SOME 200 individuals from 20 different organizations were chosen by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Davao Region to be assisted under the Sustainable Livelihood Framework (SLF) during the 1st Informal Sector Summit held at Sunny Point Hotel and Apartelle at Maa, Davao City, on Friday, July 28.
Different government agencies of the region including Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, and Dole took part in the convergence with the aim of improving and supporting the SLF.
“Our projects in support of our informal sectors are livelihood. We have Dole integrated livelihood and employment program. We extend this program to our informal sectors, women, youth, people with disabilities, marginalized farmers, and Lumad. We also want to help our Moro brothers especially here in Mindanao. It is really necessary that all sectors be organized to build their own cooperatives and organizations which they can apply for accreditation from Dole then we will assess what assistance we can provide them. This is to give livelihood to our displaced workers especially our informal sectors,” Dole undersecretary Joel Maglunsod.
During her presentation, Workers in the Informal Economy Development Division Chief Maria Lourdes Gonzales said the SLF comes in five phases including the starting up or rebuilding of livelihood, stabilizing livelihood stage, livelihood enhancement, transition to enterprise, and the transformation stage.
Gonzales added the SLF can help with the enhancement of the entrepreneurial capacity and productivity, improve competitiveness of products and services, improves income and quality of life, as well as stimulates economic growth.
Department of Agriculture Davao Region regional director Ricardo Oñate said that their office can provide different livelihood training including meat processing and vegetable gardening depending on the preference of the applicant.