THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) has distributed P2.5-million livelihood starter kits to 108 workers in the informal economy in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay.
The livelihood starter kits that were distributed to the beneficiaries are for the following livelihood: carpentry; cosmetology; dressed-making; cookery; cellular phone repair; food processing; barber servicing; refrigeration-aircon repair; electrical servicing; and, small engine repair.
Imelda Gatinao, Dole-Zamboanga Sibugay director, said the starter kits is a livelihood formation strategy of the agency intended to improve the socio-economic well-being of workers in the informal economy.
Gatinao it is implemented through the Dole Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) in partnership with the Provincial Government.
Gatinao said the program aims to engage the beneficiaries in sustainable self-employment to learn livelihood tasks.
Of the 108 beneficiaries, 20 were persons with disability (PWDs), who received livelihood starter kits for cosmetology, barbers servicing, and dressed-making.
Gatinao and Fr. Noelito Salandron, an executive assistant of Governor Wilter Palma, on Tuesday distributed the livelihood starter kits to the beneficiaries at the Provincial Capitol building.
Salandron represented Palma and Public Employment Service Office Manager Nelsi Lazo during the distribution of the livelihood kits.