THE distribution of P1.6-million livelihood starter kits and holding of the Jobs Fair on Thursday, February 22, highlighted the fourth day of the week-long 17th anniversary celebration of Zamboanga Sibugay province.
Dubbed as the 17th “Araw ng Sibugay”, the celebration kicked-off on Monday, February 19, with the distribution of equipment and implements to farmers and fisher folks in the province.
Imelda Gatinao, Department of Labor and Employment-Zamboanga Sibugay head, said the distribution of the starter kits was aimed to boost the livelihood of the beneficiaries, who are from the informal sector.
Gatinao said there were 108 beneficiaries who received an average of P15,000 livelihood starter kits. The beneficiaries were identified through the Provincial Employment Service Office (Peso) of the province.
The beneficiaries included carpenters, masonry workers, cosmetologists, barbers, electricians, and food vendors.
Gatinao said they needed the tools to boost their income as they receive low pay, like the carpenters, since they lack the tools although they have the skills
“We hope to professionalize those in the informal sector through the starter kits we are providing,” she added.
She said that 12 local firms and seven recruitment agencies have participated in the Jobs Fair jointly organize by Dole, provincial government, and other concerned agencies.
She said that at least 8,947 vacancies are up for grabs in the one-day Jobs Fair.
Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Wilter Palma said the activity was aimed to provide employment to local job seekers.
Earlier, Palma has advised the fresh graduates and other job seekers to take opportunity of the Jobs Fair. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)