pan­gan” festivities which also co­in­cides with the 84th found­ing an­niver­sary of the De­part­ment,” Dione said.

“We are hope­ful that our fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for var­i­ous liveli­hood projects as well as pro­grams for emer­gency or youth em­ploy­ment will bring a bet­ter fu­ture for our ben­e­fi­cia­ries and their de­pen­dents.”

Of the to­tal fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, around P4,785,000 ben­e­fited some 451 marginal­ized in­di­vid­u­als, ma­jor­ity of whom are from 23 var­i­ous worker groups/as­so­ci­a­tions from dif­fer­ent parts of the prov­ince.

The liveli­hood projects in­clude Bi­gasan at Tin­da­han sa Barangay, Sam­pa­guita Project, Sewing Ma­te­ri­als for BagMak­ing, Push Cart for Scav­eng­ing, In­ter­net and Com­puter Ser­vices Shop, Bak­ing and Pas­tries, and Metal Works.

Mean­while, checks amount­ing to P7,193,400 were dis­trib­uted for the salaries of 1,893 marginal­ized in­di­vid­u­als un­der the DOLE’s emer­gency em­ploy­ment pro­gram dubbed Tu­long Pang­hanap­buhay para sa At­ing Dis­ad­van­taged Work­ers or TUPAD.

Last but not least, checks amount­ing to P8,261,212.51 were dis­trib­uted to some 2,397 poor but de­serv­ing stu­dents un­der the Spe­cial Pro­gram for the Em­ploy­ment of Stu­dents or SPES.

Tech­ni­cal Sup­port and Ser­vice Di­vi­sion for Em­ploy­ment and Wel­fare head Ale­jan­dro Inza Cruz said that the SPES checks rep­re­sent gov­ern­ment’s 40 per­cent share for salaries of SPES ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

Dione, pitch­ing for La­bor Sec­re­tary Sil­vestre Bello III, joined Pam­panga Gov­er­nor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda, Vice Gov­er­nor Den­nis “Delta” Pineda, and Sec­ond Dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo in dis­tribut­ing the fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the provin­cial gov­er­nor and vice gov­er­nor were mem­bers of the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan of Pam­panga and other Lo­cal Chief Ex­ec­u­tives from var­i­ous cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Also present are Philip­pine Over­seas Em­ploy­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion Deputy Di­rec­tor Jo­ce­lyn Sanchez, Over­seas Work­ers Wel­fare Ad­min­is­tra­tion III Di­rec­tor Ma. Lour­des Reyes, and DOLE Pam­panga Field Of­fice head Ar­lene To­lentino.

The Provin­cial Pub­lic Em­ploy­ment Ser­vice Of­fice (PESO), un­der PESO Man­ager Lun­ingn­ing Ver­gara, along with other city and mu­nic­i­pal PE­SOs were in full force to pro­vide their as­sis­tance dur­ing the event.

Aside from the dis­tri­bu­tion of fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, a Me­moran­dum of Agree­ment on the prov­ince’s Anti-Il­le­gal Re­cruit­ment and Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons or AIR-TIP pro­gram was signed with con­cerned line agen­cies.

The Provin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Pam­panga also do­nated a ser­vice van for the Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines Dil­i­man Ex­ten­sion Pro­gram in Pam­panga or UPDEPP.

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